Tissue Recovery Coordinator
Job Details
Full Time
$18.00 - $26.00 Hourly
Road Warrior

The Surgical Recovery Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of aseptic recovery of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and vascular tissue.

General Responsibilities

  • Aseptically recovers musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and vascular tissues from deceased donors in accordance with current Good Tissue Practices (GTP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), quality control practices, clean room protocols, FDA regulations and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) standards.
  • Independently and efficiently recovers primary tissues and cardiovascular grafts.
  • Able to independently pack supplies for cases utilizing knowledge of processor criteria and age ranges.
  • Ability to perform physical assessment, blood draw and preparation of donor for recovery
  • Utilizes sterile technique to efficiently run back table, including packaging, labeling, culturing grafts and draping for recovery.
  • May act as a preceptor to new Tissue Recovery Coordinators as directed by TDS Leadership
  • Able to accurately input case data into iTransplant.
  • Works effectively with hospital OR staff to maintain good hospital relations and a cooperative work environment.
  • Provides timely documentation that revised or new SOPs have been read and understood, reviews all relevant SOPs annually, and participates in required annual training and competency testing.
  • Follows SOPs as written, except when authorized to do otherwise.
  • Participates in continuing education or other training opportunities (on-site or remotely) as determined by the Director, Tissue Donation Services. 
  • Assists with stocking of supplies.
  • Keeps accurate records of hours worked and completes approvals by the requested due date.
  • Maintains documentation and completes expense reporting for a company-issued credit card by the requested due date.
  • Attends all necessary meetings unless otherwise approved.
  • Shares responsibility of driving company vehicles to and from recovery locations. 


  • Previous training in tissue recovery or similar clinical experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and aseptic technique necessary.


The employee in this position must uphold the core values of LifeCenter; these include:

  • Integrity: We are trustworthy, reliable, respectful, and accountable.
  • Collaboration: We work in partnership with others, seeking to understand and be understood, and finding common ground and shared goals to build upon together.
  • Courage: We take personal responsibility and face challenges head-on.
  • Service: Through professionalism and dedication, we honor our commitment to serve others and our obligation to be good stewards of the gift of life.



Physical Activities/Requirements

  • This position requires the supervision of employees that may be in any part of LifeCenter Northwest’s donor service area.
    • The individual must commit to and provide 18-21 available 24-hour call shifts per 6 week on call schedule. The schedule is subject to change and staff must be flexible in their ability to cover shifts to accommodate case activity, personnel safety, and allow for staff to reach full time hours.
  • This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to effectively operate phones, computers, and other office equipment.
  • Vision abilities required by this position include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Travel is essential to this position; consequently, the employee must be prepared to travel by automobile or airplane and be available to mobilize at the maximum between 1.5 to 2 hours of case notification.
  • The individual must have the ability to speak clearly using the English language to accurately convey information and be able to hear at normal speaking levels both in person and over the phone.
  • Generally, working conditions do not require exposure to hazardous materials nor extremes in health and safety hazards. Work is normally performed in an office or hospital setting as well as other business environments.
  • This position is required to follow hospital immunization, health screening, and background check requirements. Immunizations and tests will be provided by LifeCenter as required.
  • The employee is required to lift up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.


  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent required.
  • Bachelors Degree in health sciences is preferred.
  • Training as a Surgical Technologist is preferred.
  • Surgical experience preferred.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license and access to an insured automobile for work-related functions at expected times.

Based on considerations of various state requirements within our service area, Organ Procurement Organization industry practices, our hospital and community partner requirements, and our commitment to the safety of our people and communities, LifeCenter Northwest has made the decision to require members of our workforce to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.

Proof of vaccination, or applicable medical or religious exemption will be required as a condition of employment upon offer. For those that need to complete the vaccination series, start dates will be adjusted.

LifeCenter Northwest is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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