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Tissue Procurement Specialist I


In alignment with Gift of Life Michigan’s core purpose and core values, the Tissue Procurement Specialist I will recover musculoskeletal and dermis tissue from deceased donors throughout the state, in addition to acquiring placental tissue from authorizing birth mothers. The individual in this role also maintains stock and cleanliness of our surgical center recovery suites, coordinates receipt and release of donors, reviews medical records, conducts physical examination of donors, draws blood, preparing the recovery site, preparing the donor for recovery, recovering tissue, maintaining a sterile environment, to include aseptic technique.

Duties & Responsibilities

The following job duties and responsibilities are stated in broad terms and not intended to be inclusive. Those in bold are essential duties of the position:

  • Aseptically excise musculoskeletal, dermis, and related tissues.
  • Acquire and aseptically package placental tissue (may include travel).
  • Aseptically package recovered tissue for shipping according to protocols.
  • Aseptically perform gowning and gloving.
  • Review pertinent medical records for accuracy, verify donor identification and authorization, and evaluate donor suitability.
  • Prepare all storage, prep solution(s), donor and recovery site.
  • Perform physical assessment of donor and obtain blood samples for serologic testing and/or medical examiner specimens.
  • Responsible for receipt and release of donors at Ann Arbor facility in accordance with GOLM policy.
  • Remain current with Gift of Life Michigan’s tissue processor’s policies, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Good Tissue Practices, American Association of Tissue Bank standards, and industry regulations.
  • Maintain clinical expertise in tissue recovery, in accordance with applicable standards.
  • Maintains stock and cleanliness of recovery suites and prep room.
  • Exhibit courtesy, professionalism, and willingness to follow host hospital protocols and maintain positive relations with staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Staff located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may also lead and participate in duties including but not limited to:

  • Coordinate with the warehouse on a regular basis to maintain a par level for tissue recovery needs.
  • Document all inventory according to Inventory Control System, and trouble shoot or follow up on all inventory or supply related activity.
  • 24-hour monitoring and maintenance of all on-site refrigerators at the UP office.
  • Conduct quarterly inventory audits.


Education and/or Experience


  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least six months of experience in one of the following areas: in a hospital setting, as a surgical scrub, completion of a surgical technician or emergency medical technician program, receipt of funeral director certification, or related allied health experience.
  • Knowledge with or demonstrated ability to learn aseptic technique, surgical instrumentation, and gross anatomy.


  • Related college degree or course work preferred.
  • Prior experience in a healthcare organization, transplant center, or organ/tissue procurement organization.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA)

  • Written and verbal fluency in English.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook and Teams and other technology systems used in business operations.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and application of sterile technique.

Organizational Culture Expectations

  • Demonstrate the competencies of Professional, Determined and Compassionate.
  • Maintain a motivated and positive attitude.
  • Support an inclusive work environment.
  • Ability to successfully collaborate and work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Actively seek improvements.
  • Always maintain a safe working environment and use of Universal Precautions.
  • Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality in all areas dealing with sensitive, protected, and confidential information.