Kaiser Permanente Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Chief in Honolulu, Hawaii

Under direct & indirect supervision, plans, implements, & evaluates delivery of ultrasound services. Provides administrative & technical guidance & direction to staff; directs quality assurance activities; develops goals & performance standards; monitors productivity & efficiency of operational activities; delegates appropriate responsibilities to designated staff; assists w/recruitment & hiring functions; orients & trains new personnel regarding subsection operations; assigns & monitors work of subordinates; reports encountered problems & assists in solving problems as needed; monitors equipment operations; performs safety monitoring; assists physician in development of new techniques & procedures; maintains departmental records & licenses; maintains cooperative relations w/public, members, & others; performs all duties of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as needed; directs & initiates compliance w/regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides functional guidance through effective communication to assigned personnel to ensure maintenance of prescribed standards of Ultrasound services; distributes work assignments to coordinate activities w/in section & w/other Depts. Recommends personnel selections; orients & trains (mentors) personnel; directs trainee program & documents competencies of staff to Dept policy & procedures & safety procedures; monitors performance of duties; provides assistance w/performance appraisals of subordinates; counsels as necessary; monitors team operating budget. Develops competencies & performance standards; assists w/team goals development; monitors productivity & efficiency of operational activities; delegates appropriate responsibilities to designated staff. Schedules & conducts monthly section meetings to assure proper communication levels in education, procedural, regulatory demands, & Interventional Physician requests. Prepares floor stock medications. Performs all the duties of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Team Leader.

  • Follows all National Patient Safety Goals. Receives & double identifies patients using appropriate criteria prior to performing the study ordered. Ensures information & data entry is accurate. Maintains patient privacy & confidentiality.

  • Assumes responsibilities for the needs of patient during procedure. Provides service-oriented communications w/ patient; explaining procedure; answering questions. Emphasizes a personalized, individualized, compassionate patient care atmosphere at all times.

  • Develops protocols & integrates software for procedures & techniques; remains current on new products, new techniques, new devices, new equipment & their applications. Performs tests & quality checks to evaluate proper function of all imaging & non-imaging systems, as well as equipment used in patient care & studies; records results of evaluation appropriately; recognizes & reports malfunctions of all systems.

  • Recommends & assists w/capital equipment needs, space requirements & staffing needs to facilitate departmental operations. Monitors & evaluates equipment services. Orders & maintains adequate supplies; reviews & recommends approval of supply charges; monitors purchase of supplies; researches cost effectiveness of purchases & exams as requested; provides input on exam charges.

  • Ensures efficient daily operation & the quality of patient care in assigned area; anticipates & resolves schedule & operational difficulties; counteracts adverse circumstances including appointment variations & examination complications by adjusting employee & patient schedules w/ more efficient operation & w/physician involvement. Reviews orders to determine accuracy & completeness; consults w/radiologist to ascertain imaging protocols.

  • Assists w/development, revisions, & administering of Ultrasound section policies & procedures; ensures staff compliance. Remains current & integrates new & existing state & federal regulations w/Dept & hospital policy. Develops & maintains all required reports & records of Dept functions for audit by federal & state agencies; responds & corrects deficiencies found by these audits; incorporates results w/Dept function.

  • Rotates facilities & shares on call responsibilities for Ultrasound.

  • Assists w/& participates in departmental in-service presentations.

  • Develops & directs section quality assurance activities for patient care & technical performance standards; monitors & corrects deficiencies.

  • Promotes rapport & interacts w/all sections of Dept, clinic & hospital staff on procedural matters & policy development; cooperates w/nursing staff & physician partners to optimize workflow & facilitate a climate of safety.

  • Promotes rapport & interacts w/service, sales representatives & application specialists to remain current on products, new techniques & application of equipment capabilities.

  • Perpetuates self-development & education & pursues ongoing continuing education.

  • Establishes & maintains reference library of all current publications, articles, & teaching methods for use in training.

  • Develops QC indicators, gathers QC data, & prepares QC reports as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum five (5) years of post-graduate sonography experience, including experience or successful completion of training program (pre-hire, post-hire, or on-the-job) in area of specialty, if applicable.


  • Completion of approved ultrasound training program recognized by CAAHEP; OR one (1) year of directly related experience.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisor or Team Leader experience in the ultrasound field.

  • Ultrasound experience in general, breast, vascular and obstetrics imaging.

  • Supervisory and/or Management experience.

  • Bachelor's degree in allied health or business management.

  • Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by the American Heart Association.

  • Certifications in Abdomen, Breast, Vascular and Obstetrics imaging by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ADRMS).


TITLE: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Chief

LOCATION: Honolulu, Hawaii


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.