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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T4019 / Sonographer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Performs comprehensive OB GYN examinations and ultrasound techniques. Produces and records high quality sonographic images and provides preliminary findings to physicians. Observes patient well-being, documents patient history and clinical data to support diagnostic results. Analyzes data obtained during ultrasounds. Optimizes and enhances computer images for physician interpretations. Works in partnership with other healthcare professionals to provide the best medical care possible to patients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Operates ultrasound equipment and records results to observe fetal development and position.
  2. Adjusts parameters on equipment, and reviews calibrations to assure that scans are reproducible under similar conditions.
  3. Assists with research activities.
  4. Performs basic maintenance on equipment to assure proper working conditions.
  5. Participates in diagnosis process to access maternal and fetal well-being.
  6. Assists with research activities by collecting data and participating in research projects.
  7. Demonstrates the use of ultrasound equipment and techniques to assist with the education of students, nurses, residents, patients, and physicians.
  8. Attend continuing education seminars to stay abreast of technological advances in ultrasound and antenatal testing.
  9. Must be able to respond to emergency situations.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Licensure through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of requirements and standards.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of customer focused service requirements of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Expertise in ultrasound equipment.
  • Ability to independently operate sonographic equipment.
  • Technical skills to position equipment to obtain best possible images.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate complex patient scheduling.
  • Ability to accurately manage patient records.
  • Ability to gather data and prepare reports.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and software formatted to run in a Windows or MAC environment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • State of New Mexico Licensure.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires occasional handling of items up to 100 pounds.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 01/23/2018