PURPOSE AND DISTINGUISHING
Incumbents in this job description manage the operation of a
crime lab section, involving multiple forensic disciplines, in the areas of
budget, personnel, and purchasing. They direct staff members and assure that all
activities conform with state and federal law, professional practice, and
laboratory accreditation regulations, while performing advanced casework and
maintaining their own expertise.
EXAMPLES OF TASKS
(More specific information about the job can be found in the
Purpose and Distinguishing Characteristics. This list contains tasks that are
typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from
position to position. Hiring agencies may, depending on the specific nature of
the position, modify these tasks and/or identify additional tasks, based on a
current position analysis.)
- Manages one or more statewide or agency wide program(s).
Determines program goals and objectives and/or chairs committees established
to support the program.
- Supervises subordinate personnel including: hiring,
determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and
evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
- Prepares and defends budget recommendations, requests,
reports, proposals and/or projections.
- Monitors agency or program budget including revenues,
expenditures and budget projection, etc.
- Writes, reviews, and/or negotiates grants, contracts
- Prepares specimens for laboratory analysis by preparing
media, solutions, and reagents, etc.; stains slides and smears, performs
animal dissections or other technical laboratory procedures.
- Administers/conducts tests or examinations and/or
- Gathers, preserves, and/or stores evidence; maintaining
integrity of evidence through appropriate collection, handling, security, and
chain of custody, etc.
- Writes or drafts technical reports, articles or related
material based on research, investigation or analysis.
- Acts as an expert witness. Gives testimony and /or
recommendations in court cases and/or hearings.
- Coordinates and/or acts as a liaison between agency or
work unit and other agencies, work units, organizations, suppliers, etc.
- Other tasks as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND
(This list contains KSAs that are typically associated with the
job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position. Hiring
agencies may, depending on the specific nature of the position, modify these
KSAs and/or identify additional KSAs, based on a current position analysis.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOLLOWING
THEORY, PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES AND/OR CONTENT:
- research methods, techniques, and/or sources of
- agency and/or organizational program(s)
- principles, theories, and practices of biological
- principles, theories, and practices of microbiology
- principles, theories, and practices of chemistry such
as composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical
processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of
chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, etc.
- applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and
- rules of evidence
- laboratory techniques and safety practices
- principles, theories, and practices of budget
- principles, theories, and practices of performance
- principles, theories, and practices of leadership
SKILLS / ABILITY TO:
- conduct a methodical examination
- provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
- evaluate information against a set of standards
- use scientific instruments and equipment
- make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to
identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
- speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to,
and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
- ensure compliance with contract terms, policies and
- perform scientific and/or technical research
- communicate information and ideas clearly, and
concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
- read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations,
policies and/or procedures
- apply creativity and alternative thinking to come up
with new ideas
- use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles,
reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
- speak before a group of people
- supervise others by assigning/directing work;
conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking
appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination
- develop approaches for implementation of an idea,
program or change in operations
- develop and/or implement new
policies/procedures/standards and/or rules/regulations
- develop an image of how a system should work under
- develop and maintain applicable professional contacts,
resources and /or networks
- BS Degree, or higher, in a related field of study.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND
CHARACTERISTICS (Not position specific)
- Risks which require the use of special safety
precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working
with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
- The work requires some physical exertion such as long
periods of standing; walking over rough terrain or rocky surfaces; recurring
bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities;
recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as typewriters and record
boxes. The work may require specific but common physical characteristics and
abilities such as lifting up to 50 pounds, above-average agility, and
- pass thorough background investigation
- Pre-employment and/or annual medical examination