PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services, this class is accountable for directing the State Forensic Science Laboratory, which conducts complex tests and analyses to identify the properties of physical evidence resulting from criminal and civil actions in the state.
Receives administrative direction from the Division of Scientific Services Administrator or other higher administrative official.
Directs the staff of the laboratory.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of laboratory; coordinates, plans and manages laboratory activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of laboratory budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of laboratory who might impact on program activities; examines, analyzes and identifies evidence in complex cases; conducts crime scene searches and participates in major crime scene investigations; trains laboratory staff, police and fire personnel in techniques utilized for gathering and analyzing evidence; prepares highly technical reports; performs advanced scientific research; conducts investigatory conferences with staff; meets with attorneys at trial conferences before court appearances to discuss evidence; testifies in court as an expert witness; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles of serology, immunology, analytical chemistry and related disciplines such as microscopy, spectrophotometry, spectrography and appropriate mathematical techniques; considerable knowledge of physiological fluids and their detection, analysis, and grouping for purposes of individualization; considerable knowledge of examination and analytical procedures for evidentiary materials; knowledge of current forensic science literature; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable skill in operation of a variety of analytical instrumentation and related photographic techniques.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's Degree in forensic science or closely related field and three (3) years experience in the supervision of the activities of a laboratory section consisting of several specialized units engaged in selecting and conducting highly complex tests to analyze physical evidence.
Note: For state employees supervisory experience will be interpreted at the level of Forensic Science Examiner 3.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Ph.D. in forensic science or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
In addition to the checking of references and of facts in the application, a thorough character investigation of each candidate may be conducted before names are certified for appointment. Candidates who do not have a good character, who have a criminal record or have been dishonorably discharged from any police department, fire department or armed forces of the United States are ineligible.
Incumbents may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group MP 72 approved effective February 16, 2006. (Revised to update Agency name)