PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor responsible for a large and/or complex grouping of work in a laboratory.
Receives general direction from a Supervising Chemist or other employee of higher grade.
Leads Chemist 1 and 2's and other laboratory personnel of lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Plans unit workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; conducts complex or specialized as well as routine chemical examinations and analyses; oversees the maintenance and implementation of quality assurance programs; prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; maintains knowledge of current developments and changes in field of expertise; utilizes universal laboratory precautions; utilizes computers to operate and maintain instrumentation and to access, interpret, modify and report test results; may make recommendations on policies, procedures or standards; may act for the Supervising Chemist in his or her absence; may be responsible for leading staff and a variety of activities outside normal working hours; may testify in court; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of current theories, principals and practices of chemistry; considerable knowledge of current laboratory methods, applications, examinations, equipment, instrumentation and material; considerable knowledge of laboratory quality assurance and quality control policies and procedures; knowledge of universal laboratory precautions; interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to conduct analytical, consultative and research activities; ability to interpret complex examination results; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience in an industrial, public health, toxicology, medical or materials laboratory involving scientific work in the field of chemistry.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the full working level in the field of chemistry. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Chemist 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in chemistry or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of employment to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in chemistry or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests and immunizations for communicable diseases.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to have specific education and/or experience to meet the various certification and/or licensing requirements.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Principal Chemist in Salary Group HC 24 approved effective October 2, 2014. (Revised to remove Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from Purpose of Class)