In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services this class is accountable for directing a comprehensive program of quality assurance and monitoring compliance activities of the Forensic Biology and DNA section.
Receives administrative direction from the Deputy Director of Forensic Biology and DNA or other administrative official of higher grade.
Directs laboratory staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the Forensic Biology and DNA section;
Coordinates, plans and manages quality assurance activities section and ensures adherence to all applicable national and international standards for quality in the forensic disciplines;
Formulates program goals and objectives;
Develops or assists in development of related policy;
Interprets pertinent laws;
Ensures compliance with standards established by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Quality Assurance Standards (FBI-QAS) and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) International and International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC 17025);
Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of program who might impact on program activities;
Oversees development, preparation and maintenance of laboratory standard operating procedures and quality assurance manuals to meet current standards;
Ensures all Forensic Biology and DNA staff trained in critical requirements of quality control;
Monitors quality assurance data and initiates corrective action and/or documentation as required;
Serves as key liaison with accrediting bodies regarding inspection activities including attending inspection exit interviews and preparation of response to written inspection reports;
Oversees compliance in laboratory safety and security standards relevant to Forensic Biology and DNA;
Performs investigations of quality concerns performing internal audits of laboratory upon direction of the Deputy Director of Forensic Biology and DNA;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply quality management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
processing of Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA techniques;
forensic biology techniques;
nationally and internationally accepted standards for certification of forensic laboratories;
applications of laboratory science in quality management in such laboratories;
biological and chemical sciences;
development and application of quality assurance principles to laboratory practice;
use of statistics used to track and evaluate laboratory quality;
ASCLD/LAB International and ISO/IEC 17025 standards;
oral and written communication skills;
Ability to train all levels of personnel in laboratory quality, safety and security requirements.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's degree in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or a closely related field and two (2) years of professional experience performing analysis in a DNA laboratory or in the forensic analysis of evidentiary material with significant experience in DNA.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a lead capacity overseeing DNA activities of professional science laboratory personnel.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Forensic Science Examiner 2.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
In addition to the checking of references and facts in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be conducted before persons are certified for appointment.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Forensic Biology and DNA Quality Assurance Manager in Salary Group MP 66 approved effective October 18, 2013. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 22-007