PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Department of Public Health, this class is accountable for directing a comprehensive program of quality assurance and monitoring compliance activities of the laboratory.
Receives administrative direction from the Director of the Laboratory or other employee of higher grade.
Directs professional and paraprofessional laboratory staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of program; coordinates, plans and manages quality assurance activities of the laboratory to ensure all national and international standards for quality in testing are met; 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 program budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact on program activities; oversees development, preparation and maintenance of quality assurance manuals to meet current standards; ensures all laboratory staff are trained in critical requirements of quality control; monitors quality assurance data and initiates corrective action 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 set forth by accrediting and regulatory bodies; performs investigations of quality concerns performing internal audits of the laboratory upon direction of the Laboratory Director; performs related duties as required.
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION: Ensures all quality assurance policies and procedures of the laboratory, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) International and Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) are adhered to.
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 nationally and internationally accepted standards for certification of clinical, environmental, radiological, biochemical or forensic science laboratories; considerable knowledge of applications of laboratory science in public health programs or forensic science sections; considerable knowledge of biological and chemical sciences; considerable knowledge of development and application of quality assurance principles to laboratory practice; considerable knowledge of the use of statistics used to track and evaluate laboratory quality; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to train all levels of personnel in laboratory quality, safety and security requirements.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Ten (10) years of experience in public health, biological, environmental, commercial, clinical or chemical laboratory work or forensic analysis of evidentiary material.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a lead capacity guiding the activities of professional laboratory personnel or forensic analysis of evidentiary material.
Note: For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Principal Microbiologist, Principal Chemist or Forensic Science Examiner 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in biological or chemical sciences, forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics or molecular and cell biology 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 experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in biological or chemical sciences, forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics or molecular and cell biology may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
3. A Doctoral degree in biological or chemical sciences, forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics or molecular and cell biology may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience.
NOTE: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.
2. Incumbents may be required to meet job specific certifications or meet specific education and/or experience requirements of a licensing or accrediting body.
3. Incumbents may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Public Health Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager in Salary Group MP 68 approved effective March 19, 2004. (Revised to expand usage to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, re-title and modify content)