In the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection and 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 administrative official of higher grade.
Directs laboratory staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the laboratory quality assurance program;
Coordinates, plans and manages quality assurance activities of the laboratory to ensure meeting all national and international standards for quality in testing;
Formulates program goals and objectives;
Develops or assists in development of related policy;
Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
Prepares or assists in preparation of program budget;
Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of program who might impact program activities;
Oversees development, preparation and maintenance of quality assurance manuals to meet current standards;
Ensures all laboratory staff 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;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION
Ensures adherence to 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).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
nationally and internationally accepted standards for certification of clinical, environmental, radiological, biochemical or forensic science laboratories;
applications of laboratory science in public health programs or forensic science sections;
biological and chemical sciences;
development and application of quality assurance principles to laboratory practice;
use of statistics used to track and evaluate laboratory quality;
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 overseeing the activities of professional laboratory personnel or forensic analysis of evidentiary material.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Principal Microbiologist, Principal Chemist or Forensic Science Examiner 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
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.
A Doctorate 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 of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.
Incumbents in this class may be required to meet job specific certifications or meet specific education and/or experience requirements of a licensing or accrediting body.
Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
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 Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager in Salary Group MP 68 approved effective February 22, 2013. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 23-001