Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and DNA

Recruitment #191015-6404MP-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is recruiting for an Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and DNA located in the DNA Unit within the Division of Scientific Services.  This is a full time, 40 hour per week position, Monday-Friday schedule. The DNA Unit of the Division of Scientific Services receives approximately 6,000 cases per year for Forensic Biological screening testing and DNA testing.

The Assistant Director of the Forensic Biology and DNA will coordinate/expedite cases, assigns and coordinates case analyses, monitors case backlog and turn-around-times, oversee Quality Control of reagents and performance checks of equipment, evaluates quarterly contamination report, approve staff time and attendance, oversee technical lead, ensure adherence to the FBI QAS, equipment and software validation and oversee the DNA/Forensic Biology quality control program.

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Selection Plan

Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks.  Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation. 

Candidate selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

State Employees:

  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13

Non-State Employees:

  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from a current and/or previous supervisor
  • Cover Letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13 

Click here CT-HR-13 to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum.  The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website http://portal.ct.gov/das by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field.  Also considered in this selection process:  Any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records.  Failure to provide the required documents listed above or submit your application accurately and on time, will eliminate you from the recruitment process. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Felicia Emanuel at Felicia.Emanuel@ct.gov or 860-685-8200. 

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services, is accountable for assisting in the direction of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and Forensic Biology units operations.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists with directing the staff and operations of the DNA and forensic biology units; assists in coordinates, plans and manages division activities; assists in formulating program goals and objectives; assists with formulating DNA and forensic biology policies and procedures; maintain compliance with all 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, Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM); maintains accreditation program and CODIS requirements; assists with interpreting and administering pertinent laws; assists with ensuring all instruments and techniques are validated according to QAS guidelines; assists with researching new methodology and modifies existing technology; evaluates staff; assists with preparing the section budget; oversees grant administration; coordinates preparation for section annual audits; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; may serve as the division representative to the Connecticut DNA Data Bank Panel; oversees the comprehensive training system to provide requisite education and training as required by accrediting organizations; assists with managing operational concepts with LEAN and Six SIGMA to improve quality of outputs in analytical processes; may provide expert testimony; acts for the Deputy Director in his or her absence; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of theory, principles and practices in nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis and interpretation; considerable knowledge of collecting, examining and analyzing DNA and forensic biology evidence within a forensic laboratory environment; considerable knowledge of accreditation standards; considerable knowledge of quality management principles and process improvement techniques; knowledge of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) computer software; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and procedures; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written skills; considerable ability to create and implement research projects; ability to interpret findings and defend results.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience in forensic analysis of evidentiary material with expertise in at least one (1) of the following forensic disciplines: applied genomics, DNA, biochemistry, genetics and/or molecular and cell biology or closely related field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a lead capacity overseeing DNA activities of professional forensic science laboratory personnel.
Note: For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Forensic Science Examiner 2.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience required 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 forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge and experience in formulating and developing forensic DNA Standard Operating Procedures
  • Experience in a forensic quality assurance program to include ANAB and FBI DNA QAS accreditation standards
  • Knowledge and experience with federal forensic grants
  • College level coursework in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Statistics or populations genetics

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Successful completion of the FBI auditor training is required or must be completed within six (6) months of date of hire.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.
4. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.