Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Laboratory Information System Manager

Recruitment #230109-4799MP-001

Introduction


Do you have professional experience working in a laboratory? Are you looking to grow your career with the State? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) has an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Information System Manager within the Division of Scientific Services (DSS) in Meriden. 

As a State Employee you will benefit from our competitive benefits plan
  • Excellent health and dental coverage
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid time off, including 13 holidays
  • A healthy work/life balance and much more!
As the DSS Laboratory Information System Manager, you will:
  • Oversee the laboratory information management systems;
  • Develop and implement comprehensive tools and strategies to allow raw data to be used for objective decision making and strategic planning for the laboratory; and
  • Be responsible for managing laboratory personnel responsible for the LIMS administration, instrument and customer interfaces, data collection, processing, modeling and analysis utilizing various software solutions.
The DSS Laboratory Information System Manager will work closely with the Director and management to implement high quality, data-driven decisions to assist in improving the overall productivity of the laboratory.

This is a full-time position, 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday located in Meriden. Teleworking opportunities are available. 

About us
DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

The Division of Scientific Services provides forensic support to local, state and federal agencies throughout Connecticut. This division is divided into three analytical sections. They are the Chemical Analysis section (including toxicology, controlled substances, and arson), the Forensic Biology/DNA section, and the Identification section (including computer crimes). The laboratory also has two non-analytical sections which include: the Quality section and the Forensic Laboratory Support section (including administration, evidence receiving, and case management).

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Selection Plan

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

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process.

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field.

Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Mackenzie Robinson at mackenzie.robinson@ct.gov.

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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for planning, organizing and directing an agency program and/or project or directing the development and administration of programs within a division.  

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Receives administrative direction from an administrative official of higher grade.  

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Directs staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Design and/or integrate Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software into a laboratory setting;
  • Manage assigned staff and operations;
  • Coordinate, plan and manage assigned program and project activities;
  • Formulate goals and objectives; 
  • Develop or assist in development of related policy;
  • Write and maintain standard operating procedures;
  • Manage and develop the validation, ongoing quality assurance and related maintenance of laboratory related information systems;
  • Liaise to BITS/DAS, and related software/hardware vendors;
  • Understand and have experience with laboratory information so that data can be adequately maintained;
  • Design solutions for laboratory-related requests through use and development of LIMS and other software and hardware solutions;
  • Evaluate scientific operational needs and develops solutions through system design and capabilities within the laboratory;
  • Organize the data system in order to fulfill the requirements of an efficient and well-maintained robust multi-disciplinary forensic laboratory;
  • Continuously develop long term goals for integration of scientific improvements and equipment within Laboratory Information System software platforms;
  • Manage access control, video and security monitoring systems;
  • Facilitate laboratory instrument integration with database software;
  • Predict, react, and troubleshoot unexpected laboratory integration issues, problems, or scientific data miscues within software applications and laboratory information;
  • Coordinate and improve secure data sharing within relevant partners of the laboratory;
  • Validate and continuously ensure that the scientific information management system maintains accreditation and complies with all applicable forensic science disciplines; and
  • Perform related duties as required.  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • project management; 
    • principles and practices of business and public administration with emphasis on effective organization, administration and management 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to analyze organizational problems and determine effective solutions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must been in a consultative capacity with programmatic and administrative or project management responsibilities in the specific area of assignment. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  • College training 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 business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Department of Labor: Two (2) years of experience as an Apprenticeship and Training Program Manager may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.    

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working in a forensic science laboratory using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Experience using Qualtrax compliance management software for a forensic science laboratory
  • Experience managing a facility’s alarm, video surveillance and access control systems
  • Experience creating statistical reports and uploading forensic data to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS)
  • Experience developing a LIMS training curriculum for forensic laboratories
  • Experience using SAP Crystal Report software
  • Experience supervising personnel

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.






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