The incumbent provides administrative, supervisory and scientific support to the Laboratory Manager II in the operations and management of the Division of Forensic Science (DFS) Forensic Chemistry Unit (FCU). The Laboratory Manager I may assign, oversee and review analytical chemistry work conducted by Forensic Chemists. This work applies to both controlled substance and fire debris evidence. The Lab Manager I ensures that all work is completed according to accreditation standards and applicable laws.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Plans, organizes and supervises professional and technical staff.
- Sets priorities and mediates conflicting priorities; schedules and operates laboratory functions, ensuring cost effective and accurate results.
- Develops, recommends and implements laboratory objectives and policies; oversees and participates in the development of modified/new methods, techniques and procedures.
- Assigns, oversees and reviews analytical work conducted by staff.
- Ensures all work is completed according to various state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
- Prepares activity and/or statistical reports.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Laboratory Manager I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Possession of a Masters degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or related field.
- Three years experience in performing analysis in a forensic science laboratory.
- Three years experience in using laboratory equipment and instrumentation including calibration and maintenance.
- Three years experience in conducting data review to ensure numerical input, calculations, formulas and interpretation of output is accurate, instruments were operating according to specifications, analytical procedures were followed and documentation is complete.
- Three years experience in selecting and modifying laboratory test methods and procedures.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
- Knowledge of laboratory management which includes overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of laboratory services; planning short and long range goals and objectives; developing and implementing policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with laboratory regulations, standards, policies and procedures. Provides advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
- Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
Conditions of Hire
A satisfactory background check (including a fingerprint based background check administered by the Delaware State Police) is required as a Condition of Hire. The selected candidate will be required to submit a buccal swab for DNA upon employment and subjected to randomized drug testing during the term of their employment.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
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