2523 Forensic Autopsy Technician

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Recruitment #PBT-2523-102888

Introduction

This is a Position-Based test in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A. 

Working in the Medical Examiner’s Office under the overall supervision of the Chief Medical Examiner and the day-to-day supervision of the designated board- certified forensic pathologist, and following published protocols, the Forensic Autopsy Technician assists in the performance of forensic autopsies that are under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner; assists in the collection, processing and preservation of legal evidence, clothing, toxicology and biologic samples for forensic testing; maintains, cleans and decontaminates the autopsy facilities and equipment; maintains supplies; inventories, properly stores and releases correctly identified cases; and performs related duties as required.

Essential duties performed include but are not limited to:
1. Assists the board-certified forensic pathologist in performance of medico-legal autopsies; assists the forensic pathologist and/or other forensic consultants in forensic examinations, such as dental or anthropology examinations.
2. Assists in the collection and preservation of clothing, physical and biologic evidence for forensic analysis, including forensic toxicology, clinical chemistry, serology and microbiologic testing; packages and prepares evidence and specimens for storage or transport within a legal chain of custody; ensures proper biohazard waste disposal according to protocol.
3. Assists in the identification of deceased persons, including those that are badly decomposed; takes readable fingerprints from cadavers.
4. Registers the storage position of all deceased persons, and inventories those cases stored; confirms the identity and legal release of all deceased persons in accordance with departmental policies.
5. Maintains the autopsy suite and related facilities, supplies and equipment in a manner that ensures a safe worksite, free of biohazards; orders and stocks necessary supplies for the proper function of the facility.
6. Testifies in criminal courtroom proceedings as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

EXPERIENCE:
One year of experience or formal training in a hospital or mortuary facility assisting in the care and handling of bodies as an autopsy assistant or technician.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, standing for long periods of time and ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies. Work environments entail exposure to deceased persons with severe traumatic injury, decomposed bodies and infectious cases, biohazards such as AIDS, tuberculosis, meningitis, hepatitis or any other human infectious agent; exposure to potentially toxic chemicals, live steam and frequent use of personal protective equipment and respirators. This work requires strict compliance with the department policies pertaining to blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention, biohazard exposure prevention, toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling policy and security requirements on evidence, standards and information. Because of the special and privileged information available about potentially sensitive matters, confidentiality is required. Inappropriate release of information could lead to a criminal charge of impeding an investigation.

GENERAL NOTES:
1. One-year of full-time equivalent is considered equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

2. Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process:

  1. Select the desired job announcement PBT-2523-102888
  2. Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  3. Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  4. Follow instructions on the screen
Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every recruitment announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of Advice: Update your employment application to ensure that it is current with all work experience, education, training and other information.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco Employment Application nor as employment verification documentation during the reconsideration period. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Breonna Santiago, by telephone at (415) 554-6022, or by email to Breonna.Santiago@sfgov.org.

Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. It is the applicant's responsibility to produce verification documentation that clearly demonstrates how they possess the minimum requirements for this recruitment. Applicants will be notified of acceptable forms for education and/or employment verification document(s) for this recruitment. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), hours worked per week if part-time, job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. If an applicant possesses experience in multiple roles from a single employer, each role/job must be outlined as previously mentioned to receive credit for more than one role. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.

Note:
Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Written Examination (Weight: 100%)
Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the written-multiple choice examination to assess their knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: procedures and protocols for assisting a physician in autopsies; general microbiology theory and human anatomy; universal biohazard standards and bloodborne biohazard precautions; proper use, care and maintenance of surgical and autopsy equipment, including equipment for cleaning and sterilization; techniques for aseptic and antiseptic cleaning and disinfecting; procedures and precautions for using potentially toxic disinfectants and chemical preservatives; ability to: effectively assist in forensic autopsies; learn and apply procedures for handling and preparing evidence for chain of custody control, department procedures, protocols, detailed sequential instructions, labels, identification, and other work- related materials, including Material Safety Data Sheets; properly maintain facilities, equipment and supplies; foster and maintain professional work relationships; communicate effectively; and keep records.

Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact date, time and location of the examination.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the written-multiple choice examination in order to be placed and ranked on the eligible list. This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is 'abuse of discretion' or 'no rational basis' for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#senioritycredit

Exam Type: Entrance
Issued: July 7, 2020 
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-2523-102888
ADM/BDS (415) 554-6022

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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