City of Tucson


$28.21-$55.68 Hourly / $58,676.80-$115,814.40 Yearly
Salary Grade: 817

General Description

Provides technical supervision and coordination for all forensic science functions within the DNA section of the Crime Laboratory to include scientific analysis of physical evidence, preparing written reports and providing expert testimony.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.  Technically oversees Criminalists in the DNA section by reviewing the overall quality of work performed

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements

Develops, coordinates, and monitors the forensic scientific program and quality assurance/quality control protocols for the DNA section of the Crime Laboratory. Contributes information regarding quality issues to the DNA section Coordinator or supervisor for employee performance reviews

Maintains compliance with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) ISO/IEC 17025 requirements. Oversees the section’s annual accreditation audit, both internal and external. Maintains and updates the DNA section’s manuals as necessary. Performs mandatory technical reviews of cases. Researches, evaluates, updates and implements applicable forensic methodologies. Performs practical DNA analysis bench work when appropriate

Provides scientific consultation. Performs biology/DNA analyses on physical evidence. Researches and implements new and advancing technologies in DNA analysis. Interprets test results and forms conclusions; prepares reports; and testifies as an expert witness

Provides technical oversight over the operations of the DNA Unit. Monitors the DNA analysis methods, instrumentation and validations. Evaluates the work processes of all Forensic DNA Analysts. Coordinates and oversees DNA training of new Criminalists

Participates in the training of officers, detectives, attorneys, etc. as needed. Aids in the preparation of grant proposals. May participate in the preparation of bid specifications for new instruments by determining need, collecting literature on specifications, deciding which instrument would meet the needs of the department, writing bid specifications, locating funding sources, answering technical questions at bid openings, deciding which instrument is the right fit and within the City’s policies, and arranging for training and installation of instruments

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Master's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years in Forensic Human-DNA casework analysis experience

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) Network Terminal Operator

Minimum Education Type must be in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area

A minimum of 12 semester credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensics DNA analysis is required

At least one graduate level course registering 3 or more semester hours be included in the required 12 semesters hours

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Respirator Physical, Hep B Vaccine/Titer, NIDA Drug Test

Other Information

FLSA Status: Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 34

Occupation Group Description: Police

EEO Job Category Code: B

EEO Job Category Description: Professionals

Organizational Level: Superintendent/Manager

NCCI: 8810

Bargaining Unit: No Representation

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Non-Driving

License Type: None

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 6327; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;