City of Tucson


$28.21-$53.92 Hourly / $58,676.80-$112,153.60 Yearly
Salary Grade: 817

General Description

Coordinates the activities and personnel of a specific section of the Crime Laboratory involving the scientific analysis of physical evidence, preparing written reports and providing expert testimony. Work assignment can include functioning as the Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager.

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.

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.

Supervises a specific section of the Crime Laboratory and personnel by assigning casework, resolving conflicts with law enforcement, attorneys and court personnel.

Supervises personnel by reviewing quality as well as quantity of work performed, technical or administrative review of lab reports for quality assurance compliance for American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board accreditation, and ensuring that open communication with state and local agencies is maintained.

Conducts employee evaluations by reviewing personnel information, meeting and talking with individuals regarding performance and discussing any problems or issues that need to be addressed.

Responsible for training and supervising new personnel, officers, and attorneys by giving orientation presentations with the lab and department, working on the laboratory case management system, handling evidence, reviewing legal issues, preparing and giving lectures, and identifying training needs of section personnel. Performs practical bench work when appropriate.

Maintains various standards and databases within the laboratory such as Drug Enforcement Agency permits, Combined DNA Index System or National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

Aids in the preparation of grant proposals. Prepares 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.

Monitors the section budget.

Oversees supplies by taking inventory, ordering supplies, and maintaining records of purchase orders for supplies received.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 6 years in forensic laboratory work. At least 3 of the required 6 years as a Senior Criminalist or equivalent

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Successful completion of competency and proficiency tests

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Respirator Physical

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-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: Coordinator

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: Incidental

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: Yes

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: 6328; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;