City of Tucson


$28.21-$48.98 Hourly / $58,676.80-$101,878.40 Yearly
Salary Grade: 817

General Description

Coordinates and directs activities associated with the quality control and quality assurance programs in the Crime Laboratory to ensure compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 forensic accreditation standards.   The class performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is solely responsible for the required external assessment that occurs every year in order to assess the Crime Laboratory’s competence for conducting forensic testing. This position reports to the Crime Lab Superintendent and is an exempt position.

Essential Functions

Monitors quality assurance and quality control activities of the Crime Laboratory to determine conformance with established laboratory policies and procedures, accreditation requirements, and/or good laboratory practices including making recommendations for corrective actions and follow-up when necessary

Controls and maintains all laboratory manuals and standard operating procedures, other quality documents and activities as they relate to the quality systems of the laboratory

Administers the crime laboratory proficiency testing program and maintains records, including the review and evaluation of the laboratory’s proficiency test performance, and recommends changes in the laboratory proficiency program when necessary

Coordinates preventative actions, quality assurance reviews and corrective actions, as well as activities of a quality assurance review panel, to investigate technical issues, conduct and determine root cause, and issue recommendations for resolution of technical issues.  Monitors the effectiveness of the issued corrective actions

Organizes and monitors laboratory-wide instrument and equipment calibration and maintenance. Evaluates instrument calibration and maintenance records for all sections in the crime laboratory


Knowledge of ISO 17025 International Standard

Knowledge of AR 3125 Forensic Standard

Knowledge of laboratory quality assurance and quality control policies and procedures

Knowledge of Forensic Accreditation Websites-ANAB, CTS, AFQAM, OSAC, Guiding documents for forensic science

Knowledge of audit and assessment practices

Overall knowledge of eight forensic disciplines in the crime lab

Knowledge of proficiency testing practices

Knowledge of OSHA and risk management practice

Interpersonal communication skills

Mediation and conflict management and resolution skills

Public speaking skills A

bility to testify in court setting

Leadership Skills S

trong organization skills

Good written communication

Ability to identify and analyze complex information

Ability to organize priorities and exercise independent judgment

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least six (6) years in forensic laboratory work.  At least three (3) of the required six (6) as a Criminalist II/III equivalent

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification.  History of successful completion of competency and proficiency tests

Environment/Working Conditions

Regular exposure to noise

Regular exposure to hazardous chemicals, electrical, dust, acids, bases, fumes, gases, lead, solvents, and vapors

Physical Demand/Levels

Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs

Occasional standing

Frequent sitting

Minor occasional walking

Minor rarely climbing stairs

Necessary occasional bending

Necessary occasional reaching

Minor occasional squatting

Minor occasional stooping

Minor occasional twisting

Necessary frequent listening

Necessary frequent talking

Necessary occasional driving

Necessary regular carrying

Necessary occasional pulling

Background Check Requirement

Background check required

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Regular physical

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Other Information

Department(s):   Tucson Police Department  

FLSA Status:     Exempt  

Occupational Group Code: 34  

Occupational Group Description: Police  

EEO Job Category Code:  B  

EEO Job Category Description: Professionals  

Organizational Level: Coordinator

NCCI: 8810  

Bargaining Unit: No representation

Driving Requirements

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: 6520; EST: 2/13/2020; REV: 2/13/2020;