Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Director

Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Topeka, Kansas

Salary: Commensurate with Experience, $86,000 - $106,000 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 3, 2017

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is seeking a highly qualified forensic science professional to lead the KBI Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). The KBI Laboratory Director (LD) has responsibility for all forensic laboratory operations as well as oversight of a highly qualified staff of 94 forensic scientists and support personnel. The KBI FSL is accredited through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board International.

The KBI FSL provides a full range of forensic laboratory services to the Kansas public safety community. The state has over 400 law enforcement agencies and over 100 prosecutor’s offices that serve a population of 2.6 million people. Most state and local law enforcement agencies are dependent on the KBI FSL for professional, timely and objective analysis of evidence. The KBI FSL provides forensic services from a new state of the art, 100,000 square foot facility located on the campus of Washburn University of Topeka and three regional laboratories located strategically across the state.

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Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Supervising all FSL Operations and personnel
  • Providing leadership for subordinate FSC managers and supervisors
  • Serving as a member of the KBI executive management team
  • Ensuring compliance with all accreditation, policy and ethical standards
  • Preparing and managing the annual laboratory budget
  • Appearing before the Kansas Legislature on matters relating to FSL operations
  • Working collaboratively with other KBI divisions and serving as a liaison between the laboratory and FSL customers
  • Facilitating meetings and presentations


  • Bachelor’s Degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, criminal justice or related field
  • Five (5) years of full time laboratory experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory
  • Casework experience in an accredited forensic laboratory environment
  • Clear understanding of the ethical, legal and operations facets of a forensic science laboratory
  • Experience as an ASCLAD Inspector
  • Two (2) years in a supervisory positon which includes successfully managing personnel, budget planning, personnel selection and training
  • Proven record of achievement in an upper level management position
  • Regular in-state and limited out-of-state travel may be required.
  • A valid driver’s license is required when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.
  • As a condition of employment, candidate(s) are subject to a pre-employment process to include a polygraph examination, fingerprint based records check, and comprehensive background investigation, including reference check of past and present employers. The pre-employment process will be waived for current KBI personnel who have previously completed the screening requirements.

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Posted: January 5, 2017

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