Employment Opportunity

Section Supervisor I (Drug Analysis)

Texas Department of Public Safety, Corpus Christi, Texas

Salary: $5,333.11 - $7,010.39 Monthly

Final Filing Date: May 22, 2017

Performs highly advanced and supervisory (senior-level) forensic science work. Work involves overseeing crime laboratory work, tests, analysis, and identification of physical evidence; interpreting analytical results; developing and instructing staff on new techniques and procedures; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • Evaluates the work product of the laboratory/section by reviewing laboratory reports and work records; insures that quality work is performed, that accurate reports are issued, and that all quality assurance measures are being followed. Contacts various law enforcement officials and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offenses to which provided evidence items are relevant.
  • Directs personnel to achieve laboratory goals and fulfill user needs. May assist in crime scene investigations, as assigned.
  • Provides, on a monthly basis, summaries of certain laboratory activity information as specified by the Supervisor/Manager.
  • Assigns casework to members of staff; may conduct staff meetings and provides information to laboratory staff.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of laboratory staff for court appearances.
  • Conducts liaison with area law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys to ascertain whether laboratory/section meets user needs.
  • Ascertains that evidence is secured, and properly marked and sealed; inventories evidence per guidelines; oversees receipt of evidence, destruction, and return of evidence.
  • Provides input to the Supervisor/Manager for long range planning of the laboratory, including the selection of new capital equipment, changes in needs for resources, and changes in objectives for the laboratory.
  • Ensures that the laboratory facility, equipment and automobiles are adequately maintained; may assist in the annual property inventory. Acquires and maintains safety equipment and supplies. Requests replacement of equipment when needed.
  • Participates in personnel decisions, trains employees and monitors their performance. Assists in arranging for additional training for employees.
  • Ascertains that needed safety training is completed annually in compliance with state and federal law.
  • Researches forensic science field and studies current material in scientific journals regarding new advances and techniques in forensic examination. Informs and updates staff members on new forensic techniques and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • May perform the functions of the Technical Leader for the section. Technical Leaders take on additional responsibilities such as; protocol research, development, and approval; instrument and equipment validations; creating or updating training programs, monitoring quality assurance policies or duties; performing root cause analysis to determine the cause and corrective action for errors; and administering or evaluating competency and proficiency tests.


Education –
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Chemistry with at least 30 semester hours of Chemistry.
Experience –
  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively complex work experience in the field of Drug Analysis.
Licensure and/or Certification –
  • Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
Regulatory knowledge –
  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.
Forensic Science –
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles. Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures. Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials. Ability to:
    • Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
    • Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
    • Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
    • Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
    • Conduct testing used in examination of evidence
    • Testify in court as an expert witness.
Interpersonal Skills –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.
  • Ability to work effectively with laboratory, legal, and law enforcement personnel.
Organizational and Prioritization Skills –
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
Presentation/Communication Skills –
  • Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
Leadership Skills –
  • Must have, or be capable of learning, leadership skills including supervision and performance evaluation of personnel, management and care of property and equipment, and training and mentoring new personnel.
Research and Comprehension –
  • Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) –
  • Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Confidentiality and Protected Information –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
Safety –
  • Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
Travel and/or Schedule –
  • Availability for after-hour and weekend work, on occasion, may be required.
PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Environment: Office, Laboratory ;
  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
  • Ability to speak; hear; and exercise visual acuity to perceive minute differences/details, and to withstand the strain of continued close work. Stereoscopic vision sufficient to perform detailed work;
  • Ability to transfer weights of 25 pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Moderate frequency 5%.

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Posted: May 9, 2017

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