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Crime Lab Unit Manager (Forensic Biology/DNA)

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $68,748.85 - $111,985.37 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 3, 2017

Under administrative direction, the purpose of the position is to manage the technical operations within the Crime Lab of the Broward Sheriff's Office. Position is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and improvements of policies and procedures within their perspective units. Position oversees the validation of new analytical procedures, training, quality control and safety programs within the lab. As an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB - International) accredited laboratory, employees must adhere to accreditation standards encompassing extensive case documentation, validation of procedures, technical and administrative review of reports and case notes. Employees in this classification are required to manage and participate in proficiency testing, courtroom testimony monitoring, continued technical training, quality audits, and accreditation inspections by ASCLD/LAB – International or other accrediting bodies. Employees perform specialized technical and scientific work in the application of advanced laboratory techniques in one (1) or more assigned areas of analysis under the supervision of the Crime Lab Director. Position is responsible for formal reporting and testifying to findings of such analysis. Performs related work as directed.

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Duties:

  • Provides management, direction and guidance to assigned personnel in a specified unit of assignment to include but not limited to: DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, latent print examination, firearm and tool mark examination and/or shoe and tire examination.
  • Oversees and provides technical direction and guidance to assigned personnel in the development, execution, and maintenance of the standards and policies of laboratory programs, ASCLD/LAB accreditation, quality assurance, proficiency testing, courtroom testimony monitoring, auditing, and safety to ensure compliance with accreditation requirements, generally accepted scientific practices and regulatory standards.
  • Prioritizes and assigns responsibilities and duties to unit personnel in various types of analysis, according to the specialized unit of assignment.
  • Oversees and provides training to unit personnel in techniques, procedures, methodologies, and unit policies and standards.
  • Oversees and reviews work performed by personnel under charge to verify adherence to unit procedures and regulatory standards.
  • Conducts preliminary testing and preparation of evidence for analysis in one or more assigned areas including but not limited to the following: DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, latent print examination, firearm and tool mark examination and/or shoe and tire examination.
  • Oversees the preparation of reagents, solutions, and unit equipment for testing and analytical tasks.
  • Examines materials collected for adherence to established regulatory procedures concerning collection and identification of chemical and evidentiary samples.
  • Conducts laboratory examinations utilizing procedures applicable to the analytical task(s) assigned, i.e., DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, latent print examination, firearm and tool mark examination and/or shoe and tire examination.
  • Isolates, collects, and analyzes materials and evidence derived from both natural and synthetic sources at macroscopic and microscopic levels as applicable.
  • Generates data from laboratory examination and testing; reviews such for determining findings; compiles such for reporting purposes and judicial process as applicable.
  • Testifies to analytical results in depositions and court; acts as liaison with other law enforcement agencies, judicial entities, governmental agencies and other entities requiring departmental data.
  • Oversees and/or performs validations, routine maintenance and troubleshooting of specialized unit equipment, to include calibration and sterilization procedures.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and developments in the field through training, workshops, seminars, science periodicals, and other information sources; participates in annual proficiency examinations.
  • Performs personnel management duties, i.e., performance evaluations, interviewing, hiring, counseling, instructing, and leave scheduling.
  • Maintains overall responsibility for the successful completion of assigned duties delegated to subordinate personnel.
  • Analyzes reports prepared and submitted by subordinates for accuracy, completeness, essential elements, fundamental soundness and substantiation of action(s) taken.
  • Maintains appropriate staffing levels, time accountability and employee skill sets for the shift, through insightful and predictive scheduling of subordinate personnel.
  • Defends the operational policies of their unit in State and Federal court systems.
  • May act in the Director's absence as directed.
Depending on functional area of assignment duties and responsibilities may include:
  • Forensic Biology/DNA – Involves the examination of forensic evidence for the indication or presence of biological materials including blood and semen. DNA analysis involves the extraction, quantitation, analysis and interpretation of forensic DNA samples isolated from materials listed herein.

Requirements:

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in the natural or physical sciences, forensic science, criminology or a closely related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Successful completion of coursework in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Statistics per the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), or NIST equivalent.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively skilled journey level experience in forensic science including DNA analysis and forensic biology.
  • Demonstrated experience involving the examination of forensic evidence for the indication or presence of biological materials including blood and semen. DNA analysis involves the extraction, quantitation, analysis and interpretation of forensic DNA samples isolated from materials listed herein.
  • Previous personnel management experience preferred to include performance evaluations, interviewing, hiring, counseling, instructing, and leave scheduling.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered. Such experience must be clearly documented for consideration.
Special Requirements
  • Unofficial college transcripts are required at the time of application and must be attached to your on-line application by 4:30 PM on the closing date.
  • Must possess and maintain certification by the governing board of the forensic discipline, e.g. American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).
  • Certified as an ASCLD/LAB-International Technical Assessor, or equivalent as determined by the Crime Lab Director.

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Posted: September 5, 2017



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