Employment Opportunity

Forensic Lab Supervisor-DNA

Oregon State Police, Forensic Services Division, Portland Laboratory, Clackamas, Oregon

Salary: $69,240.00 - $101,952.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 19, 2018

This is a permanent full-time position with Oregon State Police, Forensic Services Division at the Portland Lab located in Clackamas, Oregon. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants and may be used to fill future openings.

This recruitment will be open for 30 days. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application materials without delay as the first review of applications will occur on February 5, 2018. Therefore, at the agency's discretion, application materials received after that date may not receive consideration.

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  • Responsible for the overall daily administration, operation and coordination of activities within the DNA unit. Assigns and directs tasks to be performed by laboratory staff and monitors the activities of personnel. Is responsible to ensure that the team meets the Division Benchmarks. Determines the needs of the laboratory for scientific supplies and scientific equipment within a specified budget. Has a working knowledge of all facets of an accredited laboratory.
  • Ensure the success of the work-unit through effective leadership, proper training of personnel, effective management of resources, as well as, providing a safe working environment, recognizing individual abilities and encouraging personnel to be proactive participants in Division activities. Provide input from the laboratory personnel to the lab director, QA Manager and Operations Manager. Monitor both the quality and quantity of work generated in the unit.
  • Review and update employee Position Descriptions to accurately reflect their duties and percentage of time allotted to each duty. Objectively review each employee's performance, at least once annually, through the Employee Performance Review process. Court evaluations must be performed and documented at least once a year also. However, continual monitoring of the employees' performance is required.
  • Responsible to ensure the operational policies and procedures of the Department and Division are achieved through the implementation of the strategic and operational plans. Ensure that all employees are informed of the Division's goals, objectives and strategies. Also responsible to ensure career development opportunities are available to employees. Maintains oversight of DNA grants and the appropriate use and accountability of the funds.
  • Receives training related to assigned disciplines and management/leadership. Provide training to laboratory and law enforcement related personnel as well as citizens as directed and /or approved.
  • Accurate and timely identification and comparison of biological evidence by PCR-based DNA analysis including the processing of at least two external proficiency test every year. One in the first six months and the second in the last six months of the year. Plan and coordinate work with other technical staff, monitor quality control and provide peer review. The work productivity must be to a level in order to allow the work group to meet the Division Benchmarks.
  • Assumes the duties of the director in his/her absence.


  • Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation.
  • OR
  • Two years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.
  • OR
  • Three years of professional experience as a program/project leader, assigning and reviewing work of professional staff (e.g., engineers, etc.) including project responsibility for developing goals and objectives, project evaluation, and monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.
Preferred Skills:
  • A Bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science, or a forensic science related area
  • Four years experience in a forensic discipline (e.g., DNA, Biology, Chemistry, Crime Scene, Latent Prints, Trace Evidence, etc)
  • Currently or previously qualified as an examiner within a laboratory
  • Experience with project management as a supervisor or has held leadership positions in Forensics
  • Professional interactions with law enforcement, District Attorneys and Prosecutors and legislative representatives
  • Currently or Previously qualified as a DNA analyst based on FBI QAS guidelines for a DNA Testing laboratory
Working Conditions:
  • Is subject to handling blood and odoriferous material, firearms, broken glass, dirty syringes, urine and other body specimens which may come from diseased persons and clothing which may be infected with parasites. Works with caustic and flammable fluids, is exposed to substances which may be toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive or otherwise hazardous to humans if proper precautions are not in place.
  • The mission of the Department of State Police is to provide services to the citizens of Oregon seven days a week, 24 hours per day. Schedule variations, which include irregular hours, varying, shift assignments, varying days off, and/or overtime may be imposed in order to meet the needs of the public.

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Posted: January 22, 2018

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