The incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:
1. Serve as a member of the Management Committee, to include working collaboratively with the agency Employee Relations Unit to develop negotiating proposals for collective bargaining purposes relative to laboratory issues and formulating policy and establishing or revising procedures for handling personnel, systemic laboratory safety and security matters and the intake, review and expedition of all biochemical evidence samples. Oversee Forensic Chemistry management, multi-disciplinary Forensic Toxicology units, the Office of Alcohol Testing and Drug Unit supervisors and workgroups. Through the Quality Assurance program, order corrective actions to address incumbent procedural violations, proficiency test failures and other performance deficiencies. Collaborate with managers and supervisors to monitor laboratory operations and functions.
2. Collaborate with the Deputy Director for Biology to establish and direct the mission, objectives and goals of a comprehensive training system to provide requisite credits for professional certification as required by accrediting organizations (ASCLD/LAB, ISO) and to ensure that equitable and professionally valid training opportunities are available to all FSG employees and stakeholders. The Deputy Director assists with program management over the training system by planning needs assessments for course development and course offerings, and ensuring that all in-house trainers are properly credentialed and meet accreditation standards for education, experience, and certification. The Deputy Director oversees identification of toxicology-related subject matter expertise among FSG staff members, approves proposed faculty appointments of subject matter experts, and their use as in-house trainers and curriculum developers to maximize available fiscal resources and to minimize disruption to employee productivity while ongoing on-the-job training and staff development occurs.
3. Serve as the Director of the Office of Alcohol Testing and produce policies and procedures that directly effect the operations and programs of the Forensic Services Group. These policies include quality assurance related documents to address system adherence to accreditation standards and statutory and regulatory requirements for the Lab, operational documents that alter or improve system functions, and other documents that impact the technical functions of the related systems and units. The Deputy Director for Chemistry is responsible for performing due diligence for all policy and procedure proposals to ensure that they are scientifically sound, legally compliant, in keeping with collectively bargained labor practices, reflective of industry best practices, and clearly define how the integrated components of an accredited system focused on quality should function.
4. Assist the Deputy Director for Biology by managing the Quality Assurance Program for the Forensic Chemistry section to assure its compliance with ASCLD/LAB and associated accreditation standards. The work includes ensuring that all Quality Assurance program components, such as annual proficiency testing of eligible FSG staff, facility audits and inspections for conformance with accreditation standards are met as well as developing corrective action plans for staff in need of additional training and conversion and adherence to new ISO 17025 accreditation standards. The Deputy Director for Chemistry is responsible for ensuring that the Quality Assurance program has required quality control standards in place to produce a reliable and forensically defensible product.
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