Executive Director

Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory, Mundelein, IL, US


The Executive Director works closely with an Assistant Lab Director/Quality Assurance Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. The Executive Director is responsible for: 

  • Ensuring that accurate, objective, and timely forensic services are provided to member LEAs. 
  • Together with the Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring that Accreditation of the laboratory and proficiency of the staff is maintained. 
  • Professional and scientific development for the laboratory staff. 
  • Business operations of the organization including: 
    • Managing appropriate Business/Liability Insurance 
    • Facility infrastructure such as, IT, phones, LIMS, security, general maintenance 
    • Banking, budgets, accounts payable/receivable, bookkeeping, annual fiscal audits 
    • Overall grant responsibilities (federal and state) 
    • Communication with laboratory staff and membership agencies 
    • Managing growth of the laboratory 
    • Manage annual drug and gun destruction services for member LEAs 
    • Providing training in Latent Print and Impression Evidence Collection to member LEA staff 
    • Provide other trainings as necessary to a variety of criminal justice partner organizations. 
    • Provide Quarterly Reports of laboratory operations 
    • Maintain informative website www.nircl.org 
  • Human Resources 
    • Personnel development, safety, evaluation, pay, discipline, maintenance of the Employee Handbook, 
    • Payroll and retirement benefits 
    • Health benefits 
  • Regular participation in state and national forensic science organizations 
    • ASCLD 
    • IL Forensic Science Commission


  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, or closely related scientific field. An advanced degree in these areas or in business or public administration is highly desirable. 
  • Ten years of forensic experience with 5 additional years of supervisory/management responsibilities. 
  • All experience must have been acquired in an accredited forensic laboratory. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge and detailed understanding of forensic quality assurance processes and accreditation requirements. 
  • probative value of forensic evidence
  •  human resource management 
  • grant management 
  • business practices 
  • personnel development 

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Ability to work collaboratively and to effectively manage laboratory operations as well as the high expectations of the laboratory’s criminal justice partners.


  • Competitive pay commensurate with experience 
  • Medical and Dental PPO plans 
  • Vision reimbursement plan 
  • Life Insurance ($50,000) with supplemental insurance available 
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • 401(k) plan (including Roth option). Laboratory contributes a maximum of 10% of salary if employee contributes 4%.

How to apply

Submit Application https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dbg5zWfFW0cX_tnZp0GsGMIOXkVMdCJ6/view and Resume to Chief Mike Simo msimo@mortongroveil.org by close of business March 15, 2024.