Manager, Laboratory Services Section (DNA)

Ministry of the Solicitor General, Toronto, ON, CA


Reporting to the Senior Manager, you will:

  • Lead the identification, evaluation, validation and implementation of new technologies, and the review of new or innovative methods in conducting forensic services specialty program examinations and analyses in support of investigations
  • Co-ordinate the completion of casework, including case assignment, providing expert advice and direction, and ensuring continuity of evidence and coordination of the unit's work
  • Monitor laboratory practices to ensure staff compliance with accreditation standards and safety procedures
  • Identify needs, and conduct and promote educational training and developmental programs for staff
  • Participate in research and development activities/programs
  • Establish and oversee a regular program for the preventative maintenance of scientific equipment, and monitor work of scientists and technologists


  • Advanced knowledge in Forensic Chemistry, Biology, or Toxicology obtained in part through successful completion of an Honors BSc in an appropriate natural or applied science, together with and/or extensive forensic science experience
  • Knowledge of international standards of accreditation and of procedures used in other forensic science laboratories and quality assurance programs
  • Knowledge of forensic biology to conduct, oversee, assign and monitor the work of the team
  • Knowledge of technologies and methodologies, both current and emerging, which impact forensic science
  • Experience in program management in order to plan, implement and evaluate programs of scientific investigation and research

Leadership and Management Skills:

  • You can lead a professional team to meet organizational vision and objectives
  • You can evaluate case work and research projects
  • You can review case files and scientific reports, and discuss cases with clients
  • You have ability to assist court officials, investigative and medical personnel to develop a knowledgeable awareness of forensic science methodologies and procedures through conducting lectures, and providing advice on the case work, testing procedures, limitations of test results, etc.
  • You have ability to acquire and apply knowledge of human resources principles and practices related to staffing, performance and attendance management and lab our relations
  • You demonstrate the leadership behaviors, attributes and mindsets >to lead the OPS into the future

Communication (oral and written) and Interpersonal skills:

  • You can effectively communicate complex technical information to provide clear instructions and/or present lectures and training courses to a diverse audience (e.g. scientific and technical staff, professionals, stakeholders and partners)
  • You have ability to provide expert testimony in court


$79,720 - $124,228 / Annually

How to apply

As part of the application process, please respond to the following question: The Laboratory Services Section at the Centre of Forensic Sciences performs DNA analysis to support the activities of the Biology Section. As such, it experiences continual change, whether in terms of forensic technologies, client demand, or organizational structure and work processes. List what you believe to be the three most important factors in effectively managing change in a forensic biology/DNA laboratory, and briefly explain why. Using areal-life example, explain how you have demonstrated a key competency for managers implementing change.

Your response must be as clear and concise as possible, and limited to 1,200 words. Please include your response within your application and submit as one document when you apply (i.e. along with your cover letter and resume). Only applications including a completed response to this question will be considered. Applications are ONLY accepted online via the OPS careers website (, search for Job ID 188285).