ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides technical oversight in the section including analysis, instrumentation, validation, training, and quality management.
- Manages personnel in the section regarding work assignments, priorities, expectations and serve as the Technical Leader for the discipline.
- Participates in personnel decisions, trains employees and monitors their performance. Assists in arranging for additional training for employees.
- Oversees the laboratory/section by reviewing laboratory reports and work records; ensures that quality work is performed, accurate reports are issued, and all quality assurance measures are being met.
- Ascertains that evidence or database samples are secured, and properly marked and sealed; inventories evidence per guidelines; oversees receipt of evidence, destruction, and return of evidence.
- Conducts liaison with area law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys to meet needs.
- Provides summaries of certain laboratory activity on a monthly or quarterly basis.
- Assigns casework to personnel and may conduct staff meetings.
- Coordinates the scheduling of laboratory staff for court appearances.
- Requests replacement of equipment when needed.
- Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:
Education – Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a with a Master’s level degree in Biology, Chemistry or Forensic Science related area, and successfully completed 12 semester or equivalent credit hours from a combination of undergraduate and graduate course work covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics (at least three (3) credit hours must be at the graduate level).
*Forensic science programs must be either FEPAC-accredited OR meet the minimum curriculum requirements pertaining to natural science core courses and specialized science courses set forth in the FEPAC Accreditation Standards. Must have a three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Commission.
Experience – A minimum of four (4) years of progressively complex work experience in a forensic laboratory in the field of DNA Analysis which should include a minimum of three (3) years’ experience (current or previous) as a qualified analyst working with human DNA forensic samples.
Substitution Note: A waiver from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and a Bachelor's Degree may substitute for the Master's Degree requirement.
Licensure and/or Certification – Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
Regulatory knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures and related accreditation, licensing and operational standards of crime laboratories.
Supervisory/Managerial/Leadership skills – Knowledge of management/supervisory methods and principles, performance/productivity standards, and fiscal/budget management. Ability to develop plans, policies, and procedures for efficient workflow and overall effectiveness. Ability to provide clear direction to others, promote teamwork and motivate others to accomplish goals.
Forensic Science – Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles. Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures. Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials. Ability to:
• Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
• Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
• Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
• Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
• Conduct testing used in examination of evidence; and
• Testify in court as an expert witness.
Technology and other Laboratory tools/equipment – Proficiency with Microsoft Office and appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems (e.g. CAPPS, SharePoint) and be able to learn new software/systems. Considerable knowledge of instrumentation, methods techniques, and controls used in an accredited forensic laboratory. Skill in the use of lab equipment and materials.
Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers. Must demonstrate DPS’ core values: Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Teamwork.
Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations and/or communications to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
Research and Comprehension – Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
Safety – Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
Schedule and/or Remote/Telecommuting work and/or Travel – Availability for after-hours and weekend work is required on occasion. Telecommuting up to 2 days per week.
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