Employment Opportunity


Chief Forensic Laboratories

County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner, CA

Salary: $101,196.48 - $153,169.19 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The one position allocable to this class reports to the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner and is responsible for providing technical and administrative direction, through subordinate supervisors, to personnel in the Forensic Science Laboratory engaged in receiving, processing, analyzing, and interpreting of evidence. The incumbent of this position must exercise knowledge of supervisory, organizational, and administrative principles, operations, forecasting and planning, budget development and administration, and personnel and employee relations principles in order to plan, organize, and direct the operations of the division. This position also requires that the incumbent be thoroughly familiar with sections of the Government Code pertaining to the Coroner's responsibilities and those provisions of the California Penal Code and the laws governing the rules of evidence sufficient to provide technical direction to subordinates.

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Duties:

  • Manages laboratory operations, including protocol development and implementation of new programs and services.
  • Provides technical and administrative direction, through subordinate supervisors, to laboratory personnel engaged in receiving, processing, analyzing, and interpreting physical data.
  • Directs and participates in research into new methods, procedures, and techniques of scientific medico-legal investigation.
  • Coordinates activities of the Bureau with internal and external stakeholders, both public and private, such as other County departments, laboratories, the court, law enforcement agencies, and scientific associations, to ensure successful operation of the Bureau.
  • Reviews and interprets analytical data and renders opinions to medical staff, law enforcement, and the courts based on laboratory findings; confers with other forensic experts concerning evidence and its interpretation; testifies in court as an expert witness regarding laboratory operations, physical evidence, forensic results, scientific analysis, and case knowledge.
  • Develops the Bureau's annual budget based on current and projected program needs.
  • Supervises the preparation of grant funding requests and the administration of research grants from Federal and State agencies.
  • Recommends, implements and monitors departmental procedures, policies, standards, and training programs, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Reviews and interprets test results, acts to correct any potential violations whenever deviations in Laboratory policy and procedures occur; recommends corrective action where appropriate.
  • Provides short and long term planning strategies to the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner based on Forensic standards and practices, to continually evaluate and recommend new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of the Bureau.
  • Represents the organization during laboratory accreditation inspections, and ensures that standards and requirements are met for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLAD/LAB).
  • Provides responsive, high quality customer service to representatives of internal and external agencies, members of the public and community.
  • Reviews laboratory reports and findings, maintaining precise records of all examinations performed, compiles statistical data, writes scientific reports, presents and interprets analytical results; renders technical reports of findings.
  • Chairs the Department's Research Committee, ensuring compliance with departmental guidelines, monitoring and documenting activities to completion.
  • Acts in the absence of the Chief Deputy Director as needed.

Requirements:

  • OPTION I: A Doctorate degree from an accredited college with specialization in chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, criminalistics, physics or biology and two years' experience supervising personnel in a forensic sciences laboratory.
  • OPTION II: A Master's Degree from an accredited college with specialization in chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, criminalistics, physics, or biology and four years' experience supervising personnel in a forensic sciences laboratory.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in the application of statutory requirements, rules and regulations, principles and practices, concepts, theories, and limitations of methods associated with Forensic Science.
  • Experience supervising forensic science laboratory operations, including providing technical and administrative direction to laboratory personnel engaged in receiving, processing, analyzing, and interpreting physical data.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory protocol development and in the implementation of new programs and services, policies and procedures, staff training and development.
  • Ability to manage complex organizational projects.
  • Experience developing short and long-term planning strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of a forensics laboratory operation.
  • Experience in the analysis and interpretation of medico-legal investigation and physical evidence in scientific investigations, including experience reviewing and interpreting analytical data and rendering opinions to medical staff, law enforcement, and the courts based on laboratory findings.
  • Experience testifying in court as an expert witness regarding laboratory operations, physical evidence, forensic results, scientific analysis, and case knowledge.
  • Experience overseeing budgetary functions and administering research grants from Federal and State agencies.
  • Experience compiling statistical data, writing scientific reports and rendering technical reports of findings and the ability to use current and modern job related office and laboratory equipment.
  • Experience representing an organization during laboratory accreditation inspections by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLAD/LAB).

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Posted: March 21, 2016



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