Employment Opportunity

Medical Investigator III

Snohomish County Medical Examiner, Everett, Washington

Salary: $65,594.04 - $79,762.08 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 13, 2017

To serve as lead worker in medicolegal investigations or forensic pathology assistance. To assist the Chief Medical Examiner with the operational flow between investigations and pathology assistance. To assist the Chief Medical Investigator with scheduling and coordination of Medical Investigator work assignments, technical training, guidance and direction.

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  • Serves as lead worker over Medical Investigators. Serves as mentor and role model for subordinates regarding compliance with the office policies, procedures and values. Serves to maintain and improve the quality, productivity, efficiency, and safety of Medical Investigators' work performance.
  • In coordination and support of the Chief Medical Investigator, plans, assigns and schedules work consistent with department policies and procedures, quality control, safety measures, performance goals, the daily workload and time demands; monitors and inspects work production and quality to ensure timely completion and compliance with instructions, procedures and standards; enforces safety rules and regulations; provides coverage as necessary for shift vacancies and during emergency situations.
  • Provides technical consultation, assistance and guidance, day to day coaching, and on the job training to investigators and new employees; analyzes employee training needs; develops schedules and conducts quarterly training programs; organizes and participates in death investigation seminars; maintains training records, and assists Chief Medical Investigator with preparation of employee evaluations and other personnel related matters.
  • Performs evidence gathering, security and transfer to appropriate agencies as necessary to maintain chain of custody; maintains work areas and equipment in a safe and sanitary condition.
  • Oversees or performs the regular inventory, purchase and maintenance of investigative/pathology supplies and equipment.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation, quality control and maintenance of the digital imaging storage, retrieval, and security, including radiographic digital image capture, records and files; ensures the integrity of imaging and computer radiology database contents, monitors transaction activity and database security; develops and documents network procedures.
  • Develops and implements approved policies, procedures and guidelines related to specific work group functions and for multi-fatality event; participates in and evaluates simulated disaster drills.
  • When assigned to investigations, participates in and coordinates the daily activities of the investigative staff including next of kin research, and unidentified or unclaimed decedent disposition. Acts as team leader on complex or specialized investigations, and coordinates response to regional death investigations and disaster response and recovery activities.
  • When assigned to pathology, participates in and coordinates the daily activities of the investigation staff assigned to pathology, including evidence and specimen collection, maintenance, transfers and audits. Acts as team leader on complex or specialized investigations, and coordinates response to regional death investigations and disaster response and recovery activities.
  • Required to carry personal pager twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week (24/7) and may be on call 24/7.
  • Performs duties of medical investigator II.
  • When assigned, performs the duties of chief medical investigator during his/her absence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree in, biology, chemistry, clinical pathology, medicine, or forensic science with course work in anatomy and physiology; PLUS, five (5) years of experience directly related to specific job assignment (death investigation or autopsy assistance), including two (2) years of experience supervising subordinate medicolegal investigation/pathology staff; OR, any combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
  • Five (5) years' experience supervising subordinate medicolegal investigation/pathology staff is preferred.
  • ABMDI registered or graduation from an accredited pathology assistant program is required.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State driver's license, unrestricted except as to vision, is required at the time of, or within 15 days of appointment. Required to successfully pass a background investigation, to include criminal record background check and fingerprinting. Also required to pass a drug test, medical evaluation, physical fitness for duty test, and psychological test. Required to carry an employer-issued cell phone and/or personal pager both while on and off shift for contact and communication.
  • Required to work as a team member and must be able to independently utilize strong decision making and critical thinking skills that are within the scope of this position.
Knowledge of:
  • physiology, anatomy, chemistry and biology as applied to pathology
  • blood/airborne pathogens and universal precautions for personnel safety
  • advanced medico-legal photographic techniques including data storage
  • histological theory, techniques and procedures
  • proper practices in the care and operation of assigned equipment
  • advanced human anatomy
  • criminal investigation and identification procedures
  • appropriate procedures for handling contaminated or infectious specimens or bodies
  • medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • evidentiary and chain of custody procedures
  • mass casualty procedures
  • laws, rules and regulations governing the operations of the medical examiner's office
  • supervision and scheduling
  • knowledge of supervisory and budgetary/cost saving principles and techniques
  • word processing, spreadsheets, digital imaging and databases
Ability to:
  • encourage, motivate and promote cohesion in alignment with the office goals
  • plan, coordinate, lead and evaluate the work of subordinate employees
  • analyze operations and take effective action to correct deficiencies and resolve problems
  • work effectively in situations involving natural and violent deaths and decomposed bodies
  • conduct death investigations to allow determination of cause of death
  • lift and transport dead bodies
  • apply advanced photographic and radiographic techniques
  • deal effectively with bereaved family members
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with public and private officials, associates, coworkers, the news media and the general public
  • communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • maintain accurate written records and prepare required reports
  • work independently with minimal supervision
  • train new employees and coworkers
  • act as team leader in complex investigations
  • develop specialized death investigation skills
  • work with bodies exhibiting various degrees of decay, mutilation, infestation, and disease including communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and AIDS
  • Good physical condition is required, as the employee in this position occasionally performs strenuous physical labor associated with the investigation of the cause of the death and the transportation of human remains in excess of one hundred and seventy-five (175) pounds to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Posted: September 5, 2017

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