Employment Opportunity

Quality Assurance Specialist (Crime Scene Sciences)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $81,050.00 to $104,423.00 per year

Final Filing Date: November 5, 2017

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  • This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
  • Primarily responsible for accreditation strategy, planning, execution, coordination, and maintenance and prepares and implements an annual Quality Improvement and Enhancement Plan which includes a review of quality assurance data and findings, as well as an annual plan for quality assurance monitoring, for tracking trends as it pertains to quality assurance data.; and serves as an expert advisor for accreditation, certification, and national standards as they pertain to quality improvements and accreditation
  • Assists with identifying and establishing training needs and resource requirements after evaluating all programmatic areas; and develops monitoring instruments to enhance agency and staff performance (measures and goals).
  • Ensures that evaluations of all programs offered by DFS have established standards/SOP's that are meaningful and measurable; and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that the programs meet the needs of the clients.
  • Reviews and participates in the agency's procurement planning sessions to provide guidance on the methodology to be used to assess performance measures, incentives, and penalties.
  • Conducts research and analysis of best practices in order to keep abreast of new and revised procedures, laws, regulations, policies industry standards. Revises and recommends policies governing operating procedures, to ensure that best practices and industry standards are utilized so as to enhance agency organizational structure.
  • Coordinates all laboratory activities in support of QA and safety programs, ensures that activities are properly designed and expeditiously implemented in a manner that will provide reliable support for those objectives that are responsive to the mission(s).
  • Resolves difficulties between all program units contained within DFS, as well as establishing measures/standards that safeguard the integrity of the agency when interacting with vendors or other governmental entities.
  • Deals with DFS managers and other D.C. agencies on significant issues that affects laboratory Quality Assurance; and critically evaluated and maintains accreditation standards; schedules periodic QA audits to ensure conformance with approved policies and procedures; responds to requests; and recommends and manages implementation of preventive measures and corrective action to ensure non-recurrence of deficiencies.
  • Designs and executes test plans on computer applications; records and documents results and compare to expected results; documents anomalies, and issues and performs reviews, walkthroughs, and/or inspections; and ensures data integrity standards.
  • The nature of the work necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Mastery of quality assurance concepts, operating principles, and methodology applicable to agency program(s) or mission area. This includes expert knowledge of organizational missions, objectives, and procedures; the relationship with other program/operation areas.
  • Exercises a very high degree of skill in applying knowledge to the analysis and resolution of complex or sensitive problems related to Quality Assurance, and in applying new developments and methodologies.
  • Expert skill and ability to deal with extremely broad and complex quality problems which are further complicated by such factors as the dispersion of assignments within the organization and activities involved, and the multiplicity of authorities, policies, and controls.
  • Ability to research/study internal and external program directives covering new and innovative conceptual approaches, technologies, and methods for enhancing the assessment of quality performance, and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Ability to compare past performance to present performance to determine which areas need improvement and the ability to make modifications, if necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing with top management officials and representatives, federal government and private sector officials; and skill in articulating concerns and positions on sensitive and complex issues, both orally and in writing; and ability to listen to, work with, and elicit cooperation among and from others.
  • Ability to work effectively with other technical staff, contractors or vendors and demonstrated expertise in exercising tact, diplomacy, discretion, originality and persuasive techniques to develop, present and explain controversial facts, views and options to high level government officials.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to use a PC and software packages (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point, etc.) and software applicable to various reporting systems.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
  • This position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable.
  • Due to the nature of the work in the forensic casework laboratories, the applicant will be required to submit a buccal swab for the purposes of the DNA Quality Control database for the DFS.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Work Experience
  • One (1) or more years of specialize experience is required.
Work Environment
  • The work is primarily performed in an office setting and may occasionally perform work in a laboratory.

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Posted: October 6, 2017

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