Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist Shift Supervisor (Crime Scene Unit)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $89,260.00 - $124,963.00 per year

Final Filing Date: May 31, 2018

Two available openings. 10 DAY SCREENINGS WILL TAKE PLACE UNTIL ALL VACANCIES ARE FILLED. FIRST SCREENING DATE: 5/11. SECOND SCREENING DATE: 5/21. THIRD SCREENING DATE: 5/30

The position serves as Forensic Scientist Shift Supervisor providing first line supervision by supporting the administrative and technical responsibility of the Division. The organization is responsible for analyzing, collecting, preserving, and processing physical and biological evidence and performs the work in the field, including crime scenes and autopsies, and/or in the laboratory. Crime scenes include human crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies, as well as property crimes and traffic accidents. Evidence includes biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire and shoe impressions, firearms, drugs, and tool mark impressions.

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Duties:

  • Assists with planning and coordinating the daily operational and tactical functions of the Crime Scene Sciences (CSS) Unit. This includes specialized technical services and activities through subordinate staff and contractors. Ensures that all required laboratory services are provided, some of which may be unprecedented and call for research efforts.
  • Ensures that the heavy volume of daily work as well as difficult special demands are scheduled and processed effectively and distributed appropriately to the subordinate staff; that personnel services, equipment, and materials are used to the best interest of the laboratory, department, and the District of Columbia; and, establishes liaisons with organizations and institutions within and out of the District and maintains satisfactory working arrangements.
  • Anticipates problems, prepares solutions, and informs supervisor of consequences; provides utilization and cost figures for budget preparations as well as assists supervisor in planning for major changes in budgeting requirements for the unit. Keeps abreast of current industry, scientific, and regulatory developments and issues; communicates strategies to accommodate change; and, prepares clear, concise, technically competent, regulatory compliant reports and presentations.
  • Keep abreast of current industry, scientific, and regulatory developments and issues; communicate strategies to accommodate change; prepares clear, concise, technically competent, regulatory compliant reports and presentations.
  • Maintains effective communications, reports findings, assesses needs, and makes recommendations; keeps supervisor informed of specific operations, problems, and options for improved productivity; and, facilitates effective two-way communications with and between subordinates to provide for efficient individual and group operation and development.
  • Responsible for the proper performance of all tests in the crime scene laboratory and crime scenes; oversees the testing of specimens; and, responsible for the continuous application of quality control procedures in accordance with rules, procedures, methods, and techniques.
  • Makes sure that current reference materials and applicable publications are available. Interfaces effectively with other groups and areas to facilitate exchange of technical and regulatory information.
  • Assists in developing processes and lab SOPs in light of applicable change from internal and external sources.
  • Maintains all requirements to ensure accreditation standards are attained or maintained, including documentation of remediation or any deficiencies and improvements; assists with developing and/or enforcing protocol for the receipt, storage, release, and destruction of evidence; trains subordinate Scientists in all aspects of crime scene functions; and, works with the Quality Assurance Manager and other management personnel to ensure accreditation standards are met. Studies new techniques and procedures in crime scene evidence collection and processing; participates in a structured training program; demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, and streamline work processes; and, works collectively, cooperatively, and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
  • Assists with directing research projects of national and local significance and maintains liaison with federal, international, and private organizations engaged in identical or related research activities to provide for exchange of information of mutual interest, to keep abreast of progress in a particular field of research; and, to assure uniformity in laboratory testing methods and techniques.
  • Recognizes, records, and supervises evidence recovered from criminal investigations at the scene(s) of crime(s) by ensuring analysis, photographs, and items collected are appropriately preserved; and physical evidence is effectively presented. The incumbent may be required to perform work in the field as well as in the laboratory setting.
  • Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprints the deceased for identification purposes.
  • Prepares solutions and reagents necessary to conduct analyses; and prepares reagents for fingerprint processing, and blood enhancement used by the Forensic Services Section. Evaluates data, prepares and technically reviews (peer reviews) reports and charts of completed analyses.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness and maintains records and files regarding casework; complies with court-mandated discovery requests; and, trains staff in how to effectively testify in court and testify as a witness in connection to the scenes processed, and evidence developed and preserved.
  • Accounts for receipt, storage, release, and destruction of evidence; maintains a strict chain of custody of evidence submitted.
  • Adheres to all required laboratory standards with regard to the division's responsibilities.
  • Attends meetings, symposia, and workshops to keep up with current and future mandatory requirements.
  • Supervises, plans, and directs subordinate staff, which also includes contracting personnel within the purview of the DFS. Supervision includes the review of work; utilization of employees to accomplish work objectives; monitors quantitative and qualitative measures for evaluating the work performance of staff; formulating overall plans for resources; approves and disapproves leave requests; recommends candidate selections, staff promotions, incentive recognition, and corrective or adverse actions; establishes work standards; and, identifies developmental and training needs.
  • Provides advice to the forensic scientists and consults with key DFS managers and represents the CSS when providing advice to officials of the District of Columbia on matters pertaining to the laboratory.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of forensic sciences, consistent with current procedures, methods and techniques to develop and enforce quality control measures.
  • Advanced problem solving skills to select, organize, and logically process relevant information (verbal, numerical or abstract) to solve problems and/or discrepancies. (Examples: skills in performing forensic tests, conducting quantitative and statistical analyses to collect and analyze statistical information and prepare technical reports, graphs, and charts to reflect test results; skills in in using reference materials to establish guidelines that are consistent with technical and legal requirements; and, skills in using and caring for laboratory equipment and evidence).
  • Expert knowledge of and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to conduct in-depth research of operational/program issues; to review and analyze complex reports; to develop necessary plans; and to prepare clear, in-depth reports of studies and recommendations.
  • Expert knowledge of quality assurance and quality improvement methods and techniques; knowledge of accreditation standards and quality processing method that is crucial as well as beneficial to the quality assurance program; and, expert knowledge of crime scene policies, procedures, and practices sufficient to effectively provide guidance and assistance in the direction of a cohesive quality assurance program.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and coordinate short, medium, and long-range operational activities of an operational crime scene laboratory.
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing with top management officials, representatives of cluster agencies, federal government and private sector officials; 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 exercise 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 PC and software packages (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point, etc.) and other software applicable to various reporting systems or to the job.
  • Ability to develop methods of laboratory experimentation and to apply knowledge of scientific theory and computer capability.
  • Ability to keep abreast of accreditation requirements and the latest in forensic techniques, equipment, and custody requirements through literature reviews and other means, in documenting validation studies and in writing grant applications/reports etc.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to provide leadership. Ability to effectively supervise staff.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Forensic Scientist Shift Supervisor (CSU), MS-0401-13
  • Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; and, a year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 12 level. Ten (10) years of specialized experience in Forensic Crime Scene processing or supervising crime scene scientists/technicians is preferred.
  • Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include such work as, assisting with the planning and coordinating the daily operational and tactical functions of the Crime Scene Sciences (CSS) Unit; ensuring that all required laboratory services are provided, some of which may be unprecedented and call for research efforts; ensuring the proper performance of all tests in the crime scene laboratory and crime scenes and the continuous application of quality control procedures in accordance with rules, procedures, methods and techniques; OR
  • Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in Degree requirement above, plus relevant experience at least one year of which is equivalent to grade 12 level or additional education. Ten (10) years of specialized experience in Forensic Crime Scene processing or supervising crime scene scientists/technicians highly desirable.
Forensic Scientist Shift Supervisor (CSU), MS-0301-13
  • Must have one year of specialized work experience in forensics crime scene processing or supervising Crime Scene Scientists/Technicians equivalent to grade 12 level. Ten (10) years of specialized experience in forensic crime scene processing or supervising crime scene scientists/technicians is preferred. Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree strongly preferred.
  • Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include such work as, assisting with the planning and coordinating the daily operational and tactical functions of the Crime Scene Sciences (CSS) Unit; ensuring that all required laboratory services are provided, some of which may be unprecedented and call for research efforts; ensuring the proper performance of all tests in the crime scene laboratory and crime scenes and the continuous application of quality control procedures in accordance with rules, procedures, methods and techniques
LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION
  • None; however, incumbent must be able to successfully pass DFS crime scene competencies.

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Posted: May 7, 2018



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