Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Sciences Manager

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $102,649 - $143,708 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 6, 2018

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  • This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (ODMPSJ) 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. The position reports to the Director of Crime Scene Sciences Division (CSSD) and serves as the Unit Manager providing supervisions to first line supervisors and supporting the administrative and technical responsibility of the Division. The manager of Crime Scene Sciences Division 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.
  • Supervises, plans, and coordinates the highly professional and specialized technical services and activities associated with DFS' crime scene laboratory. Through subordinate staff and contractors, the incumbent insures that all required laboratory services are provided, some of which may be unprecedented and calls for research efforts. Provides advice to the supervisor and consults with key DFS managers; represents the supervisor when providing advice to officials of the District of Columbia on matters pertaining to the laboratory; and, represents the supervisor on high level conferences with officials from the Federal Government. 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. Assists with directing research projects of national 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. Oversees the testing of specimens and ensures the proper performance of all tests in the crime scene laboratory. Responsible for the continuous application of quality control procedures in accordance with standard and established rules, procedures, methods, and techniques.
  • Ensures that the heavy volume of daily work as well as difficult special demands are scheduled and processed effectively, and that personnel services, equipment, and materials are used efficiently. Establishes liaisons with organizations and institutions within and out of the District and maintains professional working arrangement. Makes sure that current reference materials and applicable publications are available; and interfaces effectively with other groups and areas to facilitate exchange of technical and regulatory information. Maintains effective communications to report findings, assess needs, and make recommendations; keeps supervisor informed of specific operations, problems, and options to improved productivity; and facilitates effective two-way communications with and between subordinates to provide efficient individual and group feedback. Keeps abreast of current industry, scientific, and regulatory developments and issues; communicate strategies to accommodate change; and prepares clear, concise, technically competent, regulatory compliant reports and presentations. Anticipates problems, prepares solutions, and informs supervisor of consequences; provides utilization and cost figures for budget preparations and makes major changes in budgeting requirements for the unit. Proactively develops processes and lab Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) in light of applicable changes from internal and external sources.
  • 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, streamline work processes, and work collectively, cooperatively, and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. Recognizes, records, and supervises evidence recovered from criminal investigations at the scene(s) of crime(s) by ensuring analysis, photographs, items collected are appropriately preserved, and physical evidence is presented effectively; and the incumbent is required to perform work in the field which includes crime scenes and autopsies, as well as in the laboratory setting. Maintains all requirements to ensure accreditation standards are attained or maintained, including documentation of remediation or any deficiencies and improvements; and assists with developing and/or enforcing protocol for the receipt, storage, release, and destruction of evidence. Testifies in court as an expert witness and maintains records and files regarding casework and 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; develops quantitative and qualitative measures for evaluating the work performance of staff; formulating overall plans for resources; approves and disapproves leave requests; recommends job selections, promotions, incentive recognition, and corrective or adverse actions; establishes work standards; and, identifies developmental and training needs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade 13 level in the District of Columbia government service or its equivalent. A minimum of five (5) years of specialized crime scene experience and at least five (5) years of supervisory experience highly 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.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
  • None; however, incumbent must be able to successfully pass DFS crime scene competency tests.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position gained from accredited college or university and at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to grade 13 level in the District of Columbia government service or its equivalent.
Work Experience
  • A minimum of five (5) years of specialized crime scene experience and at least five (5) years of supervisory experience highly preferred.
Work Environment
  • This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable. Also, incumbent is required to submit a buccal swab as a DNA reference sample for the purposes of internal Quality Control.
  • The nature of the DFS mission 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. This position is designated as “Essential” pursuant to DPM Chapter 12, Essential and Emergency Employees. The incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening (Security) pursuant to DPM Chapter 4, Suitability.

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Posted: May 14, 2018

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