Employment Opportunity

Crime Laboratory Director

North Carolina Department of Justice, Wake County, North Carolina

Salary: $72,172.00 - $137,456.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 1, 2019

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • The ideal candidate will work seamlessly with his/her peers in the Department of Justice Legal, Communications, and Legislative Liaison units to respond to legal matters, inquiries from the press and legislature. This position will be responsible for the management of all laboratory staff and all HR-related matters with support and guidance from the HR Director.
  • The Director is ultimately responsible for the quality of work produced as well as oversight for the supervision and management of the Lab staff.
  • The Director must protect the integrity of the Lab and its work product by prioritizing the scientific process above other demands from its stakeholders. This means that in managing requests for analysis of evidence, creating reports, and delivering expert testimony to District Attorneys and law enforcement, the ultimate task of the Lab is to provide reliable data and plain English explanations of that data, not to seek convictions, exonerations, or to close cases, tasks suited to other actors in the criminal justice process. Fostering this culture of impartiality is crucial to the Director's success.
  • The Director must prepare an annual report for the NC General Assembly outlining, at a minimum, the four statutory requirements as outlined in The Forensic Sciences Act of 2011 (S.L. 2011-19). Other information may be provided as deemed essential by the Director in consultation with the Attorney General and Chief of Staff.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Detailed knowledge of local, state, and federal regulatory requirements pertaining to laboratory operations and experience hosting laboratory inspections.
  • Objectivity, independent judgment and decision-making skills, complex problem-solving ability; leadership skills to motivate and lead change with demonstrated ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and manage at a high level across all levels of the organization; ability to establish effective laboratory policies and procedures; ability to adapt to new programs, scientific advancements and changes to the agency's procedures and/or policies
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, outside organizations, law enforcement, prosecutors, judicial personnel, news media, and the general public
  • Strong analytic, quantitative, and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Confidence, humility, openness, kindness, and a commitment to learning and teaching others
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree preferably in the physical or biological sciences from an appropriately accredited institution and eight years of varied laboratory experience including three years in a supervisory or administrative role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Management preferences:
  • Management prefers a candidate with a solid foundation in ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation standards and Lean Six Sigma.

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Posted: March 13, 2019

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