Employment Opportunity

Supervising Criminalist

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Oakland, California

Salary: $103,833.60 - $126,276.80 per year

Final Filing Date: June 26, 2019

Under direction, to assist the Crime Laboratory Director in the supervision of Criminalists and other laboratory personnel involved in the technical laboratory analysis of physical evidence of crimes; to testify in court as an expert witness; and to do related work as required.

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  • In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will satisfy all requirements of a DNA Technical Lead as defined by the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the following critical attributes:
    • Adaptability and Flexibility
    • Decision Making and Problem Solving
    • Quality Orientation
    • Planning and Organizing
    • Interpersonal Sensitivity
    • Leadership Disposition/DNA Technical Lead
    • Integrity
    • Strong Communication
  • Either I
    • Experience: The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Criminalist III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)
  • Or II
    • Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree in criminalistics, or in a closely related science such as chemistry, biochemistry, or physics, awarded by an accredited college or university,
    • AND
    • Experience: The equivalent of five years of full-time, paid experience as a criminalist or forensic chemist in crime laboratory or investigation work, one year of which was at a supervisory level.

  • NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS - The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Methods and techniques used in examining crime scenes.
  • Methods and techniques used in laboratory analyses of various types of evidence.
  • Principles of forensic, organic, and inorganic chemistry, physiology and forensic identification.
  • Photographic techniques and equipment used in police work.
  • Quality assurance practices and principles.
  • Accreditation program requirements.
Ability to:
  • Make definitive analyses of evidence by physical and chemical tests.
  • Use a wide variety of scientific equipment including microscopes, incubators, furnaces, micrometers, infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometers, gas chromatograph and high vacuum equipment.
  • Use photographic equipment such as photomicrographic cameras, macrophotographic equipment, video cameras, projectors, and darkroom equipment, and to train or assist other lab personnel in all of the above.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Plan and organize.
  • Make decisions.
  • Exercise leadership and management control.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Adapt to stress.

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Posted: June 3, 2019

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