Employment Opportunity

Assistant Director - Crime Lab

Orange County Sheriff/Coroner, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $78,499.20 - $139,505.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a current vacancy within the Orange County Sheriff's Department – OC Crime Lab. This list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower level classifications throughout the County of Orange.

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The Sheriff's Department is looking for an Assistant Director to provide management of operational bureaus with the Orange County Crime Laboratory.
  • The Assistant Director manages Bureau operations through subordinate supervisors in a modern spacious facility with over 130 personnel and a budget over 25 million dollars.
  • The functional areas include forensic alcohol analysis, toxicology, controlled substances, trace evidence, DNA, firearms, impression evidence, latent print processing, crime scene investigations, Cal-ID, clerical, evidence control, quality assurance, research and development, and facility operations.
  • The Assistant Director is expected to be a resource on forensic science matters to the Director and also the Sheriff Department, county law enforcement and public safety agencies.
  • The Assistant Director is expected to be aware of the emerging scientific, political, and funding trends on a local, state, and national level.
  • This position is expected to mentor subordinate supervisors to accept greater responsibility and to promote the highest quality and efficiency practices in forensic science.


  • Required experience directly related to the level of leadership, planning problem solving, analysis program management and supervision is required. An educational degree in criminal justice, justice administration, criminalistics, chemistry, biology, toxicology, forensic science, or closely related field is required.
Education| Experience:
  • Two years of experience as an Administrative Forensic Manager, Senior Forensic Scientist or Supervising Forensic Specialist (or equivalent forensic supervisor) with the County of Orange or other forensic science organization or crime laboratory
  • OR
  • Four years of experience directly related to the competencies and attributes. A bachelor's degree in a related area of study (criminal justice, justice administration, criminalistics, chemistry, biology, toxicology, forensic science) may substitute for two years of the required experience.
Licensed Required
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher is required by date of appointment.
  • Applicant must have no felony convictions or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS, CORE COMPETENCIES AND ATTRIBUTES - In addition to the education and experience requirements, the incumbent must possess the desirable qualifications, core competencies and attributes.
  • Extensive knowledge in forensic science, accreditation standards and quality assurance practices, current forensic administrative and scientific trends, and governmental human resource management and budgeting principles
  • Professional affiliation and activities, professional certification, and involvement in accreditation programs
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the Division, Department and among the county law enforcement and public safety agencies
  • Modern leadership and managerial skills with abilities to manage a diverse, professional and highly educated workforce
  • Ability to delegate effectively through subordinate supervisors
  • Effective planning and organizing skills to complete special projects with the skills and abilities to analyze and solve complex problems or issues
  • Ability to align organizational vision with the County, Department and Division strategic goals and business objectives
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to explain complex scientific processes with succinct, yet technically complete and understandable, delivery
  • Awareness of local, state and national funding opportunities
  • Knowledge of California laws, government codes and procedures
  • Knowledge and experience in Forensic Toxicology is helpful but not required
  • Uses creativity and innovation in achieving business objectives
  • Builds effective working relationships inside and outside the organization
  • Values learning and finds opportunities for challenging and improving personal performance
  • Actively promotes teamwork by creating a culture and environment that supports individual and team empowerment
  • Exhibits courage to take action by tackling difficult challenges
  • Promotes the principles of contemporary leadership practices
  • Confronts conflict directly and objectively with a goal of resolution for all parties
  • Promotes open, candid information-sharing across organizational boundaries
  • Builds consensus among diverse groups for the purpose of meeting business objectives
  • Listens effectively to others
  • Presents ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • Deals effectively with various levels of the organization
  • Ensures timely, appropriate communication with stakeholders
  • Readily and routinely shares technical knowledge with others
  • Plans for acquiring resources needed for project completion
  • Works in an organized manner
  • Exhibits cost consciousness and conserves departmental and/or County resources
  • Assigns work to project team members, establish expectations and monitor activities
  • Finds and acts on new opportunities, eliminates barriers to change and unneeded bureaucracy
  • Makes sound business decisions based on limited, complex or contradicting information and relevant public service ethical principles
  • Integrates new ideas and contemporary approaches into problem solving
  • Gathers, analyzes and applies information skillfully
  • Develops alternative solutions
  • Exhibits innovation and creativity in identifying and resolving problems as they occur
  • Works effectively in group problem solving situations
  • Sets challenging, measurable project goals that are aligned with broad County strategies and departmental business objectives
  • Plans, organizes and implements projects to meet established time frames
  • As opportunities arise, re engineers business processes and improves organizational effectiveness by proposing and implementing change initiatives required to improve efficiency, streamline operations and meet current and future business needs
  • Measures performance against key operational and financial targets/goals
  • Applies contemporary technical concepts to communications

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Posted: October 31, 2019

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