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DNA Technical Leader

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma or Vancouver Washington

Salary: $109,320.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 19, 2020

The primary purpose of this position is to ensure that our statewide forensic DNA testing meets the objective of high quality forensic testing. This is accomplished by maintaining accreditation under the International Standard for Testing Laboratories and accrediting body requirements. In addition, we are required to meet the FBI's DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

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Duties:

  • The primary purpose of this position is to ensure that our statewide forensic DNA testing meets the objective of high quality forensic testing. This is accomplished by maintaining accreditation under the International Standard for Testing Laboratories and accrediting body requirements. In addition, we are required to meet the FBI's DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
  • The DNA Technical Leader is responsible for the technical leadership of the DNA analysis function of the Crime Lab Division. The Technical Leader sets the policies documented in the Division's DNA Casework and DNA Data Basing Technical and Training Manuals. This includes responsibility for the design and implementation of methods development, the validation of new technologies, and verification of analytical instrumentation function in each lab. The position is responsible for evaluating potential new hires as DNA scientists, and ensuring that nonconformance with policy and procedure in the DNA function is addressed through appropriate corrective actions.
  • Additional duties of the DNA Technical Leader include the following:
    • Maintain responsibility for the overall daily administration, operation and coordination of activities within the operational unit.
    • Provides clear direction and expectations to all DNA forensics scientists.
    • Address operational, personnel and customer issues.
    • Support communication within the functional area that helps all labs meet division goals and objectives as a single entity.
    • Maintain the DNA technical and training manuals for DNA casework and for data basing.
    • Oversee implementation of training plans, verify that trainees adhere to established training timelines, and verify that training is conducted to the highest standards.
    • Ensure compliance with standards of quality established by the Quality Operations Manual, accreditation requirements, and the courts of the State of Washington.
    • Maintain expertise by participating in training events, workshops, seminars, and DNA Technical Working Groups.
    • Coordinate training of unit members in newly implemented technology.
    • Represent the Crime Laboratory Division in the area of DNA on a state and national level.
    • Advise senior management on DNA issues to include technical and quality related issues, case productivity, audit findings, equipment and resource needs/limitations, successes, and status of government and public inquiries.
    • Participate in strategic planning as it relates to DNA by communicating the needs of the DNA functional area in order to meet customer agency requests for DNA analysis, maintain productivity, actively pursue advancements in technology, reduce or eliminate backlogs, and address staffing issues.
    • Take the lead role in trouble shooting technical problems.
    • Ensure and monitor compliance with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards.
    • Assist the DNA Functional Area in preparing for internal and external audits.

Requirements:

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree or greater in a natural science, forensic science or closely related field, including 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry coursework, and meets the DNA Technical Leader educational requirements as specified in the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
  • Must have a minimum of five years of forensic experience in an ISO accredited forensic science laboratory.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a high level of technical expertise.
  • Must possess excellent verbal, teaching and presentation skills.
  • Must have skills in communicating topics that are highly technical in nature, such as training events, presentations, and court testimony as an expert witness.
  • Must have strong writing and editing skills and able to produce concise, effective and easy to read written materials.
  • Must be able to communicate well with diverse individuals and groups of people.
  • Must be proficient with standard office computer software.
  • Must possess strong customer service skills.
  • Must be able to effectively handle multiple priorities and projects with competing deadlines.
  • Must promote, exemplify and teach ethical behavior and integrity.
  • Must possess sound and rational decision-making ability based on proper collection of data.
  • Must have experience in data interpretation which includes proper collection, mining, and analysis.
  • Must possess exceptional organizational and planning skills.
  • Must have knowledge of population statistics models and their application to DNA analysis.
  • Must have experience analyzing a variety of forensic evidence.
  • Must possess a valid, unrestricted Washington Driver's License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • Must be willing and able to work an environment involving traumatic events.
  • Must be willing to travel within and outside of the state for trainings or meetings.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated competency and recent proficiency in forensic DNA testing (STR and Y-STR technologies) and probabilistic genotyping.
  • Experience conducting method and equipment validations following SWGDAM guidelines.
  • Knowledge of project management, to include resource management, monitoring timelines, and identifying and mitigating risk to ensure timely and quality execution of projects.
  • Experience supervising another individual.
  • Training in root cause analysis for effective problem solving.
  • Demonstrated expertise in DNA analysis as evidenced by published papers, and/or seminars or workshops presented in national or regional venues.

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Posted: March 24, 2020

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