Employment Opportunity

Supervising Biometric Identification Specialist

Orange County Sheriff/Coroner, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $82,950.40 - $111,800.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a vacancy in this class, until the next recruitment. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower level classifications.

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This position reports to an Assistant Director of the Crime Lab and is the supervising-level classification in the Biometric Identification Specialist Series.
  • Under general supervision, incumbents oversee the activities of subordinate Biometric Identification Specialist positions, including supervising staff in assessing, identifying, classifying, searching and comparing biometric data in all forms (electronic, manual, etc.).


  • The ideal candidate will currently be certified as a Ten Print or Latent Print Examiner, possess five (5) years experience in the following: supervising Ten Print operations, working with vendors and business partners in the state of California; have experience working in an accredited forensic laboratory and possess three (3) years experience working in County level law enforcement agency.
  • In addition, will possess strong critical thinking, be objective, organized, self-motivated; a strong decision-maker, have excellent work habit and foster positive relationships; be ethical.


Knowledge of:
  • Philosophy and principles of modern fingerprint examination
  • Current biometric technologies, including fingerprints, palm prints, ABIS, biometric capture devices and computer networking
  • Relevant statutes, regulations, ordinances and department policies, including law enforcement booking procedures
  • California statutes that affect criminal and registrant biometric transactions and DNA collection
  • Criminal law, including laws of arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence
  • Principles and techniques of supervision related to training, directing and evaluating subordinates
  • Principles of accreditation and quality assurance for biometric evaluation activities
Ability to:
  • Analyze, interpret, explain and apply relevant statutes, regulations, ordinances and department policies
  • Troubleshoot complex hardware and software issues, and ability to understand, interpret and apply various specification documents and requirements
  • Supervise, direct and evaluate a diverse staff
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Utilize county and department specific technology and general office software programs
  • Work independently or as a team to complete tasks; be proactive and show leadership skills
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Present information and recommendations clearly and persuasively to various levels of personnel, including vendors, system users, and Orange County Crime Lab Cal-ID staff and management
  • Develop and conduct trainings and presentations to groups of stakeholders
  • Exercise independent judgment, problem-solve, and take initiative within established procedures and guidelines
  • Read with comprehension and perform calculations
  • Remain calm and be effective in emotional or controversial interactions, and in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict
  • Work non-traditional hours (such as holidays, weekends, evenings, and graveyard shift) and on-call based on departmental needs or assignment
  • Independently reason logically to analyze data, reach valid conclusions and make sound recommendations
  • Remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, and diverse stakeholder groups and interests


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a combined minimum of 24 semester units in the fields of Science (such as formal, applied, natural or physical), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) related courses.
  • And
  • A minimum of two (2) years as a Biometric Identification Specialist III within the County of Orange or five (5) years in a position outside the County of Orange performing the duties comparable to the Biometric Identification Specialist III classification.
  • Valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, by date of appointment may be required for some positions.

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Posted: January 7, 2021

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