Employment Opportunity

Forensic Services Manager

Jefferson County, Alabama

Final Filing Date: March 5, 2021

Individuals in the Forensic Services Manager job class are responsible for managing operations of a forensic laboratory, and overseeing and directing the work of laboratory personnel. Employees in this job have a variety of responsibilities, including: budgetary and inventory control related duties, overseeing and directing laboratory quality assurance efforts, coordinating and directing work of laboratory personnel, overseeing the training and education of laboratory personnel, and other supervisory duties. An employee in this job class is also responsible for performing laboratory tests and analyses, and may serve as expert court witnesses for cases in which they or staff members have performed analyses. Employees in this job class use considerable knowledge of forensic sciences and independent judgment in performing duties within established policies and procedures.

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  • Maintains quality assurance standards across the division and ensures that laboratory standards and regulatory codes (e.g., American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), etc.) are being met by all employees.
  • Oversees the training and education of all staff members in the areas of laboratory standards, collection, preservation and examination of evidence and quality assurance.
  • Coordinates the overall activities and work done by the Forensic Services Division staff members.
  • Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.
  • Manages administrative activities and functions within the Forensic Services Division.
  • Develops annual budget for the division in coordination with Police Chief and Deputy Chief.
  • Monitors and tracks the implementation of state and federal grant funds.
  • Consults with a variety of entities and provides expertise on issues pertaining to specific cases or general questions related to the field of forensic science.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the physical or laboratory-based sciences (e.g., Forensic Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physics).
  • Experience working in a forensic or crime laboratory (e.g., latent fingerprint casework, trace evidence, firearms/tool marks, etc.).
  • Experience interacting with investigators with regard for chain of custody of evidence.
  • Master's degree in one of the physical or laboratory-based sciences (e.g., forensic science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physics).
  • Experience supervising the duties, scheduling of work assignments, addressing disciplinary problems and performance problems of multiple personnel including nonprofessional and professional employees.
  • Experience managing employees in a forensic laboratory setting.
  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer& Technology Operations.
  • Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Use.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Learning & Memory. Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-specific Knowledge.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.
  • Knowledge of theory and principles of forensic science.
  • Knowledge of forensic crime scene investigation methods and principles in order to collect and preserve evidence.
  • Knowledge of latent fingerprint comparison (e.g., partial prints) techniques.
  • Knowledge of the equipment, principles, and methods used in photography, fingerprinting, tracing and photographic reproduction.
  • Knowledge of microscopy and the proper way to operate microscopes.
  • Knowledge of the equipment, principles, and methods used in classification, comparing, and identification of firearms, bullets, cartridge casings, gunshot residue, tools and tool marks.
  • Knowledge of safely test firing revolvers, pistols, rifles, and shotguns to obtain reference bullets, slugs cartridges cases, shot wadding, and shot shell cases for microscopic comparison.
  • Work is primarily performed indoors in a forensic laboratory environment.
  • Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.
  • Work also involves the use of microscopes and other forensic laboratory equipment.
  • Employees in this job class may have to work with and around firearms and ammunition.
  • Job is primarily sedentary involving sitting for long periods of time, but may involve occasional walking or standing for brief periods.
  • May involve occasional light lifting of items or objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Work involves physical ability necessary to visually inspecting fine details in order to identify similarities and differences in colors, shapes, textures or physical appearance associated with job-related objects or materials.

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Posted: February 20, 2021

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