Employment Opportunity

Forensic Lab Manager

Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Angleton, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under limited supervision, ensures that the Crime Lab operates in accordance with procedures and standards required by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD-LAB) in order to maintain laboratory accreditation.

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plans, prioritizes, directs, ensures proper training, evaluates and supervises the activities of assigned employees;
  • Applies scientific principles in the analysis, identification, and classification of chemical and physical substances, materials, liquids, or other physical evidence related to criminology, law enforcement, or investigative work in the crime laboratory;
  • Conducts a thorough administrative and technical review of laboratory reports to ensure accuracy and completion of files prior to their being forwarded to the appropriate agencies;
  • Analyzes drug specimens submitted to the crime laboratory;
  • Analyzes urine/blood specimens for the presence of drugs and/or ethanol;
  • Receives and logs into evidence submissions to the laboratory and places evidence into temporary storage area or refrigeration unit as proper for specific evidence;
  • Prepares, reviews, and signs reports and documents relating to cases;
  • Formulates and implements policies to carry out division responsibilities and increase efficiency; plans, develops, and offers specific training programs that help workers maintain or improve job skills within the framework of the agency’s goals;
  • Collaborates with other government offices and law enforcement agencies in order to exchange information and coordinate activities;
  • Provides testimony in criminal matters and grand jury proceedings as an expert witness relating to the cases received by the laboratory;
  • Assists in planning and managing the Crime Lab’s annual operating budget; oversees the procurement of instrumentation and supplies;
  • Cultivates high morale and teamwork among staff; resolves and, if appropriate, reports problems regarding morale, personality conflicts, or conduct to immediate supervisor;
  • Creates, reviews and maintains proper safety protocols in the laboratory in relation to handling chemical hazards, pressurized gases, biohazard risks, stick hazards present when handling syringes, risks associated with handling unknown substances (such as fentanyl) and performs laboratory equipment maintenance to ensure a safe working order; calibrates equipment and validates instruments; maintains a safe and clean laboratory work space and environment;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience and Training Guidelines:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a related field; AND training in toxicology and analysis of controlled substance; AND at least three years of related experience, including at least one year experience in a supervisory or management position; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Knowledge of:
  • County and state legal principles, practices, procedures regarding the criminal justice system and court settings;
  • Legal terminology and various state and federal codes and agencies;
  • Laboratory accreditation requirements, safety program administration and laboratory quality assurance principles;
  • Working with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry;
  • Applying concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations; applying advanced geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus principles to technical situations;
  • Modern office procedures and equipment;
  • Department policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment;
  • County Personnel Policies as are set forth in the County's Personnel Policy Manual and the Salary Administration Policy, plus related Court Orders and other official announcements of the County, thereby observing and enforcing said policies without exception. Furthermore, whenever clarification is needed with regard to said policies to contact a member of the County Human Resources Department for this purpose.
Skill in:
  • Motivation and supervision of employees;
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, including writing routine and technical correspondence, reports, and specialized legal documents;
  • Reading, analyzing, and interpreting complex and technical documents;
  • Making effective and accurate presentations and testimony on complex technical topics to public groups and in courtroom settings;
  • Providing mature, experienced judgments regarding the legal and technical aspects of area of assignment;
  • Maintaining strict confidentiality;
  • Properly handling high level of responsibility and highly sensitive security information in a challenging, demanding job;
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with judges, managers, supervisor, employees, external public agencies and organizations, attorneys, and the general public;
  • Using initiative, discretion and decision making within established procedures, guidelines and rules;
  • Defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusion;
  • Interpreting an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and dealing with several abstract and concrete variables;
  • Performing various mathematical calculations;
  • Performing effectively under stressful working conditions;
  • Multitasking;
  • Operating a computer and various software applications.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to high. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to a variety of environments to include, office, automobile, hospitals, jails, and courts of law. The employee is also exposed to outside weather conditions while assigned to various special cases. The assignments may require travel outside of the County to locations in other states. May be required to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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Posted: April 26, 2021

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