Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau Director

Washington State Patrol, Olympia, Washington

Salary: $14,175.00 - $15,750.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This is an exempt, at-will position (special deputy per RCW 43.43.020) reporting to the Chief of the Washington State Patrol. The Director of Forensic Laboratory Services acts in concert with the Washington State Forensic Investigations Council (FIC) in the development and implementation of statewide policy for forensic services to ensure the public safety mission and goals of the agency are achieved. In addition to staff supervision and budget responsibility, the FLSB Director maintains liaison with other departments and agencies, the FIC, Washington Association of County Officials, and other criminal justice agencies to allow customer input, an interchange of goals, policies, procedures, and budgetary considerations.

In addition to administering resources and managing people and programs, the FLSB Director is responsible for the staffing, budget, accreditation, fiscal policy, legislative requests, policy development, training, technical assistance and human resources for the bureau. Serving as the principal advisor to the Chief of the Washington State Patrol on all matters relating to forensic services, the FLSB Director will also provide advice and consultation to the Governor and the Legislature as necessary.

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The responsibilities and essential functions of this position are as follows:
  • Administer the orders, directives, and plans of the Chief of the WSP in order to effectively ensure the organizational objectives of the department are achieved.
  • Establish the operational policies and procedures of the FLSB.
  • Set goals, objectives, and strategic direction for the FLSB.
  • Provide clear objectives and direction for FLSB division commanders allowing them to make decisions and solve problems.
  • Maintain liaison with other departments and criminal justice agencies including the Forensic Investigations Council, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and the Washington Association of County Officials.
  • Determine the needs of the criminal justice community and direct the appropriate resources to ensure those needs are met effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensure FLSB personnel understand and adhere to established policies and procedures of FLSB and the WSP.
  • Establish effective vertical and horizontal coordination and lines of communication among departmental divisions, districts, and sections.
  • Assist the Chief in developing the agency's vision and ensuring agency resources are directed to accomplish the Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure all FLSB functions maintain their professional accreditation.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • A Master of Science Degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the modern principles and practice of the forensic sciences.
  • Understanding of scientific principles in biology, physics and chemistry.
  • Understanding of management concepts with ten years or more of increasingly responsible management and leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of accreditation programs and standards.
  • Knowledge of the national trends and developments in the management of forensic laboratory services.
  • Willingness to delegate authority and carry out assignments.
  • Willingness and ability to understand, support, and comply with departmental goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and apply state statutes and directives concerning the administration of various criminal justice services.
  • Knowledge of budgetary methods and accounting procedures.
  • General knowledge of human resource issues, training and adult learning, accreditation, audits and inspections, and internal administrative investigations and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing at all levels.
  • Willing and able to occasionally travel throughout the state.
Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.
  • A Doctoral Degree in science or forensic science is desirable.
  • Ten years or more of increasingly responsible management and leadership experience in a crime laboratory system, with an emphasis on the ability to lead a statewide technical assistance and policy organization.
  • Other requirements as the Chief deems necessary.

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Posted: April 7, 2021

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