Employment Opportunity

Forensic Investigator Supervisor

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: May 9, 2021

This position has death scene investigation and supervisory responsibilities. The Forensic Investigator Supervisor is responsible for management of the activities and compliance of all Investigations Division personnel (Forensic Investigators and Forensic Transporters) on their shift.

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  • Assigns Forensic Investigators to death investigations and review of reports to assure compliance with Investigator unit protocols and determines medicolegal jurisdiction and provides guidance regarding jurisdiction to investigators on shift according to Sec. 49.25 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Manages assigned shift and provides leadership, oversight, and support to staff investigators and Forensic Transport staff as to the disposition of cases reported to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
  • Oversees and manages a specific Section of the Investigations Division as assigned by the Director of Forensic Investigations, and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner (i.e. Training/Education, Identification, Systems/Research, etc.).
  • As required, develops new or revised standards and protocols that are essential to proper medicolegal death investigations, evidence collection, case management, communicating these in written form to all forensic investigators.
  • Answers and records death calls and prepares written and verbal reports in accordance with Sec. 49.25, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence.
  • While on scene, responsible for directing Forensic Transporters in helping with manipulation of the decedent, property collection, and evidence collection at scenes.
  • Locates and notifies family of death, responds to inquiries from the public and law enforcement agencies.
  • Provides for complete transition of information from shift to shift and team to team.
  • Prepares and submits to all designated parties' reports covering operations and jurisdictions.
  • Supervises the admission and release of bodies to ensure procedural compliance.
  • Protects the integrity of specimens and evidence, and ensures proper identification and storage, this includes supervision of Forensic Transporters both at scenes and in the office and coordination with Forensic Transporters and Forensic Dispatchers for scene response and decedent recovery from hospitals/scenes.
  • Corrects case management errors as they occur and documents these errors as appropriate.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or an equivalent field
  • AND
  • Three (3) years of full-time experience as a Forensic Investigator or its equivalent at an accredited National Association of Medical Examiner's (NAME) Office.

  • NOTE: Continuous employment is contingent upon completing the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) certification within two years of employment
  • Master's degree in a science related field.
  • Preference will be given to individuals whose experience has included the training or supervision of others in death scene or other forensic investigations.
  • Current ABMDI (American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation) certification.
  • Multi-lingual skills.

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Posted: April 10, 2021

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