Employment Opportunity

Assistant Laboratory Director/Quality Assurance Specialist

Douglas County Sheriff, Forensic Services Bureau, Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $5,879.47 - $9,408.53 Monthly

Final Filing Date: September 27, 2021

Incumbent works under the direction of the Douglas County Sheriff or designee supervising assigned staff within the Forensic Services Bureau (FSB) and maintaining the laboratory’s accreditation.

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Essential Functions
  • Supervise assigned staff, providing training, monitoring workload, and providing assistance.
  • Perform management administrative responsibilities (e.g. performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, recommendations, etc.).
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, and the public.
  • Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, County policies, department policies, and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful and quality work environment.
  • Prepare technical reports for laboratory operations; present reports to non-technical staff upon request.
  • Oversee policies and procedures of assigned FSB divisions and develop goals and objectives for continuing improvement.
  • Develop, support, and promote the FSB quality system.
  • Review and make recommendations to update laboratory policies/procedures based on changes to laws or accreditation requirements.
  • Coordinate the accreditation process based on established timelines, working with internal resources to gather and compile required information.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and conduct onsite reviews/audits of laboratory facilities and practices on a regular basis to verify compliance with agency, professional, and accreditation standards.
  • Conduct accreditation training for staff and assist with other training as needed.
  • Administer proficiency tests.
  • Administer the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Assist with corrective and preventative actions.
  • Maintain quality records associated with accreditation.
  • Assist with the transfer of evidence to, from, and within the laboratory maintaining the chain of custody. Properly receive, handle, and store various types of physical evidence to prevent loss, damage, or deleterious change.
  • Provide court testimony.
  • Represent the FSB at various meetings and serve on boards/committees as needed.
  • Serve as acting FSB Director as needed.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on County business.
  • Report to work at assigned location with regular, consistent attendance.
  • Perform other duties as directed and assigned.


Education and Work Experience and Other Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the physical or natural laboratory sciences such as forensic science, chemistry, or biology required.*
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in a forensic discipline such as DNA, Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Trace Evidence, Latent Prints, Firearms, or CSI required.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a manager or supervisor required.
  • Three (3) years of experience working in an ISO/IEC 17025 or 17020 accredited laboratory required.
  • Two (2) years of experience with quality control, Laboratory Information Management Software LIMS), proficiency testing, reporting procedures, and equipment usage in a scientific laboratory preferred.
  • Training as an internal auditor or assessor preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • *Equivalent work experience required may be substituted for educational requirements beyond high school on a year-for-year basis.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions - The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work performed indoors in an office setting, occasionally outdoors with full exposure to the elements, and occasionally in confined areas. Work requires close attention to safety considerations due to exposure to toxic or chemical hazards, biohazards, and exposure/handling weapons. Incumbent may be within close proximity to human corpses in various stages of decomposition. Noise level is usually moderate to moderately loud. Work schedule will vary (e.g. day, evening, nightshifts depending on division needs, overtime, weekends, holidays, 24x7 call-in). Work may be stressful when dealing with limited resources, multiple priorities, time constraints, uncooperative/irate individuals, and cases involving human remains, assaults, abuse, or neglect.
  • Work requires physical activity including extended periods of walking or maneuvering over rough terrain on foot and standing with occasional climbing, reaching, carrying, balancing, kneeling, crouching and bending. An incumbent must have the ability to transport oneself to and from various locations. The incumbent must have the ability to frequently lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and to occasionally up to 100 pounds.
  • Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers and other equipment.

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Posted: September 9, 2021

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