Employment Opportunity

Forensic Evidence Specialist

Indiana State Department of Toxicology, Indianapolis, Indiana

Salary: This position traditionally starts at $25,766 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position serves as the Forensic Evidence Specialist for the Indiana State Department of Toxicology. The incumbent is responsible for providing administrative support to the Department. The Specialist is responsible for the physical and system maintenance of evidence receiving/storage/shipping and must ensure chain-of-custody for cases and for individual items associated to a case. Testifies as an expert in criminal trials.

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The essential functions of this role are as follows:
  • Act as the primary administrative support for the Department including filing, visitor reception, telephone duties, handling subpoenas, scheduling meetings, and taking meeting notes
  • Assist with customer requests for information and status requests
  • Assist in scheduling training activities for breath test operator certification
  • Assist in maintaining detailed and accurate files on law enforcement personnel for certifications
  • Accept evidence submitted to the Department for examination and/or storage as needed
  • Initiate and maintain internal chain-of-custody of evidence when acting in an evidence capacity
  • Input case information of samples/evidence received from law enforcement agencies and coroners into the laboratory information management system
  • Provide safe secure storage for all evidence
  • Assist in biological specimen evidence receivership and accessioning
  • Assign Department specific identification numbers, store biological specimens, notate evidence characteristics/traits, assign requested testing or analyses per submitting agencies, and chronologically store prepped biological specimens in Department storage
  • Provide testing analysis reports to clients and county prosecutors as needed
  • Assist with the outsourcing of samples to other laboratories which involves packaging, sending/receiving, inventorying, storing, and maintaining a chain-of-custody
  • Assist in overseeing and directing evidence kit distribution for Indiana law enforcement and governmental agencies
  • Monitor and maintain evidence collection kits, refurbishing as needed to insure a sufficient inventory
  • Assist in maintaining the chemical and supply inventory and maintaining a supply buy file
  • Assist in monitoring biological specimen times and destroying specimens following established guidelines
  • Assist in maintaining the organization and cleanliness in the laboratory evidence storage area
  • Act as an interface between the laboratory and its contributors
  • Periodically assist in conducting inventories of the evidence storage area
  • Comply with Standard Operating Procedures, rules, regulations, and laboratory policies
  • The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

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This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment:
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent GED
  • An associate degree in criminal justice, administration, information technology, chemistry, or related fields or experience in a laboratory setting or administrative support position preferred
  • Previous administrative support experience preferred
  • Specialized knowledge of the basic principles and theories of administrative management preferred
  • Working knowledge of functions of other departments and agencies as they impact on incumbent’s department preferred
  • Knowledge and ability to work with spreadsheets, databases, specialized software, and maintain office equipment to include multi-line telephone, copy machines, fax machines, and computers
  • Ability to complete and review documents with accuracy
  • Ability to organize and manage a record keeping system
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information using a computer
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritize work, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work under pressure and successfully function in a stressful environment
  • Ability to adhere to established laboratory safety practices
  • Ability to interpret and apply rules, regulations, and guidelines
  • Ability to lift and move heavy items of evidence
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

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Posted: March 30, 2022

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