Employment Opportunity

Forensic Supervisor / Technical Leader (Biology Unit)

Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth, Texas

Salary: $73,120 - $95,056 annual compensation

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2023

Sign-On Incentive of: $2,000 ***50% paid after the completion of first pay period, 50% paid after the completion of 6 months of employment.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The Forensic Supervisor / Technical Leader (Biology Unit) job responsibilities include:
  • Evidence examination for the presence of biological material and, when necessary, the collection of trace material; performance of serological and DNA testing.
  • Ensure Biology Unit compliance with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Supervises staff, which includes prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions or recommendations.
  • Performs all essential duties and responsibilities of a Forensic Scientist IV.
  • Maintains quality within the Unit by conducting internal audits and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards pursuant to applicable Texas statutes.
  • Develops, implements and continuously monitors unit policies, procedures and quality assurance measures; reviews unit non-conformances.
  • Ensures proficiency and competency testing for all unit staff in compliance with accreditation requirements.
  • Ensures maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
  • Evaluates and implements new policies, techniques, procedures, and instrumentation; supervises, reviews and approves unit validation studies.
  • Develops, implements and monitors employee training program; develops annual professional development plan for unit employees.
  • Create, coordinate and provide training activities and presentations for internal and external clients.
  • Assists the Forensic Science Division Manager in the development and administration of the unit’s annual budget; submits purchase authorization requests.
  • Responsible for casework management, including approving and coordinating outsourcing of evidence, prioritizing and assigning casework and other tasks.
  • Maintains and prepares unit technical, quality and administrative records.
  • Oversees and evaluates employee performance; establishes performance metrics and productivity goals for unit members; approves employee work schedules and leave requests; makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
Working Conditions
  • Applicants for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following will result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Felony Deferred Adjudication, Class A Misdemeanor Conviction, Class B Misdemeanor Convictions in the last 10 years, Class A Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication, Class B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication in the last 10 years, an Open Arrest for Any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor), and ALL Family Violence Convictions regardless of class.
  • Depending on assignment, positions in this class typically require touching, talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking and repetitive motions.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in a natural science or forensic science with undergraduate or graduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics and/or population genetics. The candidate shall have a minimum of 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) that cover the required subject areas. At least 3 of the semester hours (or the equivalent) must be a graduate level course.
  • Must successfully complete or have previously completed the FBI sponsored auditor training within one year of appointment.
  • Five (5) years of relevant forensic laboratory experience including two (2) years of supervisory/lead experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must pass Drug screen and Provide a buccal DNA sample after date of hire.
  • Ability to comply with all Texas Forensic Science Commission requirements.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Expert command of the English language, both oral and written, and experience writing professional/technical reports for various audience types.

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Posted: May 18, 2023

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