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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Chief Scientist is responsible for overseeing and managing statewide programs aimed at protecting the public from emerging infectious

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Directs the technical staff through lower-level supervisors by approving hiring recommendations, reviewing performance evaluations, and approving or disapproving a variety of actions, policies and procedures recommended by subordinates. Manages the operations of the public health laboratories, the epidemiology programs throughout the department, and bio-terrorism scientific information. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts professional level quantitative and qualitative analysis and documents results. Ensures that appropriate proficiency tests of laboratories and institutions are completed on a regular schedule. Researches state and federal regulations which govern public health laboratories and develops laboratory operational policies and procedures. Reviews and approves reports on audits of department laboratory records, to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations in program areas. Knowledge of program evaluation, planning, and analysis techniques. Knowledge of practices, procedures, and method related to program area. Knowledge of the principles practices of public health and public health management. Knowledge of emergency preparedness. Knowledge of basic computers skills. Knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel and organizational management. Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Ability to supervise employees. Ability to adapt leadership and management styles to a variety of situations. Ability to plan, organize, and conduct meetings and workshops. Ability to set goals and priorities and provide clear directions. Ability to accurately interpret and clarify state/federal laws and agency policies and directives. Ability to assess personnel and financial resource needs. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and detailed reports. Ability to develop and assist in implementing programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education of a doctoral degree in microbiology; plus seven years of progressively more responsible experience in microbiology and/or laboratory administration, including five years in a management capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must have a PhD in Microbiology. Must possess a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Must have or be able to obtain U. S. Department of Justice security clearance.


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