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The Crime Lab Scientific Operation Manager is responsible for directing the operation of multiple chemistry laboratory sections. This position is governed by state and

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Directs a 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 chemistry division laboratories, such as forensic chemistry, serology, toxicology, and trace evidence by developing the division’s objectives and approving the short and long-range plans of the sections. Makes annual budget projections for the purchase and maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies, maintains inventory of the agency’s chemistry laboratories’ equipment and supplies, and initiates and approves purchase orders for laboratory equipment and supplies. Writes grants for the acquisition of new laboratory equipment, prepares equipment specification and invitation for bid, and assists with the evaluation of bid applications and the selection of vendors. Researches state and federal regulations which govern crime laboratories and develops laboratory operational policies and procedures. Performs forensic chemist analytical duties when necessary and appears in court to present expert forensic testimony on chemical analytical methodology and results. Conducts tours of the crime laboratory and gives presentations to school groups and other organizations concerning drugs and crime laboratory operation. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of forensic chemistry and chemical analysis. Knowledge of standard and specialized laboratory equipment used in chemical analysis. Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing crime laboratories. Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource and organizational management. Knowledge of state budgetary and purchasing procedures. Knowledge of federal requirements for grant processing and administration. Ability to develop laboratory policies and procedures. Ability to develop and evaluate analytical methods for specialized chemical tests. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and present expert forensic testimony. Ability to develop short and long-range plans.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, forensic science, or a related field, plus six years of experience in the field of forensic science, including three years in a supervisory or managerial capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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