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DIRECTOR OF LABORATORIES
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for directing the overall operations of the Forensic Toxicology, DNA, and Crime Laboratories for Onondaga County. An employee in this class is responsible for ensuring that analytical, photographic, and related interpretive services are provided to user agencies in a timely, accurate, and meaningful fashion in order to assist with medical, law enforcement, and medicolegal investigations in accordance with sound laboratory practices, accepted clinical and forensic procedures, and established County policies. General supervision is received from the Commissioner of Health. Supervision is exercised over professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs the analysis of clinical, forensic and DNA samples, forensic evidence, and the submission of reports based upon those analyses for clinical and forensic applications.
Plans for the future services of the laboratories and anticipates future needs and goals by evaluating workload statistics, monitoring legal decisions and law changes or alterations, reviewing higher level County directives and requests for service by other County departments and local law enforcement agencies by establishing budget requirements, evaluating priorities, developing policies, and allocating resources.
Directs internal and external proficiency testing programs.
Responsible for submittal of budgetary requests for all aspects of laboratory functioning.
Directs the maintenance, expansion, and creation of programs required to supply adequate services based upon workload, advances in technology and scientific knowledge, legal requirements, and county policies.
Directs the coordination of intra-and inter-divisional and departmental programs and activities involving shared resources, training of personnel, or analytical services of the division.
Testifies in court as an expert witness in forensic Science and Forensic Toxicology as required.
Ensures that staffing is adequate in numbers, training, and experience to properly perform the assigned work.
Assists in the coordination of major crime scene investigations.
Monitors staff development in light of future needs caused by anticipated program expansions, new technology, and personnel reassignments.
Oversees the recruitment and selection of applicants for all laboratory positions.
Controls the collection of statistical measures of workload indicators and narrative reports and their dissemination to other department persons and outside County and State agencies for budgetary forecasting, the annual report, billing, and grant compliance requirements.
Consults, advises or directs lower level personnel relative to technical scientific problems or requests for information; provides similar consultation, and advice to personnel from other divisions, departments, and local law enforcement agencies.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of modern laboratory techniques, procedures, instrumentation, and safety precautions used in the field of Forensic Science (i.e. Serology, Chemistry, and Criminalistics) and Toxicology (i.e. Clinical and Forensic);
Thorough knowledge of the analytical laboratory techniques utilized in these disciplines;
Thorough knowledge of the theory and operation of the analytical instruments used in the fields of forensic science and toxicology;
Ability to supervise and direct assigned laboratories and attached personnel;
Ability to initiate and develop research programs;
Ability to introduce and evaluate new procedures and methods;
Ability to interpret laboratory analysis techniques, procedures and theories in a clear and concise manner so that the non-scientist may understand the significance of the results obtained utilizing these procedures;
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public officials, professional personnel, and the general public; professional integrity; resourcefulness;
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Ph.D. in a Natural Science, Criminalistics, Toxicology, Forensic Science or a closely related field, and five years of laboratory bench work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in one of these disciplines, three years of which must have been administrative experience in a laboratory.