Forensic Science Manager

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Under the direct supervision of the Support Services Bureau Commander, the main focus of this position is to perform administrative, supervisory, and technical work exercising command of and/or directing the activities of the Forensic Sciences Division. Work is reviewed through conferences and observation of results obtained. Subject to call-out 24 hours a day.

SUPERVISES OTHERS: Yes

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Manages supervisors and the course of action and conduct of crime scene investigations;
• Evaluates crime scenes and consults with criminal investigators to coordinate the processing activities for optimal effectiveness;
• Manages day-to-day operations of the assigned area; develops and implements administrative policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure operational efficiency and effective administration of assigned personnel;
• Plans and recommends new systems, equipment, and procedures to improve operations;
• Coordinates with other divisions/units within the agency and externally to ensure communication and service efficiencies; interprets and explains requirements, regulations, and procedures;
• Prepares, or assists in the preparation, of the annual budget, monitors status of allocated funds, and controls expenses;
• Assesses staffing needs, interviews, recruits, or assists in the recruitment and hiring of personnel;
• Provides supervision, guidance, training, and motivation to assigned personnel, evaluates performance, and initiates corrective action as needed;
• Participates in and conducts proficiency training, testing, and technical reviews of Division members;
• Supports and encourages members to maintain compliance with the ANSI National Accreditation Board ISO/IEC 17020 Forensic Accreditation standards;
• Participates in Sheriff’s Office recruitment and community relations activities as directed.

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and you may not be responsible for every item listed. The employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education in criminal justice or related field.
• Five years’ experience in the science of crime scene investigations, with two years supervisory experience.
• Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Certification, or ability to obtain a certification, from the International Association for Identification (IAI) in Crime Scene Investigation is preferred.
• Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

• Understanding of the modern principles and techniques of fingerprint identification.
• Understanding of equipment, chemicals, materials and techniques used in lifting, photographing and preserving latent fingerprints.
• Understanding of the rules of evidence as they apply to fingerprints, biological evidence, and other personal identification data.
• Extensive knowledge of crime scene processing methodology.
• Ability to create reports, respond to surveys, create statistical summaries, and to write and revise policies, letters memos, etc.
• Ability to identify existing or potential problems and to develop ways to resolve issues.
• Working knowledge of the functions, activities, requirements, and objectives of the Forensic Sciences Division.
• Knowledge of agency budget development and management procedures.
• Ability to operate equipment and instruments utilized in meeting job requirements and operational responsibilities.
• Ability to research and assign members to advanced training courses ensuring the proficiency of knowledge and skillset in the field of forensic science.
• Knowledge of ADA, FMLA, Workers’ Compensation, and FLSA to ensure proper adherence and assist supervisors to make decisions on various issues within the guidelines of state/federal/agency laws, rules and regulations.
• Ability to motivate staff and fellow employees by directing and modifying procedures and controls; encourage employee behavior to achieve both personal and agency goals in order to fulfill the mission of the agency.
• Ability to review and/or complete personnel evaluations of staff in accordance with agency policies to ensure they are fair and impartial, and accurately reflect the job the employee performs.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations within and outside the agency.
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES

The physical abilities listed below are requirements to perform the essential functions and responsibilities.

• Visual acuity of 20/30 vision standard in each eye; if corrective lenses must be used to satisfy 20/30 vision standard, uncorrected vision should be no worse than 20/100 in each eye.
• Ability to drive a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.
• Ability to properly identify colors.
• Ability to lift up to 75 lbs. from floor to waist.
• Frequently lift up to 20 lbs.
• Stand up to 7 hours per day.
• Walk up to 7 hours per day.
• Drive up to 3 hours per day.
• Frequently bend and reach; occasionally squat, climb, kneel, or twist.
• Ability to climb standard stairs and ladders.
• Don and wear a full face respirator.

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position may be exposed to or experience the following conditions:
o Wetness (water) from high humidity at night, fog, scenes processed in wet areas.
o Slippery walking surfaces due to water at fire, crash scenes, roofs of structures, any scene processed in rainy/damp conditions.
o Debris from broken glass, fire, roof accidents, uneven terrain, natural disasters, and/or overhead structures.
o Frequent close contact with other forensic science specialists/peers, supervisors, citizens, arrested subjects, and deceased bodies.
o The need for flexibility in limited service locations, attics, crawlspaces, inside and under vehicles.
o Loud noise at service locations, to include, but not limited to crash scenes, construction sites, detention facilities, alarms/sirens and/or generator use.
o Possibility of burns due to service at fire scenes, crash scenes, and/or chemicals used in advanced crime scene procedures.
o Constant fingerprint dusting powders and dust and dirt associated with outdoor service locations.
o Pollen and insect and animal bites at any outdoor service location.
o Toxic chemicals used in advanced crime scene processing, containers formerly used to store/transport narcotics or evidence from arson scenes.
o Dangerous chemicals or mixtures used in clandestine narcotics laboratories
o Fumes of decomposing human or animal remains.
o Frequent handling of evidence suspected of being exposed to the Hepatitis, AIDS virus, humans suspected of having Tuberculosis or Meningitis, and being present at scenes where there is potentially hazardous biological material.

This list of functions, duties, responsibilities, skills, physical abilities, and working conditions is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

A member in this job classification spends at least 65 percent of their time performing duties that involve the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation or analysis of human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological, chemical or radiological hazard or contamination, or uses chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties in the analysis of such evidence, or be the direct supervisor of one or more individuals having such responsibility, in accordance with F.S. 121.0515.

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