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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2259 - EO Crime Laboratory Director

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 315

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general direction; performs work of unusual difficulty planning and managing the total operations of the DuPage County Crime Laboratory; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Work is performed under general supervision from the Chief of Administration.  An employee in this class plans, develops, organizes, and manages major Crime Laboratory functions and programs. The work involves responsibility for developing and implementing laboratory policies and procedures and maintaining ongoing communications with external organizations and state and federal operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Recommends hires and promotions, directs, evaluates and appeals of employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Directs, coordinates, and reviews the activities of Crime Laboratory personnel through subordinate supervisors
• Develops and implements laboratory objectives and long-range plans impacting departmental operations
• Organizes and reviews forensic examinations on physical evidence and reports results in criminal proceedings
• Coordinates the needs of submitting agencies
• Prepares interpretations and translates findings
• Acts as a liaison to external agencies and civic leaders on matters pertaining to forensic science or the collection and examination of physical evidence
• Prepares and monitors the laboratory budget
• Makes program and policy recommendations
• Reviews all laboratory administrative standards and related laws
• Researches, develops, and writes proposals affecting changes in statutes and administrative rules
• Confers with the Bureau Chief and Sheriff on feasibility of recommended policies
• Interprets new legislation and appropriately adjusts administrative policies and procedures
• Plans, develops, and implements methods, systems, investigation techniques, and examination procedures designed to effectively monitor and regulate laboratory operations
• Subject to overnight travel for training
• Conducts performance reviews
• May serve as a discipline technical leader
• May serve as a grant manager
• Maintain regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• The applicable practices and procedures of state law enforcement and forensic science as they apply to Crime Laboratories and evidence submission
• Effective public speaking techniques
• Financial management principles
• The methods and procedures used in evaluating physical evidence
• The scientific method and scientific principles of chemistry, physics, and biology
• Legal processes in criminal matters involving physical evidence
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Planning, directing and evaluating the work of others
• Analyzing facts and exercising sound judgment in arriving at conclusions
• Verbal and written communication of a technical nature
• Calibration techniques on laboratory equipment
• Negotiating terms of agreements and contracts
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
• Dealing effectively with others
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which
assigned

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Bachelor of Science  Degree from an accredited institution in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other natural science or related program; eight years of case analysis experience including two years in a supervisory capacity; successful completion of ISO/IEC 17025 Assessor Training Course for Testing Laboratories ; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

Must provide a DNA reference sample via a buccal swab, be fingerprinted and pass a background security check.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and laboratory environment.  While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee will be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, hazardous materials such as chemicals, biohazards, and with fumes or airborne particles, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions, and other related conditions and situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver's license.