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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2256 - EO Forensic Scientist Supervisor

Job Description

GRADE: 314

Under limited supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in casework for the examination, analysis and evaluation of physical evidence and unknown substances.  Oversees forensic scientist staff engaged in casework.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising the laboratory work of designated staff.  Performs laboratory and comparative analysis.  Work requires professional knowledge and technical skills.  Testifies in court as an expert witnesses, and engages in public speaking. Acts as laboratory director in the director's absence.

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.

• Conducts casework related to cannabis, controlled substances, trace evidence, latent prints, footwear and tire impressions, forensic biology, DNA, firearms and tool marks
• Examines, identifies, interprets and evaluates suspected evidence
• Enters and searches for information on computerized individual characteristic database systems
• Compares analytical findings with known standards
• Comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical, oral and written instructions to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records
• Performs technical and administrative reviews of case files in-house and with outside laboratories
• Provides expert testimony in court
• Provides professional assistance to submitting service agencies
• Maintains equipment to determine compliance with laboratory operating and safety standards
• Orders chemicals and equipment for the laboratory
• Takes annual proficiency tests
• Attend meetings, continuing education events and provide presentations
• Conducts tours
• Subject to overnight travel for training
• Supervises the work of subordinate personnel
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions Maintains records and inventories related to evidence and/or standards
• Works with vendors and contractors
• Researches and prices all instrumentation
• Provides training to subordinate forensic scientists
• Conducts subordinate forensic scientists' performance reviews
• May serves as Health and Safety Manager or Quality Manager
• May serve as a discipline technical leader
• May serve as CODIS manager
• May serve as a grant manager
• May serve as acting laboratory director
• Identifies technical, administrative and quality problems and makes recommendations
• Assures casework is reviewed
• Maintains service contracts for instrumentation and equipment
• Assists States Attorney's office with technical information for proposing legislation
• Provides information at intelligence meetings
• Assists laboratory director in annual budget preparation and training schedule
• Maintain regular attendance and punctuality

• 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.

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 methods and procedures used in evaluating physical evidence
• Microscopical, chemical and other scientific testing methods
• Modern methods of classifying, indexing, filing and preserving laboratory records and evidence; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of police work
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Assigning, supervising and relegating the work of subordinate personnel
• The use of tools and equipment in making laboratory analyses
• Presenting evidence in court
• Preparing and presenting reports
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of 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

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

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited institution, in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other natural science or related program. Seven years of case analysis experience, and court qualified as an expert witness; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
For the position of Forensic Scientist performing DNA analysis and/or DNA technical leader, compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation 'Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories' 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.

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.

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