ASSISTANT CHIEF-CRIME LABORATORY 2291
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class assists in planning, organizing and directing the operation of a Crime Laboratory. The incumbent coordinates analytical, training and quality control programs in order to maximize services to the user agencies. Supervision is exercised over a professional, sub-professional and clerical staff, and is received from the Chief-Crime Laboratory. The incumbent may also be called upon to perform complex analyses of physical evidence. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Reviews performance of various sections in order to determine timeliness and reliability of services delivered;
Supervises the internal and external proficiency testing programs of the Crime Laboratory;
Recommends and participates in the establishment of policies relating to Crime Laboratory interaction with user agencies;
Participates in the assessment of Crime Laboratory budget needs and helps prepare budget requests;
Testifies in court or other legal proceedings as an expert witness;
May conduct complex scientific examinations of physical evidence;
Coordinates all training programs given by and to Crime Laboratory personnel.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of modern, full service Crime Laboratory operation, including laboratory techniques, methods and instrumentation; thorough knowledge of supervisory methods; thorough knowledge of trends, developments and literature in the field of forensic science; ability to interpret scientifically derived data and prepare accurate and concise reports; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to direct activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state and local agencies and with the general public; tact; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in one of the natural (chemistry, biology, physics) or forensic sciences, and six (6) years of professional experience* in forensic science, three (3) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity** in a crime laboratory.
*Professional experience is defined as experience involving independent responsibility for the analysis of evidence or specimens, and includes signing and issuing reports.
**Supervisory capacity is defined as responsibility for professional and sub-professional personnel in technical and administrative functions.
NOTE: Qualifying experience must have been gained within the last ten (10) years.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status in the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist IV (Biological Science), Forensic Scientist IV (Drug Chemistry), Forensic Scientist IV (Firearms), Forensic Scientist IV (Trace Evidence), or Forensic Scientist IV (Quality Assurance).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.