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Class Code: 5316
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
One Salary
Annual / Hourly
Annual salaries are calculations based on approved hourly rates.

Summary Statement: Plans, directs, and manages the Scientific Analysis Section of the Department of Public Safety, coordinates and approves laboratory methodologies and production, and maximizes fiscal, human, and material resources; acts as a liaison between the Department and the criminal justice community, the Legislature, and the public; performs related work as required.

Supervision is received from an Assistant Director. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Confers with executive management, professional staff and officials in order to integrate the needs and requirements of the Department, legislative and judicial branches of government, and the general public.

2. Develops policies and procedures in order to maximize production, security, and safety, and to foster positive relations with other agencies and the public.

3. Prepares administrative and management reports, grant requests, forecasts, and other informational documents as required by the Department, the State of Arizona, and other organizations with a need to know.

4. Represents the Department on forensic science issues at the Legislature and other organizations and groups in order to provide information for the development of laws and the generation of operating funds.

5. Reviews procedures to assure compliance with national crime laboratory accreditation requirements.

6. Evaluates and coordinates annual budget proposals in order to request appropriate fiscal funding from various sources for the operations of the section.

7. Remains current on scientific advancements in the forensic field through technical publications, presentations, and training in order to evaluate, implement, and maintain appropriate section scientific methodologies.

8. Plans and approves a professional development program for section employees

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. the principles and practices of leadership, and human resources, fiscal and operations management.

2. computerized case management and tracking systems

3. chemistry or a related science, forensic science techniques, and sophisticated scientific equipment.

4. state and federal legislative processes and regulatory issues relating to forensic science matters.

5. current laws, rules and procedures concerning a crime laboratory.

6. accreditation and certification requirements for crime laboratories and forensic science personnel.

Skill in:

1. oral and written communications on varying levels of technicality and audiences.

2. problem-solving to deal with complex and/or urgent issues.

Ability to:

1. work effectively with people at all levels within and outside of the agency.

2. accurately analyze and interpret scientific data.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in chemistry or closely related physical or natural sciences with minimum thirty (30) semester hours in chemistry; and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience as a Criminalist in a forensic laboratory, four (4) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

Additional criminalist experience, beyond the required ten (10) years, may substitute for semester hours of chemistry (one (1) year additional criminalist experience equals ten (10) semester hours).

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status - Exempt

Current as of: 7/24/2014 2:41:07 PM