Occ. Code 6148500

 

SUPERVISOR FORENSIC SERVICES, GRADE 25

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

 

            Supervisors Forensic Services are non-competitive, highly technical, civilian positions that administer the technical and scientific operations of specialized forensic disciplines within the State Police Laboratory System.   Specialties include Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, and Trace Evidence.  Supervisors Forensic Services located in the Biological Sciences unit are further designated with the parenthetic (DNA) (see attachment).

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            Supervisors Forensic Services are responsible for administration of the technical and scientific functions of all forensic analysis in their disciplines including supervision of testing procedures and reports of findings; technical problem solving and analytical methods; and for the oversight of training, quality assurance, safety, and proficiency testing.

 

            This is an administrative position created to supervise the performance of technical procedures, manage work flow, administratively supervise the subordinate positions in their assigned unit, resolve personnel problems, casework backlogs, case prioritization, and interface with officers and District Attorneys.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

            State Police Forensic Scientists 4 are highly technical positions, performing a full range of complex analyses of various types of evidence received at the State Police Laboratories and handled in either the Drug Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Toxicology, Trace Evidence or Questioned Document Units.  They participate in the training for Forensic Scientists 1 and in-service training of all other levels of Forensic Scientists.  They analyze evidence in exceptionally complex cases; must be an expert in their forensic field, and maintain technical proficiency in and awareness of the latest technical advances.

 

            State Police Forensic Laboratories Quality Assurance Coordinator administers the quality control program for State Police forensic laboratories Statewide.  Currently this includes the Forensic Investigation Center in Albany and the Regional Crime Laboratories located in Newburgh, Port Crane and Olean, New York.


ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

·   Responsible for the administration of the technical and scientific operations of all forensic analyses in their designated specialty, including supervision of a team of Forensic Scientists and Senior Laboratory Technicians in forensic laboratory procedures and the preparation of reports of forensic findings.

 

·   Responsible for technical problem solving of analytical methods and for the oversight of training, quality assurance, safety and proficiency testing in the laboratory.

 

·   Provides continuing education programs and serves as a resource person for Investigators, Evidence Technicians and other law enforcement personnel.

 

·   Consults with the Quality Assurance Coordinator regarding laboratory quality issues and accreditation matters.

 

·   Performs forensic analysis of the most complex cases.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

 

The Supervisor Forensic Services supervises Forensic Scientists 1 through 4 and any laboratory technicians or clerical staff assigned to their unit.  Supervision of subordinate staff includes establishing unit goals and priorities; assigning and scheduling of staff; evaluating employee performance; determining training needs and providing training; providing technical advice and assistance; and ensuring staff compliance with accreditation standards as well as Division of State Police rules and regulations.

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

The Supervisor Forensic Services works under the supervision of the Director of the specialized unit to which they are assigned, to wit:  the Director Biological Services; and the Director of Drug Chemistry and Toxicology.  Incumbents operate under agency guidelines, ASCLD/LAB accreditation standards, and applicable laws, policies, and regulations.  They are also responsible to the Forensic Laboratories Quality Assurance Coordinator for the testing and training of their subordinates and quality control issues in their area of expertise.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

            Masters Degree in a Natural or Physical Science, Administration (e.g., Public Administration, Business Administration or Criminal Justice) or Computer Science; and a minimum of four (4) years' satisfactory experience performing the duties of a Forensic Scientist or its equivalent in another laboratory. 

 

Attachment

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.


 

Attachment

 

Supervisor Forensic Services DNA

 

            This class performs the same work as the Supervisor Forensic Services but in the Biological Sciences Unit, conducting analyses in DNA Casework and the DNA Databank.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

  1. A Masters Degree in a Natural or Physical Science, Administration (e.g. Public Administration, Business Administration or Criminal Justice) or Computer Science; and

 

  1. Successful completion of a combination of graduate and undergraduate course work covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology as well as statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis; and

 

  1. A minimum of four (4) years satisfactory experience performing the duties of a Forensic Scientist in the Biological Sciences Unit or its equivalent in another laboratory; and

 

  1. Recognition as an expert in the field of forensic DNA analysis; and

 

  1. Qualification or eligibility to become qualified as an expert witness in forensic DNA testing protocols and theory.

 

 

Date:  8/05