Occ. Code 9202600
 
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, GRADE 29           9202600

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR DRUG CHEMISTRY, GRADE 29                   9206500

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR TOXICOLOGY SERVICES, GRADE 29          9202650

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, M-4                      9202700

DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, M-8                                          9202900

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Associate Directors oversee the day-to-day operations of specific sections within the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center. These positions direct the operations including the technical and scientific sections of the Biological Sciences, Drug Chemistry, or Toxicology sections. The Assistant Director and Director of Biological Sciences oversee the operations of the Biological Sciences section at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center.

 

These positions are only classified at the Division of State Police.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

               ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: non-competitive; section head; supervises Supervisors Forensic Services (DNA); oversees the Biological Sciences and DNA Databank Sections.

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR DRUG CHEMISTRY: non-competitive; section head; supervises Supervisors Forensic Services; oversees the Drug Chemistry Section.

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR TOXICOLOGY SERVICES: non-competitive; section head; supervises Supervisor Forensic Services; oversees the Toxicology Section.

 

          ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: non-competitive; one-position class; functions as the assistant director of the Biological Sciences section of the Forensic Investigation Center.

 

          DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: non-competitive; one-position class; directs the Biological Sciences section of the Forensic Investigation Center.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: under the general direction of the Assistant Director Biological Sciences, oversees a section within the Biological Services Unit; supervises staff performing various functions related to the operations of the Biological Sciences casework and/or DNA Databank; oversees training, validation, quality assurance, safety, and proficiency testing; ensures compliance with laboratory and safety procedures; assists in the administration of the technical operation of the DNA Databank; assigns cases, monitors progress and track productivity, and reviews analytical reports; manages specimen flow to obtain optimal productivity; participates in the needs assessment and funding of the laboratory; prepares budget requests; oversees grant administration of the laboratory; stays informed of developments within the field of forensic DNA analysis; reviews current scientific literature; organizes or attends seminars, courses and professional meetings; serves as a resource for prosecutors, investigators, evidence technicians and other law enforcement personnel; and assists on technical problems regarding analytical methods.

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR DRUG CHEMISTRY: under the general direction of a higher-level manager in the Forensic Investigation Center, assists in the administration of technical and scientific operations by assigning cases, monitoring progress, managing productivity and supervising procedures; participates in needs assessment and funding of the laboratory; prepares and administers budget and grants; makes casework authorization recommendations to the director; approves all system-wide technical test methods, procedures, and practices within the Drug Chemistry section; provides oversight of all Drug Chemistry operations at multiple laboratories; approves the use of all Drug Chemistry related scientific equipment and the methodologies used for the entire lab system; conducts and oversees technical audits of all Drug Chemistry sites; approves deviations from established procedures; approves the validation of new instruments and test methods; determines submission guidelines and establishes geographic areas of responsibility of drug chemistry labs; manages specimen flow to obtain optimal productivity; reviews and approves all drug-related non-conforming work and corrective action reports; approves and supervises the technical training of Supervisors Forensic Services, and subordinate staff; works with outside agencies such as the Department of Health, and other stakeholders to develop legislative regulatory solutions to emerging drug problems; stays informed of developments within the field of forensic science analysis; reviews current scientific literature; organizes or attends seminars, courses and professional meetings; evaluates emerging technologies; and serves as a resource for prosecutors, investigators, evidence technicians and other law enforcement personnel.

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR TOXICOLOGY SERVICES: under the general direction of a higher-level manager in the Forensic Investigation Center, oversees a Toxicology Section; oversees shifts, training, validation, automation, quality assurance, safety, and proficiency testing; directs case assignment, manages productivity, supervises procedures, and reviews analytical reports; prepares and administers budget and grants; participates in laboratory needs assessment and funding; assists in enhancing the analytical capability and capacity of the section, including managing specimen flow to obtain optimal productivity; stays informed of developments within the field of forensic science analysis; reviews current scientific literature; evaluates emerging technologies; organizes and attends seminars, courses and professional meetings; and serves as a resource for prosecutors, investigators, evidence technicians and other law enforcement personnel.

 

          ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: under the general direction of the Director Biological Sciences, assists the Director in the daily direction and coordination of the Biological Sciences section; supervises Associate Directors Biological Sciences who oversee staff performing various functions related to the operations of the casework, DNA databank and CODIS units; directs training, validation, quality assurance, and safety and proficiency testing; oversees the review of forensic serology and DNA reports; serves as a resource to prosecutors, investigators, evidence technicians and other law enforcement personnel; and stays informed of developments within the field of forensic DNA analysis.

 

          DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: under the general direction of the State Police Director of Forensic Services, supervises forensic staff performing DNA identity testing for active criminal investigations conducted by the New York State Police and other municipal and county law enforcement agencies; supervises staff in the development of DNA identity profiles; supervises the maintenance and operation of the repository of DNA records generated by the DNA case work laboratories and DNA Databank; ensures that all policies and operations of the DNA index, including security and access meet guidelines set by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York State Commission of Forensic Sciences, and National DNA Index System; oversees the operation of violent evidence crime processing; and provides training to law enforcement personnel on the topics of recognition, collection and preservation of DNA evidence, and the appropriate use of DNA evidence in a major crime and effective courtroom presentation.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

 

Non-Competitive: one year of service as a Supervisor Forensic Services (DNA).

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR DRUG CHEMISTRY

 

Non-Competitive: one year of service as a Supervisor Forensic Services.

 

          ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR TOXICOLOGY SERVICES

 

Non-Competitive: one year of service as a Supervisor Forensic Services.


 

          ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

 

Non-Competitive: masters degree in a life science, forensic science, laboratory administration or other relevant discipline and two years of service as a Supervisor Forensic Services.

 

          DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

 

Non-Competitive: a Ph.D. degree in a biological or forensic science and five years of managerial laboratory experience in an accredited forensic DNA identification laboratory; or a masters degree in biological or forensic science and ten years of experience in an accredited forensic DNA identification laboratory, including at least five years of managerial laboratory experience.

 

Date:  1/18

 

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.