Mission: Every day at the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ),
our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights
of the people of our great state. At the Department of Justice, we
do the right thing for the right reason. If you are looking for an
opportunity to be part of a team that builds a culture of character
and excellence, demonstrates collaboration and selfless public
service, and upholds the law and pursues public safety, the
Department of Justice may just be the career for you.
The Montana Forensic Science Division (FSD) is an
internationally accredited state Forensic Laboratory, processing
many varieties of crime scene evidence received from law
enforcement agencies across the great state of Montana. FSD's
mission is to provide accurate, objective, and timely forensic
analysis in support of the Montana criminal justice community.
Department of Justice employs more than 35 FSD forensic analysts
who complete amazing work such as: identifying mysterious powders
or pills, determining quantities of various substances in a
person's body, extracting DNA from a blood stain, matching fired
bullets to the gun, or finding fingerprints on ATM machine, to name
just a few examples.
The FSD is also home to the State Medical Examiner's office.
More than 700 autopsies are performed each year in Missoula and
Billings to determine cause and manner of death in unattended or
suspicious circumstances. The Montana State Crime Lab proudly
serves the criminal justice community and the people of
The primary mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is
to provide accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the
criminal justice community. A secondary mission is dedicated to
providing training and outreach to law enforcement, attorneys,
judges, county coroners and the public.
The FSD Administrator provides top-level scientific management
decisions including long-term strategic planning, proposing
legislation, authorizing budgets, and top-level authorization for
the crime lab's operations, programs, projects, and resources in
pursuit of the Division's mission and essential services
operations. The Administrator is responsible for leading
operational management functions in accordance with state laws, DOJ
and State of Montana policies, and in the collective interest of
public stakeholders. Duties include responsive and effective
division, agency, and public communications; budgetary planning and
oversight; resource allocations; functional division performance
and continuous improvement; and compliance with professional
standards. Work efforts align with a legislatively allocated
budget, DOJ leadership, the Division's mission and staff
Direct Reports: (8) The MT Chief Medical Examiner; 4 FSD Unit
supervisors; the Administrative Officer; the Administrative
Assistant; and Quality Assurance Project Management Specialist.
This is a classified position within State of MT Department of
- Master's degree to include a bachelor level degree in natural
or biological sciences.
- Five years of dedicated laboratory-related experience.
- Three years of senior-level management experience.
Other combinations of education or experience may be
- 5 years leadership experience to include management and
- Professional membership in good standing in scientific,
professional field of expertise.
The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the
applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to, an
evaluation of the rsum and cover letter, a structured interview,
performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks
and fingerprint checks.
Additional materials, references or information submitted by the
applicant, but not requested, will not be considered.
Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
- Criminal History Fingerprint Check
- Intensive Background Check
- Driving History
- Drug Testing
REAL ID Compliant Credential Required and/or Passport:
State employees are required to present legally binding photo
identification at the time of hire. Generally, this is a valid
driver license, U.S. Passport or Employment Authorization ID (Form
All DOJ positions require a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport
within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023.
For further information go to https://mtrealid.gov or https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions
HOW TO APPLY:
To be considered for this position, you must attach a cover
letter and rsum at the time of application, in addition to a
written statement describing how you would obtain additional
funding that supports FSD growth and professional development.
Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark
each of the attachments as a "Relevant File".
Your Cover Letter: How do your qualifications and experience
directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes
you the best candidate for the job?
Your Rsum: Please include all work experience as well as job
duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position.
Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the
reason you left each job.
A complete online state application is not required. To initiate
an application, attach the cover letter and rsum to be considered
for this position. Failure to attach a cover letter and rsum will
result in an incomplete application that will not be considered
Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials
submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection
All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be
received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an
email with instructions on how to submit such documents.
To request an accommodation with the application process, please
contact the HR office.
Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and
generous State of Montana Benefits.
- Medical, dental and vision coverage
- Retirement plans
- Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
- Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
- Employee Assistance Program
State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan
forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
This Organization Participates in E-Verify.
Minorities are under-represented in this position and are
encouraged to apply.