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Forensic Science Division Administrator

Company: State of Montana
Location: Missoula
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

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.

Division Overview:

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 Montana.

Job Overview:

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 effectiveness.

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 Justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 substituted.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years leadership experience to include management and effective supervision.
  • Professional membership in good standing in scientific, professional field of expertise.

Special Instructions:

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 I-766).

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


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 further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

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) program.

This Organization Participates in E-Verify.

Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Montana, Missoula , Forensic Science Division Administrator, Other , Missoula, Montana

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