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Date:  Sep 3, 2021
Req ID:  10213

Lowell, AR, US, 72745

Anticipated Starting Salary:  62531

Position Number: 22141295 
County: Benton 
Posting End Date: 09/30/2021 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 62531 

Lowell Drug Chemistry Supervisor 

The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to enhance the safety and security of all Arkansans through ethical, character-driven behavior that promotes professionalism, clear communication, and accountability while serving as the state’s premier public safety agency.



The Chief Forensic Chemist is under administrative direction and is responsible for the activities of the Forensic Chemistry Section in the Lowell Regional Laboratory. The Chief Forensic Chemist has the overall responsibility for the technical operations and the provision of the resources needed to ensure the quality of the laboratory operations. The Chief Forensic Chemist will have the appropriate technical training and technical experience in the drug section. The Chief Forensic Chemist will have regular contact with crime laboratory staff, frequent contact with law enforcement agencies and judicial officials, and limited contact with the public. The Chief Forensic Chemist ensures compliance with ANAB International requirements by implementing lab wide policies and overseeing the section’s quality assurance program.

Supervises a technical staff of Forensic Chemists including interviewing applicants and recommending for hire, approving leave, making work assignments, training employees and evaluating the performance of employees

Assists with developing laboratory policies and procedures, develops short and long-range operational plans for the forensic chemistry section, monitors operational activities by conducting staff meetings to disseminate information and reviewing and approving reports and compiles and submits statistical reports

Manages the controlled substances authorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be used during the process for comparing pure samples of controlled substances with findings to establish standards and maintains a log of the controlled substances used during testing including dates, amounts, and the name of the chemist requisitioning the substance

Performs qualitative and quantitative forensic chemical analysis of known and unknown substances received from law enforcement agencies to determine the content of the substances using standardized laboratory methods and instruments, and documents procedure and results

Presents expert forensic testimony in court on the chemical analytical methodology used to analyze evidence and analysis results, supervises pretrial conferences, and provides consultation to law enforcement and judicial officials on evidence collection and preservation method

Compiles and interprets data obtained from analytical instruments, reviews and approves scientific forensic reports of section chemists, and writes conclusive scientific forensic reports

Provides classroom instruction for law enforcement officers at seminars and courses statewide on drug identification, collection of evidence, and clandestine drug laboratory investigations

Conducts research studies and validates new forensic analytical procedures, reviews current scientific literature and attends and participates in meetings and seminars to keep abreast of new technologies and procedures in the field.

Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned


Minimum Qualifications

The position requires the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry; plus five years of experience in a chemical laboratory, including two years in a forensic laboratory, or a related field. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements upon approval of the Assistant Director.

Position Information

Class Code: B019C

Grade: GS11


Salary Range: $62,531.00 - $90,670.00


The Forensic Administrator is responsible for directing the activities of a forensic laboratory section. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Supervises a technical staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, training staff, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Reviews daily requests and instructions and prepares various solutions and/or equipment for processing activities. Verifies results of laboratory tests. Trains newer or less experienced analysts. Reports maintenance problems to appropriate personnel Maintains and updates records, including daily/monthly activities and section inventory, prepares purchase requests, and conducts general maintenance on equipment Must participate in the laboratory's proficiency testing program Performs other duties as assigned



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of forensic analysis and of forensic analytical methods and techniques Knowledge of laws, regulations, and agency policies governing forensic activities Knowledge of laboratory equipment used to perform forensic analysis Ability to plan and organize forensic analysis Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and appear as expert witness in court Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to conduct research, establish new analytical procedures, and prepare and present training on the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence Ability to perform complex and difficult analysis of a wide range of factors to determine the appropriate analytical techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry; plus five years of experience in a chemical laboratory, including two years in a forensic laboratory, or a related field, with one year as a Senior Forensic Analyst. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



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