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Forensic Science Communications
October 2003 – Volume 5 – Number 4 

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director (Executive Level)
— Salary: $92,066 - $100,000

Houston Police Department
Houston, Texas

Qualifications include the following:

  • BS or PhD in criminalistics, chemistry, or a natural or physical science; or graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with a major course of study other than one of the described sciences
  • At least 15 years' increasingly complex forensic work experience in a forensic laboratory
  • At least seven years' progressively responsible forensic laboratory experience including two years' supervisory experience in an accredited laboratory; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Valid Texas driver's license

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing the daily operations of the forensic laboratory including DNA analysis, serology, toxicology, drug identification, trace evidence analysis, firearms and toolmarks examination, and evidence registration
  • Overseeing development and implementation of standard forensic-testing practices and procedures for all sections of the laboratory in accordance with standards set forth by ASCLD-LAB or other appropriate accrediting entity to achieve and maintain laboratory accreditation
  • Planning and implementing programs to ensure quality control of laboratory including the generation and storage of laboratory case reports and records
  • Reviewing reports and documents concerning evidence analysis and findings
  • Planning, directing, and overseeing the continuous training for all aspects of forensic laboratory services to keep criminalists methods up to date
  • Working with Investigative Division supervisors to develop protocols for prioritizing laboratory services usage
  • Hiring, supervising, and evaluating a staff of 50 people
  • Preparing, administering, and monitoring division budget
  • Ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding physical evidence
  • Coordinating division operations with outside agencies and other government agencies
  • Providing physical evidence information to law enforcement agencies, attorneys, judges, the district attorney's office and other scientific professionals
  • Reporting to an assistant chief
  • Performing related duties as required

Contact:

City of Houston
Human Resources Department
611 Walker
Houston, Texas 77002
E-mail: hrresume@cityofhouston.net
713-837-9499 (Voice)