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Chief Toxicologist

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Sedgwick County*
Physical Address
1109 N. Minneapolis
Wichita, KS 67214
Job Description

Company: Sedgwick County

Pay: $90,000 – $135,000 based on qualifications/experience

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

The position provides administrative oversight and technical leadership to the Toxicology Lab Manager and the forensic scientists assigned to the Toxicology Laboratory at the Regional Forensic Science Center. Toxicology Lab activities include the collection, preservation, and analysis of antemortem and postmortem biological evidence and/or other evidence submitted to the laboratory. The Chief Toxicologist will review postmortem and DUI casework and consult with the RFSC pathologist interpreting toxicology findings. This position will be responsible for preparing written reports of the conclusions and testify in court and/or give an expert opinion based on findings. The Chief Toxicologist shall maintain all required and appropriate professional licensure and/or certification at all times during the term of employment.

Serve as the Center’s Chief Toxicologist

• Develop, review and approve technical analytical procedures used in toxicological analyses
• Oversee validation studies and applied research activities in support of the Toxicology Section
• Review investigative and autopsy findings of death cases to determine the need toxicological examinations
• Perform technical reviews on postmortem and driving under the influence toxicological casework
• Serve as a consultant to Center pathologist in the interpretation of the toxicology findings, to assist in the determination of the cause and manner of death
• Provide consultation to out-of-county coroners regarding toxicological findings
• Consult with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and defense attorneys pertaining to the interpretation of toxicological findings and conclusions
• Prepares timely, thorough and accurate reports and analysis
• Prepare and give testimony as needed by the District Attorney, City Prosecutors, and/or US Attorneys

Provides administrative personnel oversight for the Toxicology Lab

• Supervise the Toxicology Laboratory Manager
• Oversee the recruitment and hiring of new employees
• Facilitate continuing education for toxicology lab scientists
• Ensure the toxicology lab manager and scientists maintain compliance with certifications
• Review all Toxicology lab employee performance appraisals for fairness and equity
• Maintain discipline and order with Toxicology lab staff in coordination with the Forensic Laboratories Director

Provides administrative budget, policy and technology oversight for the Toxicology Lab

• Ensure maintenance of equipment and supplies inventory
• Oversee the physical maintenance and functionality of Toxicology technology and equipment
• Ensure toxicology lab standard operating procedures are routinely reviewed and updated
• Ensure that the Toxicology Laboratory is in compliance with the ASCLD-LAB-international guidelines and polices directly related to quality assurance and quality control aspects.
• Provides Toxicology lab needs assessments, cost analysis and justifications to the RFSC Lab Director

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate Degree from an accredited university in a forensic science discipline, toxicology, chemistry, or pharmacology. Five years of experience in a forensic laboratory performing postmortem analyses, or a medical examiner/coroner office AND two years planning and supervising laboratory activities and staff; court qualified as an expert in toxicology. F-ABFT (Fellow American Board of Forensic Toxicology)

Preferred Qualifications: Doctorate Degree from an accredited university in a forensic science discipline, toxicology, chemistry or pharmacology, or PharmD. Experience in an accredited facility; e.g. ASCLD/Lab International, NAME or ABFT. Senior level experience in a private sector laboratory or medical facility. Court qualified as an expert in a forensic or scientific specialty.

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

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