Assistant Chief

Laboratory Name: 
Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory
Job Description: 

The Department of Public Safety is recruiting for an Assistant Chief, Forensic Laboratory to join our team committed to public safety through public service.

This position is part of the Alaska State Crime Lab and under the general direction of the Forensic Laboratory Manager, the incumbent functions as the Assistant Laboratory Manager coordinating and managing the forensic activities of the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory directly and through subordinate supervisors. Responsibilities include supervising forensic discipline supervisors, supervising research and development projects, and ensuring quality control.

Key Responsibilities of this position include: •Solicit recommendations and/or input from reporting supervisors regarding operational needs of the laboratory and the capabilities of workforce and equipment. Research and analyze data and information regarding the workload of the laboratory, identifying areas that need improvement, as well as methods or modifications to improve efficiency and improve workflow. Evaluate and develop effective recommendations for the Chief, Forensic Laboratories, regarding laboratory needs in terms of accreditation, budget, staffing, training, and development based on the needs of the laboratory and the capabilities of workforce and equipment.
•Direct multi-disciplinary Forensic Scientist staff through reporting supervisors. Set work priorities and assignments, provide training, approve leave, authorize applicable overtime, assess performance, write and/or review drafted evaluations, take disciplinary action when necessary, and respond to grievances as appropriate.
•Develop and implement performance standards for Forensic Scientist staff directly or through reporting supervisors.
•As member of laboratory leadership participate in or serve as lead staff responsible for developing innovative or strategic hiring practices and methods, organizational development, and classification matters.
•Direct, develop, draft, or review and approve laboratory policy and procedures pertinent to forensic investigation and testing directly or through reporting supervisors.
•Act for the Chief, Forensic Laboratories, in his or her absence.
•Consult and coordinate with appropriate subject matter experts, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and private entities regarding emergence and resolution of a range of issues impacting the collection, preservation, sample selection, application of forensic testing and analysis, and courtroom testimony.
•Provide support to and conduct ad hoc projects related to laboratory accreditation activities.
We are looking to hire someone with the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience: •Considerable knowledge of managerial methods and practices related to program development, implementation or administration, the laboratory structure and operations, policies and procedures, directives, operational manuals, and guidelines.
•Working knowledge of current national laboratory accreditation standards and requirements, including state and federal regulations, documentation, quality control and assurance procedures.
•Skill in establishing performance standards and quality control measures to ensure complete and accurate analysis and testing procedures; to apply, adapt or modify methods, procedures, and techniques in specialty area; to make refined observations and to make accurate and precise reports on the results of these observations.
•Thorough knowledge in one or more forensic disciplines.
•Thorough knowledge of forensic analysis and standard laboratory testing and principles, practices and techniques.

An image without descriptionThe Department of Public Safety strives to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, and protect life and property. All positions support or carry out the Department's mission. If our mission interests you and this position embodies your strengths, please consider joining our team.

More information about the Department of Public Safety can be found on our website:

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in natural science or physical sciences, forensic sciences, criminalistics, or a closely related field.
Four years of cumulative experience in an accredited forensic laboratory applying scientific principles to detect, test, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal cases, interpret results, prepare written reports, and provide expert testimony in a court of law. One year of this experience must have been spent either directing a professional or technical work unit within one or more specific forensic disciplines, or serving as a quality assurance manager responsible for ensuring that all professional laboratory and performance standards and guidelines are met. This supervisory experience is equivalent to a Forensic Scientist IV or Forensic Scientist, DNA Technical Manager, with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

Special Note:
Appointments to positions in the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory are subject to background requirements per ASCLD/LAB and the Department of Public Safety. A criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting, is required.
Additional Required Information
This position is exempt from the current hiring restrictions and is open to all applicants.

The recruitment period has been extended to 12/21/17 and the scope has been broadened to all applicants to obtain a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to reapply.

Applicants invited for an in-person interview will be required to provide the following at the time of interview:
•List of three (3) professional references.
•Last two (2) performance evaluations (letter of recommendation from current or former supervisor may be substituted).
•Copy of college transcript

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education and Training section of the Applicant Profile. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of credit hours earned in the Degrees Obtained field. Copies of transcripts will be required at time of interview. If using college education to meet minimum qualifications, please provide a copy of your transcripts at the time of interview.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

Appointments to positions in Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory are subject to background requirements per ASCLD/LAB and the Department of Public Safety. A criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting, is required. The successful candidates must pass a comprehensive background investigation, which includes a criminal history check.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Information

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Kyle T. Klopfer
Alaska State Crime Lab
4805 Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99507

Contact Info
Kyle Klopfer