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Drug & Alcohol Compliance Tech I

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Oct 10, 2022

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On-Site Work Statement:

This is an on-site/in-person work opportunity.

Marketing Statement:

WMATA's Drug and Alcohol Compliance program is seeking a highly skilled team player with experience in medical office and/or medical laboratory environments. The preferred candidate will have federal urine drug specimen collections and breath alcohol testing experience as mandated by 49 CFR Part 40. The candidate must be comfortable with gender specific testing requirements and possess the ability to promptly assess and report all matters of non-compliance. The candidate must be able to work rotating flexible hours with little to no notice when scheduling changes occur in support of WMATA's 24-hour drug and alcohol testing services. Strong skills in MS Office, customer centricity, and HIPAA adherence is required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.

  • One (1) year of experience as a medical technician, laboratory technician, or healthcare professional, or, six (6) months of experience performing urine drug and breath alcohol specimen collections may be considered.

  • Ability to acquire certification as a Breath Alcohol Technician and Urine Specimen Collector within 90 days of hire.


  • An Associate's degree from an accredited college program.

  • Experience working in a medical office or laboratory environment working variable shifts.
  • Experience performing DOT urine drug chain of custody and breath alcohol specimen collections.

  • Current completion of valid qualification training to perform DOT urine drug chain of custody and breath alcohol specimen collections.

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or servere weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The Drug and Alcohol Compliance Technician I (DACT I) is responsible for conducting federally mandated and employer directed biological specimen collections and other medically related procedures and tests in connection with WMATA's drug and alcohol testing program. Performs technical, administrative, and confidential medical work in support of Occupational Health and Wellness' (OHAW) office of Drug and Alcohol Compliance. The DACT I is a skilled healthcare professional who maintains the confidentiality and security of all specimens and associated files in accordance with US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA); updates and maintains test records and works interdependently with other healthcare professionals to provide quality health services to WMATA's employees. The incumbent conducts medically related procedures and tests for WMATA's applicants and employees in connection with the Authority's Drug and Alcohol Compliance program. The DACT I has some latitude to exercise judgment within established Federal and WMATA and guidelines.

  • Accurately and efficiently performs regulatory drug and alcohol testing procedures in accordance with DOT and WMATA regulations.
  • Immediately removes impaired and/or non-compliant persons from active service.
  • Maintains confidentiality and security of all drug and alcohol testing workspaces, specimens, records, equipment, and activities.
  • Coordinates scheduling of employees and applicants for WMATA required medical procedures.
  • Prepares applicants and employees for medical tests including but not limited to, venipuncture, urinalysis, and drug and alcohol specimen collections.
  • Examines all alcohol and drug testing equipment to ensure cleanliness and preparedness and assures that all necessary supplies and forms are readily available.
  • Performs machine calibration functions and executes quality assurance measures in order to ensure credibility of test(s) results. Maintains the collection site ensuring that bio-hazard waste is disposed of properly and keeps the facility in a clean and non-hazardous condition in compliance with US Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) regulations
  • Ensures all required tests are accurately completed, documented, and secured appropriately.
  • Provides on-site administrative support of the Drug and Alcohol Compliance office as required but not limited to reviewing job codes for proper DOT classification, receiving, and managing documentation of all required testing, and maintaining testing records in accordance with FTA protocols and retention times.
  • Ensures each specimen collection site and affiliated workspaces are properly stocked and cleaned prior to and after each procedure.
  • Prepares employees and applicants for tests, completes all necessary forms, administers and operates a breath alcohol testing device (Evidential Breath Testing Device); ensures equipment is in proper operating condition at all times and periodically makes minor adjustments, etc. in cases of malfunction.
  • Provides guidance on specimen collection procedures and requirements, the consequences of non-compliance, and educational material on drug abuse prevention to employees and Metro management.
  • Ensures proper and legible labeling of specimens and observes all requirements of the chain of custody form; ensures the integrity of specimen custody and control.
  • Prepares, maintains, and updates all necessary documentation associated with the Authority's alcohol and drug testing program.
  • Operates automated data processing equipment to enter data, access files and to generate reports and data summaries.
  • Testifies as a subject matter expert in arbitrations and other legal proceedings, concerning test results and alcohol and drug test collections process.
  • Provides 24/7 collection services, including off-site collection sites, covering all locations and work shifts, including weekends, holidays, emergencies, and inclement weather.
  • Collects urine specimens and conducts drug and alcohol testing in compliance with DOT and US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and WMATA policy. Maintains confidentiality and professionalism in accordance with established protocol.
  • Maintains at least a Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Level D certification.
  • Works variable shifts, with little prior notice.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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