Supervisory Chemist or Toxicologist (Forensic), (Director, Office of Forensic Toxicology Services)

Washington D.C.
Jul 03, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

A Leader in the D.C. Criminal Justice Community!

The mission of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) is to promote pretrial justice and enhance community safety.

As a federal agency, PSA focuses on thriving as a leader within the justice system through a diverse, inclusive and empowered workforce that embodies integrity, excellence, accountability, and innovation in the delivery of the highest quality services.

If you are interested in managing the diverse scientific and administrative aspects of a forensic toxicology laboratory, this job is for you! You will be a valued team member who directs and manages all activities of PSA's Office of Forensic Toxicology Services (OFTS), which performs the full range of forensic drug testing.


Bargaining Unit Status: Not Covered

Location: Office of Forensic Toxicology Services
Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.

This is not a law enforcement position.

Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter.

  • Not Required

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Resume and Supporting Documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirement, specialized experience and selective factor requirements below.

    For Chemistry Series 1320: A) I have a degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR B) Combination of education and experience, course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours of chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education; ANDC) One year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties.

    For Toxicology Series 415: A) I have a degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology; AND B)One year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties.

    Specialized Experience:

    Specialized experience is defined as managing and directing all phases of a forensic toxicology laboratory that performs the full range of forensic screening and confirmation analyses to detect drug use; providing interpretation of data, drug pharmacokinetics and drug pharmacodynamics to the court, law enforcement or criminal justice agency leadership and staff; and providing expert testimony on all phases of forensic drug testing operations.

    Selective Factor:

    A minimum of three (3) years' recent experience in senior positions within a forensic toxicology laboratory. Where and when you have obtained this experience should be documented in your resume. This experience could have been gained as either a federal employee or a contractor.

    NOTE: Your resume must clearly show how you meet the specialized experience requirement and the selective factor associated with this position. Failure to do so will result in an "Ineligible" rating.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

    All federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Completion of a one-year probationary period is required, if not already completed.

    Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the close of this announcement.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    As a Supervisory Chemist (Forensics) or Supervisory Toxicologist (Forensics) you will:

    1. Direct and manage all activities of OFTS which performs the full range of forensic drug testing. Direct the implementation of systems and processes for the collection of urine and oral fluid samples to detect drug use in adult clients and defendants and juvenile respondents.
    2. Manage long and short range planning for OFTS and establish program goals and objectives.
    3. Provide expert consultation to the PSA Director, Deputy Director, and executive management of PSA and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA).
    4. Represent PSA in DC Superior Court and US District Court, providing expert testimony on all phases of forensic drug testing and laboratory operations.
    5. Direct or perform independent research and special studies in forensic drug testing and, based on results, determine changes in policy or protocol or other applications for OFTS.
    6. Manage OFTS staff, who are divided into teams or units. Plans and assigns work, delegate responsibility, and establish priorities. Administer leave policies and other programs in accordance with affirmative action and equal employment opportunity requirements.
    7. Identify, acquire and manage fiscal resources for OFTS, direct budget planning and execution, assure adherence to regulation and policy, and obtaining maximum cost efficiency.

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