Laboratory Director

Job Summary

Responsible for the overall operation and administration of the FLD, including the employment of personnel who are competent to perform test procedures, record and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently and for assuring compliance with the applicable regulations.  The Director may delegate the duties to qualified individuals but remains responsible for ensuring that all duties are properly performed. The Director must be accessible, but is not required to be on-site when the Laboratory testing is performed.

Training and Experience

  • Possess a Doctorate in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science and Certification by an appropriate certifying body recognized by Forensic Specialists Accreditation Board (FSAB), or
  • Master of Science degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science or chemical, physical or biological science and a minimum of six (6) years managing  in high complexity testing, or
  • Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science or chemical, physical or biological science and a minimum of eight (8) years managing in high complexity testing.


Security clearance.

Major Duties

  • Ensures that the testing systems developed and used for each of the tests performed in the Laboratory provides quality laboratory services for all aspects of test performance, which includes the preanalytic, analytic and postanalytic phases of testing.
  • Ensures that the physical plant and environmental conditions of the Laboratory are appropriate for testing performed and provides a safe environment in which employees are protected from physical, chemical and biological hazards.
  • Ensures that the test methodologies selected have the capability of providing the quality of results required.
  • Ensures that verification procedures used are adequate to determine the accuracy, precision and other pertinent performance characteristics of the method.
  • Ensures that Laboratory personnel are performing the test methods required for accurate and reliable results.
  • Ensures that the Laboratory is enrolled in external proficiency testing program.
  • Ensures that the Laboratory is proficiency tested in all disciplines of analysis offered, and that:
    • the proficiency testing samples are tested as required.
    • the results are returned within the time frames established by the proficiency testing program.
    • all proficiency testing reports received are reviewed by the appropriate staff to evaluate the Laboratory’s performance and to identify any problems that require corrective action.
    • an approved corrective action plan is followed when any proficiency testing result is found to be unaccepted or unsatisfactory.
  • Ensures that the quality control and quality assurance programs are established and maintained to assure the quality of Laboratory services provided and to identify failures in quality as they occur.
  • Ensures that the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance of each Laboratory section.
  • Ensures that all necessary corrective action is taken and documented whenever major deviations form the Laboratory’s established policy and procedures are identified and that examination/analysis results are reported only when they meet Laboratory procedures and policies.
  • Ensures that reports of test results include pertinent information required for interpretation.
  • Ensures that consultation is available to the Laboratory’s clients on matters relating to the quality of the examination/analysis results reported and their interpretation concerning specific evidence submissions.
  • Ensures that a general manager/supervisors provides on-site supervision of high complexity examination/analysis performance for each examination/analysis section.
  • a sufficient number of Laboratory personnel with the appropriate education and either experience or training to provide appropriate consultation, properly supervise and accurately perform tests, and report test results in accordance with personnel responsibilities described in Laboratory Section Manuals.
  • Ensures that prior to testing evidence, all personnel have the appropriate education and experience, and receive the appropriate training for the type and complexity of examination/analysis for which they are to perform, and that it is demonstrated they can perform all testing operations reliably to provide and report accurate results.
  • Ensures that policies and procedures are established to monitor individuals who conduct preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical phases of testing.
  • Ensures that personnel conducting examinations are competent and maintain their competency to process specimens, perform test procedures and report test results promptly and proficiently.
  • Identifies, when necessary, needs for remedial training or continuing education to improve skills.
  • Ensures that approved procedure manuals are available for all disciplines of examination/analysis offered in the Laboratory.
  • in writing, the responsibilities and duties of each position within the Laboratory, and identifies which examination/analysis each individual is authorized to conduct.

The above statements reflect a general description of this position and are not intended to be an all inclusive list of tasks or responsibilities which an employee may be assigned.