Morgue Operations Manager

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Medical Examiner and Chief Forensic Pathologist, a Manager for the Morgue Operations is responsible for supervision of the Forensic Supervisors, Forensic Investigators, Autopsy technicians, Histology technicians, and will oversee Medicolegal Death Investigation and the autopsy room functions.

Explanatory Comments

This position will be responsible for supervising all functions of the autopsy room and will perform post mortem examinations, the collection and transfer of specimens/evidence, stocking and supplying the autopsy room, maintaining autopsy room records and logs and cleaning the autopsy areas.

Training and Experience

A minimum of two (2) years college or its equivalent along with a thorough understanding of medical and legal terminology and procedures is required for this position. Additionally, a thorough knowledge of business management, budgeting, human resource management, mortuary administration, computer software, the ability to lift and carry one hundred (100) pounds, a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License and the ability to work under very stressful conditions are needed.  Five (5) years working in death investigation and/or performing post mortem examinations and two (2) years of supervisory experience is required.

Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Coroners Education Board course and examination are required. A license to practice as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is preferred.

Major Duties

  • Preparation for post mortem examinations.
  • Evisceration of the body.
  • Collection, maintenance and transfer of specimens and evidence.
  • Processing of all autopsy room logs and paperwork.
  • Preparation of remains for the release to funeral home.
  • Stocking and supplying the autopsy room.
  • Preparation of tissue samples for histology.
  • Assisting physicians, dentists, entomologists and anthropologists.
  • Cleaning of autopsy room and surrounding areas.
  • Releasing remains to funeral directors.
  • Performance and development of X-Rays.
  • Ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Supervision of autopsy room staff.
  • Establishing necessary protocols, procedures and policies for autopsy room.
  • Confirming autopsy statistics.
  • Reviewing all autopsy room contracts.
  • Personnel matters.
  • Fiscal matters.
  • Preparation of reports and forms.
  • Supervise all Forensic Investigators
  • Serve as media liaison.
  • Issue and service of subpoenas.
  • Heavy telephone contact with families, medical and police personnel.
  • Issue death certificates.
  • Case investigations.
  • Sign all state death certificates and cremation permits for cremations.
  • Courtroom testimony.
  • Personal contact with the public.
  • Provide tours, lectures and attend meetings.
  • Issue cremation authorizations.
  • Handle and coordinate personal effects of decedents.
  • Oversee completion of histology, toxicology and autopsy reports.
  • Serve as coordinator between department/division managers, Directors and Deputy Directors.

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.

In house testing of the candidates abilities may be required prior to any employment offer.