CLASSIFICATION: TOXICOLOGIST V
Class Code: 9448-32 Date Established: 08-06-03
Occupational Code: 7-6-4 Date of Last Revision: 04-18-11
BASIC PURPOSE: To administer scientific services in chemistry and toxicology including planning and policy development and technical consultation to public health and medical partners.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Formulate and influence the development of public health policies and procedures to support public health efforts.
· Collaborates with others to develop a Public Health Laboratory strategic plan, including developing short and long term organizational goals.
· Educates other emergency responders by consulting with them when emergency public health threats or incidents occur.
· Identifies problems and solutions with the help of subordinate staff regarding Toxicological issues and implements resolutions.
· Assures that appropriate diagnostic methods employing stringent quality control and process improvement methods are maintained.
· Prepares and presents lectures, seminars and reports regarding Toxicology issues.
· Searches for sources of funding and writes grant applications to assure adequate monies and maintains compliance with grant parameters.
· Provides technical and administrative direction to subordinate and administrative direction to subordinate scientific staff in varied scientific specialties.
Skill: Requires skill in evaluating, planning, or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies, or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organizational goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of programs or of employees doing work which differs from the supervisor, including disciplining employees, solving personnel problems, recommending hiring and firing employees, and developing work methods. The supervisor in this position manages a working unit or section with responsibility for employee performance appraisal.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires formulating the combination of overall job functions in order to address highly diverse or novel situations requiring new concepts and imaginative approaches to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
Independent Action: Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education: Master’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, the biological sciences, forensic science, the health sciences, the health professions, medical technology, the physical sciences, or a related scientific field dependent on the needs of the position. Doctorate degree preferred. Additional years of approved formal education may be substituted for up to three (3) years of required work experience on a one-to-one basis. Professional certification in chemistry or toxicology by an approved accrediting agency may be substituted for one of the required years of experience.
Experience: Eight years’ experience performing and/or supervising toxicological or related analyses specific to the needs of the position in a chemical, biological, forensic, clinical or public health laboratory, three years of which shall have been in a supervisory or administrative level position.
License/Certification: Must be eligible to hold a New Hampshire driver’s license and have access to transportation for use in statewide travel. Applicants must meet certification requirements as a Technical Supervisor in Chemistry or Toxicology per the Health Care Financing Administration for Clinical Laboratory Personnel according to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). Must be eligible for certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, the National Registry of Certified Chemists in Toxicological Chemistry, or as a Specialist in Chemistry by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
1. Must be eligible to work in the U.S. and able to pass a security background clearance check.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Strong skills in working with people are required.
Ability to interact effectively with individuals representing a variety of scientific specialties must be demonstrated.
3. Must be able to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot lab instrumentation such as gas chromatograph, high
performance liquid chromatograph, and mass spectrometer.
4. Must be willing to undergo tests or immunization for communicable diseases periodically as necessary, to include
the Hepatitis B vaccine.
5. Troubleshooting and process improvement skills required. Extensive up-to-date knowledge of clinical and
analytical chemistry required. Knowledge of fiscal management required.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of toxicology and cellular biochemistry. Knowledge of the application of chemical, biological and physical sciences as they relate to public health and environmental protection. Knowledge of risk assessment models associated with exposure to toxic and hazardous substances. Knowledge of environmental routes of exposure for toxic and hazardous substances. Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices used in environmental health. Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations as well as procedures used in the control of toxic and hazardous substances. Skill in evaluating and analyzing scientific toxicological data. Ability to interpret data from computer sources and familiarity with computer systems. Ability to plan, develop and direct program surveys. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, government, professional and nonprofessional groups as well as the general public. Must be wiling to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.