3H79

PAY RANGE: EP26

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENTIST

(Environmental)

(Water)

(Clinical)

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

           This is administrative scientific work planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate supervisors, in the Air Management Services Laboratory, the Public Health Laboratory, or in the Planning and Engineering Division of the Water Department.  An employee in this class develops, evaluates and determines the methodologies, equipment, and personnel required to achieve compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations for environmental pollution measurements, for chemicals and biologicals in drinking water, surface water, wastewater, sludge and industrial wastes, or for the analysis of clinical laboratory specimens.  Contact with government scientists and officials, industrial plant representatives and the public are of major significance to the work. Work is performed under the direction of an administrative engineering superior or laboratory director.  

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS:  (The following conditions must be met for a position to

be allocated to this class.)

 

·        Positions must perform administrative scientific work planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate supervisors, the analytical chemistry functions of the Air Management Services Laboratory, the analytical biology and chemistry functions of the Public Health Laboratory or the analytical chemistry or biology functions of the Planning and Engineering Division of the Water Department.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK  (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

            Directs, through subordinate supervisors, the work of scientific professionals and other technical and laboratory personnel; plans, assigns and reviews the work of scientific, technical and laboratory personnel engaged in sampling and analyzing environmental pollutants and clinical specimens; reviews and evaluates analytical programs, activities and equipment for efficiency and productivity, and recommends and initiates improvements; reviews analytical equipment and procedures in order to meet regulatory standards for environmental pollution control, monitoring and analysis, and clinical laboratory procedures; determines quality assurance parameters;        Coordinates testing with other laboratory units within the department and in other departments; manages special sampling and analysis projects required for regulatory development; approves and assigns special projects.

            Formulates and prepares the unit’s operating budget; determines staffing levels and equipment needs; recommends which services can be performed more efficiently by contracted private laboratories; develops cost evaluations for in-house and contract services; evaluates work performed by contractors.

Provides technical assistance to administrative and other agency personnel in the areas of biological or chemical testing; represents the department in administrative and legal proceedings involving scientific measurement and analysis.

Establishes and maintains computerized and manual documentation for all scientific methods and procedures; ensures analytical work complies with internal and external performance criteria, including quality assurance and turn-around time schedules.

Develops and manages productivity initiatives designed to improve performance indicators, including turn-around time, analytical capacity, performance/cost ratio, analytical quality assurance;

Provides technical guidance during complex testing; designs and directs the design of specialized apparatus to meet specific testing requirements; designs and reviews the design of equipment specifications; evaluates and reviews new equipment and makes recommendations regarding purchase of equipment and contracted services.

Makes presentations before civic, industrial and community groups on biological or chemical testing issues.

Participates in policy development, including development of performance criteria and goals, safety and hygiene policy and communications policy.

Performs related work as required.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALTY

 

            Initiates air management research and development studies to improve existing methods and develops new methods for sampling, monitoring, and analyzing pollutants; designs and directs the design and fabrication of specialized apparatus to meet specific testing requirements; evaluates new equipment tests and makes recommendations regarding purchase of equipment and services.

            Coordinates chemical testing within Air Management Services; maintains an inventory control system for analytical instruments, chemicals, parts, and supplies; prepares section budget and prepares and reviews section grant proposals.

            Provides technical assistance to the administration and other agencies in the areas of air pollutants and particulates; represents the department in administrative and legal proceedings involving environmental pollutants measurements and analysis; makes presentations before civic, industrial and community groups on environmental testing issues.

 

WATER SPECIALTY

 

            Directs a major phase of the analytical scientific function of the Planning and Engineering Division of the Water Department; plans, assigns and reviews, through subordinate supervisors, the work of scientific and technical personnel engaged in sampling, monitoring, testing and evaluating the chemical quality of drinking water in the water distribution system, water from rivers, raw and processed wastewater, sludge and industrial wastes, and researching new and improved water and wastewater treatment processes.

            Develops and directs watershed-wide assessment projects, through subordinate supervisors, to identify biological, chemical and physical stressors for restoration remediation; assists with partnership initiatives to create innovative solutions; disseminates information to state officials and local partnerships; applies for permits and grants. 

            Represents the department before regulatory agencies; provides technical assistance to administrative and other agency personnel in the areas of water, wastewater, sludge and industrial waste; represents the department in administrative and legal proceedings involving organic chemistry measurement and analysis; makes presentations before civic, industrial and community groups on environmental testing issues.

            Consults with departmental and City managers to develop research proposals and monitoring strategies, develops data quality objectives, interprets analytical information and develops educational workshops.

                        Performs related work as required.

 

CLINICAL LABORATORY SPECIALTY

 

            Directs  the technical areas– such as microbiology, special microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology, clinical microscopy, Molecular Diagnostics  plus the Administrative support areas – such as Central Receiving and the Front Office of the Public Health Laboratory; plans, assigns and reviews, through subordinate supervisors, the work of scientific and technical personnel engaged in sampling, monitoring, testing and evaluating clinical laboratory specimens; ensures high quality test results are reported; ensures turnaround times of testing, productivity of staff, instrument capacity and cost/benefit ratios are maintained;

            Develops staff training and technical competency programs; compiles staff schedule to ensure goals are accomplished; provides mentoring for new section supervisors in all areas of management.

Coordinates with all customers (both inside and outside the Department of Health), such as:   Disease Control, AACO, Ambulatory Health, Environmental Health, Prison Health System, Lead Office, Medical Examiners Office and Quest Diagnostics for investigation and resolution of issues and complaints; monitors contracts and purchase orders for expiration dates, contract pricing and invoice accuracy; coordinates with Procurement Department for issues and problems; coordinates with the Information technology staff, all necessary updates and changes to the Laboratory Information System;

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

·        modern analytical chemistry or analytical biology methodology and instrumentation if required by work assignment

·        modern scientific and administrative methods and techniques required to direct and coordinate a major phase of a laboratory facility if required by work assignment

·        supervisory methods and techniques

·        hazards and safety practices in the laboratory and in field sampling

·        commercial and industrial processes as they relate to the emission of airborne pollutants

·        budget preparation

·        the computer software utilized in scientific applications

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALTY

 

·        physical and analytical chemical theory, principles and practices as they relate to measurement of environmental pollutants, analytical chemistry methodology and instrumentation

·        air sampling methods, techniques and equipment

·        specialty gas mixtures, calibration gas mixture generators, calibration standards and quality assurance practices

·        laws and regulations applicable to air pollution measurement and control

·        commercial and industrial processes as they relate to the emission of airborne pollutants

·        design and operation of air pollution control devices

 

WATER SPECIALTY

 

·        federal and state regulations, standards and guidelines applicable to the analysis and treatment of water and wastewater

·        water pollution control, sludge processing and water treatment plant operations, processes, facilities and equipment

·        principles and practices of analytical water chemistry and aquatic biology applicable to  water, wastewater and sludge

·        principals of analytical quality assurance as pertains to the analysis of environmental samples or in situ analysis

·        literature, research findings and trends in water chemistry

·        biological, chemical and physical attributes of aquatic ecosystems

·        physio-chemical relationships

·        protocols, techniques, procedures and studies related to assessment, testing and monitoring of watersheds

 

CLINICAL SPECIALTY

 

·        federal and state regulations, standards and guidelines applicable to the analysis of clinical laboratory specimens

·        clinical laboratory processes, facilities and equipment

·        principals and practices of clinical laboratory testing methodologies

·        the use, operation and care of standard laboratory equipment and materials in the Clinical Laboratory

·        the methods of standardizing and adapting new procedures in analytical tests.

·        research methods and techniques including the statistical treatment of scientific data.

·        laboratory research principles and techniques.

·        laboratory management including the selection of equipment, assignment of personnel and determination of work priorities.

 

ABILITY TO:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

·        coordinate administrative functions with scientific activities to provide maximum efficiency of operations

·        resolve scientific and administrative problems

·        train personnel in various aspects of analytical science, technology, and procedures

·        coordinate intra and inter-departmental data processing activities in relation to scientific applications

·        express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

·        establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, governmental officials, plant representatives and the general public

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE  (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 7/10.)

 

EDUCATION:

 

Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in chemistry, biology or biochemistry or other closely related field in the chemical, physical, or biological sciences.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALTY

 

AND

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

 

            Four years of analytical chemistry experience in an air management laboratory.

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

            Two years of analytical chemistry experience supervising lower level chemists in an air management environment.

 

WATER SPECIALTY

 

AND

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

 

            Four years of analytical chemistry or aquatic biology experience testing for inorganic and/or organic chemicals in drinking water, wastewater, sludge and industrial wastes, or conducting scientific evaluation of water or wastewater, or performing quality assurance audits.

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

            Two years of experience supervising chemists, engineers and/or biologists performing testing on drinking water, wastewater, sludge and industrial wastes, or conducting scientific evaluation of water or wastewater, or performing quality assurance audits.

 

CLINICAL SPECIALTY

 

AND

GENERAL EXPERIENCE

 

Four years of laboratory experience in a clinical laboratory.

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE

 

Two years of clinical laboratory experience supervising lower level staff in a Public Health laboratory environment.

 

NOTE: CLINICAL SPECIALTY ONLY: Candidates who possess a master’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology, Serology or Virology meet the education requirements.

 

OR

 

            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included a bachelor's degree as an educational minimum and the specific experience as indicated.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

 

            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Administrative Scientist if required by work assignment.

 American Society of Clinical Pathology certification as a medical technologist (MT) required at appointment and during tenure of employment for Clinical Specialty.

 

Class Established – 3/87

Spec. Revision:

CSC – 5/10

Ad. Board – 7/10

 

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