Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Director of Analytical Chemistry

TitleDirector of Analytical Chemistry

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Department of Public Health is seeking a senior scientific manager with expertise in the area of chemistry. This manager will be a member of the senior team at the State Public Health Laboratory and oversee the Analytical Chemistry Division within the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences.  The position will oversee testing, operations, and policy for the Analytical Chemistry Division which includes the Pediatric Blood Lead Screening Laboratory, the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, and the Level I Chemical Threat Response Laboratory.

The incumbent of this position will plan scientific programs for the Department of Public Health to prevent lead poisoning of children, to monitor and assess environmental lead exposures and to assess and evaluate emergency human exposures of toxic chemical agents; develop scientific policy regarding disease prevention related to toxic chemical exposures and food contamination; design and direct research studies to evaluate human exposure to toxic agents and their association with acute and chronic illness; and plan and direct diverse special laboratory research and crisis response teams to ensure the accurate and timely analysis of laboratory samples, so that diseases associated with chemical contaminants are prevented and potential risks are identified.

This position will provide scientific direction and management of chemistry laboratory programs, which include the Pediatric Blood Lead Screening Laboratory, the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, and the Level I Chemical Threat Response Laboratory. S/he will work with medical providers, first responders, and state, local and federal agencies such as the CDC, EPA, and the Regional Center for Poison Control Poison Control and Prevention to assure that public health laboratory services for detection of chemical agents are appropriate, timely and accurate. S/he will oversee the laboratory-specific functions pertaining to CDC or other funded biomonitoring grant(s) to assess human exposure measurements to environmental chemicals and be familiar with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). S/he will actively participate in the Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C). S/he will provide technical expertise and consultation for the laboratory testing of lead and chemical contaminants and toxic agents, providing guidance in the interpretation of test results for disease identification, investigation and control, as well as policy development.

This position will ensure compliance with federal regulatory standards including those of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (CLIA), DEP, ISO 17025:2005, and FDA by developing, implementing, and maintaining practices that meet the requirements of the laboratory’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control plan. Activities include all aspects of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical high complexity testing, development of special safety practices and procedures for handling highly toxic chemical contaminants or threat agents, and adherence to federal select agent program procedures for safely and securely handling and storing specimens with appropriate chain of custody procedures.


Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Triages, tracks and responds to complaints and serious incidents.
    Develops and refines workflows surrounding triage and prioritization of incoming complaints.
  • Communicates and coordinates with complainants, programs, and licensure boards and offices.
  • Conducts and documents complaint investigations and site visit surveys for MIH programs.
  • Discerns program compliance with standards and regulatory criteria for approval.
  • Develops standards, workflows, and documentation methods for investigations and site visit surveys to ensure consistency and quality in DPH operation and MIH /Community EMS programs.
  • Educates, advises, and liaises with programs and health care entities to improve programs and ensure patient safety, quality, and compliance is not compromised.
  • Please note that this position is currently based at 99 Chauncy Street in Boston, MA. It is anticipated that, in July 2019, this site will potentially be relocated to one of the following cities/towns: Framingham, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough or Westborough. This position will be transferred to the new location when this occurs.
  • State-wide travel is required when necessary to complete complaint surveys/investigations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scientific knowledge of the principles and practices of analytical chemistry as they apply to clinical and environmental laboratory testing in a public health setting.
  • Knowledge of the theories and practices of analytical chemistry, including knowledge of instrumentation, study design, method development, data analysis.
  • Knowledge of public health foodborne disease surveillance and prevention activities.
  • Knowledge of CLIA, DEP, ISO 17025:2005, and FDA regulations for laboratory quality assurance and quality control for high complexity testing.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational behavior.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of budgeting as it relates to program management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision.
  • Ability to select and develop staff by utilizing participatory management, personnel assessment, and performance review.
  • Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Ability to resolve personnel conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to delegate authority effectively.
  • Ability to anticipate and analyze difficult situations and take corrective action to prevent problems from occurring.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished and the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates; training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
    Ability to effectively write scientific proposals, grants and manuscripts.

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