District of Columbia Department of Forensic Services

Forensic Scientist Technical Leader CS_14 (Fingerprint)

Closing Date

December 14, 2017

Salary Range

$95,791 - $123,403 Annually

Job Summary


Required: Must be a graduate of biological sciences, forensic science or related discipline appropriate to the position from an accredited college or university and at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 13 level.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position including, but are not limited to, providing expert guidance and advice, and overseeing the technical aspects of the LFU analysis programs to ensure and maintain best practices, technical relevancy, and compliance with accreditation requirements and quality assurance standards;


an equivalent combination of professional education, training, and experience.

Preferred: Master's degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science-related area from an accredited college or university and six years of forensic latent fingerprint analysis laboratory experience obtained at a laboratory where comparisons were routinely done between known and unknown latent samples.

Expert knowledge of, and skill in, the following:

  • Analysis-Compare-Evaluate-Verify (ACE-V) methodology; SWGFAST, International Association for Identification (IAI) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards relating to fingerprint analysis; familiarity with other relevant standards/agency procedures (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) procedures, OSAC recommendations),
  • Forensic fingerprint analysis laboratory quality and accreditation standards and guidelines as they relate to ISO 17025, and
  • Applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to conduct in-depth research of operational/program issues; to review and analyze complex reports; to develop necessary plans; and to prepare clear, in-depth reports of studies and recommendations.

Effective communication skills to solve complex problems.

Demonstrated skill and ability to use a PC and software packages (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point, etc.) and other software applicable to various reporting systems, particularly laboratory information management systems (LIMS).

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements

To Apply

To apply for this job, please follow the following instructions:

  • Go to careers.dc.gov
  • In the search box, type in "Technical Leader"
  • Click on the job posting -Click on "APPLY FOR JOB" in the upper right hand corner

All applications must be submitted by the deadline. For further questions, please email dfshr1990@gmail.com.