Lab Operations Manager (Assistant Laboratory Manager)

  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 22, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description

Full-time position available with KC Water Laboratory Division located at 2 N.E. 32nd Ave.
Salary Range: $4,230-$7,534/month
Normal Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Application Deadline Date: Open Until Filled


Responsibilities

The Lab Operations Manager (Assistant Laboratory Manager) is a leadership position requiring a high degree of technical and scientific knowledge gained through direct laboratory experience, and management skills related to personnel, budget, inventory, and environmental laboratory operations. The following list of duties will be completed along with and under the guidance of the Laboratory Manager. Creates a healthy, safe, and productive workplace by effectively and appropriately hiring, training, supporting, and evaluating laboratory personnel. Assists with the development and implementation of laboratory policies and procedures under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Manager. Assists with budget and inventory. Assists with the development and implementation of Quality Assurance policies and procedures compliant with The NELAC Institute standards, federal and state regulations. Assists with internal laboratory audits and management systems review. Maintains a system for controlled documents and records. Monitors the validity of the analyses performed and reviews data generated in the laboratory to assure completeness and accuracy. Performs technical reviews of analytical procedures and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements. Ensures the proper functioning of all laboratory equipment and assist with troubleshooting problems with equipment when they arise. Ensures laboratory facilities are properly maintained. Produces and sends reports to internal and external clients. Maintains accurate records of laboratory activities. Assists with the implementation and upkeep of the Laboratory Information System (LIMS). Establishes priorities and protocols by working with operations including: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Stormwater, and Regulatory Compliance Divisions. Implements new programs, tests, methods, laboratory instrumentation, and procedures by researching alternatives; preparing proposals; developing and performing parallel testing; and monitoring progress. Maintains laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas, identifying peak and slack periods, and making operational or staffing adjustments. Maintains laboratory staff productivity by counseling and disciplining employees, planning, monitoring and appraising job results. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies. Maintains security and confidentiality. Responsible for setting the example of appropriate professional behavior, attitude, and work ethic for laboratory employees. Must have excellent verbal, oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills, as well as strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities. Must have the ability to be flexible, prioritize, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced and changing environment, as well as be a strong team player with the ability to both collaborate and to take initiative and work well independently. Must possess superior attention to detail and have the ability to meet stringent deadlines. Performs other duties assigned by the Laboratory Manager.


Qualifications

REQUIRES an Accredited Bachelor's degree with major course work in an environmentally related field such as Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Studies or related sciences and 4 years performing environmental analyses with a minimum of 1 year at a supervisory level. Or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen as prescribed by the City. Must possess Wastewater Analyst Certification through Missouri Water Environment Association or equivalent state certification. Preference given to applicants with at least 8 years of experience as an analytical chemist or analytical laboratory manager or section supervisor with extensive knowledge of analytical and data review procedures, as well as water and wastewater treatment experience, or experience with the implementation of the NELAC Institute standards and the Drinking Water Laboratory certification program.


Other Information

URGENT!!! CRITICAL RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

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POSITIONS POSTED FOR THE WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE FOR THE WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT ONLY . QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE POSITIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 816-513-0253.

IF YOU SEE THE SAME POSITION TITLE POSTED FOR A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT, YOU MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE OTHER CITY DEPARTMENT.

The evaluation of applications is based only on the information submitted by the application deadline. Therefore, in order to have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at educational institutions, date degree(s) conferred, etc. Further, you should provide detailed description of relevant work experience/dates, including months/years of employment. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the selection process. Resumes may be filed to determine eligibility, but an official City application must be completed prior to appointment.

For positions requiring college education as part of the minimum requirement and/or an equivalency, the minimum education requirement is high school graduation. The requirement of "high school graduation" also includes the state-issued GED certificate.

For positions that require an accredited degree, qualifying professional, responsible experience must be obtained AFTER receipt of the accredited degree.

Unless otherwise stated, the requirement of "an accredited" degree includes only those degrees obtained from colleges or universities listed with the U. S. Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

If claiming military veterans preference points, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other qualifying documents prior to the application deadline.

Applications submitted in person or by USPS mail must be received by the published Application Deadline, 5:00P.M., C.T. Applications submitted by FAX or online must be received by the published Application Deadline, midnight, C.T.

All positions require successful completion of a pre-employment criminal history/background check. Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine months.

The City of KCMO is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE.

POLICY OF NON DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY
The City of KCMO does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the KC Water Human Resources Division at (816) 513-0253.