Supervising Biometric Identification Specialist

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management
  • Salary: $82,950.40 - $111,800.00 Annually USD

Job Description


In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the Department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately



This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a vacancy in this class, until the next recruitment. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower level classifications.

The OC Crime Lab provides all public agencies in Orange County with services for the recognition, collection and evaluation of physical evidence from crime scenes. The OC Crime Lab is the only full-service, internationally accredited laboratory providing forensic analyses to all law enforcement and fire protection agencies in Orange County. The Division employs over 150 staff members, housed in a spacious, modern 100,000 square foot facility, serving the over 3 million residents of Orange County.

This position reports to an Assistant Director of the Crime Lab and is the supervising-level classification in the Biometric Identification Specialist Series. Under general supervision, incumbents oversee the activities of subordinate Biometric Identification Specialist positions, including supervising staff in assessing, identifying, classifying, searching and comparing biometric data in all forms (electronic, manual, etc.). The Supervising Biometric Identification Specialist is distinguished from subordinate Biometric Identification Specialist classifications in that the latter classifications do not have supervisory responsibilities for overseeing day-to-day biometric activities in the Crime Lab.

To be selected for a position with the Orange County Sheriff's Department applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.

Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

The ideal candidate will currently be certified as a Ten Print or Latent Print Examiner, possess five (5) years experience in the following: supervising Ten Print operations, working with vendors and business partners in the state of California; have experience working in an accredited forensic laboratory and possess three (3) years experience working in County level law enforcement agency. In addition, will possess strong critical thinking, be objective, organized, self-motivated; a strong decision-maker, have excellent work habit and foster positive relationships; be ethical.


Knowledge of:

  • Philosophy and principles of modern fingerprint examination
  • Current biometric technologies, including fingerprints, palm prints, ABIS, biometric capture devices and computer networking
  • Relevant statutes, regulations, ordinances and department policies, including law enforcement booking procedures
  • California statutes that affect criminal and registrant biometric transactions and DNA collection
  • Criminal law, including laws of arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence
  • Principles and techniques of supervision related to training, directing and evaluating subordinates
  • Principles of accreditation and quality assurance for biometric evaluation activities
Ability to:
  • Analyze, interpret, explain and apply relevant statutes, regulations, ordinances and department policies
  • Troubleshoot complex hardware and software issues, and ability to understand, interpret and apply various specification documents and requirements
  • Supervise, direct and evaluate a diverse staff
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Utilize county and department specific technology and general office software programs
  • Work independently or as a team to complete tasks; be proactive and show leadership skills
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Present information and recommendations clearly and persuasively to various levels of personnel, including vendors, system users, and Orange County Crime Lab Cal-ID staff and management
  • Develop and conduct trainings and presentations to groups of stakeholders
  • Exercise independent judgment, problem-solve, and take initiative within established procedures and guidelines
  • Read with comprehension and perform calculations
  • Remain calm and be effective in emotional or controversial interactions, and in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict
  • Work non-traditional hours (such as holidays, weekends, evenings, and graveyard shift) and on-call based on departmental needs or assignment
  • Independently reason logically to analyze data, reach valid conclusions and make sound recommendations
  • Remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, and diverse stakeholder groups and interests


Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a combined minimum of 24 semester units in the fields of Science (such as formal, applied, natural or physical), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) related courses.


A minimum of two (2) years as a Biometric Identification Specialist III within the County of Orange or five (5) years in a position outside the County of Orange performing the duties comparable to the Biometric Identification Specialist III classification.

Valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, by date of appointment may be required for some positions.


Physical and Mental Requirements:
Stamina to stand for 3 to 6 hours continuously. Ability to work while sitting for 6 to 10 hours continuously. Independent body mobility to sit, walk, stoop, bend, and reach. Manual dexterity to move fingers, wrists, hands or arms in any direction; pick up and manipulate or apply pressure to small objects and controls on tools or automated equipment. Fine manual dexterity to operate computers and a computer mouse, record information by hand or keyboard. Speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably, using some technical terminology, in person and by telephone during operation of machinery. Vision sufficient to read gauges, measuring instruments, fine or standard size text and computer screen. Visual acuity to review paper documents, monitor equipment display screens, computer screens, see at all distances, use both eyes and distinguish colors. Ability to wear protective eye equipment or eye protection as required or needed. Ability to exert sufficient force to lift or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Environmental and Working Conditions:
Work is typically performed in an indoor climate-controlled office environment. Will be required to work in an area with noise, odors, moisture, frequent interruption of daily repetitive tasks and frequent abrupt changes in work schedule or assignments. May be required to drive a county vehicle or use county-approved means of transportation for job-related travel. Will have routine coworker interactions with department sworn and professional staff while handling requests from jails, courts, Coroner's office, and support services. Will also have frequent contact with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies and with contractors/vendors. Exposure to materials or fluids at a biohazard level of Class I to III and contagious diseases daily. Protective equipment, such as latex or non-latex gloves, shoe covers and facemasks may need to be worn while conducting job duties.

Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Applications must emphasize all the areas in which the applicant has expertise and accomplishments in the specific competencies related to the position.

Application Appraisal Panel (Pass/Fail): An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen all the application materials and rate for job knowledge, competencies and related experience described above. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. (The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive in your response. "See resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.)

Oral Panel Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a qualification appraisal panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidates' qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

After all procedures have been completed, the Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of on line applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Please note that email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is on your application and only use one email account.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Mary Cortez-Valadez at (714) 834-5834 or email at .


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Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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