Manager - Forensic Latent Print Section

    • Job Tracking ID: 512788-738667
    • Job Location: Houston, TX
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 30, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:




Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer of Houston Forensic Science Center, the Manager of the Latent Print Lab will manage the daily activities of a team of Latent Print Examiners and/or Technicians. Principal responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages and monitors professional and technical personnel, work assignments, staff development, and job performance in the Latent Print section.
  • Provides professional, technical, and administrative training, guidance, and support.
  • Performs technical and/or administrative review of casework.
  • Develops and/or revises standard operating procedures, goals and objectives, techniques, policies and reports in collaboration with the Latent Print Technical Leader.
  • Selects and supervises direct reports.
  • Assists senior management as needed.
  • Coordinates the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the Latent Print section budget and expenditures.
  • Identifies the section’s personnel, equipment, and supply needs.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations, policies, work procedures and instructions.
  • Supervises special projects and generation of special reports.
  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to indirect reports and to other HFSC staff members and clients as requested.
  • Serves as a liaison between the section and various stakeholders.


Experience and Skills:


Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related science or criminal justice field is required.  Relevant experience as a Latent Print Examiner may be considered in lieu of a degree.  Incumbent must hold certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification.



A minimum of seven years of experience as a Latent Print Examiner is required.  A minimum of 3 years in a leadership role is also required.  The successful applicant must also have experience in providing testimony in a court of law as an expert witness for latent print analysis.



  • Exceptionally skilled in establishing, implementing and continually enhancing policy, procedures and practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ISO 17025 standards
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities 
  • Demonstrated skill in effective oral and written communications
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, customers and the general public
    • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
    • Demonstrated skills in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments 
  • Working knowledge and experience with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Microsoft’s cloud-based service, SharePoint




Houston Forensic Science Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package.