2457 Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor

Recruitment #PBT-2457-066660


Amended to extend filing deadline

This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

The San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (SFOCME), Northern California’s only ABFT-Accredited facility, is currently recruiting in Class 2457 Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor, located at the SFOCME’s Forensic Laboratory Division.  

Working in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner under the direction of the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, and following published protocols, the Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor assists in organizing and supervising the daily operations of the  Forensic Laboratory Division including the Toxicology, Chemistry and Histology Sections; assigns, supervises and reviews the work of subordinate staff; makes recommendations on Divisional  needs; performs complex and difficult forensic analyses of body tissues and fluids and other types of evidence for the presence, nature and quantity of chemical or toxic substances in forensically significant cases; prepares case reports; testifies in courtroom proceedings; and performs related duties as required.  

This classification is the first-line supervisory level in the Forensic Laboratory Division. The incumbent, reporting under the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, provides direction and oversight to subordinate professional and technical staff to ensure that all forensic specimens are processed and tested in a proficient, reliable and accurate manner, and is responsible for conducting the more complex laboratory procedures and for ensuring that the technical proficiency of the laboratory is maintained.  

Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving auditory and motor skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies.  Requires close mental attention and concentration for long periods when conducting various tests and the technical skill and ability to make accurate observations and determinations and prepare related reports of findings.  Work environment may entail exposure to biohazards and potentially toxic chemicals, specimens from infectious and decomposed cases and/or persons who have died of drug or chemical poisoning; unpleasant odors or conditions; and exposure to disagreeable elements or situations inherent in this specialized field. This work requires compliance with department policies pertaining to blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention, biohazard exposure prevention, toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling and security requirements on evidence, standards and information.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a Master’s degree or higher degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences with advanced coursework in forensic toxicology, pharmacology or chemistry; AND  
  2. Three (3) years of full time professional experience in forensic toxicology, one (1) year of which must be obtained within the last three years; AND  
  3. Possession of or eligibility for certification by the State of California Department of Public Health as Title 17 Forensic Alcohol Supervisor (Certification must be obtained before the end of the probationary period and maintained as a condition of employment); AND  
  4. Coursework and experience sufficient to meet the certification requirements by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology as Diplomate (Forensic Toxicology) (Certification must be obtained before the end of the probationary period and maintained as a condition of employment); AND  
  5. Possession of a valid California Driver License at the time of appointment. (License must be maintained as a condition of employment.)

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.  

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Documented record of appropriate annual continuing professional activities in forensic toxicology within the last 12 months.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.

  • Click and select the 2457 Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).  

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.  

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.  

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.  

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.  

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Angie Ignao, at (415) 554-6107, or via email to: angie.ignao@sfdpw.org.

ALL applicants must submit verification of qualifying experience, and official transcripts of education. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of verification of qualifying experience and education. When requested, applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign and/or non-accredited college or university may be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Current City Employees who qualify based solely on City employment need not provide any verification of qualifying experience. City employees relying on qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit verification of such experience. City employees will be given credit for service in the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.  

Non-City Employees must verify all qualifying experience as follows: Written verification of qualifying experience, if gained outside of City employment, must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of applicant, job title, duties performed, dates of service and must be signed by the employer. Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request for waiver. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Failure to submit all required verification or request for waiver may result in the rejection of the application.  

Applicants may submit verification documentation by:
1. Uploading the documents through JobAps; OR
2. Scanning the documents and send as an attachment to: angie.ignao@sfdpw.org  

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.  

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to collect information regarding candidate’s education and/or experience as it relates to meeting the minimum qualifications. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire in order to continue in the selection process. All applicants’ responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification. Only those applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications will be invited to participate in the Oral/Performance Examination.  

Oral/Performance Examination (Weight 100%)
Candidates deemed eligible and admitted to the examination will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skills and/or ability levels in job-related areas, which may include but is not limited to: knowledge of principles and practices of biology, chemistry, pharmacology and forensic toxicology; knowledge of the principles of medico-legal or forensic investigations as it pertains to forensic toxicology; ability to understand and use complex analytical instrumentation and computer-assisted equipment; ability to perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and instrumental detectors; ability to prioritize, delegate, supervise, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; oral communication and human relations skills.  

Background Investigation:
Candidates are required to have a thorough background investigation to determine the candidates’ suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, criminal records; use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include: but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors.  

Medical and Physical Examination:
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination in order to determine their ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Recurrent medical screening is required.  Candidates must successfully pass a physical examination to test their ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds using acceptable biomechanics.  

CERTIFICATION RULE: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.  

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.  The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 24 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.  

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.  To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246.   Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference  

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding requests for seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit  

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20  

Terms of the Announcement: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.  

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.  

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States  

Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: November 24, 2015
Amended: December 16, 2015 to extend filing deadline 

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources  
Announcement No:  PBT-2457-066660
GSA - AI (415) 554-6107


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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