Under general direction, supervises, plans, prioritizes, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff in the Microbiology & General Chemistry section of the Environmental Laboratory & Ocean Monitoring Division, which conducts the physical, chemical, and microbiological preparation and analysis of a variety of samples including wastewater, sediments, and source control samples. This person will participate on the division’s leadership team and coordinate with supervisors from several other divisions. This position ensures compliance with quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) practices and procedures, standard operating procedures, and safety while overseeing staff involved in the development and documentation of laboratory methods, and occasionally performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. The Microbiology and General Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned laboratory services and activities; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; and allocates resources accordingly. This person participates in the maintenance of the Laboratory’s State Certification; serves as a liaison with regulatory agencies; manages the application preparation and certification sample analysis activities of the recertification process; remains current on state and federal regulations involving the analysis and reporting of data for regulatory purposes; and represents the District in committees involving certification issues. This individual supervises and participates in the preparation of analytical and statistical reports, memorandum and correspondence related to laboratory analyses and compliance with regulations and state, federal, and local permit requirements. The Microbiology and General Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor oversees the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); oversees the planning of LIMS projects and participates in prioritizing tasks; and participates in determining future applications of automation. This person coordinates contract laboratory work; prepares contract specification, evaluates bidders, and selects best qualified contractor; manages contracts with outside laboratories including arranging for services and verifying that specifications and regulations are followed. Additional duties include assisting the Laboratory Manager in providing accurate and timely information to water agencies, regulatory agencies, the public, Board of Directors, and District personnel; and preparation and administration of the assigned program budget, submittal of budget recommendations, and monitoring of expenditures. This individual will be responsible for providing leadership and coaching to assigned staff regarding division goals; participating in the selection of staff; providing or coordinating staff training; preparing and conducting performance evaluations for assigned staff; and mentoring employees to maximize staff performance.
The Microbiology & General Chemistry groups are critical in monitoring all treatment processes at both OCSD treatment facilities and will be expected to resolve issues or inefficiencies and recommend corrective actions as needed. In addition, this position will manage projects developing new methods, project replacement schedules for laboratory instrumentation and ensure full compliance OCSD’s Mission. OCSD staff overseen by this position are highly skilled and knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise, but this position will be expected to be a subject matter expert and serve as a technical resource for the Operations and Compliance staff.