[ES_JOBS_NET] Chemistry Program Manager – CDPHE

Chemistry Program Manager – 2040 

LOCATION: Denver, Colorado


PRIMARY PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: 8100 East Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO


SALARY: $7,718.00 – $12,507.00 Monthly

SALARY NOTE: Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are typically made at or near the range minimum.


FLSA STATUS: Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.


OPENING DATE: 01/02/19


CLOSING DATE: 01/15/19 11:59 PM


JOB TYPE: Full Time

 This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This announcement will remain open until January 15, 2019, or until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever occurs first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

POSTING: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2308113/chemistry-program-manager-2040  


The Work Unit:

The Chemistry Program exists to ensure that scientific laboratory analyses for organic and inorganic compounds/metabolites in clinical and environmental samples are both accurate and timely.  These data are used in support of state and national environmental, safety, and public health programs, development of public health policy, and rapid response to chemical terrorism events.  This program also provides technical laboratory expertise and consultative services.

What You’ll Be Doing:

The Chemistry Program Manager position exists to manage the activities of the environmental chemistry work units including inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and air filter testing. This position will ensure that program activities are congruent with Departmental and Division goals; secure new sources of funding, prepare and execute budgets; assign duties to unit supervisors and personnel, approve scheduling, leave, and work assignments; make recommendations to the appointing authority for hiring, promotions and transfers of personnel; develop policies for approval by departmental management; approve the revision and the establishment of new procedures; evaluate and acquire new technologies and instruments for laboratory analysis; provide expert consultation to other divisions of the Department of Health and other units of state and local government, public health; and manage grants to ensure that all deliverables are met. This position is responsible for ensuring that the test results released from the chemistry program meet any and all published standards or levels required by the submitting agency and regulatory authorities.



Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, or other chemical science;


Six years of experience in a regulated analytical/environmental chemistry laboratory with at least one year of the six years supervising other laboratory scientists or technicians.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. “See Resume” will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.


A combination of work experience in a regulated analytical/environmental chemistry laboratory equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be may substituted for the degree requirement on a year for year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Conditions of Employment:

A pre-employment criminal background check and drug test will be conducted as part of the selection process. All job finalists require successful completion of a background investigation and reference check prior to appointment. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

Possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license.

Must be willing and able to travel independently throughout the state up to 5% of the time including overnight stays.

On Call Status: As condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location.  During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

On-Call Status: As condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

This position has been designated as a safety-sensitive position for purposes of impairment and employment screening policies due to its direct access to and handling of biohazardous materials for analysis. Mishandling such biohazards and failure to closely follow standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements could result in significant risk or threat of a dangerous incident involving exposure to biohazards or erroneous test results that adversely impact the health and safety of the employee, coworkers, or the public. Must be willing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. 

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:

The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

Master’s degree or doctorate in chemistry or a related field

Demonstrated success supervising multiple work units in a regulated analytical chemistry laboratory

Three or more years of professional experience in a regulated laboratory with a preference for experience testing in the following specialties that should include, but not be limited to; environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, or inorganic chemistry

Knowledge of ISO 17025 and EPA regulatory guidelines

Ability to troubleshoot methods and instrumentation

Experience managing a laboratory budget and grants

Ability to strategize, organize and plan, including creating and updating site visit plans

Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a wide range of customers

Ability to achieve approval (clearance) for work with Select Agents

Knowledge of and use of desktop computer hardware and software

Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

Ability to interpret regulations and statutes

Ability to interpret and analyze data

Keen attention to detail

Ability to lead others and to self-motivate

Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team

Ability to collaborate and achieve consensus across work units and programs

Familiarity with laboratory regulatory requirements and experience working with laboratory quality assurance programs

Preferred experience utilizing the following laboratory instrumentation to include but not limited to:   GCFID, GCMS, LCMS, LCMSMS, HPLC

Excellent writing skills

Excellent interpretation skills

Excellent oral communication skills

Excellent data analysis and reporting skills

Excellent planning and organizing skills

Knowledge of laboratory quality control

Knowledge of laboratory safety practices and ability to supervise a safe working environment



Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via colorado.gov/jobs by the application deadline.

A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your colorado.gov/jobs application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from info@governmentjobs.com.  

All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications. 

A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

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