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Director of Laboratory Operations - DLO

The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) is seeking an experienced laboratory professional to serve as one of three Directors of Laboratory Operations for the Commonwealth’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), one of the largest and most diverse consolidated state laboratories in the nation. With an annual budget of over 30 million dollars and over 250 state employees, DCLS performs approximately 9 million tests annually. Results from these tests are used confidently by local, state, and federal public health, agriculture, food regulatory, environmental protection, and law enforcement officials serving to protect our citizens, food supply, environment and commerce. DCLS is a member of the Laboratory Response Network, Food Emergency Response Network, and Environmental Laboratory Response Network and provides surge capacity testing support for several state and federal laboratories. DCLS also directs the Commonwealth’s environmental laboratory accreditation program. 

Directors of Laboratory Operation oversee multiple analytical and support groups within the Division, work closely with the Deputy Laboratory Director and Laboratory Director to plan for future laboratory initiatives, work with the Business Manager to monitor and track fiscal integrity within their areas of oversight, assure laboratory preparedness, provide support for policy and procedures governing DCLS, provide oversight and guidance for technical development, and conduct outreach to improve customer support within the Commonwealth. This position provides direct oversight over 5 operational work areas, assuring safety and compliance with relevant regulations (i.e., CLIA) and laws to support the laboratory’s mission of “promoting a healthier, safer world through quality laboratory service.”

Security clearance to serve as alternate responsible official for the Federal Select Agent Program is an expectation of this role

Qualified state employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). As a full-time employee with the Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, you may be able to take advantage of this program! Visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site for more information including eligibility requirements.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and you seek to join an organization whose mission is to promote a healthier, safer world through quality laboratory service, consider joining the dedicated staff of DCLS. Located in historic downtown Richmond, our laboratory is adjacent to the State Capitol grounds. Beaches, mountains, Colonial Williamsburg, and Washington D.C. are less than a two-hour drive. Excellent state benefits package including retirement pension, affordable healthcare, paid parental leave, and disability leave! 13 paid holidays and generous leave package.
Minimum Qualifications: Successful candidates MUST possess the following required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work: