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Laboratory Certification Team Lead (LCO 3)

  • 514688
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefits package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.



Job Location:

Address: 250 N. 17th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007 

Posting Details:

Salary: $69,171

Grade: 22

Job Summary: ***May be eligible for a $5000 hiring incentive***

This position is the Team Leader for the Marijuana Laboratory Certification program responsible for the issuance and recommendations for licensure to environmental laboratories and certification to marijuana laboratories engaged in compliance testing and prescribes rules providing minimum standards of proficiency, methodology, quality assurance, operation, and safety. The compliance samples being monitored are subject to regulations pursuant to:
- Title 49 or rules adopted by ADEQ
- Federal environmental statutes or regulations administered or enforced by USEPA relating to Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air
Act, RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA, and Clean Water Act.
- Bottled water and ice as enforced by ADHS and the federal FDA.
-SB 1494 Medical Marijuana Testing bill and subsequent regulations.

The individual in this role will assist in coordinating and reviewing the work of Surveyors, who conduct inspections and evaluations of the regulated laboratory community along with the work performed by the office's administrative staff for the program. This individual will be required to conduct initial and annual laboratory inspections (in and out of state), verify that the minimum federal/state standards are met to maintain certification/licensure, and determine that adequate records are maintained and may conduct investigations. This position will review and edit detailed investigative or inspection reports, statements of deficiencies, correspondence regarding changes in the status of a laboratory's certifications, or other types of legal orders, respond to technical questions from the laboratories, develop the standards, rulemaking, and laboratory inspections for the Marijuana Laboratory Certification Program.

Job Duties:

- Perform on-sight laboratory evaluations to determine compliance with federal/state licensing/certification standards, consult with laboratories personnel and ELAC/MMLAC by phone and in person, and respond to technical questions from the laboratories.
- Review files, investigate certification problems, and provide consultation to remedy those problems. Investigate complaints, and evaluate documents submitted by laboratories.
- Developing and implementing certification enforcement standards and administrative rules for the medical Marijuana Laboratory Certification Program (MMLCP).
- Reviewing and coordinating the administrative process for certification including Environmental Laboratory Licensure System.
- Write laboratory reports of findings and review and edit detailed investigative or inspection reports, statements of deficiencies, correspondence regarding the change in the status of the laboratory's certification, or other types of legal orders.
- Confer with the Program Manager. Help formulate, monitor, and enforce office rules, policies, and budget expenditures. Conduct and/or participate in staff meetings.
- Travel to and from on-site evaluations
- Flexible remote work schedule

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Of the principles of the procedures, quality assurance, and instrumentation employed in performing environmental compliance testing in the areas of microbiology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, radiochemistry, and WETT testing.
- Understanding of laboratory management and operational concepts.
- Familiarity with Federal and State laws regarding laboratory quality and applicable rules and regulations.
- Legislative and rule development process.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Program and resource management.
- Verbal and written communication.
- Using computers and the software associated with them.
- Interpersonal relationships.
- Fiscal and budgetary applications.

Ability to:
- Learn and apply Agency, Division, and Office policies and procedures.
- Interpret and apply appropriate federal/state regulations and linked survey processes.
- Carry out programs independently with only minimal supervision.
- Management technique for interacting with administrative and technical personnel in potential adversarial situations.
- Interpret various forms of records, statistical evaluations of results, graphs, and instrumentation outputs.
-Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):  ***May be eligible for a $5000 hiring incentive***

Bachelor's Degree in Science and 4 years exp. in a clinical laboratory. Five years of on-the-job training as a laboratory certification consultant conducting inspections and/or evaluations of the certified laboratories to determine compliance with federal/state regulations under the supervision of the Program Manager. 2-3 years of exp. in the supervision of staff, exp. in quality assurance/mgmt review process.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

Current EPA certification officer for drinking water testing laboratories in at least 2 of the 3 major fields (microbiology, inorganic and organic compounds).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.