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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 benefit 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.

Food/Toxicology Supervisor


Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000-72,000 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

This position will oversee all deliverables for both the FDA Laboratory Flexible Funding Model (LFFM) grant, the CDC Overdose Data for Action (ODA) grant, and jurisdictional medical examiner laboratory analytical testing (METOX). This position is responsible for supervising staff, overseeing day-to-day laboratory work, and managing grant budgets and deliverables. This position will act as a point of contact between ADHS, CDC (ODA), and FDA LFFM with regard to grant activities and deliverables. The position will oversee the development and implementation of laboratory methods to identify, confirm and quantitate chemicals of concern pertinent to food safety/defense and toxicology. The supervisor will serve as a subject matter expert for the core program instrumentation and ensure program adherence to relevant QA/QC standards.

Job Duties:

- Meet LFFM and ODA grant deliverables - including but not limited to method development and validations, participation in proficiencies (PT), communication, participation in surveillance assignments, and other projects.
- Manage and direct subordinate staff (work assignments, setting priorities, hiring, discipline, training, and evaluation).
- To perform analytical work on various food and toxicological matrices analytical methods and process using the GC/MS, ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS, and LC-accurate mass spectrometer.
- Program QA/QC, including both maintaining the current QA/QC system and the implementation of ISO 17025 QA/QC protocols.
- Maintain analytical competency on the LC-ICP-MS, GC/MS, LC/MS, and LC-accurate mass MS.
- Procurement activities for laboratory instrumentation, supplies, and consumables.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Chemistry - both education and laboratory application.
-Characteristics of chemicals of public health significance, including compatibilities/incompatibilities of chemicals standing alone or as a mixture.
-Principles of and practice of analytical techniques including but not limited to: sample handling, sample preparation, digestion/extraction techniques, ICP, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, & liquid chromatography.
-Principles and practices of laboratory QA and QC.
-Principles and practices of laboratory safety.
-Lab policies and procedures relating to sample handling.
-Division and department policies.
-Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
-Communication, both written and oral.
-Troubleshooting skills.
-Problem-solving skills.
-Teaching skills.

Ability to:
-Manage people in both everyday situations and during times of emergency.
-Operate, understand, and maintain specialized analytical instrumentation including complex software programs.
-Interpret and review instrument data for section methods.
-Follow quality assurance plans and implement QA/QC protocols.
-Work in a team environment.
-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):

- Bachelor's degree in laboratory science or a related field and at least 4 years of professional-level work experience in a laboratory and in an analytical lab to include environmental and/or food. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience. A Ph.D. degree in a related field may substitute for two years of experience. Bachelor's degree in laboratory science or a related field and at least 4 years of professional-level work experience in a laboratory and in an analytical lab to include environmental and/or food. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience. A Ph.D. degree in a related field may substitute for two years of experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- Driver's License.
- 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).


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.