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Laboratory Division Director

Date Posted:  Nov 30, 2022
Requisition ID:  401142

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


Agency Statement:

About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers so that they can reach their optimal health regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $85,020, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


The Director oversees the operations of the Advanced Molecular Detection Laboratory Division in the Indiana Department of Health Laboratory; and assures the compliance of the local and federal regulatory guidelines.  This position leads a growing team of employees and contractors, and provides leadership and expertise for the method development, bioinformatic and sequencing sections.  The Division Director coordinates with other division directors in the laboratory to identify and implement new molecular methods and genomic technologies.  The Director addresses legal/contractual issues, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility and billing, quality assurance and licensure; and helps develop laboratory-related public health policy. The Division Director collaborates with partners internally and externally to achieve agency goals.

About the Job:

As the Laboratory Division Director, you will be responsible for overseeing the operations of an assigned laboratory in the Indiana State Department of Health and assures the compliance of the local and federal regulatory guidelines. In this position, you will provide leadership to assure that the laboratory provides relevant and accurate scientific data. The Division Director addresses legal/contractual issues, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility and billing, quality assurance and licensure and helps develop laboratory-related public health policy. You will maintain current knowledge and evaluates division performance. The Division Director serves as liaison with the Information Technology staff to ensure the laboratory information management system meets the business needs of the laboratory and provides oversight to projects related to electronic laboratory reporting and health information exchange with partner agencies. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of laboratories activities.  
  • Assure compliance with local and federal regulatory guidelines applicable to the division.  
  • Review, edit, and update standard operating procedures and operation related policies.  
  • Monitor and review operational expenditures in the division.  
  • Enhance billing capabilities, plans, and budgets for cost effective laboratory operation.  
  • Oversee the development, completion, and maintenance of the laboratory information management system for the division.   
  • Prepare and review summary reports for the purpose of applying for outside funding opportunities. 
  • Act as the agency expert on chemical threat issues as they pertain to the overall functions of a public health laboratory. 
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development. 
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures. 

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.  

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:  

  • Must have at least a bachelor's degree in a chemical science.  
  • Must have at least ten (10) years of experience in a chemistry laboratory.  
  • Extensive knowledge of ISO certification process.  
  • Advanced knowledge of EPA and FDA guidelines.  
  • Thorough knowledge of laboratory equipment, instrumentation, and terminology of the subject areas.  
  • Broad knowledge of the laboratory safety standards.  
  • Must be capable of understanding and accurately following complex oral and written instructions and of reading technical materials.  
  • Must demonstrate excellent organization skills. 
  • Must be able to acquire effective understanding of laboratory information management system. 
  • extensive knowledge of quality assurance including proficiency testing, quality control, and laboratory procedures, as well as method verification and validation procedures  
  • Considerable knowledge of epidemiology and public health.  
  • Must have good understanding of CLIA guidelines.  
  • Considerable knowledge of the hazards of working with potentially infectious materials and the appropriate safety precautions to avoid infections.  
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow 
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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