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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3243 - Chief Chemist

Job Description

GRADE: 314

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising the operation of the laboratory to ensure maximum operating efficiency and reliability of data; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class has sole responsibility for ensuring the accurate operation of equipment and analysis of samples submitted for environmental protection reporting purposes. Results are evaluated by compliance to applicable standards. Direction is received from the Wastewater Operations & Maintenance Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff are trained, ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures, maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, and termination, and disciplinary recommendations
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Makes decisions concerning the operation of the laboratory to improve efficiency
• Monitors compilation of daily analyses onto monthly reporting records and other administrative reports as required for County, plant and environmental protection regulations and operating permits
• Ensures compliance with IEPA procedures and regulations; maintains ongoing checks of laboratory equipment to ensure reliability of data secured through proper operating condition and calibration
• Communicates with plant operator's concerning sampling frequencies, requirements and results
• Prepares and maintains laboratory budget
• Orders chemicals, equipment and supplies for the laboratories as necessary
• Obtains samples from external plant locations in order to determine the source of toxic pollutant discharges to sewer systems
• Conducts non-routine analyses as necessary
• Administers Industrial Monitoring Program
• Makes short term and long range plans for laboratory; performs routine laboratory tests in the absence of the Chemist and Lab Technician
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Maintains required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Standard laboratory operating procedures, equipment and standards
• Laboratory analysis and testing techniques
• Environmental protection regulations and standards pertaining to water and sewage treatment
• Chemicals used in performing analyses
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Performing laboratory tests and analyses
• Operating equipment and in properly calibrating to secure reliable data
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Plan, assign and supervise the work of others
• Deal effectively with others
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in a laboratory including two (2) years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position frequently includes working near moving mechanical parts, in high or precarious places, in extreme outside weather conditions, with hazardous materials, with fumes or airborne particles, with the risk of electrical shock, and in cramped or confined spaces.