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Date:  Mar 25, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60612

Job Requisition ID:  36383

Agency: Department of Public Health

Office: Disease Control

Division: Laboratories

Posting ID: 85-24-0194 / 36383

Posted: 3/25/2024 - 4/26/2024

Salary: $8,486 - $14,668/month

Job Type: Salaried 

County: Cook

Number of Vacancies: 1

Plan/BU: None 


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Public Health must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Agency Marketing Statement

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is tasked with the oversight of communities within Illinois to achieve and maintain optimal health and safety. With an annual budget of over $2 billion in state and federal funds, 7 regional offices, 3 laboratories and over 1,200 employees, IDPH is equipped to fulfill its mission of protecting the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation and control of disease and injury.

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to perform the duties of the Senior Public Service Administrator over the newborn screen screening testing units in the Chicago Laboratory. This position plans, develops, organizes, and controls the controls newborn screening testing unit within the Chicago Laboratory. Ensures testing within the section maintains compliance with laboratory statutes and regulations. Serves as technical supervisor for high complexity testing, selects appropriate test methodologies, verifies performance of test procedures, establishes appropriate proficiency testing programs and oversees all quality assurance aspects of the lab. Participates in grant writing, identifying and tracking progress of grant milestones, and reporting of milestones to Federal and State funding agencies, creates and monitors laboratory budgets, and serves as working supervisor.

Job Responsibilities

1.  Plans, develops, organizes, and controls newborn screening (NBS) testing units of the Chicago Laboratory.

  • Ensures compliance with federal and accrediting regulatory guidelines.
  • Research new test methods for development and implementation within assigned areas and the Division of Laboratories.
  • Conducts analysis of samples for new test implementation.
  • Participates in grant writing, identifying and tracking progress of grant milestones, and reporting of milestones to Federal and State funding agencies.


2.  Serves as full-line supervisor over newborn screening testing units.

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves time off
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge


3.  Serves as technical supervisor for high complexity testing involving newborn genetic disorders.

  • Collaborates with State, local public health program directors, and the Laboratory Division Chief to provide appropriate and cost-effective testing methods.
  • Identifies adequate funding and staffing for testing methods.
  • Selects appropriate test methodologies.

Job Responsibilities (cont)

  • Makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Verifies performance of test procedures, establishes appropriate Health & Human Services (HHS) approved proficiency testing programs.
  • Establishes and monitors relevant Quality Assurance/Quality Control programs.
  • Evaluates the competency of all testing personnel and assures that testing competency is maintained through appropriate in-service training and education


4.  Oversees the purchase and expenditures for budgetary control of the NBS units.

  • Directs budget preparation and controls appropriation of expenditures.
  • Makes program and policy recommendations.


5.  Serves as the Section’s property control officer, maintain control over supplies and prepares budget proposals.


6.  Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of those duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a Doctorate (PhD) degree in a chemical or biological science, such as biochemistry, physiology, immunology or equivalent, from an accredited academic institution.
  2. Requires prior experience equivalent to four years of progressively responsible clinical laboratory experience in a clinical diagnostic laboratory, including experience in molecular microbiology and virology.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Extensive knowledge in all technical areas of molecular biology, including nucleic acid amplification and sequencing techniques.
  2. Two years supervisory experience in a clinical laboratory.
  3. Two years’ experience in a public health laboratory or commercial/industrial laboratory.
  4. Two years’ progressively responsible leadership experience in a public health program.
  5. Two years’ experience evaluating and implementing laboratory testing procedures.
  6. Two years’ experience with applied laboratory research.
  7. Two years’ experience evaluating and implementing procedures into laboratory analysis.


Work Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Work Location: 2121 W Taylor St, Chicago, Illinois, 60612
Posting Group: Leadership & Management

Agency Contact Email:

Phone #: 217-785-2031


Revolving Door:
Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.


Term Appointment:
Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Department of Public Health’s discretion.


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