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Date: Feb 20, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 22900 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64047684 

Salary:  $52,917.80 - $123,737.79 

Posting Closing Date: 03/16/2018 

Department of Health

Tallahassee, Florida

Open Competitive



Chief of Medical and Health Services - SES

Chief, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories, Florida

The Florida Department of Health seeks a Chief for the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL). The Bureau, with 229 employees and a $35 million budget, has three laboratory facilities (Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa) that perform testing to support the state’s public health system. Florida, with almost 20 million residents is geographically, racially and ethnically diverse. Illnesses among the 112 million visitors and 14.8 million international travelers annually also contribute to challenging but stimulating public health laboratory work. The skills and dedication of the Florida public health laboratory workforce was most recently highlighted nationally during the 2016 Zika response.

The Bureau Chief directs the strategic planning, financial and performance management efforts of the BPHL and represents the Bureau in interactions with stakeholders inside the department, commercial and healthcare affiliated laboratories and other partners in the state and nationally.

The position is based at the Department of Health’s Central Office in Tallahassee but the Chief will also spend time regularly in the three laboratories. The Bureau is part of the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection which also includes the Bureaus of Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Communicable Disease.

We are looking for someone who is science trained, and has excellent leadership, management and communication skills. Laboratory experience, especially working in, or in partnership with, a public health laboratory is highly desired. Expertise in process and project management is also a plus.

In addition to submitting your application/resume in People First, please send your resume to Dr. Carina Blackmore at She can also address any questions you might have about the position.

For more information about the Florida Public Health Laboratories, please visit:


Develop, direct and administer the planning, organizing, funding, staffing and control of the Bureau of laboratories to provide quality public health laboratory diagnostic, screening, monitoring, reference, emergency and research facilities and services to the people of the state of Florida, primarily through the county public health unit.

Coordinate and integrate the Bureau of Laboratories activities with other agencies, groups or individuals to maximize utilization, efficiency, cooperation and understanding in mutual endeavors.


Represent and interpret Bureau of Laboratories activities, policies, etc. to educate and inform professional and lay personnel in official and non-official agencies, organizations, institutions, and to the general public about costs, planning and technical scientific information.


Direct and administer state statutes relating to the certifying of public, private and institutional water laboratory facilities to assure quality laboratory services to Florida’s citizens.


Interact with federal agencies, e.g. U.S. Public Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, etc., other states and organizations in establishing national goals, priorities and programs that impact on state public health laboratories.


Responsible for the supervision of staff within the Bureau of Laboratories, including appraisals, planning and directing their work, approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions.



Knowledge of terminology, principles and techniques used in analysis and testing. 

Knowledge of procedures, techniques & equipment used in lab testing and analysis. 

Skill in the use of lab equipment. 

Ability to communicate effectively. 

Ability to work independently. 

Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.



Masters Degree



State of Florida Clinical Laboratory License             Chapter 483 F.S. and Rule 64B3 F.A.C.



**NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 

**NOTE: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  

Incumbent may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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