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at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Medical Examiner performs the duties associated with medicolegal death investigations including scene investigations, examination, and/or autopsy and court testimony to detect and determine the cause and manner of death.
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
Graduation from an approved school of medicine and possession of a current license to practice medicine in the State of Arizona or licensed to practice in another state, with the ability to obtain Arizona License as required by the Arizona Department of Professional Regulations, at the time of hire.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must be board certified in anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology and in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology within two (2) years of hire. Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Principles and practices of forensic pathology.
- Applicable laws, statutes, and chain of custody requirements governing forensic services.
- Human anatomy, Medical terminology, prescription medications and their uses.
- Investigation techniques and methods, particularly as they relate to death investigations to include testifying techniques, analytical, written and oral communication skills.
- Maintaining accurate records and an attention to detail.
- Time management and organizational techniques.
- Establish effective working relationships with internal and external contacts, including members of law enforcement agencies, prosecuting and defense attorneys;
- Speak and write clearly, concisely and in an organized manner, which includes using the proper pace, volume and grammar;
- Listen effectively, which includes assessing others' understanding of the communications and modifying one's communications style to fit the audience or situation.
- Operate computer equipment and use software programs to complete required paperwork, reports, presentations and email correspondence.
- Keep informed of current forensic pathology principles and conduct research in forensic pathology.
Working environment which includes working with decedents and malodorous conditions.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Performs autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death and documents written reports of findings supported by the medicolegal death investigation.
- Reviews items related to autopsies such as hospital charts, medicolegal death investigator reports, law enforcement agency reports and postmortem results.
- Investigates unnatural deaths by overseeing scene investigations and dictating findings from autopsy.
- Serves as an expert witness in depositions, grand jury sessions, trials and conferences with attorneys.
- Provides expert witness capabilities for all forensic criminal and civil actions associated with cases investigated and any other forensic needs within Maricopa County.
- Participates in conferences with family members, law enforcement, attorneys and other individuals to provide information on investigations and autopsies.
- Trains personnel such as forensic technicians, investigators, photographers, and other personnel assisting in their autopsies.
- Provide assistance and guidance to the organ donor centers.
- Participates in regional disaster preparedness.
- Presents lectures for students, officers and general community.
- With approval of the Director and the Chief Medical Examiner, may provide information to citizens, groups, news media and the general public.
- Writes scientific papers and presentations materials.
- Attends seminars and lectures for continuing education in forensic medicine.
- Performs other duties of a comparable level as required or assigned by the Chief Medical Examiner.
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.