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Laboratory Improvement Manager

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/15
Posting End Date: 2024/04/29
Category: Laboratory
Sub Category: Management
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 33.96
Maximum Salary: 42.45
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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NOTICE: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. If you are a current or temporary State of Idaho employee you MUST apply through your internal Luma account.

 Do you want to make a difference and be part of an award-winning agency, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Idaho through transportation?

At the Idaho Transportation Department, every employee is critical to the mission and we strive to foster an innovative, collaborative workplace where employees can grow and do their best work.

The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking a Laboratory Improvement Manager to join our team at the HQ Central Laboratory, located in Boise, Idaho. In this position, you will develop and maintain laboratory staff to deliver accurate and timely test results in accordance with the Laboratory Quality Management System as well as support ITD’s statewide laboratory materials testing, construction operations, and development efforts. This position will also be responsible for maintaining statewide laboratory accreditation programs and is critical to managing the Central Laboratory operations and supporting statewide district materials labs operations. The Central laboratory operates within a formal Quality Management System having detailed requirements for accreditation, testing, calibration, qualifications, reporting and continuous improvement.



  • Lead operational excellence for ITD
  • Establish program policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines to ensure continue compliance with required accreditation requirements
  • Implement and maintain Quality Management Systems for program accreditation, including testing, standardization, reporting and continuous improvement.
  • Maintain required testing timeframes, qualitative performance, and allocate resources as needed.
  • Lead laboratory proficiency program and statewide laboratory accrediting distinctions
  • Provide program development, implementation, and evaluation of laboratory testing
  • Supervise laboratory staff and information services, preparing technical testing and program progress reports
  • Coordinate laboratory functions with department needs
  • Implementing and maintaining quality management systems for program accreditation, including testing, standardization, reporting and continuous improvement.
  • Provide details on the laboratory program and specific standards (AASHTO, ASTM)
  • Serve on committees with agency and industry partners specific to materials laboratory operations.

Existing Central Laboratory function areas include:

  • Cement
  • Chemistry
  • Asphalt Binder and Emulsion
  • Hot Mix Asphalt
  • Structural Materials
  • Aggregates
  • Geotextiles
  • Radiation Safety Program


  • Supports Districts and other entities in paving, mix designs and testing of pavements statewide.
  • Supports and develops statewide materials software efforts including Quality Assurance Portal and Materials Management
  • Provides statewide support in the mix design for paving specifications and contracts.
  • Coordinates closely with the ITD Asphalt Mix Lab, Asphalt Lab, Aggregate Lab and SHRP Binder Lab regarding changes to test methods (AASHTO, WAQTC, etc.)
  • Makes recommendations on changes to be incorporated into Idaho Test methods and standard specifications. Establishes research projects to evaluate new or revised test methods and makes necessary revisions.

Personnel & Management Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and management
  • Interview, hire, train, coach, mentor direct and indirect unit staff
  • Plan and monitor employee performance
  • Develop annual unit budget

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Completion of the core requirements of a bachelor's degree in chemistry, forensic science, or related science from an accredited college, and approximately five years journey-level work experience in a certified laboratory doing complex quality assurance and quality control processes applicable to analytical chemistry or comparative science, that required application of private accreditation and/or federal and state regulations pertaining to either air and water quality and hazardous materials testing or forensic laboratory work
  • OR completion of the core requirements of a Master's of Science degree in chemistry, forensic science, or related science from an accredited college, and approximately four years journey-level work experience as listed above

 Some knowledge of:

  • Management practices


  • Supervising and evaluating laboratory staff activities, identifying training needs, and arranging for or conducting training
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining federal, state, or other requirements governing laboratory certification/accreditation
  • Reviewing testing and quality control and assurance system data to determine laboratory performance and compliance
  • Positions may require one of the following: experience performing complex microbiological, chemical or clinical laboratory analyses
  • Or experience conducting training in methods and procedures for analyzing and identifying criminal evidence and testifying in court to interpret, demonstrate, and defend scientific findings

Additional education and certifications:

  • Certification for WAQTC, and other test procedures are not required at the time of hiring.
  • Required certifications as assigned must be obtained within 6 months of assignment.


    The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


    The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

    The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

    Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.