Position Title: Accreditation Specialist

Salary: $45,000 -$50,000 per year

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or a related field (e.g. Genetics, Anthropology, etc.). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, but a minimum of 24 credit hours must be in the area of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Chemistry, or Biology. 


College transcript(s) required at time of application.

Candidates with a minimum of one (1) year unsupervised experience in identification of non­compliance, cause mapping, corrective action, preventative action, internal auditing, external auditing, establishing/authoring policies and procedures, application of international accreditation standards and/or a yellow, green, or black belt in Six Sigma, Lean, or Lean Six Sigma are preferred.  


It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Quality Manager, the Accreditation Specialist is responsible for supporting the quality management system by performing daily duties required to ensure overall quality and accreditation processes and standards for the Office of the Medical Examiner. Standards for compliance include but are not limited to ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, NAME, CLIA, and the FBI’s QAS. Incumbent authors and reviews policies and procedures, maintains the proficiency of testing programs and Office-wide reference standards, and supports internal and external auditing activities.



  • Performs office-wide and area-specific quality activities to ensure efficient and organized completion of accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains documentation pertinent to the maintenance of the quality management system requirements.
  • Communicates with vendors for required information and execution of quality control and assurance activities.
  • Administers administrative support functions within the quality management system.
  • Appears in court to testify regarding quality management system policies and non-technical procedures of the ACOME.
  • Facilitates the maintenance, procurement, and receipt of equipment used in casework, including but not limited to instruments, reagents, and consumables.
  • Documents and analyzes casework and grant statistics.
  • Participates in the internal auditing program and audits case assignments in the Information Management System (LIMS and MEIMS).
  • Supports the preparation and remediation of external assessments.
  • Participates in the corrective and preventative action workflow for non-compliance observed as part of the quality management system.
  • Trains on non-technical topics to internal and external entities.
  • Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Quality, safety, and compliance programs and processes.
  • Applicable laws relating to integrity of evidence and chain of custody.
  • Accreditation standards applicable to the Office of the Medical Examiner including but not limited to ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, NAME, CLIA, and the FBI’s QAS.
  • General office practices and procedures including filing, record keeping, and use of fax, copier, and PC.

Skill in:

  • Microsoft Office products.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish effective working relationships with managers, co-workers, and outside agencies.
  • Employ general computer skills, understanding of database systems, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Work under adverse and extremely unpleasant conditions such as potentially distressing sights, sounds, and odors.
  • Deal and work effectively with highly emotional situations and personnel.
  • Maintain strict chain of custody in accordance with established protocol.
  • Maintain proper storage of evidence and test items in accordance with established protocol.

Residency: Allegheny County within 1 year.
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.