Manager Morgue Bureau Operations - District 11 (Miami-Dade)


Close Date: 04/23/2018

Entry Rate: $65,163.28 Yearly Maximum Rate: $108,542.20 Yearly

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Mortuary Science or Physician/Pathology Assistant. Three years of experience managing a large forensic morgue operation are required, or High school diploma or GED. Five years of progressively responsible morgue experience to include autopsy procedures, toxicology acquisition and preparation are required.


This is technical supervisory work in the conduct of autopsies and performance of related forensic administrative procedures for the County Medical Examiner. An employee in this class is responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of a staff of technicians engaged in assisting in the performance of a large number of autopsies and investigations on a seven-day week basis.  Responsibilities include daily planning and participation in technical assignments to assist medical examiners in the completion of a large autopsy and examination caseload.  Knowledge is required of autopsy procedures, cytologic and histologic techniques, and techniques of specimen preparation and preservation for both consultative and demonstrative purposes.  The incumbent participates in orientation and instructional programs for forensic pathology residents, police recruits, and other trainees.  The employee must be knowledgeable in techniques for the safe handling of bodies which contain contagious diseases, which may not be diagnosed, bodies that are decomposed, and bodies which have received a variety of injuries.  Supervision is exercised over a staff of technical subordinates through the assignment of priorities and scheduling of work.  General supervision is received from medical and administrative superiors who review work for satisfactory completion of assigned responsibilities.


Plans, assigns and reviews the work of a staff of technical employees engaged in assisting medical examiners in the conduct of autopsies and related diagnostic procedures to determine cause of death, and properly obtain and document all forms of evidence; assigns work priorities and trains new employees; assists technicians assigned to night and weekend shifts in resolving work-related problems. Cuts tissue from cadavers, fixes tissue in formaldehyde and injects with colored dyes to highlight veins and arteries. Reviews police  or investigative reports concerning medical or other background information to become familiar with case history and factors which may be related to autopsy information. Personally participates in the more difficult or sensitive autopsies, including police shootings and disaster deaths; may assist in obtaining fingerprints where corpses are burnt, mummified or partially decomposed by special techniques; completes photographers; may reconstruct facial features on badly mutilated bodies for identification purposes, as required; may complete a skeletonization process in selected cases. X-rays bodies, distributes radiation badges to all employees taking x-rays and ensures that all employees wear badges while in and around the x-ray area; assures radiation badges are sent for monitoring. In accordance with the department's Disaster Plan makes plans for disaster coverage; may visit disaster scenes with medical examiners and make preparations for extensive autopsies by calling in additional staff, assembling disaster pouches, laying out chemicals and gloves, coordinating with funeral homes for trips to the morgue and assisting  with inquiries from concerned families, supervises the cleanliness and neatness of the morgue area and overseas its proper maintenance. Coordinates with police investigators in obtaining emergency autopsies such as in the case of police shootings, suspected sex crimes, assisting pathologists in completing action and related diagnostic tests. Plans for yearly budgets, inventories and requisitions necessary supplies and equipment; assists in the implementation of research projects and collects and categorizes various specimens for research study; assists residents and visiting physicians in the methods and procedures of the department; serves in the absence of superior when requested; assists consultant physicians (dentists, neuropathologists, anthropologists, etc.), and, under supervision of a medical examiner or the director of operations, assist the news media as needed. Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; evaluates and rates employee performance. Performs related work as required. 


Thorough knowledge of autopsy procedures. Thorough knowledge of fingerprinting, palm printing and x-ray procedures. Thorough knowledge of aseptic and decontamination procedures for the morgue and other medical examiner work areas. Thorough knowledge of maintenance of morgue instruments and equipment. Considerable knowledge of normal and abnormal anatomical pathology. Considerable knowledge of cytology, chemical and histology procedures related to autopsy for forensic purposes. Knowledge of the principles of management. Knowledge of administrative procedures and rules pertaining to the Medical Examiner Department. Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to deal effectively with the medical staff in a close working relationship.Ability to deal effectively with police officers engaged in death investigation cases. Ability to assist in the training and teaching of medical students, students in health-related fields, law enforcement personnel, and morgue volunteer staff. Ability to complete a variety of diagnostic tests accurately. Ability to work with cadavers in decomposed, burned or mutilated state. Ability to complete more difficult autopsies with required expediency. Ability to lift and move cadavers. Skill in the use and maintenance of a variety of surgical instruments. Skill in specimen preparation and preservation. Skill in evidence preparation, preservation, and transmission.