Forensic Anthropologist Program Manager- Project Program Manager IV

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on January 12, 2022
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The King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) is seeking an experienced Forensic Anthropologist who is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA). This position be part of the leadership team of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. They will supervise the anthropology and autopsy technicians, and manage the morgue. The largest part of their work will be to analyze human remains to determine biological profile, identify and characterize perimortem trauma, establish positive identification, resolve post-mortem interval questions, and act as a technical expert to law enforcement and other internal and external agencies on forensic anthropology. The KCMEO forensic anthropologist services the entire state of Washington.

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We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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Job Duties

  • Examine skeletal material from cases originating in King County, or submitted by coroners and medical examiners from other counties in Washington
  • Prepare reports detailing anthropological examinations, and enter all relevant data into the KCMEO case management database
  • Supervise a team of six autopsy technicians (including a lead) and one anthropology technician
  • Be part of the KCMEO leadership team
  • Ensure appropriate operation of the morgue and its equipment
  • Provide consultation to pathologists in interpretation of skeletal trauma
  • Direct the anthropology-related activities of water maceration and preparation of skeletal material, photography, digital radiography, and dental radiography
  • Assist with identification of human remains through skeletal analysis and radiography
  • Assist with identification of remains through other methods such as facial reconstruction and genealogy
  • Assist with the determination of human versus nonhuman remains, and forensic versus non-forensic human remains
  • Coordinate with the Washington State Forensic Odontologist in identification of remains and missing persons
  • Coordinate with the Washington State Physical Anthropologist in repatriation of Indigenous remains
  • Assist with collection of DNA evidence, submission to appropriate laboratories, and interpretation of results
  • Assist with collection of forensic entomology evidence
  • Assist with activities related to missing and unidentified persons, including development of biological profile, and entry into relevant state and national databases
  • Assist with field search and recovery of human remains
  • Assist with mass fatality response and planning, including updates to the King County Mass Fatality Response Plan
  • Maintain chain of custody for secure storage, tracking, and release of remains
  • Provide expert testimony in Forensic Anthropology
  • Provide training and educational activities for death investigators, technicians, and law enforcement officials
  • Serve as a faculty member in the KCMEO Forensic Pathology Fellowship Training Program.
  • Prepare quarterly reports detailing forensic anthropology services for the Washington State Forensic Investigation Council
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of anthropological and forensic principles, procedures, and techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures, and techniques relating to the recovery and exhumation of human remains
  • Experience supervising technical staff
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines for the preservation of historic remains
  • Knowledge and understanding of curatorial principles, methods, procedures, and techniques
  • Skill in the submission of forensic principles and techniques
  • Skill in handling sensitive information in a confidential manner in writing or in person
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite 
  • Any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position 
  • Certification by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA), or the ability to receive certification within 1 year
  • A Washington State driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one prior to starting

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. We are currently recruiting for one full time Career Service Position. King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

WORK SCHEDULE: The Forensic Anthropologist Program Manager is a professional classification, is FSLA exempt, and is not union represented. While the majority of work will take place during office hours, there will be times when the incumbent works with partner agencies on weekends and/or evenings.

CONTACT: If you have questions about your application or the application process, please contact Debbie Baker at

This position is open until filled. First review after 1/25/22

A complete application packet will consist of the following:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Responses to all supplemental questions
  • Include 3 case reports which you have authored - Must be included in application materials.
Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. The Letter of Interest and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Do not copy and paste content from a CV or resume as a substitute for answering supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions will be used to identify eligible candidates for this position; please provide detailed responses to these questions.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you board certified or eligible for board certification with the American Board of Forensic Anthropology?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to #1, please give the date on which certification was conferred, or if you answered no, the date of the exam you will be taking.
Do you have experience working as a forensic anthropologist within a medical examiner's office?
  • Yes
  • No
4. If you answered yes to #3 above, please describe your experience on each of the following items: a. The number and type of scene calls you have responded to, and your role in responding to those scenes b. The number of overall cases you have worked on, and the type (full or partial skeletons, fleshed remains), and your role on the case c. The number of trauma assessments you have conducted, the types of trauma, and your role in these cases. d. Expert testimony you have provided, specifying hoe much has been in court vs re-trial interviews. e. Your experience with maceration, autopsies, and medico-legal death investigation.
Do you have experience with NamUs entry?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience in Mass Fatality response or planning?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #6 above, describe your Mass Fatality response or planning experience.
Do you have experience making scientific identification using radiographs?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience managing staff?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience having oversite of a morgue?
  • Yes
  • No
Did you attach 3 case reports which you have authored?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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