Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X7008 / OMI Operations Director
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides integrative management and leadership for all non-physician activities of the Office of the Medical Investigator, to include morphology and associated medical/technical services, field death investigation services, and all associated fiscal, administrative, and information systems and support services. Oversees all aspects of the fiscal management of the Agency, and provides leadership in revenue generation. Plans, develops, and recommends policies and standards of practice to ensure that all day-to-day non-physician operations efficiently support the agency's overall mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides technical and administrative management of the integrated administrative and operational activities necessary to support the the agency.
  2. Provides technical leadership and administrative management of all death investigations conducted throughout the state by OMI, and all autopsy and technical services conducted in support of death investigations.
  3. Directs the planning and evaluation of all elements of death investigations and technical services, to include work relations with law enformement, district attorney, and other emergency and medical responders.
  4. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  5. Oversees and coordinates the planning and development of information technology systems and capabilities to meet the information needs of the agency; directs the development and implementation of information services programs.
  6. Reviews and interprets financial and operating information; directs the development of periodic financial/operating analyses, and prepares comprehensive financial/business reports for the agency board of directors.
  7. Plans, implements, and evaluates strategic modifications and improvements to operations and systems, as appropriate to the overall goals and objectives of the unit; reviews, analyzes, modifies, and/or develops unit operating procedures, guidelines, and manuals.
  8. Develops, manages, and approves contracts for outside services; makes recommendations for new services or changes in existing services.
  9. Represents and interprets agency policies and procedures for staff, faculty, government entities, and the general public; serves as liaison with University legal counsel and state regulatory agencies on matters of interpretation and/or compliance, to include legal actions involving the university.
  10. Directs the development and management of annual budgets for the organization and directs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  11. Develops and presents outreach programs to various sectors of the public including high schools, vocational and medical schools, and health and social agencies.
  12. Responds to media inquiries, appropriately coordinating responses with Health Science Center officials; writes and distributes press releases, and participates in television and radio interviews, as appropriate.
  13. Prepares agency funding documents, and represents OMI to State legislature and agencies in their deliberations with respect to OMI funding and policy matters.
  14. Oversees the management of the OMI Grief Services function, ensuring that Grief Services staff receive sufficient resources to perform their function, and that they function effectively within the structure of the OMI mission.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of contracting process and associated local, state, federal, and other regulations.
  • Knowledge and integrated understanding of medical/forensic investigation principles, practices, procedures, and standards.
  • Knowledge of the forensic investigation procedures and practices of the various law enforcement and legal agencies within the State.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Program planning and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of financial and administrative principles, processes, regulations, and procedures, as applied to a government agency.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of all federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to the conduct of forensic/medical investigations.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Ability to provide professional guidance and leadership to forensic medical investigators and technical staff.
  • Information systems planning, development, and implementation skills.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Effective public speaking and media presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with legislators and legislative committees.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/08/2022