Description of Work
The Medical Examiner Specialist/Medicolegal Death Investigator provides support to OCME pathologists, the Statewide Medical Examiner System and facilitates communication with law enforcement personnel, hospitals, funeral homes and families. The employee takes incoming calls reporting new cases and determines jurisdictional authority and case disposition. The employee performs death scene investigations and collects evidence and reports from a variety of agencies to supplement external examinations and autopsy reports regarding the cause and manner of death. Duties involve conducting death investigations, attending death scenes, assisting with postmortem examinations, arranging body transportation, receiving, and releasing bodies, record keeping, medicolegal training and other duties as assigned.
About the Division of Public Health and the OCME:
The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina – Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.
Please visit our website for more info: https://www.ocme.dhhs.nc.gov/
Campus Amenities and Benefits at the OCME
- 220,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility
- Plentiful Free Parking
- Easy access to highways (70, 40 and 440), NC Museum of Art, Umstead State Park, healthcare providers, and shopping centers
- Proximity to globally and nationally ranked universities (NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke)
- Weekly Food Trucks
- Car Cleaning and Detailing Services On-site bimonthly
- Annual Flu Shot Clinic for Employees and Families
- Monthly and quarterly career development classes, including opportunities for traveling
- Library of academic journals and materials on-site
- Employee Engagement and Staff Development Activities
- NC OCME Employee Recognition Programs
- State Health Plan and State of NC Employee Benefits
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:
- Experience working with current office technologies such as multi-function photocopiers, and multi-user telephone systems, computers, data entry applications, automated systems, and related equipment and software.
- Knowledge of applicable laws, statutes, chain of custody requirements, interviewing techniques, medical terminology, and prescription medications, particularly as they relate to death investigations
- Analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
- Ability to perform complex tasks and maintain composure while working in diverse environments, including death scenes, that may be difficult or stressful
- Ability to effectively coordinate, perform and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner while maintaining accurate records
- Attention to detail, time management and the use of organizational techniques.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, groups, and agents such as family members, Vital Records, Law Enforcement, Funeral Homes, Medical Examiners, Law Firms, Appointed Officials and the OCME staff while demonstrating patience, courtesy, and empathy.
- Experience working in a medical examiner or coroner's system.
- ABMDI Diplomate or Fellow.
The duties of this position require periods of sitting, viewing computer monitors, reading and interpreting hand-written reports, and repetitive hand and wrist motion entering data.
Ability to climb, kneel, crawl, reach, walk, stand, push, pull and lift medium to heavy weight.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.” If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See oshr.nc.gov/experience-guide for details.
Bachelor's degree in science (biology, chemistry, physiology, criminal justice, anthropology, forensic sciences, biochemistry, etc.) or related field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of medicolegal death investigation experience;
an equivalent combination of education.
Supplemental and Contact Information
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. Pre-Employment criminal background checks are required for some positions.
Division of Public Health (DPH) main locations, including their grounds, are tobacco-free as outlined in the Tobacco-free Campus Policy. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, “vape products” and all smokeless tobacco products, may not be used in the indicated areas. For more information, please see the policy and FAQ posted here:
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. You will either receive a call to schedule an interview or an email notifying you when the job has been filled.
For technical issues with your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. Applicants will be communicated with via email only for updates on the status of their application. If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact HR, 919-707-5450
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