Goverment Jobs
January 15, 2020
Davidson County, Tennessee
Job Type


Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience:Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and experience equivalent to two years of full-time increasingly responsible professional work as a chemist.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Two years of full-time experience as a chemist for the State of Tennessee in an analytical laboratory setting.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in chemistry may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years.
Other Requirements

Necessary Special Qualifications:None.
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.
Job Overview

Summary:Under general supervision, is responsible for professional chemistry work of considerable difficulty and supervisor work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required
Distinguishing Features: This is the first full supervisory class in the Chemist sub-series.An incumbent of this class is a unit supervisor of chemists within a laboratory.This class differs from that of Chemist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter functions at the working level and has no supervisory responsibilities.
Competencies (KSA's)

  1. Command Skills
  2. Decision Quality
  3. Directing Others
  4. Drive for Results
  5. Functional/Technical Competency
  6. Learning on the Fly
  7. Organizing
  8. Planning
  9. Priority Setting
  10. Problem Solving
  11. Technical Learning


  1. Chemistry
  2. Mathematics
  3. Clerical
  4. Computers and Electronics
  5. Customer and Personal Service
  6. Physics


  1. Mathematics
  2. Science
  3. Quality Control Analysis
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Learning Strategies
  6. Reading Comprehension
  7. Writing
  8. Time Management
  9. Active Learning
  10. Active Listening
  11. Speaking
  12. Operation and Control
  13. Operation Monitoring
  14. Operations Analysis
  15. Service Orientation
  16. Social Perceptiveness
  17. Coordination


  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Inductive Reasoning
  3. Mathematical Reasoning
  4. Number Facility
  5. Problem Sensitivity
  6. Selective Attention
  7. Written Comprehension
  8. Written Expression
  9. Oral Comprehension
  10. Oral Expression
  11. Perceptual Speed
  12. Speech Clarity
  13. Speech Recognition
  14. Memorization
  15. Spatial Orientation
  16. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  17. Control Precision
  18. Finger Dexterity
  19. Manual Dexterity
  20. Multilimb Coordination
  21. Rate Control
  22. Reaction Time
  23. Response Orientation
  24. Speed of Limb Movement
  25. Wrist-Finger Speed
  26. Auditory Attention
  27. Depth Perception
  28. Hearing Sensitivity
  29. Near Vision
  30. Peripheral Vision
  31. Visual Color Discrimination


  • Insurance
    There are a variety of insurance options available to state employees including:
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
  • Annual Leave
    Full-time employees earn annual leave each month at a rated based on years of service as follows:

    Years of Service

    • 0 up to 5
    • 5 up to 10
    • 10 up to 20
    • 20 or more

    Annual Leave Earned per Month

    • 1 day
    • 1 and days
    • 1 and days
    • 2 days

    Maximum Allowable days

    • 30 days
    • 36 days
    • 39 days
    • 42 days

    *Leave earned in excess of the maximum allowable days will be transferred to the employee's sick leave account annually on the employee's anniversary hire date.

  • Sick Leave
    All full-time employees accrue 1 day (7.5 hours) of sick leave per month, provided they work the major portion of that month.
  • Bereavement Leave
    Leave with pay is granted for three days in the event of the death of an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parents, grandparents, siblings, stepparents, foster parents, or parents-in-law without charge to the employee's leave time. Two additional days of sick leave may be granted to provide a total of five days absence for this purpose.
  • Family Medical Leave
    Allows up to twelve work weeks of leave* each year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Continued health insurance coverage is provided during the leave period, and the employee is reinstated to the same or an equivalent position once the leave period has ended.
    *Leave may or may not be paid leave, depending on individual employee's leave balances for earned leave.
  • ParentalLeave
    Parentalleave is an absence from work granted anyemployee who has been employed in state service for at least 12 consecutive months as a full-time employee.Parental leave is a combination of sick, annual, or special leave without pay for a period not to exceed four months following the birth of a child.
  • Military Leave
    Granted in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Holidays
    Each year, full-time state employees receive 11 holidays off with pay.
  • Retirement
    State employees are automatically members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System . (TCRS) Employees must accrue 5 years of creditable state service to be vested (guaranteed retirement benefits when age requirements are met). Vested members of TCRS become eligible for service retirement upon completion of 30 years of creditable service or upon attainment of age 60.
  • Deferred Compensation
    Employees may choose to make pre-tax contributions to a variety of investment options through the 401(k) plan or the 457 plan. A minimum $20 monthly contribution is required to participate in the plans. For the 401(k) plan, the state will match the $50 per month minimum contribution. The $50 match policy is evaluated on an annual basis.
  • Flexible Benefits Plan
    Under this program certain specific expenses (e.g.,medical and dental insurance premiums, medical expenses, dependent day care expenses) can be deducted from an employee's paycheck prior to taxes, resulting in a lower taxable income level.
  • Higher Education Fee Discounts and Waivers
    A 25% discount on undergraduate tuition at any state operated institution of higher learning in Tennessee is available to children 23 years of age or under of full time state employees. In addition, full-time state employees with six months of continuous service are eligible to have tuition fees waived for one course per semester at a state institution. For further information on higher education discounts, click on Chapter 1540 on the Secretary of State Rules and Regulations web page.
  • Baccalaureate Education System Trust (BEST) Program (BEST)
    The Baccalaureate Education System Trust (BEST) was created by the Tennessee General Assembly for the purpose of providing Tennessee families with a means to save for their children's future college education costs.
  • Wellness Program
    The State Employee Wellness Program works to increase employees knowledge of options for healthier lifestyles through information and events that focus on improving behaviors affecting your health. Some specific benefits offered through the program include health risk assessments, fitness events, smoking cessation programs, and various other benefits.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    EAP is a confidential counseling and referral service for all employees and their dependents. All services are strictly confidential and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Which best describes your level of education?

  • Did not graduate from High School or obtain GED
  • High School or GED
  • Some College
  • Associates Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
  • 1 Year Masters Degree
  • 2 Year Masters Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
Do you have a Bachelors degree in CHEMISTRY?

  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate what level of degree in CHEMISTRY you have completed. (Note: If you are within 120 days of graduating, please select your pending degree in SPECIAL FIELD.)

  • Not applicable
  • Associates degree
  • Bachelors degree
  • Masters degree
  • Doctorate degree
How many GRADUATE quarter hours in CHEMISTRY from an accredited college or university have you completed? (Note: To convert semester hours to quarter hours, multiply the number of semester hours you have completed by 1.5)

  • Not applicable
  • 1-35 quarter hours
  • 36-71 quarter hours
  • 72 quarter hours or more
How many years of full-time increasingly responsible professional work as a chemist do you have?

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more
How many years of full-time experience as a chemist for the State of Tennessee in an analytical laboratory setting do you have?

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more

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