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The Quality Control (QC) Specialist – Level 1 assists and maintain quality standards set by the Integrated Management System (IMS) in the following ISO Standards – 9001, 14001 and 45001.
Open until filled.

Position Summary

The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) owns and operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The Quality Control (QC) Specialist – Level 1 assists and maintain quality standards set by the Integrated Management System (IMS) in the following ISO Standards – 9001, 14001 and 45001. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in maintaining the IMS by partnering with various department staff on key projects managed by SDSTA at SURF. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in the approval of received materials, in-process production, finished products and recording the results. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in providing guidance and direction of activities related to Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) at SDSTA. QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in the design, execution, and oversight of QA/QC initiatives across multiple departments.

Line of Authority

The QC Specialist – Level 1 reports directly to QC Specialist – Level 2.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Manages and maintains the system for nonconformance and corrective action.
  • Assist the system for document change control.
  • Assist the system for calibration.
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining systems, processes, and programs to ensure an effective Integrated Management System (IMS).
  • Assist with the reviewing of project-specific contractor QC plans in collaboration with the Project Management team.
  • Assists with IMS internal and external audits and monitoring activities.
  • Assists with continuous process improvement activities.
  • Documents assigned project status by completing QA/QC Reports.
  • Verifies that incoming material (as appropriate) to meet requirements of the procurement documents.
  • Provides guidance, on quality, to field-level support personnel.
  • Provides guidance and interpretations for routine QA/QC and IMS matters.
  • Provides guidance and assists with reviewing and approving contractor documentation submittals.
  • Maintains safe work environment by following standards and procedures and complying with legal regulations.
  • Supports SDSTA’s mission with a strong QA/QC focus and best practices.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


The QC Specialist Level 1 has the following accountabilities:


The QC Specialist – Level 1 has the following authorities:

  • To approve finished products by confirming specifications and conducting required tests for in-scope projects.
  • To stop work upon recognition of a condition that presents imminent danger to the safety and health of staff, the public or the environment.



  • Associates’ degree in related field required and/or equivalent experience.


  • Experience working within an ISO system or business inclusive of QA/QC, and related activities.
  • Strong PC skills:  MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, management software’s, etc.
  • Nonconformance/Corrective Action system experience a plus.
  • Calibration system experience a plus.
  • ISO auditing experience a plus.
  • Understanding of ISO standards a plus.
  • Ability to analyze problems using Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools and develop solutions to meet business needs a plus.
  • Previous experience working in a government regulated environment (DOE, EPA, etc.) a plus.
  • Construction industry/mining/excavation/environmental/safety experience a plus.


  • ISO Auditor Training a plus.


  • Adaptability—Ability to effectively adjust to changing priorities and demands; must be able to solve problems. Ability to accept criticism.
  • Attention to Detail—Ability to maintain constant awareness of surroundings and ensure tasks are completed carefully and accurately.
  • Communication—Communicates effectively and clearly with a wide range of audiences in both written and oral form.
  • Influence—Ability to gain acceptance or support for ideas, projects and solutions.
  • Initiative— Ability to persist despite difficult conditions and to make suggestions for improvements.
  • Organization—Plans ahead and works in a systematic, organized way.
  • Problem-solving—Ability to determine the root-cause of a problem, investigate and analyze information and identify, prioritize and select alternatives for a solution.
  • Safety—Ability to learn, understand and comply with SDSTA’s safety requirements. Willing to accept and enforce strict safety practices.

Working Requirements

  • Proof of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Comply with SDSTA’s safety program.
  • Act in accordance with SDSTA’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.
  • Perform work in a typical office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Work in all types of environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).
  • Perform work in the SURF underground environment at depths up to 5000 feet.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolding and in confined places.
  • Perform limited physical labor and light lifting.
  • Working other than normal business hours may be required periodically.


The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources.