Director Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Type: Full Time
Required Education: DVM or equivalent
Salary: $128,078 to $221,400 per year
1 vacancy in the following locations:
Orient Point, NY
Internal Number: APHIS-SSTS-2021-0016
Must Utilize USA Jobs for application Process. Link to Position https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616908500
1 position in Manhattan, KS or Orient Point, NY
Serves as the Director of the APHIS, National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL). This is a Senior Science and Technology Service position. FADDL is a world-class laboratory, encompassing the majority of U.S. foreign animal diagnostic expertise for livestock. FADDL handles animal diseases of high consequence such as foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, and classical swine fever as well as zoonotic and emerging diseases.
Provides scientific and managerial leadership in planning, organizing, and evaluating broad laboratory programs involving the diagnosis of and countermeasures for, diseases which threaten the nation's livestock resources.
Directs the establishment and maintenance of a national and international diagnostic reference laboratory for the classification and identification of pathogenic agents and provides diagnostic reference assistance and consultation services.
Reviews progress of laboratory programs, with responsibility for directing appropriate revision or modification of plans to assure the efficient accomplishment of program objectives.
Represents the United States as a technical expert in international standard setting conferences and meetings to provide expert consultation and scientific information.
As the senior official on the NBAF Senior Leadership group oversees the APHIS responsibilities in providing information management, safety, health and environmental management, and laboratory support and document and training services.
Ensures the scientific objectives of the APHIS portion of the NBAF Science Plan that is developed in conjunction with stakeholders including producer groups and the private sector are met.
As fund-holder for the Laboratory accounts, oversees the management of financial resources, including purchase and travel approval, and developing and proposing annual and initiative budget requests.
Directs the technical supervision and review of studies carried out by contracts and cooperative agreements with other governmental (state and federal) agencies or commercial concerns.
Provides leadership, direction and systematic approaches to identify diagnostic needs of stakeholders. Fosters and develops cooperative relationships to address the needs.
Directs the development, standardization, and evaluation of new and improved procedures, techniques, and reagents used in the diagnosis of animal diseases.
Directs the development and conduct of scientific training programs for international, Federal and State diagnostic and regulatory personnel through formal courses, on-the-job training, and reference training visits to diagnostic laboratories.
Directs the preparation and review of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and dissemination to animal disease regulatory organizations, the veterinary profession, the scientific community, and the public.
Advises USDA and other executives on the content, impact, and potential of advanced technology research studies and applications.
Works directly with the three other NVSL laboratory directors to provide a cohesive integrated diagnostic response, providing the NVSL director and the agency with strategies and policies for detecting diseases of national importance.
Conditions of Employment
Veterans Preference is applicable in the Senior Science and Technology Service.
Initial appointments are required to serve a 1-year probationary period
You must upload your responses to the SSTS Professional Recognition Documentation.
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or security clearance.
U.S. Citizenship, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S. is required.
Testing Designated Position: Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use
In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their duty location. If selected, you will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment, if after November 22.
The agency will provide additional information regarding what COVID-19 vaccination information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.
This position is currently located in Orient Point, NY or Manhattan, KS and is scheduled to transfer in 2024 to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
If selected for the Orient Point, NY location, prior to an official offer, selectee will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) acknowledging/accepting relocation from Orient Point, NY to Manhattan, KS.
Failure to sign the MOU will result in withdrawal of the job offer.
You must: - Have conducted outstanding research in the fields of veterinary medicine, as determined by a Qualifications Assessment Board; - Have earned a doctoral level degree at an institution of higher education [as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001)]; - Have national or international recognition authority and leadership in an area of widespread scientific interest and investigation; and - Meet the qualification standards prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management for appointment to a position at the GS-15 level of the General Schedule.
This position requires a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent doctoral level degree.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
To learn more about what it's like to work at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, what the agency does, and the types of careers, please visit the APHIS careers site.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response