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This position is located in the Diagnostic, Bioanalytical and Reagent Laboratory (DBRL), National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL). The incumbent serves as the Laboratory Director for the DBRL and has full responsibility for managing the activities and personnel of the laboratory so as to operate within the established budgetary and staffing limitations, making adjustments and assignments based on the advice of the management team (Section Heads).
Supervisors within APHIS are required to display proficiency in the following five competencies essential for leading and managing people: Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management and Leveraging Diversity. Examples of these competencies include holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely and cost-effective results; anticipating and taking steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations; developing staff members by providing coaching, training, regular guidance and career development opportunities; ensuring that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; taking appropriate action to address performance problems and fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
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
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Establishes goals and evaluates proposed and current projects conducted by the various sections.
Acts as a scientific advisor to the NVSL Director with regard to diagnostic bacteriology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics and assists Section Heads in planning projects, solving technical problems keeping abreast of new developments and supporting advancement in methods and technology where applicable/feasible.
Directs diagnostic bacteriology and reference activities for agents such as Mycobacterium, Brucella, Leptospira, Salmonella, and bacterial select agents.
Directs diagnostic pathology and reference activities for diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Ensures the provision of quality assurance for all procedures and products of the DBPL and provides leadership in support of NVSL goals to achieve and maintain ISO 17025 and other ISO accreditation/certification.
Organizes and directs diagnostic and reagent support for emergency management.
Provides technical consultation to state, university, federal, and other animal disease diagnostic laboratories on a wide variety of topics.
Provides oversight, review, and evaluation on developmental projects involving the differential diagnosis of all diseases affecting livestock, poultry, horses and wildlife, by infectious organisms.
Supervises laboratory examination of specimens originating from animals destined for import or export into or from the Unites States.
Oversees a team of scientists who carry out detailed plans for training schools, seminars, and bench training, as well as present lectures and demonstrations and conduct discussion groups for APHIS personnel and employees of state diagnostic laboratories.
Attends meetings and conferences to discuss technical procedures and program activities, to exchange information, and to keep up with the most recent scientific developments and results in various fields of applied regulatory veterinary medicine in the United States and other countries.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website: https://www.avma.org
ORGraduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); b) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); OR c) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college must have accepted the final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g., residency or graduate program).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE. b) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR c) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.
Waiver Provision: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-14/15 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants must have one year of progressively responsible, professional veterinary experience equivalent to the next lower Federal grade level.
(There is no education substitution at these grade levels.)
For the GS-14 Level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 grade level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Providing scientific and managerial oversight for a laboratory which administers programs involving the diagnosis of animal diseases or production and marketing of domestic livestock and livestock trade with foreign countries.
Diagnosing animal diseases using knowledge of veterinary medical sciences such as virology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, toxicology, parasitology or a related scientific field.
Providing guidance using laboratory management experience in support of a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in veterinary microbiology, pathology, molecular biology and bioinformatics.
Verbally communicating animal health issues to an audience (both large and small).
Drafting written materials such as peer reviewed journal articles, stakeholder articles in addition to internal materials/emails.
For the GS-15 Level: In addition to the GS-14 requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 grade level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Effectively managing the use of personnel, equipment, space, and funding to accomplish the mission.
Persuading others to meet goals and objectives.
Negotiating or influencing others to gain their commitment to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques.
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Relocation May Be Authorized
About USDA, APHIS, VS, Science Technology and Analysis Services, National Veteirnary Services Laboratories
The Center for Veterinary Biologics regulates veterinary biologics vaccines bacterins, antisera, diagnostics kits and other products of biological origin. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories perform animal disease testing for Veterinary Services and are the only APHIS laboratories dedicated to testing of diagnostic specimens for domestic and foreign animal diseases.