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The Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and that all such products marketed in the United States are adequately, truthfully and informatively labeled and safely and properly stored, transported, manufactured, packaged and regulated.  FDA's programs are national in scope and effect, and the Agency's activities have a direct and significant impact on multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the health and safety of American consumers.  The work of the Agency is carried out by a staff of over 9,000 scientists, physicians, regulatory and other personnel stationed throughout the United States.

The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) provides an innovative work environment for its employees.  As a manager, you are expected to possess team, management, and leadership skills that we will urge you to use and develop as a member of our organization.  The management skills we are referring to are related to the management of people in your work unit to enhance overall performance and productivity while creating a vibrant work culture.  To accomplish this will require that you select and hire talented people, set clear performance expectations, motivate each employee under your supervision, and help them develop and grow in their career.

The leadership skills relate to your ability to create a vision and persuade those you lead to embrace that vision of the future, to work with others inside and outside of your work unit to improve our work performance and culture through contribution of your ideas and opinions, to serve as a role model for personal accountability and integrity, and to act as a steward for the larger organization.  The Center will provide numerous developmental opportunities for you to enhance your technical, team, management, and leadership skills.  Our goal is to not only enable you to make a significant contribution to CVM today, but to prepare you for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of the future. 

Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above. 

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

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The Director, Office of Research (OR), is a critical and key leadership position within CVM.  The Director serves as the primary advisor to the Director, CVM, on matters pertaining to veterinary research and regulatory science which impact Center policy, direction and long-range program goals.  The Director also serves as a member of the Center Leadership Team responsible for oversight of Center operations and policy development. 

The Director, OR, provides scientific leadership and direction, through subordinate division directors, for FDA's veterinary research.  The Director is responsible for the leadership of approximately 85 employees, consisting of an interdisciplinary scientific staff which includes veterinary medical officers, biologists, microbiologists, chemists, as well as animal care takers, support staff and contractors.  Several of the scientific staff are Senior Biomedical Research (SBRS) members, who are an elite group of world-renowned scientists in the areas of biomedical research and clinical/product research evaluation.

The incumbent directs the Office of Research in its development and validation of quantitative and qualitative analytical procedures for detecting drugs, additives, and contaminants in animal tissues and feed; development of models for determining the safety and efficacy of veterinary drugs and food additives in domestic animals; and development of methods and research to address emerging national and/or international veterinary human health issues.  To this end, the incumbent provides oversight of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) program and coordinates the work of the FDA/CVM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Oversight is also provided for the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN).  This program will coordinate facilities, equipment, and professional expertise of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the country and Canada to respond to high priority chemical and microbial feed/drug contamination events.

The Director, OR, represents the Center in the scientific community, both domestically and internationally, and with other Government organizations that share mutual responsibilities and interests in the field of veterinary medical science.  The Director serves as a liaison with nationally and internationally recognized authorities and organizations whose scientific studies, investigations, and interpretations impact FDA/CVM mission and programs.  Also, the Director evaluates the adequacy of research resources available to the Center and initiates action as appropriate to enhance the CVM scientific posture by promoting optimum utilization of the grants contracts mechanism, interagency agreements, and international scientific collaboration under Public Law 480 and related statutes.

The incumbent should possess a high degree of expertise and health prominence, and a distinguished record of accomplishment in the field, such that he or she can readily command the respect of national and international human and animal health organizations with an emphasis on research and development that is applied to increase global health impact.