The incumbent serves as the Director, Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment (OARSA), providing executive leadership and managerial direction. The position will report to the CFSAN Deputy Director for Scientific Operations.
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) 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 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 CFSAN today, but to prepare you for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of the future.
If selected for this position, you will:
Plan, manage, organize, and direct a cohesive research program that will ensure the safety of foods, dietary supplements, or cosmetics and the establishment of sound counter-terrorism measures in the area of toxicology and food microbiology. Assist in providing scientific guidance and direction for research programs and assist the research staff in the development of long term goals;
Develop collaborative projects with a variety of FDA and external scientific organizations including other FDA centers, other governmental agencies, and academia as well as private and public scientific organizations;
Serve on high level internal and external working groups to address cross-center, multi-agency, national and international issues in areas to include strategic planning, emergency response, and the safety and defense of the food supply.
Develop and plan OARSA's budget ensuring that it supports and prioritizes research, necessary infrastructure, and personnel;
Coordinate and make recommendations on personnel and administrative matters and lead laboratory quality control with OARSA.