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    The Laboratory Director for the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Science and Technology (S&T), Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL), plans, develops, and implements major agency programs, projects, or activities encompassing especially critical, sensitive, and controversial issues.

    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

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    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:

    • Supervise scientific and administrative staff to carry out scientific work critical to United States Department of Agriculture, USDA’s mission of safeguarding plant and animal resources from exotic pests and diseases, protecting ecosystems, enhancing trade through phytosanitary procedures and managing plant pests.
    • Formulate and achieve short and long-range goals concerning staff operations with particular focus on maximizing the quality of research efforts. The research performed in the organization covers highly diversified programs and often involves extremely urgent and politically sensitive international trade issues.
    • Establish priorities and oversee the development of long-term project plans, resolve resource allocation issues, and manage formal agreements with Federal and State agencies, private organizations, and other cooperators.
    • Represent PPQ in contacts with international, Federal and State agencies, State Experiment Station and Extension Service officials and grower organizations.
    • Designate project leaders and oversees the organization's system of assigning work to individual scientists and support staff.
    • Evaluate all resource needs of the organization, submits formal budgetary and staffing proposals to the S&T Director.
    • Serve as an expert in biological science and pest risk analysis. Provides leadership to theoretical scientific and policy issues of the agency, such as defining an acceptable level of risk.
    • Serve as a liaison with senior officials in the Agricultural Research Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, scientific experts, management officials in non-USDA agencies, state and local government bodies, educational institutions, and business and agricultural organizations and lobbyists.
    • Serve as a senior level spokesperson and negotiator defending highly unpopular agency decisions concerned with international trade and related phytosanitary issues.
    • Serve as an Agency authority in resolving scientific problems associated with the molecular identification of quarantine-significant plant pathogens and make recommendations to the Agency regarding necessary procedural or policy changes.
    • Develop policies and strategies, and lead efforts to address environmental or scientific issues in areas where precedents do not exist.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Considerable domestic and some foreign travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495450600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.