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    The Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection (IASI) engages with other countries bilaterally and through various multilateral international fisheries organizations to promote sound management and conservation of global fisheries resources in a manner consistent with U.S. domestic fisheries policy.  IASI has a broad mission in the areas of policy, regulation, seafood safety, and trade with the goal of creating sustainable global resources.

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    The  Director, International Affairs and Seafood Inspection coordinates policies to implement bilateral and multi-lateral formal and informal agreements concerning international fisheries management, protected resources management, habitat conservation and management and related science issues, and recommends U.S. positions with respect to participation in international cooperative marine resources activities.  The Director supports capacity building in other nations to develop and implement integrated marine resources management through the provision of expertise from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), other federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.  In conducting this work, the Director collaborates closely with the Department of State and other agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in defining and implementing US policies related to international marine resources.  The Director recommends prospective cooperative activities with potential for programmatic and operational benefits to NMFS and the Federal Government.

    The Director’s responsibilities consist of working with NMFS programs in planning, coordinating, and directing international programs, and carrying out tasks of special interest related to international activities.  The Director exercises a Federal leadership role in establishing policies, guidelines, and procedures for NMFS special interest international programs including international and regional management arrangements; bilateral consultative agreements; scientific organizations and councils; and, other international arrangements of interest to NMFS.

    The Director, International Affairs and Seafood Inspection also consists of overseeing the activities of the Seafood Inspection Program assuring compliance with administrative procedures and guidelines and representing the organization in daily communication with a variety of federal, State, and public organizations and customers.  The Director provides principal advisory services in matters pertaining to the administration and technical operation of seafood inspection services and oversight.  Seafood Inspection services include establishing sanitation inspection system and process audits; product inspection and grading; product lot inspections; laboratory analysis; training; consultation, and export Certification. 

    The incumbent directs and coordinates these activities by establishing goals and objectives; setting program standards; carrying out budget analyses and recommendations; monitoring program progress and performance; evaluating the use of resources; and interacting with NOAA and NMFS executives, high level officials of other agencies, state authorities, representatives of foreign governments, and concerned domestic and foreign industries/non-governmental organizations.  The responsibilities of the incumbent require strategies that are national and international in scope, have high public visibility, interest or concern; and receive frequent attention by NMFS leadership, the NOAA Administrator, the Congress, and other high-level Administration officials.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Will travel on an occasional basis.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/532539700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.