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    Summary

    Serves as the Director of the APHIS, National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL). This is a Senior Science and Technology Service position. FADDL is a world-class laboratory, encompassing the majority of U.S. foreign animal diagnostic expertise for livestock. FADDL handles animal diseases of high consequence such as foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, and classical swine fever as well as zoonotic and emerging diseases.

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    Responsibilities

    • Provides scientific and managerial leadership in planning, organizing, and evaluating broad laboratory programs involving the diagnosis of and countermeasures for, diseases which threaten the nation's livestock resources.
    • Directs the establishment and maintenance of a national and international diagnostic reference laboratory for the classification and identification of pathogenic agents and provides diagnostic reference assistance and consultation services.
    • Reviews progress of laboratory programs, with responsibility for directing appropriate revision or modification of plans to assure the efficient accomplishment of program objectives.
    • Represents the United States as a technical expert in international standard setting conferences and meetings to provide expert consultation and scientific information.
    • As the senior official on the NBAF Senior Leadership group oversees the APHIS responsibilities in providing information management, safety, health and environmental management, and laboratory support and document and training services.
    • Ensures the scientific objectives of the APHIS portion of the NBAF Science Plan that is developed in conjunction with stakeholders including producer groups and the private sector are met.
    • As fund-holder for the Laboratory accounts, oversees the management of financial resources, including purchase and travel approval, and developing and proposing annual and initiative budget requests.
    • Directs the technical supervision and review of studies carried out by contracts and cooperative agreements with other governmental (state and federal) agencies or commercial concerns.
    • Provides leadership, direction and systematic approaches to identify diagnostic needs of stakeholders. Fosters and develops cooperative relationships to address the needs.
    • Directs the development, standardization, and evaluation of new and improved procedures, techniques, and reagents used in the diagnosis of animal diseases.
    • Directs the development and conduct of scientific training programs for international, Federal and State diagnostic and regulatory personnel through formal courses, on-the-job training, and reference training visits to diagnostic laboratories.
    • Directs the preparation and review of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and dissemination to animal disease regulatory organizations, the veterinary profession, the scientific community, and the public.
    • Advises USDA and other executives on the content, impact, and potential of advanced technology research studies and applications.
    • Works directly with the three other NVSL laboratory directors to provide a cohesive integrated diagnostic response, providing the NVSL director and the agency with strategies and policies for detecting diseases of national importance.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

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