THE POSITION The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting to fill the Director, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services. This position directs programs to prevent, detect, control, and eradicate diseases affecting domestic animals and poultry for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. DESCRIPTION OF WORK In this position, you will provide and advise Department leadership on animal health issues; direct a professional staff that deals with animal and/or poultry health; develop and recommending revision of laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to animal and/or poultry health; plan and direct surveillance of domestic animals to determine the prevalence of disease; ensure efficient operation of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services activities; and collaborate with leaders from other agencies and jurisdictions on new and ongoing investigations related to animal health, food safety, disease detection and eradication. The position also assumes responsibility as the State Veterinarian and the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission Executive Director. As State Veterinarian the position is responsible for representing the Department in national and international animal health cooperative programs; recommending and advocating program policy changes when appropriate; and interacting with the US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services, the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, and the US Animal Health Association. As Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission Executive Director the position is responsible for providing assistance to the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission and the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Commission members, industry groups, and other state and federal officials as well as the general public. •This is a management position •Work Hours: Monday – Friday; 8am-4pm. •37.5 hour work week
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY Ten (10) years of experience in the diagnosis and management of animal diseases in a university, governmental, industrial or private practice, including five (5) years experience in a supervisory capacity directing professional and technical staff. NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a DVM/VMD degree from an AMVA or AVMA approved college.
Internal Number: 00055805SL
About Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is committed to a sustainable and safe supply of food and agricultural products in the commonwealth – from the farm to the table – and to being good stewards of the land and Pennsylvania's natural resources. The department promotes the viability of farms, protects consumers, and safeguards the health of people, plants, animals and the environment.The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens.Pennsylvania’s 59,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $7.5 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in our state.In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation, and farm equipment. In total, production agriculture and agribusiness contributes nearly $75 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.