The duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Provides oversight of the NAHLN including ensuring new and existing laboratories meet requirements for participation in the network.
- In coordination with NVSL reference laboratories and VS Commodity Health Staffs, ensures surveillance and response testing for diseases under NAHLN scope is conducted per program standards for endemic, foreign animal and emerging diseases.
- Explores funding options and makes funding decisions for the NAHLN, including developing funding initiatives for NVSL and other laboratories. Assist in NAHLN budgeting and tracking NAHLN expenditures of NVSL and other laboratories.
- Oversees NAHLN Methods Technical Working Group to work with NVSL, NAHLN laboratories, university and commercial entities for the evaluation and validation of assays for potential use in the NAHLN.
- Provides full administrative and technical supervision of the NAHLN staff comprised of Associate Coordinators and approximately 6 employees. The types of positions supervised include scientific, professional and administrative personnel and several student employees.
- Incumbent assures work output is of an acceptable quality and quantity; establishes standards of performance for employees supervised; prepares and issues internal procedures and/or instructions; and reviews work in progress and completed work to assure accuracy, adequacy, and adherence to procedures.
- Incumbent assures subordinates are periodically informed of management goals and objectives and keeps supervisor informed of concerns of subordinates.
- Incumbent keeps employees informed of personnel management programs affecting them. Incumbent informs supervisor of anticipated vacancies, additional needs, or need for temporary help before interviewing and selecting employees; recommends promotions, reassignments, duty changes, retention or release and initiates award recommendations; approves leave; resolves informal complaints; provides on the job training and advises subordinates of performance requirements; holds corrective interviews, conducts performance rating; and explains personnel management systems, policies and procedures.
- Incumbent is responsible for resolving technical difficulties and interpreting results, responses, and policy application decisions arising from assigned work which includes the more difficult and unusual problems. Incumbent is responsible for full and final policy implementation, interpretation, and application.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as defined below, etc.
TIME IN GRADE: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
BASIC REQUIREMENT VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER (0701): 1. Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA web site has a listing of all accredited veterinary medical schools. OR 2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, http://www.avma.org for information) must meet one of the following requirements:
- Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG);
- Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); OR
- Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college in the United States must have accepted the final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g., residency or graduate program).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet- based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE.
- Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
- Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.
Please Note: Current employees, regardless of the series occupied, DO NOT have to meet English language proficiency requirement. These candidates are covered under the In-service Placement. Provision if they meet the minimum education and experience requirements.
Waiver Provision: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individual's country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.
BASIC REQUIREMENT MICROBIOLOGIST (0403): 1. Degree: Microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR 2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR 0701/0403, AT THE GS-15 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level. This experience is typically in, or related to, the work of the position being filled.
Examples of qualifying experience at the GS-15 grade level include, but are not limited to:
- Experience using the OIE validation standard.
- Experience with the functionality and application of laboratory quality management systems, principles and/or auditing experience.
- Working with a laboratory results data system where you are responsible for their purpose, integration, standards, output and performing basic data analysis.
- Emergency response planning, including drills and exercise planning and participation.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.