Veterinary Services is seeking to fill the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) Director position at Ames, IA. NVSL is the reference and confirmatory laboratory for USDA. The NVSL Director is responsible for providing scientific and managerial leadership in planning, organizing, and conducting broad laboratory programs involving the diagnosis of diseases which threaten the nation’s livestock resources and can impact human health. NVSL has laboratories at Ames, Iowa, and at Plum Island, New York. The NVSL Director oversees the operational aspects of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The position is open from April 25 to May 15. Application information can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/497483400.
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Subject to Department of Justice clearance.
Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
A Public Financial Disclosure will be required.
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period.
In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
The incumbent must receive and maintain a favorably adjudicated National Security Critical Sensitive – Top Secret background investigation (Personnel Security form SF-86) and Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) approval for handling and storing Select Agents and Toxins, which involves completing a security risk assessment (FBI form FD-961) and receiving an “unrestricted” status from the CJIS.
Periodically, oversight of the NVSL response to a disease outbreak may require considerable after hours and weekend work.
If selected, an official college transcript showing a conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school or college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education will be required prior to entering on duty.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: 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 website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website: https://www.avma.org
ORGraduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); b) 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 c) 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 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:
a) 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. b) 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 c) 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.
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 individuals 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.
FOR THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Provides scientific and managerial leadership by planning, organizing, and evaluating laboratory programs involving the diagnosis of diseases to protect the nation's animal resources and which can impact human health. Experience should include working with the diagnosis of animal diseases using knowledge in particular areas of veterinary medical sciences such as microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, or a related scientific field.
Builds and maintains effective internal and external professional working relationships by: 1) serving on industry, Government, University or international committee(s) or task force(s); 2) leading the establishment/implementation of program policies with other Federal or State agencies, Universities, international organizations, or industry associations; or 3) negotiating with cooperating foreign counterparts, government officials, or stakeholders to ensure mutual exchange of information concerning animal diseases, to resolve conflicts or problems, and to establish policies in disease diagnostics and control and eradication programs.
Communicates both orally and in writing with internal staff members as well as national and international program leaders at scientific meetings and other venues to coordinate and collaborate on animal health issues, prepare written scientific reports and decision memorandums, and interact with others to effectuate program policies and meet common goals and objectives.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade)
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.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 24VS-APHIS-DH-2018-0353
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The National Veterinary Services Laboratories perform animal disease testing for Veterinary Services and are the only APHIS laboratories dedicated to testing of diagnostic specimens for domestic and foreign animal diseases.