Status: Full-time position
Location: Riverdale, MD
Salary: $105,211.00 to $136,771.00
Deadline Date: 2/1/13
Job Summary: The incumbent serves as the Branch Chief, Biotechnology Environmental Analysis Branch, with responsibility for assisting, leading, managing and evaluating the operating programs associated with the administration of the laws and regulations applicable to Biotechnology Regulatory Servicesí (BRS).
The incubent assists the director, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Associate Deputy Administrator and Deputy Administrator and Environmental Risk Analysis Programs (ERAP) Division Director in developing strategic approaches to carry out to scientific, policy, program and regulatory development efforts within BRS, and to accomplish defined goals and objectives.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Qualifications: Experience in providing leadership to a staff of professional environmental specialists, including planning and directing staff activities, setting priorities, guidelines, goals, and objectives.
Experience in assigning work and reviewing work for competencies, technical accuracy, professional quality, and adherence to policies.
Experience in training and performing scientific procedures and techniques used to analyze environmental impacts and leading projects which are reliant on such analysis.
Experience in independently preparing technical scientific reports and environmental analysis.
Experience and training with interpreting, analyzing, and applying the components of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act, and other environmental laws.
Duties: Provides expert consultation to Congressional staff, Departmental, other Federal cooperators, State and local officials, public and private national and international organizations having interests or concerns related to the biotechnology regulatory program administered by USDA and APHIS.
Ensures the day to day operations of APHIS biotechnology program including the timely and adequate development of risk assessments, endangered species assessments, and NEPA analyses uses in supporting the Agencies position on the release of biotechnology-derived products to animal and plant health and risks of products related to environmental and product safety.
Receives reviews, organizes and analyzes comments submitted to BRS on environmental matter published in the Federal Register.
Represents BRS when working with APHIS, USDA and other Federal agencies including the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration, and international organizations to ensure a coordinated approach to environmental workshops, seminars, public hearings, or other related public or agency scheduled meetings.
Maintains a wide variety of professional contacts including those associated with the research and educational community to maintain currency with ongoing developments and potential products and projected policy and regulatory issues.
Supervises a staff of professional, technical and administrative personnel in the Biotechnology Environmental Analysis Branch. Plans and directs the activities of the staff by setting priorities, guidelines, goals and objectives.
Initiates recruitments for job vacancies, evaluates applications, conducts interviews, and recommends selections.
Exercises approval authority for leave requests, and handles conduct matters or complaints that arise
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