Status: Full-time position
Location: Raleigh, NC
Job Summary: This position is located in the Eastern Regional Hub and reports directly to the Regional Director of Animal Care. As the Assistant Regional Director, the incumbent shares with the Regional Director responsibility for all Animal Welfare and Horse Protection activities carried out within the Eastern half of the U.S. Assists in setting the course of program objectives, plans for and controls the use of resources to meet immediate and long range objectives, and performs the necessary decision making and problem solving required for program execution. The incumbent shares with the Regional Director the authority to speak for APHIS in the region.
Supervisors within APHIS are required to display proficiency in the following five competencies essential for leading and managing people: Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management and Leveraging Diversity. Examples of these competencies include holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely and cost-effective results; anticipating and taking steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations; developing staff members by providing coaching, training, regular guidance and career development opportunities; ensuring that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; taking appropriate action to address performance problems and fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.
Qualifications: Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor, obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website: http://www.avma.org OR
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates; 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).
Duties: The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Participates fully with the Regional Director, Deputy Administrator, and Assistant Deputy Administrator (ADA), Animal Care, in the formulation and administration of the broad national plans, policies, and procedures for the effective and efficient implementation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and other Federal regulations.
Shares responsibility for the enforcement of complex regulations applied to a broad industry base-from animals involved in intricate biomedical research experiments to performing animals exhibited to the public.
Reviews, assesses, and evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of the animal welfare and horse protection activities under his/her direction, to ensure uniformity and quality throughout the licensing and inspection processes.
Is frequently called upon to respond to public complaints, media requests, and program requests involving emotional, controversial, and highly visible issues generated by a huge public interest.
In the absence of the Regional Director, represents the Deputy Administrator, ADA, and other senior officials in APHIS in meetings and conferences, in providing leadership and maintaining industry liaison, and in developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with other Federal agencies, State and local government officials, research institutions, and animal protection groups, horse show organizations, and the like to encourage active participation in animal care activities and compliance in the endorsement of the AWA and HPA.
Shares responsibility for the internal organization and overall operation of the Animal Welfare and Horse Protection programs within the Region.