Status: Full-time position
Location: Riverdale, MD
Job Summary: The incumbent participates with the Director of APHIS-PPQ Quarantine Policy, Analysis & Support (QPAS) and other staff and line officials in establishing and carrying out the broad policies and program objectives of PPQ. As Assistant Director of QPAS, the incumbent is responsible for assisting the Director in coordinating and providing policy and procedural guidance to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Agricultural Inspections Program and to the remaining PPQ agricultural quarantine programs throughout the United States.
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. Join our team!
Qualifications: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Duties: Supports Director with PPQ program guidance and leadership, Plant Health Programs’ (PHP) QPAS staff, and associated programs, providing direction and coordination to subordinate staff members and serving as Director in Director’s absence.
Assists Director in developing policy and guidance supporting programs to meet the needs of border security in the areas of agricultural inspection and clearance of baggage, cargo (including hold and release policy), mail, nursery stock, and carriers entering through U.S. ports of entry and inland port inspection sites.
Participates in establishing or recommending goals and objectives for DHS Agricultural Inspections Program and other PPQ agricultural quarantine activities, developing overall operational plans and reporting on program activities.
Assists Director in coordinating the implementation of uniform PPQ compliance activities and in policy and other guidance for both DHS and PPQ agricultural port operations, reviews and provides recommendations for necessary changes in field installations, and provides for systematic evaluation and QA/QC of port activities.
Represents PPQ at national and international meetings concerning the adoption or modification of rules, regulations, and procedures for agricultural quarantine programs and advises Federal/State officials, representative of industry and plant pest control organizations, individuals, and other officials of the same.
Assists Director in establishing and maintaining cooperative relations with DHS representatives, other Federal/State and private agencies interested or engaged in port clearance activities; in the enforcement of Federal/State quarantines; in DHS laws and regulations; and in the regulatory procedures relating to immigration, animal health, and public health border clearances and develops and maintains close personal contact with quarantine officials in the U.S. and other countries in order to keep abreast of new advances in the fields of inspection and clearances of carriers, cargo, passengers, and baggage.
Recommends policy and guidance on solutions to problems related to cooperative inspection programs, air carrier facilitation, and similar carrier systems operations and advises DHS on staffing patterns and inspection facilities necessary for effective and efficient conduct of operations in support of agricultural quarantine programs at ports of entry for clearance of carriers, cargo, passengers, and baggage.
Ensures timely performance of a satisfactory amount and quality of subordinates’ work; plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; establishes priorities and sets deadlines; assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of the assignment, and the employee’s capabilities; evaluates performance; gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on work and administrative matters; interviews candidates and makes selections or recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment; hears and resolves complaints; and identifies developmental and training needs of employees and provides for such.