Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline Date: 1/21/14
Job Summary: The Office of the Deputy Administrator plans and directs the broad program and administrative activities of Veterinary Services (VS). The mission of the program is to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. VS does this by preventing, controlling, and/or eliminating animal diseases and by monitoring and promoting animal health and productivity. The incumbent plays a critical role in providing input to the Deputy Administrator on key management issues and decision-making processes based on expert knowledge of the substantive program and administrative activities.
Qualifications: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Experience performing and managing or directing work of personnel.
Experience preparing executive appointments and briefings.
Experience acting as a liaison to a management team, Administrator's office, and external stakeholders.
Experience tracking issues to ensure timely, appropriate response to urgent or emergent requests for information or action.
Duties: Advises officials in the Office of the Deputy Administrator as well as staffs across all program lines on policy development, operational planning, and day-to-day management of headquarters operations and reviews and evaluates a broad range of policy and program management issues and concerns.
Participates with the Deputy Administrator and the Veterinary Services Executive Team (VSET) in processes associated with making and communicating critical policy and program management decisions and provides liaison between the Deputy Administrator, VSET, and other managers through the organization in identifying priority issues or problems for management consideration, gathering human and other resources essential to the process, conducting group discussions, and facilitating resolution.
Prepares speeches and talking points for the Deputy Administrator as needed and facilitates topical or decision-point discussion groups in general or on a case-by-case basis as crises arise, and ensures appropriate preparations are made for executive gatherings.
Through personal participation or by directing the work of others ensures the preparation of a broad range of information resources documents critical to policy and decision-making processes at the program level and beyond.
Reviews, evaluates, and critiques contributions from various staffs to externally required reports to ensure information correctly reflects Agency and/or program policy perspectives and vision imperatives and properly represent findings or program results of critical interest at the Deputy Administrator level and above; develops systematic approaches to coordinating and controlling action related to such materials.
Assigns and reviews the work of program support personnel to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value and monitors the progress of work, including adherence to methods and procedures, and prioritization of work, including the development of assignments and schedules.
Handles any employee conduct matters or complaints that arise; with approval of higher level management, issues formal warnings and reprimands as necessary; initiates recruitment action for job vacancies; evaluates applications, conducts interviews, and recommends selections; and identifies training and developmental needs of the staff, locating sources of training that will meet those needs.
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