Animal Health Program Manager (WMS02)
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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This position is located in the Natural Resources Building in Olympia Washington.
Must include a one page cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) serves the people of Washington State by supporting the agricultural community, promoting consumer and environmental protection, and working with all agencies of the state and federal government in implementing animal health, human health and economic protection in the state, also work nationally in providing Home Land Security. The Animal Health Program is part of the Animal Services Division which is one of six agency divisions. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Animal Services Division. The Animal Health Program protects consumer health by safeguarding the movement of animals through education, technical assistance and enforcement. This objective will also provide industry the opportunity to meet regulatory compliance and quality standards that allow them to engage in interstate and international commerce.

The Animal Health Program manager is responsible for the operation and administration of the program for the purpose of providing regulatory services that strengthen animal health, human health and economic protection.
This position works closely with the Assistant State Veterinarian and State Veterinarian on disease issues, impacts of diseases, and scheduling of staff when disease investigations are needed.

This position is part of the division’s management team to discuss implementation and timing of program changes affecting service delivery in a manner that achieves required results, develop and coordinate strategies, and maintain informative communications of decisions being made.
This position supports the mission by promoting consumer and environmental protection. This position supports two goals of the agency which are (a) protect and reduce the risk to public health by assuring the safety of the state’s animal health and (b) facilitate the movement of Washington’s animal population in domestic and international markets.
This position supervises 6 Veterinarians (Epidemiologist 2) and 1 Administrative Assistant 3. This position is responsible for a $1 million annual General Fund budget, $15,000 annual Local Fund budget and $450,000 annual Federal Cooperative Agreements.

This position is responsible for recommending and/or taking action for those facilities/individuals that are in a non-compliance status. These actions may include: Notice of correction and/or notice of intent which may result in a civil penalty or civil infraction. This position makes recommendations regarding the filing of legal actions.

Include but are not limited to:
Regulatory actions: Has the authority for the issuance of licenses,k permits, and random audits. These authorizations affirm that the business and/or animals are in compliance with applicable laws and rules. The incumbent works closely with the Division's Assistant Director to determine appropriate enforcement action. Enforcement actions must be timely, equitable and comply with legal processes. Budget: The program manager develops and monitors all aspects of the Cooperative Agreements. The manager is responsible for monitoring general fund state and local fund spending, projects revenue, expenditures and program growth to insure the program will remain viable in future years and when necessary adjust fees and spending. Administration: Makes strategic and tactical decisions regarding the direction and execution of the program. Responsible for developing a strategic plan that includes performance measures for the program. Incumbent must understand and implement GMAP. Responsible to measure and report on the activities and functions of the program and use that information to make adjustments and improvements. Responsible for changes to the state law and administrative regulations as necessary. The incumbent may be called upon to testify before the legislature or represent the program to other government and industry groups. Incumbent is expected to use quality management principles and other advanced management methods in the operation of the program. Collaboration and Cooperation : Participates in groups that may influence or impact Division or Agency policies and practices. The incumbent is a member of the Division's Management Team and is called upon to participate in agency assessments and improvement committees. Maintains relationships with stakeholders made up of a cross section of the industries it regulates. The program manager directs educational and outreach activities to support development of the industry and to promote public awareness by preparing articles for industry newsletters, writing a quarterly newsletter, preparing and presenting at industry meetings and/or functions; providing information to be posted on the divisions’ website and other education and outreach activities as needed. As requested by the Assistant Director, respond to inquiries from the media and the general public on a wide range of animal health related issues. Biosecurity: Responsible for maintaining Response Plans as they relate to Animal Health. Has primary responsibility for maintenance/inventory of the divisions’ emergency response equipment. Responsible for working with and educating the importance of biosecurity at the Public Livestock Markets, Restricted Feedlots, and stakeholders as needed.

Supervision: Oversees the day-to-day schedules and work activities of the field veterinarians, administrative assistant and training and professional development of all program employees. Monitors the progress of the inspection and regulatory processes to insure inspections and compliance actions are completed in accordance with state laws, regulations and program policies. Makes decisions on dealing with urgent or short notice issues and when necessary redirecting personnel to meet needs. Responsible for recruiting and making recommendations for final hiring. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring employees are performing to standard and following agency and program policies. Incumbent uses progressive disciplinary action to solve employee issues and makes recommendations for more serious forms of disciplinary actions to the Assistant Director. Position directly supervises 7 FTEs.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Bachelor's degree in agriculture or business administration or related field, or equivalent experience.
Must be skilled communicator, have leadership skills, knowledge of personnel management principles, program management, financial management, facilitation skills and the ability to work in a diverse and sensitive political environment.
Must be familiar with and capable of operating computers to use word processing, spreadsheet, database and email programs.
Experience and/or knowledge of the livestock industry.
Ability to work in a team environment.

Valid Driver's License is required. Preferred:
Knowledge of course work in human resource management, facilitation and negotiation skills, financial, grant writing and contracting.
Knowledge of veterinary medical terminology, diseases and common practices.
Knowledge and experience with researching, interpreting and communicating RCW and WAC's. NOTE: This position is primarily located in an office atmosphere. Time may be spent in the field as necessary, which may include inclement weather and unpleasant working conditions (wet, cold, muddy and around large animals).

Due to the nature of this position, may work beyond 40 hours a workweek. Position requires some travel and occasional overnight stays in and out of the state.

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