Supervisory Agriculturist Associate Executive Director

Anticipated Position Opening
Supervisory Agriculturist
Associate Executive Director

APHIS PPQ will be seeking energetic, qualified and capable applicants for the position of Associate Executive Director.  The position is with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology (S&T) Executive Director’s Office in Raleigh, NC.  S&T provides scientific support for PPQ regulatory programs, decisions and operations, primarily through the Center for Plant Health Science & Technology (CPHST).  S&T is responsible for ensuring that PPQ has the information, tools and technology to make the most scientifically valid regulatory and policy decisions possible. In addition, S&T ensures PPQ’s operations have the most scientifically viable and practical tools for pest exclusion, detection, and management. The AED participates in overall planning, coordination, and direction of APHIS’s plant health programs.

The duties of the Associate Executive Director include:

  • Providing leadership and direction in evaluating the effectiveness of program operations in terms of adherence to operating plans and time schedules, the maximum utilization of resources, and the qualitative value of the end products or results, as measured by planned objectives and cooperative relationships.
  • Participating in the evaluation and coordination of program requests in terms of budgetary planning systems, and in the development of recommendations of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Assists with the justifications before the Department, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional Committees.
  • Assisting in coordinating PPQ’s methods development and technology transfer activities nationwide in order to prepare and respond to threatening pests and diseases.
  • Developing strategic and operational plans in support of the PPQ missions.
  • Developing specialized training programs with APHIS resources as well as in partnership with academia and industry, and conducts or facilitates the training programs for staff, field personnel, academia, and industry in the areas of technical expertise and program responsibility.
  • Providing oversight of epidemiological expertise for the Agency in order to effectively protect agricultural resources and the environment of the United States as to promote agricultural trade.
  • Overseeing the development and optimization of pest exclusion methodologies and techniques in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated proficiency in a number of competencies: Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management and Leveraging Diversity. Overall, the ideal candidate has:

  • Experience in project management or public administration (examples include program strategic planning, business planning, organizational development and management) in plant health programs or plant protection programs.
  • Experience managing critical or emerging, high visibility agricultural programs simultaneously.
  • Experience communicating scientific advice, policy recommendations and technical information related to plant health programs or pests/diseases of economic importance to governmental agencies, academia, or key public interest groups.
  • Experience in formulating, advancing or defending short and long-term budgets related to plant health programs or plant protection programs.
  • Experience managing and working with a diverse cadre of program leaders and staff in matters of scientific program administration, organizational advancement, and personnel management.

This position is anticipated to be announced on 11/25/16 and close on 12/1/16.  All of the necessary information can be found at:  For more information about CPHST, see:

































APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is responsible for safeguarding U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products..  APHIS is also an emergency response agency. Any Agency employee may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments away from their assigned duty station to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.

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