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State of Montana State Veterinarian- Helena in Helena, Montana

/To be considered for Department of Livestock positions, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials./ About this Opportunity! The Montana Department of Livestock is accepting applications for our State Veterinarian. This recruitment is open until filled with a first review of candidates of June 2, 2023. _Materials Required of Applicants: _* * * Cover Letter * Resume * References: */Please provide contact information for three (3) professional references. * */ *Overview of the Department:The Animal Health & Food Safety Division is responsible for the prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases and ensuring a safe and wholesome food supply through the efforts of three bureaus: Animal Health, Meat Milk & Egg Inspection, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The Division partners with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in inspection of egg grading facilities, enforcing meat inspection standards, disease control, and diagnostics work. Job Overview:The State Veterinarian is responsible for animal disease control, protection of the livestock industry through implementation and enforcement of state and federal laws and regulations, and for the administration of the Animal Health & Food Safety Division. The State Veterinarian sets division priorities, goals and objectives and is crucial in developing and implementing laws, rules, and animal health programs. This positionappears before the public, livestock industry groups, and the news media to explain and justify animal health policies of the Department.The State Veterinarian negotiates agreements with other states and the federal government, represents the Department during policy development, and provides expert testimony during legislative hearings. Work involves the enforcement of laws and rules for the protection of livestock, game farm animals, companion animals, poultry, and public health. This involves analysis and consideration of livestock industry impacts and concerns, participation in national eradication programs, forestalling the importation of such diseases from outside the state, and identifying and coordinating activities for new and emerging diseases. The position directly supervises three bureau chiefs, an administrative officer, and two bison operations employees who fulfill the Department’s statutory responsibility for management of Yellowstone bison. Essential Functions (Key Responsibilities): * * Division administration- manages Animal Health Bureau efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate contagious and infectious diseases, and the regulation of game farm programs within the state. Includes oversight of the Meat, Milk and Egg Bureau and the Montana Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory. * Formulates and directs division policy, prioritizes services and establishes short- and long-term program goals by reviewing trends and assessing information. * Resolves conflicts between federal and state mandates for disease control, game farm regulation, food inspection and grading, and laboratory testing. This involves balancing state legislative intent with federal parameters through interpretation of regulations and legislative intent. * Enforces statutory objectives and provisions of rules for the protection of livestock, game farm animals, companion animals, poultry, and food production. * Identifies potential program issues and recommends solutions. * Manages the Division’s budget. * Develops priorities for rulemaking and policy for the Animal Health Bureaus andproposes legislation necessary to attain program goals and objectives. * Reviews division policy and oversees the development of procedure manuals as necessary to meet federal, state, or internal needs or directives. * This position represents the department statewide and nationally for animal health issues and issues relating to safe processing of food. Represents the department at rule hearings, legislative committees, legislative interim committees, public meetings, media interviews, and at various producer and public interest groups. * Active in the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and regional association of state animal health officials, such as the Western States Livestock Health Association (WSLHA). * Responds to inquiries from the public, agencies, and media by assessing the issue and ramifications, considering impacts on animal and public health, and conducting case by case risk assessments. * Manages division staff, inspires through example, expressing high expectations for performance, and ensuring accountability. *Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Required for the first day of work: * Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and rules related to the livestock industry and animal health. * The position requires knowledge of the concepts and practices of veterinary medicine and public administration; disease control; processing of meat and milk; and livestock industry, environmental, public health, veterinary diagnostics and regulations. * The position requires the ability to speak and write clearly, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals; plan, implement and evaluate the achievement of goals, objectives, and work plans; recognize organizational and operational problems and apply analysis and judgment in arriving at solutions; comprehend, interpret, and apply laws and regulations consistently. * The position requires the ability to provide organizational leadership and coordination; supervise and direct the work of subordinates by providing clear direction, training, and motivation; recognize the abilities of, and instill confidence in, subordinates, and cultivate a loyal staff with enthusiasm for getting work accomplished. * The position requires extensive regulatory and administrative experience; experience with formal written and oral presentations, negotiations, identification of research needs, and environmental analysis. * The position also requires skill in interacting with a broad spectrum of private and government agencies, which include animal health, wildlife, and national news media to grant interviews and provide information, proficient in public speaking and the ability to make significant independent decisions with far reaching effects. * The incumbent must be self-motivated, well organized, efficient, analytic, and effective; function effectively under stress and exhibit integrity and thoroughness. * Ability to appropriately use regulatory authority. Physical and Environmental Demands: Administrative work is performed in a normal office environment. The position will involve extensive travel throughout the country to attend conferences, represent the Department, and attend public hearings and meetings throughout the state. Travel will average 8,000 miles annually. The position will also involve occasional field investigation work involving unpredictable livestock and other animals, and exposure to pathogens such as brucellosis and rabies. _Reasons to work for the Montana Department of Livestock:_ Our work matters !We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about the Department of Livestock visit our website HERE. _Benefits of working for the Department of Livestock:_ The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity! Other fantastic benefits include: * Health Coverage * Retirement plans * Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays * Work/life balance * Flexible schedules/Remote Work Options Available (Primary functions performed from Helena, MT Livestock Office) * Opportunities and room for professional growth * Public Service Loan Forgiveness- *Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more! *Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The position requires: * Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree from an accredited college or school, and licensure or ability to be licensed in order to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Montana. * Four years progressive regulatory veterinary medicine. * Two years’ experience with program administration and providing supervision. Preferred: * Production medicine practice and food animal experience desired. * Regulatory experience in the areas of animal health disease control and eradication programs, epidemiology, emergency management/response, foreign animal disease investigation, and animal welfare regulations. *Title: *State Veterinarian- Helena Location: Helena Requisition ID: 23141596