Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
52710 11 ST B3 N 999-99 11/01/1999
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06/22/1999 52710


DEFINITION: This is administrative and professional work in directing statewide programs in the Bureau of Plant Industry as required by various laws and regulations.

An employee in this class is responsible for directing a variety of statewide activities relating to plants, feed, fertilizer, farm safety, weed control and sustainable agriculture. Programs involve the inspection, certification for sale of seeds, plants, feed and the eradication of plant pests and weeds and farm safety and health. This employee manages a technical and professional staff in field and research positions in order to deliver effective and efficient programs. Work involves responsibility for the development of an annual budget, monitoring revenue and expenditures, managing the Bureau's personnel, identifying training needs and providing training opportunities. Work requires close cooperation with other state, local, and federal agencies in related fields for the purpose of coordinating programs. Supervision is maintained over technical specialists, professionals and headquarters personnel. Considerable independence is exercised within the framework of department policy. Supervision is received from the department head through consultation of policy matters and review of reports.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Administers and manages laws relating to plant diseases, pests, feeds, fertilizers, farm safety, weed control and sustainable agriculture.

Manages professional, technical and supervisory personnel working on bureau programs, reviews and approves the results of research and survey work.

Develops and manages the annual multi-million dollar budget for the Bureau's general fund account and each restricted fund account.

Reviews requests for purchases, contracts, grants, hiring personnel, travel, etc., submitted by Bureau employees.

Supports personnel needs that are required to develop and deliver effective, efficient and customer-friendly programs.

Works with Pennsylvania Agriculture organizations in identifying and resolving problems facing their industry such as special pesticide registration needs, management of plant pests, increased adoption of practices that sustain and increase profitability of agriculture, etc.

Responds to legislative, press and general public inquiries about Bureau programs or related issues.

Works with the United States Department of Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Food and Drug Administration; the Pennsylvania State University; the State Conservation Commission; the Department of Environmental Protection and other state and local agencies to most effectively and efficiently carry out Bureau of Plant Industry programs or initiatives.

Makes presentations concerning Bureau programs and/or related issues.

An employee in this class may participate in the performance of their subordinate's work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

Perform related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles of agronomy, animal science, chemistry, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology and other plant sciences.

Knowledge of research and laboratory techniques, methods and the equipment used.

Ability to learn the Commonwealth's administrative and personnel procedures.

Ability to learn the laws, rules and regulations administered by the Bureau.

Ability to understand and explain complex issues or programs to individuals and groups not familiar with those issues or programs and an ability to manage those issues or programs effectively.

Ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct projects or programs on a statewide basis.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other agencies, associations and the legislature.

Ability to prepare and manage a large, complex budget.

Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of other employees.

Ability to establish and maintain public confidence and interest in the Bureau's programs.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Seven years of progressively responsible experience in the field of plant industry, including four years in a supervisory or administrative capacity; and a bachelor's degree in agricultural, biological or plant sciences


Any equivalency of experience and training which includes four years of supervisory or administrative experience in the field of plant industry.