Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  00107663

Description Activated On:  11/20/2023 11:50:41 AM

Position Purpose:
Describe the primary purpose of this position and how it contributes to the organizationís objectives. Example: Provides clerical and office support within the Division to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively. 

The Chief of this Division is responsible for ensuring that all regulations and policies in the Bureau serve to protect animal health in the Commonwealth and to direct activities to ensure compliance with these regulations, including through management of a dynamic and diverse staff of Veterinary Medical Field Officers and Domestic Animal Health Inspectors. This individual efficiently and effectively directs all operations of the statewide domestic animal regulatory programs for the prevention and control of diseases of domestic animals in Commonwealth.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

*Establishes and directs programs for statutory licensure requirements of entities engaged in animal production, marketing, slaughtering, or processing activities under authority of the Department
*Oversees enforcement and implementation of laws and regulations pertaining to prevention and control of domestic animal diseases and directs regulatory action against non-compliant entities.
*Reviews and interprets laws and regulations pertaining to prevention and control of domestic animal diseases, and when necessary, contributes subject matter expertise to revising existing regulations and creation of new regulations to protect animal health.
*Collaborates with other state and federal animal health officials to ensure that Pennsylvaniaís import requirements and program standards are in line with national guidance.
*Annually reviews statutes and regulations related to animal exhibition. Oversees and participates in education of stakeholders on animal exhibition rules and guidelines. Advises on application of these rules and guidelines in response to inquiries from stakeholders.
*Assists the legal department in constructing, writing, and promoting quarantine regulations as granted by the authority of the Domestic Animal Law. Oversees Division employees in collection and preparation of evidence and documentation for legal proceedings. Collaborates with USDA-Investigation and Enforcement Services when appropriate.
*Designs and oversees Bureau efforts in public education on new and existing regulations.
* Supervises and leads all Division employees, including veterinary medical field officers (VMFOs), domestic animal health inspectors (DAHIs), and clerical and other employees located throughout the state.
*Responsible for coordinating and tracking training of all Division employees, including any newly hired employees, to ensure that Division employees are capable of carrying out their duties and remain current in applicable job knowledge and skills.
*Informs all Division employees of all policy changes, management directives, pertinent changes to regulations, leadership directives, and opportunities.
*Functions as the hiring manager for all VMFO positions within the Division and may serve on hiring panels for other bureau positions.
*Collects, analyzes, and provides data on work performed by the division. Prepares reports of program activity.
* Assists Bureau leadership with emergency preparedness and response activities and directs response of Division employees in animal health emergency situations.
*Works collaboratively with industry, state, and federal partners in unified incident command to manage and/or eliminate dangerous transmissible diseases and foreign animal diseases.
* Become proficient in Incident Command System management process to direct information flow and coordinate activities associated during an animal disease incident. Serves on Incident Management Team in a command role when the IMT is activated. Work hours and duties may change to 12-hour shifts on weekdays, holidays, and weekends during emergency operations.
* Uses respiratory Personal Protection Equipment as required, pending medical clearance.
* In conjunction with Division employees, assist in, register, train and maintain a log of USDA accredited veterinarians authorized to participate in Department regulatory programs.
* Participate in Bureau and Department meetings.
* When requested, administer tissue residue prevention activities in accordance with the Department/FDA Cooperative Agreement.
* Assesses financial, personnel, equipment, and other resource needs of the bureau.
* Writes, revises and updates quarantine orders.
* Directs Bureau regulatory functions in accordance with Act 100-1996.
* This position is expected to report to the Department headquarters in Harrisburg as the primarily location, but is telework-eligible with the option to have an alternate duty location at a regional office.
* Utilize LEAN principles to streamline regulatory functions to better meet customer and regulated entities' needs while safeguarding animal health.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisorís signature.

Determines appropriate responses to animal health threats and dangerous transmissible disease detections under the authority of the Bureau.

Interprets data gathered in the course of investigations under the authority of the Bureau and determines appropriate action.

Analyzes animal movement data to determine compliance with applicable regulations.

Solves animal health regulatory challenges.

Responds to inquiries, regarding programs and actions of the Bureau.

Makes determinations with regard to resource allocations in the Division of Regulations and Compliance

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


USDA National Veterinary Accreditation, Category II

Licenses, registrations, or certifications:

Class C Driver's License



Essential Functions
: Provide a list of essential functions for this position. Example: Transports boxes weighing up to 60 pounds.
 1. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders
 2. Supervise and motivate direct reports effectively
 3. Read, comprehend, and interpret procedures, policies, and regulations
 4. Travel as needed
 5. Recognize/understand animal behavior patterns and diseases
 6. Utilize current technology, including laptops, cellphones, databases, and software
 7. May not own or house poultry on the property on which you reside while holding this position
 8. Maintain professionalism at all times
 9. Independently organize and schedule work
 10. Obtain training in Incident Command System (minimum 100, 200, 700, 800)