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Lead Veterinary Medical Officer/Microbiologist

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Department Of Agriculture Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 4 months ago

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As a Lead Veterinary Medical Officer/Microbiologist, you will serves as a technical consultant and team leader for the AgSAS inspector staff on select agent regulations, biosafety, and security, and represents AgSAS as a subject matter expert in formal meetings, webinars, training events, and conference calls with the regulated community.

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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads and coordinates the activities of a team of GS-12 employees (VMOs and Microbiologists) performing professional duties in support of the AgSAS mission and functions.

  • Participates in the development of operational and policy decisions and creates critical documents such as facility inspection reports, enforcement actions, compliance letters, SOPs, etc.

  • Serves as a senior technical advisor and inspector by conducting evaluations and inspections of biological high containment laboratories that contain select agents and toxins.

  • Communicates to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, and/or program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion.

  • Trains or arranges for the training of team members in methods and techniques of team building and working in teams to accomplish tasks or projects.

  • Serves as coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus building activities among team members.

  • Evaluates and provides technical support with the inspection process of biological high containment facilities to determine that they are in compliance with regulations.

Travel Required
50% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0701 Veterinary Medical Science
    0403 Microbiology

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Special Conditions:

  • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

  • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).

  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

  • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.

  • Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee's duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.

  • Travel may be required, and the work may involve exposure to a variety of biological, chemical or radiological hazards.

  • Use of protective equipment such as respirators, disposable clothing, and eye protection is required.

  • Immunization against a number of disease agents may be required.

  • Selectee works at home in the local commuting area of one of the listed locations.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as defined below, etc.

TIME IN GRADE: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENT MICROBIOLOGIST (0403) Degree: Microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

(NOTE: There is no education substitution for 0403 Microbiologist job series at this grade.)

BASIC REQUIREMENT (701) Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA web site:

OR Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); b) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); c) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduates final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g. residency or graduate program).

In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below: a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE; b) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; c) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.

Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.

Please Note: Current employees, regardless of the series occupied, DO NOT have to meet the English language proficiency requirement. These candidates are covered under the In-service Placement Provisions if they meet the minimum education and experience requirements.

Waiver Provision-701 ONLY: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.

(0701 education continued in Educational Qualifications section below)

FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Coordinating, organizing and conducting inspections of facilities to determine compliance with applicable bio-safety, security, incident response, and reporting requirements of regulations and policies.

  • Knowledge of laboratory bio-safety and bio-security principles, concepts, and practical applications as it applies to regulatory oversight and compliance with biological select agents and toxins (BSAT) regulations.

  • Serving as a coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus building activities among team members.

  • Training or arranging for the training of team members in methods and techniques of team building and working in teams to accomplish tasks or projects.

  • Leading a team in assessing its strengths and weaknesses and providing leadership to the team in exploring alternatives and determining what improvements can be made.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

(0701 education qualifications continiued from above)

OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL (0701): Successful completion of a PhD degree in an area of specialization including, but not limited to: animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or other sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.

OR RESIDENCY/POST GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL (0701)-Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position. Applicants should provide a certificate or letter documenting the completion of this program.

OR BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL (0701)-Specialty boards that are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certify eligible candidates as specialists in specific veterinary medical fields. Veterinarians who successfully complete all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization may qualify for the GS-13 grade level. Applicants should provide a certificate or letter documenting their diplomate status.

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Department Of Agriculture