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The Agriculture Laboratory Coordinator of oversees laboratory operations and personnel while working closely with additional interdepartmental personnel. This position is governed by state and

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state and occasional out-of-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a medium-sized technical and administrative support staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, training, counseling, approving leave, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Ensures continuity of existing laboratory accreditation and memberships in national laboratory affiliations (National Animal Health Laboratory Network NAHLN, Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network – Vet-LIRN, National Poultry Improvement Plan NPIP) through compliance with all minimum requirements for safety, quality assurance, and personnel equipment. Oversees disease testing in all laboratory sections, including method development and validation, proficiency testing, and interpretation and reporting of results. Attends national and state veterinary meetings, commission meetings, legislative meetings, as well as departmental meetings. Oversees purchasing of equipment and supplies, establishment of fees charged for testing, and additional fiscal responsibilities. Maintains working relationships with both federal agencies and other state agencies. Disseminates relevant veterinary information via oral lectures and published literature. Assists in grant procurement for disease testing, purchasing of equipment and supplies, and personnel hiring. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of specific areas within veterinary medicine including veterinary pathology, toxicology, virology, clinical pathology, bacteriology. Knowledge of Quality Management Systems and laboratory accreditation requirements. Knowledge of computer operations and applications. Knowledge of state budgetary, human resources, and purchasing policies and procedures. Ability to analyze and interpret scientific journals, financial reports, legal documents, and government regulations. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and scientific publications. Ability to evaluate and ensure compliance with accreditation standards. Ability to use personal computers and Microsoft Office applications. Ability to speak effectively using the English language before multiple types of groups. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine or a closely- related natural sciences from a U.S. accredited institution of higher education; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, including two years in a professional managerial capacity within the laboratory. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Applicants possessing a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine must be licensed as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) by the Veterinary Medical Examining Board in accordance with ACA 17-101-301. valid Arkansas drivers license.


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