NMDA, Asst Division Dir
Appointment Full-time Equivalency
Reports To Position Title
Division Dir, NMDA
Target Hourly/Salary Rate
$63,000 target entry to commensurate with qualifications
This position is primarily responsible for the direct management and operations of the Entomology and Nursery Industries? section ( ENI ). It is expected the position will be administratively responsible for 9 FTEs with statutory responsibilities related to the licensing of the states? nursery industry; commodity export support through a plant phytosanitary program; protection of the state?s managed and natural ecosystems through invasive plant-pest surveys; and eradication efforts directed at invasive plant pests. In addition to direct primary responsibilities for the ENI section, the position has shared but subordinate responsibilities for management of the Pesticide Compliance section within the Agricultural and Environmental Services division. Pesticide Compliance section has statutory responsibilities related to the licensing and registration of activates related to pesticide use in the state.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture ( NMDA ) works for the benefit of the state?s citizens and supports the viability of agriculture and affiliated industries. NMDA is directed by the Secretary of Agriculture and is a part of New Mexico State University system. New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico?s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state?s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Specific position requirements include but not limited to: Provide oversight and general direction of Entomology and Nursery Industry?s section activities; work collaboratively with staff from USDA - APHIS on short and long-range planning directed at protecting the state?s plant-based resources from invasive pests; develop and oversee ENI budgets; work with peers in other states to resolve export and import issues related to agricultural and horticultural commodities; represent the section at regional and national conferences and meetings; provide support for ENI program managers and specialists related to their areas of responsibility; compose technical reports as required by the Division Director; work collaboratively with Assistant Division Director for Pesticide Compliance on activities of shared responsibilities; Provide oversight of grants and cooperative agreements developed in the section; maintain a general and current understanding of federal and national pesticide regulations; maintain a general and current understanding of Pesticide compliance section activities; maintain and understanding of section statutes and rules in support of section enforcement activities.
Bachelor?s degree in a related field.
Five (5) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
Manages and coordinates a major program or set of programs within a division of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The Assistant Division Director position has statewide impact and significance to agency mission. Agency programs are constitutionally bound by the State of New Mexico and through state statute to promulgate and enforce rules related to specific program areas. Works under minimal supervision and reports directly to the Division Director.
Classification Standard Duties
The Assistant Division Director administers resource and operational activities for a major program or set of programs to ensure delivery of services or products to citizens and industry. The Assistant Division Director works with the Division Director to establish program policy, goals, and priorities and carries out the day-to-day program activities using independent judgment and initiative. Assigned objectives are defined by statute, grant, and agency mission; routinely interacts with other state, federal, local, tribal counterparts. Requires legislative interaction, initiating, reviewing, and drafting legislation; informing and advising board/committee members and constituents; serves as department representative on assigned issues. Program objectives managed have an important relationship to the agency mission and require accountability, including implementation of strategic direction, budgeting, and assessment. The Assistant Division Director assists with division leadership in the absence of the Division Director.
Knowledge of: university and department policies and procedures; local, state, and federal laws, and regulations; agricultural and livestock sector in New Mexico and the United States; regulated industries; principles and practices of public administration, fiscal and operational management.
Skill in: short and long-range planning and implementation; problem analysis and resolutions; evaluating alternatives in decision-making; effective leadership and communication skills.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: university and department policies and procedures; local, state, and federal laws, and regulations; agricultural and livestock sector in New Mexico and the United States; regulated industries; principles and practices of public administration, fiscal and operational management. Skill in: short and long-range planning and implementation; problem analysis and resolutions; evaluating alternatives in decision-making; effective leadership and communication skills. Ability to: select, direct, evaluate, train, and supervise the work of program personnel; communicate effectively in written and oral form including public presentations; maintain accurate records; develop and maintain effective relationships; use independent judgment and initiative; take corrective planning action to maintain strategic program mission or service delivery.
Previous experience in regulatory field with duties related to plant pest surveys, inspections or pesticide related duties. Experience in document preparation in support of agreements or grants; budget development and review.
May be required to be certified, registered, or licensed in a specialty area
As required by deadlines and workloads: some in-state and out-of-state travel requiring overnight stays (< 30%); some work required on weekends, holidays and afterhours.
Must have and maintain a valid unrestricted driver?s license.
Other Departmental Requirements
Standard Work Schedule
Standard (M-F, 8-5)
If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe
Physical Work Location State
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico
Contingent Upon Funding
Contingent upon funding
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement
This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.
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Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is normally performed indoors.
Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
NMDA, Asst Division Dir