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Job Title

ORGANIC HANDLER SPECIALIST

Job Code

04022 PROGRAM PLANNER 2

Auto req ID

17774BR

Location

Polk County

Location Zip Code

50319

Location City

Des Moines

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Department

009-Agriculture

Salary Minimum

$44,324

Salary Maximum

$67,350

Qualification Requirement

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

Job Description

Under general supervision this position will provide the following services:
 
Develop and implement a plan to effectively manage and implement organic certification services for up to 60 organic processor and 60 organic producer/farmer clients located throughout Iowa who are seeking NOP (USDA/National Organic Program) certification.  Ensure that organic certification services are provided to organic food and feed processor operations and farm operations.  Ensure that each client operation provides the necessary documentation for compliance evaluation and that each operation is inspected annually by an IDALS organic inspector.  Evaluate all practices and inputs used by client farm, food, and feed processing operations for compliance with NOP requirements.   Educate organic clients regarding national organic requirements and the certification process via phone, mail, email and conference presentations.  Provide a clarification of State and Federal Organic Program policies and procedures as needed.  Interpret how NOP regulations relate to various aspects of a variety of client operations.  
 
Pre-Inspection Review:  Conduct pre-inspection reviews of client's Organic System Plan.  This includes but will not be limited to: evaluating client's plan for compliance with NOP regulations; conducting compliance evaluations for all synthetic and natural ingredients intended for use by clients; conducting compliance evaluations of food and feed product formulations and their respective labels for processor/handler clients; documenting all reviews and evaluations conducted.  Request any necessary materials from client prior to assigning the operation for inspection.
 
Post Inspection Review:  Conduct and document post-inspection reviews of client's plan.  This includes but will not be limited to: receiving and reviewing inspection reports; following up with clients regarding any other items needed to complete the evaluation of their operation for compliance with NOP regulations; preparing certification decision summary and recommendation, noting any non-compliance.  Perform desk audits of producer and processor files to verify organic status of crops and processed products offered for sale and provide official documentation of that status to the buyers of the organic materials.
 
Materials Review Team (MRT); Education and Training; and Marketing:  Research the content of each agricultural or synthetic product the producer or processor intends to use in the production of their crop or the manufacturing of their organic food or feed product for compliance with NOP requirements.  Summarize the findings and provide information to the Materials Review Team each week.  Make recommendations to the MRT to allow or prohibit the use of evaluated product. 
 
Maintain knowledge of technical aspects of the NOP Federal Regulations and related policies impacting clients throughout the state who are certified organic by IDALS.  Participate in annual inspector and staff training.  Participate in online training webinars.  Interact with Accredited Certifiers Association regarding various issues impacting organic certifying agencies.   
 
Maintain working knowledge sufficient to process export certificates for organic product and to evaluate authenticity of import certificates for organic ingredients that are being imported to use in the manufacturing of organic food or feed products.  Complete transaction certificate requests from clients to maintain audit trail of crop or product intended for sale. 
 
Communication and Outreach:  Maintain communication with clients throughout the process of their application for organic certification.  Communicate regularly with other organic program staff and inspectors regarding client information, program regulations and policies.  Input client data in database.  Participate in staff meetings by researching and preparing necessary information to address active concerns.  Develop forms and other standardized correspondence. Maintain confidentiality of client business and financial information including proprietary product formulations.  Participate in state and federal audits.  Represent IDALS at meetings and training sessions as assigned.  

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The equivalent of six years of full-time economic, environmental, social, health care or agricultural program experience (at the local, regional statewide, or national level) requiring knowledge in the following: program content, related community resources, user problems, and program/treatment methods – demonstrated by one of these types of work; program counselor, program administrator, program trainer, technical assistant or program consultant.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications.

Selective Certification Requirements

Along with the Minimum Qualification Requirements, candidates must meet the following selective certification requirements to be considered qualified for this vacancy. Additional info.

Selectives

FOOD SCIENCE [941]

Selective Definitions

941 Food Science
12 semester hours in microbiology, biology, food science, chemistry, hospitality management or other science related to food safety OR 6 months of experience applying food science and microbiology knowledge to prepare or process food safely, including but not limited to managing a food establishment’s food safety program, quality assurance staff, chef, or management of a food establishment or manufacturing facility; experience applying food safety regulations such as the FDA Food Code or Good Manufacturing Practices; or a combination of both experience and education.

Post Close Date

12-Sep-2016

To Apply:

Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button.  You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.

In addition to applying through the Department of Administrative Services, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA  50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email Gloria.stinson@iowaagriculture.gov

 

Point of contact for Applicant questions:

Gloria Stinson; Gloria.Stinson@Iowaagriculture.gov


 

Job Title

VETERINARIAN SUPERVISOR

Job Code

05139 VETERINARIAN SUPERVISOR

Auto req ID

17724BR

Location

Delaware County

Location Zip Code

52057

Location City

Manchester

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Department

009-Agriculture

Salary Minimum

$61,796

Salary Maximum

$95,139

Job Description

THE TERRITORY FOR THIS POSITION IS DELAWARE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES (NORTHEAST IOWA).
 
Supervises the inspectors, including their performance and accomplishing their assigned responsibilities.
 

  1. Processing inspection.
  2. Slaughter inspection.
  3. PBIS Assignment schedules.
  4. All in-plant sampling.
  5. Difficult labeling procedures.
  6. In-plant confrontation between inspectors and management.

 
Holds training and informational meetings with inspectors on a regular basis as needed.
 

  1. Review Current Federal Directives and Notices issued.
  2. Food Safety Systems implementation.
  3. Review any changes in State policy regarding inspection from the Des Moines office.
  4. Review PBIS data.
  5. Discuss in-plant problems relating to inspection.

 
Plans visits to assigned plants, with or without inspectors.
 

  1. Official plants are visited at least once every six weeks.
  2. Custom plants are visited when Risk-Based Inspection Form 5930.1 and 5930.2 indicate a need for supervisory backup in the plant.

 
Aids the inspector in securing compliance from plant management regarding all facets of inspection.
 

  1. Facility updating.
  2. Confrontations in regard to Sanitation, Slaughter, Processing, and Labeling.

 
Surveys and reviews plants for ownership changes, license changes, and reviews as set forth in the State Performance Plan.
 

  1. Conducts a system audit of each official plant on an annual basis. .
  2. When assigned by the Bureau Chief, conducts Statewide Verification Reviews in assigned Custom Plants as set forth in the State Performance Plan.

 
Makes reports to the State Office regarding existing conditions in each assigned plant, and what steps have been taken to correct existing deficiencies.  The Bureau Chief is informed as to the performance and activity of each inspector.  Provides accurate weekly and monthly reports such as the state vehicle report, expense voucher, T-28, itinerary, time sheet, leave slip and such other reports as are requested by the Bureau Chief.
 
Maintains plant and inspector records and files in home office.  These file records are current, accurate, and orderly.
 
Has the responsibility to make final disposition of diseased carcasses and adulterated product.
 
It is essential to maintain high standards of personal conduct and strictly adhere to the Regulations and Departmental work rules.
 

  1. State property is maintained in an acceptable condition.
  2. Personal appearance is at all times professional.

 
Has responsibility to see that the workload in area is uniformly assigned among inspectors.
 
And such other duties as assigned by the Bureau Chief.
 
 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and one year of full-time experience as a practicing, licensed veterinarian.  All applicants for this classification must be able to obtain a valid driver’s license, and be willing to travel extensively.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications.

Post Close Date

11-Sep-2016

To Apply:

Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button.  You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.

In addition to applying through the Iowa Department of Administrative Services Brass Ring website, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA  50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email Gloria.Stinson@iowaagriculture.gov

Point of contact for Applicant questions:

Gloria Stinson; Gloria.Stinson@iowaagriculture.gov


 

Job Title

Bureau Chief

Job Code

14544 AGRICULTURE PROGRAM MANAGER 3

Auto req ID

17657BR

Location

Polk County

Location Zip Code

50319

Location City

Des Moines

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Department

009-Agriculture

Salary Minimum

$64,875

Salary Maximum

$99,777

Job Description

The Bureau Chief assures that Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau achieves its mission, to assure that a safe, wholesome, and truthfully labeled supply of meat and poultry products will be available. The Bureau responds to citizen's complaints and concerns regarding meat and poultry in commerce in Iowa. The Bureau also cooperates with industry, academia, government, and citizens of the state to enhance their knowledge of producing safe food and safe food handling practices at all levels of the food chain.
 
The primary responsibility of the position is to oversee activities and staff to assure that the requirements of Iowa Code Chapter 189A are met and to work with USDA/FSIS to assure that 'at least equal to' requirements for the Department's cooperative agreements with USDA/FSIS are met. This includes overseeing enforcement actions according to the applicable Iowa code, federal laws, regulations, and compliance guidelines, also including providing vision and leadership necessary to advance the program to the cutting edge of food safety in Iowa state inspected plants. The Bureau Chief will supervise the four office staff, two compliance officers, EIAO officer, and the 20-26 field inspectors. The Bureau Chief also works directly with the Department's microbiology lab to insure that product and environmental testing meets the requirements of the cooperative agreements.
 
Performing programmatic functions, including developing written production goals for the Bureau, meeting with Division Director and reporting on the Bureau's progress toward meeting identified goals, re-evaluating goals and amending as required by changes in funding, staffing, regulations, and other relevant matters.
 
Assist accounting bureau staff in developing and implementing M & P Bureau's budget that addresses Bureau needs, reviewing financial reports to monitor compliance with budget, and notifying Division Director and accounting bureau of any substantive deviations for the Bureau's budget.
In cooperation with IDALS management, developing and implementing a strategic plan which identifies processes and procedures to verify that staff are meeting their individual responsibilities, requiring staff to prepare written schedules detailing work to be performed, work actually performed and maintained in a searchable database of information (including PHIS software). Providing timely written feedback to employees, oversee reporting to FSIS, and providing reports to Division Director summarizing data collected.
 
In cooperation with IDALS management effectively managing the Bureau, maintaining identified staffing levels, facilitating staff training, evaluating all staff in compliance with IDALS review procedures and IPPS guidance from FSIS, and implementing necessary employee discipline.
 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a four year college or university and five years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) professional, supervisory or managerial experience in the fields of agricultural commodities marketing, meat and poultry processing/inspection, grain warehouse or animal health/welfare.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications.

Post Close Date

01-Sep-2016

To Apply:

Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button.  You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.

In addition to applying to the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Gloria Stinson, HR Associate
IDALS Personnel Bureau
Wallace Building
Des Moines, IA  50319

or fax 515-281-8503; or email gloria.stinson@iowaagriculture.gov

Point of contact for Applicant questions:

Gloria Stinson; gloria.stinson@iowaagriculture.gov


 

Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:     PH: 515-281-5321
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