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Meat Safety Assurance Unit Manager – Austin, TX



Posting Type:

Open to All Applicants


FLSA Exempt/



Dept of State Health Services


Meat Safety Assurance Unit

Job Title:

Meat Safety Assurance Unit Manager

Posting Number:


Full Time/Part Time :

Full Time



Job Location:

8407 WALL ST



Other Locations:



AccessHR Service Center



Salary Range:

$6,363.00 - $8,562.20

Salary Group:



Days (First)



Closing Date:


Job Description:
Under the direction of the Environmental and Consumer Safety Section Director, performs highly advanced, senior level veterinary and administrative work directing the activities of the Meat Safety Unit. Establishes procedures and processes for unit activities, including but not limited to directing and coordinating veterinary activities of the unit, inspection of livestock slaughter, meat processing, product composition and labeling, issuing grants of inspection to qualified establishments, investigating and reporting incidents of animal disease, and providing consultative veterinary services. Supervises the veterinary practice of field veterinarians. Participates in animal disease and eradication activities at the national level, including methods of preventing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Coordinates with other Section and Division units including the Enforcement Unit and the Policy, Standards and Quality Assurance Unit regarding identification of violations, comprehensive evaluations of meat plants and to write and interpret rules and regulations. Responsibilities include interpreting regulations; development and implementation of strategic plans; establishing and monitoring goals and objectives for unit and evaluating unit’s performance; and administering a federal-state cooperative inspection program. Recommends process improvements when necessary. Represents the Program and the Agency at local, state and national conferences and meetings. Represents the agency with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a routine basis. Works under limited supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. (40%) Manages the state-wide MSA program. Ensures that the program meets all state and federal requirements, and assures that the program maintains it’s “at least equal to” status with the USDA FSIS program. Specifically, this includes but is not limited to, the inspection, monitoring and enforcement of Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points (HACCP); Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP); Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS); Pathogen Reduction (PR) monitoring systems; Humane Care and Slaughter of livestock; and, other State and Federal regulatory programs, systems and procedures in all facilities that have a grant (or waiver) from the State or are Federal establishments staffed by the program (TA Establishments). Oversees the pathogen reduction sampling programs, and computer systems such as Public Health Information System (PHIS), AgLearn, and Assurance Net. Ensures the suitability, use and validity of computer generated and other statistically based sampling plans. Evaluates Noncompliance Records (NR), looking for egregious conduct and/or facility and industry trends. (20%) Is responsible for the HR activities of the MSA Unit, including the hiring, firing, training, scheduling and performance monitoring of all MSA staff. Directly supervises select staff in the central office, and appropriately delegates and monitors the supervision of professional, program administration, and inspection staff. Ensures that a fully trained work force is present to accomplish the requirements of the program, both in the field and in the central office. Schedules work, approves employee leave, and schedules relief coverage in a fiscally responsible manner. Ensures that the unit follows and complies with all HR policies, including the timely completion of performance plans and performance evaluations. Ensures that all staff have equal access to educational and training opportunities. (20%) Supports veterinarian and non-veterinarian circuit managers with programmatic reviews and individual assessments of program elements such as humane handling of livestock prior to slaughter, humane livestock slaughter practices, ante- and post-mortem examination of livestock presented for slaughter and carcasses for evidence of disease or other pathological conditions. Reviews clinical diagnoses and assessments to determine the potential effect on human health and to identify potential foreign animal diseases accidentally or intentionally introduced by bio-terrorists. Directs collection of samples for detection of illegal residues, pathogenic microorganisms, adulteration, or for other diagnostic and/or food safety testing. (15%) Works collaboratively with other Section, Division, Agency, State and Federal programs, including the PSQA Meat Group, Enforcement Unit, Laboratory Services, Epidemiology, Manufactured Foods, Retail Foods, the Texas Animal Health Commission and the USDA. Represents the program at state and national meetings and conferences, program reviews, audits and other meetings. Oversees the USDA FSIS Grant, and ensures that the grant’s conditions are met for continued participation with FSIS. Presents educational programs regarding meat and poultry food safety to the public. Consults with industry concerning ever-changing regulatory requirements and responds to program reviewers. Advises veterinarians and livestock owners of procedures for reducing the incidence of food borne diseases, illegal tissue residues, and livestock health conditions unacceptable for entering the food chain. (5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such duties may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
• Knowledge of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations related to regulating the slaughter and processing of meat and meat products for introduction into commerce. • Knowledge of all phases of meat inspection to include slaughter operations, processing, and meat fabrication procedures. • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of veterinary medicine; • Knowledge of effective leadership and management practices • Knowledge of human resource principles and practice • Knowledge of contracting and/or grant management principles and practice. • Knowledge of the basic rules of evidence. • Knowledge of effective communication practices • Skill in the art and practice of veterinarian medicine. • Skill in effective communication and education • Skill in policy development and implementation • Skill in negotiation practices • Skill in the development and implementation of strategic planning • Skill in implementation of management controls • Skill in the development of collaborative and creative working environments • Ability to exercise sound administrative judgment and encourage collaborative teamwork. • Ability to lead by example • Ability to provide necessary consultative and diagnostic services to field veterinarians and to non-professional staff, as required or appropriate • Ability to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others in a collaborative environment. • Ability to use a computer for word processing, data processing, report generating, etc.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
• Degree in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent from a U.S. accredited college, university, or a foreign degree determined to be equivalent by an acceptable education evaluator • Licensed to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Texas • Must qualify to be commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration

Initial Selection Criteria:
• Degree in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent from a U.S. accredited college, university, or a foreign degree determined to be equivalent by an acceptable education evaluator • Licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in Texas • Experience leading a state, federal or industry program related to animal health, public health and/or food safety. • Experience in program or agency representation • Experience in hands on veterinarian practice.

Additional Information:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68T, 64A/B/C/D/E/F/Z, 67C. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at req#305144

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