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Inspector IV - UVALDE, TX

 

Posting Type:

Open to All Applicants

Category:

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

FLSA Exempt/
Non-Exempt:

Non-Exempt

Agency:

Dept of State Health Services

Department:

Meat Safety Assurance Unit

Job Title:

Inspector IV

Posting Number:

254627

Full Time/Part Time :

Full Time

Regular/Temporary:

Regular

Job Location:

1025 GARNER FIELD RD

City:

UVALDE, TX

Other Locations:

SAN ANTONIO

Contact:

AccessHR Service Center

Telephone:

888-894-4747

Salary Range:

$2,694.08 - $4,148.33

Salary Group:

B15

Shift:

Days (First)

Travel:

75%

Closing Date:

03/17/2014

Job Description:
This position is posted for the Uvalde, Texas, area and all surrounding counties; the headquarters assignment can be changed at any time to accommodate the mission and goals of the Meat Safety Assurance Unit. ***Under the direct supervision of the Meat Safety Assurance (MSA) Circuit Manager and the general management of the MSA Unit Manager, performs complex inspections, investigations, and quality assurance reviews at establishments with a State grant (permit/license) to perform livestock slaughter and/or meat/poultry processing operations to ensure compliance with State and Federal laws, rules/regulations, and agency policies. Evaluates and reviews establishment procedures and implementation and prepares and distributes reports and correspondence dealing with the results. Through the Federal/State cooperative inspection program, carries out the functions as herein described in establishments with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) grant (permit/license) but with MSA staffing. Safe operation of either a state owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. 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 participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. *

Essential Job Functions:
This position is posted for the Uvalde, Texas area and all surrounding counties; the headquarters assignment can be changed at any time to accommodate the mission and goals of the Meat Safety Assurance Unit. * ***Under the direct supervision of the Meat Safety Assurance (MSA) Circuit Manager and the general management of the MSA Unit Manager, performs complex inspections, investigations, and quality assurance reviews at establishments with a State grant (permit/license) to perform livestock slaughter and/or meat/poultry processing operations to ensure compliance with State and Federal laws, rules/regulations, and agency policies. Evaluates and reviews establishment procedures and implementation and prepares and distributes reports and correspondence dealing with the results. Through the Federal/State cooperative inspection program, carries out the functions as herein described in establishments with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) grant (permit/license) but with MSA staffing. Safe operation of either a state owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. 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 participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of all phases of livestock slaughter operations and meat/poultry processing and fabrication procedures *Knowledge of Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS), principles and application of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP), principles and application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), humane slaughter, pathogen reduction, and other mandated quality control programs within the meat/poultry industry *Knowledge of inspection protocols specific to a HACCP establishment environment *Knowledge of State and Federal laws, rules, regulations, directives, notices, and other regulatory documents *Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of veterinary medicine; animal and human disease prevention and control methods and procedures; zoonosis diseases and controls; food animal anatomy; epidemiology; techniques used in the collection of specimens and their testing; state and federal livestock disease control rules and regulations, methods, and practices *Working knowledge of regulations governing safe and effective insect and rodent control *Working knowledge of the basic rules of evidence *Skill in conducting inspections, in determining proper courses of action, and in using instruments or tools necessary to perform inspections and collect samples *Skill in applying basic mathematics using addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percentages, parts per million, and weights/measures *Ability to prepare reports, to gather and analyze data, to interpret laws and regulations, and to train others *Ability to rationalize clearly, to exercise sound judgment, and evaluate words and phrases commonly used on meat product labels, in technical reports and similar documents *Ability to deal with people in a tactful manner and help them understand the full implications of the regulatory requirements found in State and Federal law, rules/regulations, and other regulatory documents *Ability to explain proper interpretation of technical requirements pertaining to SPS, SSOP, HACCP, humane slaughter, trade labeling *Ability to follow oral and written directions implicitly *Ability to establish and maintain working relationships and to express ideas clearly and concisely *Ability to detect the normal from the abnormal in the inspection process *Ability to pass a standardized color vision test *Ability to identify sanitary deficiencies and potential disease conditions of livestock *Ability to use the computer for word processing, spreadsheets, and email.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess a valid Class C (or higher) Texas driver’s license or equivalent license from another state.

Initial Selection Criteria:
The following five (5) criteria are REQUIRED; the hiring supervisor cannot consider any applicant that does not meet all five (5) of the required criteria for this position. 1. Experience writing reports and/or organizing, preparing, and presenting information in written and/or verbal format 2. Experience using computers for such functions as word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail programs 3. Experience in a position requiring direct contact with the public 4. Must possess a valid Class C (or higher) Texas driver’s license or equivalent license from another state 5. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent.

Additional Information:
This position is headquartered in the Uvalde area but work includes all counties included in the MSA Circuit TX10 and adjacent MSA circuits. Please complete the application in full and document your experiences, knowledge base, skills, and abilities in the official application. 50% travel is required. May be required to work other than usual hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F) including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Outside work in inclement weather may be required. May be directed to work in other areas of the state as needed. Employee must provide their own transportation and must possess and provide a current, valid Texas driver’s license. You may be asked to provide a copy of your driving record. Selected candidate must be able to pass an approved color vision test prior to employment. If selected for an interview, the applicant may be asked to participate in an in-basket exercise upon completion of the interview. NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: DUE TO BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, HIRING SALARY WILL BE AT THE BASE OF THE SALARY RANGE UNLESS THE CANDIDATE IS INTERNAL IN WHICH CASE A 7% MAY BE APPLIED FOR A PROMOTION OR A 3.4% MAY BE APPLIED WHEN THE CANDIDATE IS IN THE SAME SALARY GROUP BUT DIFFERENT CLASS TITLE AND JOB CODE. Please bring verification of citizenship and educational credentials to the interview. Resumes will not be accepted; please complete the official application and document all of your experiences, knowledge base, skills, and abilities in the official application. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. req#254627

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