Thursday, 25 July 2013

Veterinary medical officer job description

This post includes 3 parts: duties list, job qualification and job description writing tips for Veterinary medical officer in details. A complete job description concludes Veterinary medical officer key duties/responsibilities, Veterinary medical officer job qualifications (knowledge, education, skills, abilities, experience…KSA model) and other ones such as daily tasks, key activities, key/core competencies, job functions/purpose…

I. List of Veterinary medical officer duties:
  1. Provides full administrative and technical supervision of the NAHLN staff comprised of Associate Coordinators and approximately 6 employees and responsible for establishing work during high volume periods and establishing long-term (1 year or more) staffing needs with sufficient lead time for positions to be filled without work disruption.
  2. Assures work output is of an acceptable quality and quantity; establishes standards of performance for employees supervised and prepares and issues internal procedures and/or instructions.
  3. Responsible for developing, documenting, and interpreting licensing and testing policy for the assigned area of expertise for which they have responsibility.
  4. Develops policy for the role of the Federal and other veterinary diagnostic laboratories in surveillance for and response to FAD, BT.
  5. Designs criteria for laboratory inclusion in the NAHLN, and participates in deciding which laboratories will be added to the NAHLN.
  6. Explores funding options, writes funding proposals, and leads in funding decisions for the NAHLN, including developing funding initiatives for NVSL and other laboratories.
II. List of Veterinary medical officer qualifications

  1. Successful completion of a background investigation is a requirement.
  2. Relocation expenses will be determined per fsis directive 3820.2
  3. This is a supervisory/managerial position requiring a probation period
  4. Fsis utilizes e-verify to verify identity and employment eligibility.
  5. This position requires a pre-employment physical.
  6. Current us citizenship is a requirement.

III. Tips to write job description

1. Too-long job description:

Looking at a too-long job description can frighten the candidates off and drive the away. A job description, no matter how important the job is, should not be included in more than 3 pages. If one focuses on too many things at a time, he shall definitely lose focus on the main items and get overwhelmed by the remaining; So, keep it concisely.

2. Too-short job description:

While too-long can be a problem, too-short is more a problem. It will ruin the meaning of the job description. A too-short one means it lacks necessary details and therefore, the candidate will not be able to understand while reading it.

3. Listing unnecessary functions or job duties:

Just classifying these into the “others” category will save you a lot of effort and space. On the other hand, the job description will become more dilute and easy to be neglected.

4. Key functions

Not listing key functions as required for the job can be a fatal mistake to a job description.

5. Grammar and spelling

Poor grammar and having spelling errors can ruin the job description, too. Never think that as you are the employer, you may have the right to make grammar or spelling errors while requires other not to. A job description with such errors is easily to be mistaken as a fake or ghost ads; as a result, the candidate will turn away from it.

6. Not specific enough:

Be specific and concise; if you don’t address the specific, then what the job description is for. It is for the candidate to understand just exactly what he needs to do or needs to have. Lacking details can confuse the candidates very well.

7. Not having the job description reviewed by others:

This is also a common mistake. One may be subject to bias, but more than one, especially with the help of those external advisor, the job description can be more perfect.

8. Using buzzwords or abbreviations:

In fact, it is not necessary at all to use such in a job description.

9. Using slang or legal words:

Just use common wording to communicate with others and don’t do anything extraordinarily.

10. Not updating the job description:

The same job may require different duties and responsibilities in different times, so, you cannot use the same job description for 2 different times.


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