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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 08/17/18

Applications Due09/17/18

Vacancy ID58135

AgencyAgriculture & Markets, Department of

TitleDirector of Food Safety and Inspection

Occupational CategoryAdministrative or General Management

Salary Grade665

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $119698 to $151228 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 40%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address 10B Airline Drive

City Albany


Zip Code12235

Minimum Qualifications Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental health, environmental science, food science, food technology, physical science, or public health or a closely related field and eight years of experience in a major program involving the inspection and regulation of food processing, manufacturing, labeling, grading and packaging operation which much have included three years in a high level administrative capacity involving responsibility and oversight for the program.

Experience Substitution: J.D. or Master’s degree may substitute for one year of specified experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specified experience.

Education Substitution: An additional four years of specified experience or an Associate’s degree in specified fields and an additional two years of specified experience may substitute for Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
•GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes learning opportunities.
•EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
•PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards, is lean six sigma certified.
•FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Thrives under pressure and at a fast pace.
•EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance and drive continuous improvement.

Duties Description Department Summary:

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State’s food supply, land and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries.

If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the people of New York State by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, nutritious and accessible food supply; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents, then the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is for you.

The Department is a leader on a national scale in food safety regulation and compliance. The Department is seeking a proven food safety professional to champion our mission, lead our staff, and safeguard the food supply of New York State.

To learn more about our agency and our mission, please visit

Division of Food Safety and Inspection:

The Division of Food Safety and Inspection provides a vital service that is critical to maintaining the safety of the food supply in New York State from the producer to the consumer.

The Food Safety and Inspection Division is the Department’s largest division. The Division currently issues licenses to a variety of manufacturing food/drink-based businesses, food warehouses, slaughter houses, rendering plants, animal feed and retail establishments across New York State. Once a business is licensed, it can expect the Division to help ensure its proper operations through a variety of activities, including but not limited to: unannounced sanitary inspections, sampling of food products for analysis by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Laboratory, investigation of consumer complaints or food borne illnesses, seizure of food products and verification of product labeling.

Job Summary:

If you are a forward-thinking leader with expertise in food safety, then this is the right opportunity for you! You will lead a dedicated staff of employees to implement food safety programs within New York State. You will provide the overall leadership of the Division as well as oversee, plan, develop and implement strategies and programs to mitigate food safety risks across New York State. Additionally, as the Director you will develop and maintain strong connections with academia, external associations and industry experts to continually enhance expertise for the changing landscape.

The position is located at 10B Airline Drive, Albany NY 12235 but will have statewide oversight. This is a non-competitive, management/confidential position that offers a competitive starting salary of $119,698/year with an excellent benefit package. The benefit package includes medical, dental, and vision benefits; optional enrollment in deferred compensation plan; a State retirement option; and generous paid leave benefits which includes 12 State holidays per year.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Advises the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets on the formulation of policy relative to the Department's responsibilities for statewide management of the Division's programs.
•Participates in formulating new legislation and regulations in the above-mentioned areas and takes appropriate action to secure compliance with existing law and regulations.
•Supervises the activities of the programs within the Division and of staff in the three regional areas working on matters relating to the above-mentioned areas.
•Coordinates with and, when appropriate, interfaces with other state departments, federal agencies, commissions, working groups and advisory boards concerned with matters addressed by the Division's programs.
•Performs all other executive functions required for the effective leadership, management and administration of the Division's programs including budgeting and planning, program evaluation, performance evaluations, and reporting.

Preferred Leadership Experience:

Potential candidate must also have proven experience in the following areas:
•PERFORMANCE DRIVEN: Utilize analytics to drive key decision making and process improvement.
•INNOVATION: Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain and drive the Department’s our mission.
•COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS: Develop and leverage relationships to execute and accelerate change.
•ACT LIKE AN OWNER: Deliver results, creating value for our Agency, our customers, and key stakeholders.
•INSPIRE OTHERS: Inspire people to deliver our mission, demonstrate passion for the purpose, and give people a reason to believe anything is possible.
•DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: Develop self and support others' development to achieve their full potential.

Additional Comments Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available for emergency response. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Ashlie Bloomfield

Telephone 518-457-3216

Fax 518-457-8852

Email Address


Street 10B Airline Drive

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12235


Notes on ApplyingCandidates that are eligible and interested in being considered for appointment to this position must submit their resume and cover letter to

If you have any questions, please contact Ashlie Bloomfield in Human Resources at (518) 457-3216 or

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