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State of Montana State Grain Lab Bureau Chief in Great Falls, Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for our State Grain Lab Bureau Chief position.

*Position is open until filled with first review of candidates February 10, 2021. *

At the Department of Agriculture, our mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. We manage more than 30 programs, from marketing and business development to licensing and regulating activities to protecting agricultural producers.

The State Grain Laboratory, located in Great Falls and Plentywood, MT, is responsible for the operation of a statewide grain and commodity inspection program. The Lab provides official grain and commodity inspection services to grain producers and the grain industry as provided for in Title 80, Chapter 4, Part 87, MCA, and under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA/FGIS). Accurate and unbiased official grade/protein inspections and laboratory tests are performed in compliance with federal and state grain standards. The State Grain Laboratory is the only USDA/FGIS designated official grain inspection service in the state of Montana.

*Program Development and Administration*

  • Directs, plans, and coordinates short and long-term plans and program objectives to ensure that Bureau programs comply with department, state, and federal standards.

  • Develops and development policies, procedures, and guidelines by implementing a business plan which includes a profit and loss statement and is consistent with state and federal requirements.

  • Develops, implements, and monitors strategies for statewide implementation of, agribusiness development, and related project activities.

  • Initiates and maintains liaisons with members of the agribusiness community.

  • Researches, develops, reviews, and recommends implementation strategies for new business initiatives and development programs.

  • Monitors state and national agricultural and industry-related issues; develops recommendations; and provides expert consultation and advice to the Division Administrator and other officials on issues related to the State Grain Laboratory.

  • Assesses the overall effectiveness of laboratory program operations, resources, and services to develop and recommend progressive measures to improve quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

  • Represents the Department at public meetings, national meetings, media interviews, and with other government or private agricultural interests; evaluates information; and directs or formulates policy related to agribusiness development activities and projects as they relate to the State Grain Laboratory.

  • Directs the preparation of reports, studies, summaries, research proposals, special reports, instructions, and procedures related to program management, funding and federal regulations, agribusiness development projects as directed by the Director and Administrator to ensure sound judgment and effective business practices are incorporated.

  • Develops and implements a statewide promotion and education program to promote all the services offered by the State Grain Laboratory and to expand the understanding of grades and the grading system and communication skills.

*Bureau and Program Implementation*

  • This position provides professional administrative oversight of Bureau activities to ensure all laboratory services, agribusiness development projects and related support activities are conducted in a cost-effective and timely manner.

  • Conforms with department, state, federal, and national guidelines and regulations; sound quality control, practices, and follow effective business, and contract administration concepts and practices are followed.

*Staff Management*

  • This position directly manages administrative, professional, and aggregate staff within the State Grain Laboratory.

  • Reviewing individual work plans and procedures, handling disciplinary actions, resolving conflicts, hiring, training, and providing recommendations for terminating staff.

  • The position is responsible for determining organizational structure and duties and responsibilities of job positions; allocating human resources; and evaluating performance.

*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities*

  • Requires knowledge of the concepts and theories of agriculture, business administration, analytical methods, computerized instrument operation and maintenance, laboratory procedures and techniques, and public administration.

  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of economic issues related to agriculture, public and media relations, program management, and contract administration principles.

  • Skills in budgeting, management, and supervision of a varied work unit; plan implementation; developing and administering a variety of programs and functions; computer skills; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct short and long-term and development activities; apply analysis and judgment in arriving at solutions to routine, unusual, and unprecedented business problems; communicate effectively; exercise professional judgment to arrive at timely decisions in complex situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other laboratory professionals, state and federal officials, industry representatives and members of the public; and to motivate and direct staff to meet Department goals.

*Minimum Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree in agriculture, business administration, finance, public administration, or related field.

  • Three years job-related work experience to include agriculture, business or finance.

  • Two years supervisory experience.

  • The agency will accept alternative methods of obtaining necessary qualifications to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Job: *Agricultural/Livestock Sciences

Title: State Grain Lab Bureau Chief

Location: Great Falls

Requisition ID: 21140183