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Senior Program Coordinator, Pesticide Safety
Title:Senior Program Coordinator, Pesticide Safety
Location:Van Ness

Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Employment Status: Full-Time, Temporary

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0058/7

Salary Range: salary commensurate with experience

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties 

The incumbent will serve as a Senior Program Coordinator for Pesticide Safety in the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) located at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. He/she will be an integral part of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CUAGE) reporting directly to the Assistant Director of CUAGE. He/she is expected to be a team player, work closely and collaboratively with staff associated with all of the land-grant Centers and programs in CAUSES, and perform assigned duties with a high degree of independence, professionalism, initiative and efficiency, while exercising good judgment and paying attention to detail

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, the incumbent will be responsible for designing and implementing an innovative training program to certify Pesticide Safety Applicators and conducting research on best practices to remediate toxic substances in the built and outdoor environments.

Incumbent serves as the Lead Analyst for coordinating and reviewing work for the assigned team. Participate in pesticide related testing and research activities in the Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory (EQTL) in CAUSES, which will lead to the development of a model approach to improving environmental health in the District of Columbia.

Incumbent develops an Integrative Pest Management (IPM) Certification curriculum that includes training materials that reflects IPM best practices and ensures a strong passage rate of Pesticide Applicators seeking to become IPM certified.

Incumbent establishes a collaborative working relationship with DOEE and other agencies, CAUSES EQTL and land-grant Centers, and other faculty and staff; to develop, implement, and continuously evaluate technical training materials and activities required for the certification of pesticide applicators in all categories (agricultural, structural, public health, landscape, right-of-way, and many others) in Washington, DC.

Incumbent will research and establish a database of effective IPM for urban pests, pesticide issues related to environmental and human health, and pesticide contaminants of emerging concern. In collaboration with EQTL, will develop and implement environmental sampling and testing protocols for pesticide monitoring and abatement; hold regular training events at the UDC Firebird Farm and the University award winning Urban Food Hub locations and serve as an informational source in pesticide safety education and policy.

Incumbent serves as a liaison between the University and state and Federal officials, researchers, extension educators, growers, consumers, health care providers and other stakeholders regarding sound information on pesticide use, policies, regulations, developing issues, and technologies. He/she will prepare reports and fact sheets, manage ad hoc reports and disseminate knowledge of IPM to stakeholders; demonstrate ability to exercise sound judgment, identify problems and devise practical solutions.

Incumbent prepares and maintain documents and reports to track the effectiveness of problems, programming activities and research outcomes; complete required reports, including plans of work, report of accomplishments, and other documentation needed to evaluate program effectiveness.

Incumbent will attend meetings, seminars, conferences, committees, and industry associations to obtain information useful to the University training processes and continued regulatory compliance; participate in Center and CAUSES meeting, task forces, and projects; practice effective time management, prioritize tasks and provide authoritative advice to other senior officials.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree is preferred) in Agricultural Science, Agricultural Education, Biology, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Toxicology or a related discipline.
  • Three or more (3+) years teaching or training experience, including web-based instruction, preferred, Three or more (3+) years pest control industry experience preferred
  • A proven record of leading and improving pesticide education
  • Driver’s license and a personal vehicle

Information to Applicant

Condition of Employment: 
Temporary employment may be ended at anytime with or without cause.

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Depending upon length of appointment, selectee may or may not be eligible for full benefits such as health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia's retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B).

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: opportunity/.

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