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Compliance Specialist 1 -Division Enforcement Manager

State of Georgia

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted April 29, 2021.

We at the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) take our responsibilities to you very seriously and are committed to protecting and promoting Georgia’s agriculture through superior service and leadership.The mission of the GDA is to protect consumers, promote agriculture, both locally and globally, and assist our customers using education, technology, and a professional workforce.The vision of the GDA is to continue to be a globally recognized leader in agricultural excellence through a commitment to safety, quality, growth, and innovation.The GDA Structural Pest Division is searching for a Compliance Specialist.

Under the leadership of the Division Director, this position manages a statewide program to ensure that commercial pest management professionals comply with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to pesticides and pest management.Job Summary: Program activities include inspection of commercial application companies; complaint investigations; emergency pesticide response efforts; and support of educational programs designed to achieve voluntary compliance.This position supports the program’s strategic management plans and priorities; evaluates and recommends actions concerning current pesticide related laws and regulations; establishes and effectively manages the program’s employee and financial resources; reviews and evaluates investigative findings to recommend appropriate courses of action; and serves as a resource on pesticide and pest management related environmental issues to the general public and the regulated community.In addition, this position requires routine interaction with Georgia businesses, federal/state officials and law enforcement agencies, associations, and the general public to communicate program services and regulatory requirements.

Supervises program staff.Physical Demands: Must be able to work without direct supervision; maintain a Georgia driver’s license; travel overnight; work outdoors in all weather conditions; be able to lift up to 50 pounds; climb up to 15 feet; standing and driving for long periods of time; intermittent squatting, kneeling, or crawling in enclosed spaces.Preferred Education and Experience:* Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, Entomology, Biology, or another related field.* Experience in pest management, agriculture or environmental protection or a professional position working in the pesticide or chemical industry* Government experience in regulatory enforcement of pesticide laws affecting the environment* Responsible experience in regulatory compliance program management, quality control principles and supervising professional staff* Working knowledge of scientific and technical principles applicable to pesticide usage as well as knowledge of laws and regulations relevant to the handling of pesticides* Experience with inspection/investigation procedures* Working knowledge of pesticide technology* Demonstrated knowledge of legal principles, policy, and regulation development processes* Exceptional skills related to oral/written communication, public relations, presentations, customer service, interpersonal relations, and leadership* Demonstrated team orientation aptitude, flexibility, and desire for constant improvement* Ability to motivate, coach, lead and manage personnel and programs as well as to analyze workloads, promote uniformity and set priorities and to interact effectively with industry, state/federal government officials, a diverse workforce, and the general public* Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.Other Duties: Conduct other activities pertaining to functions of the department as assigned by division management.NOTE: The Georgia Department of Agriculture conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Hiring of applicants is contingent upon satisfactory results of employment verification, background and criminal records investigations and motor vehicle reports.HOW TO APPLY: Resumes may be submitted by adding to your profile in Team Georgia Careers.* Via Team Georgia Careers GDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview.

Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided.

Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.

Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.If you need an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Office at (404) 656-3615.The position will be closed once a suitable candidate is identified *Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university OR Associate’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of related experience OR High school diploma or GED AND Two years of related experience.

Note: Some positions may require a valid driver’s license.