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The incumbent serves as the Deputy Assistant Director for Science Applications and as the alter ego of the Assistant Director for Science Applications (ADSA) and shares primary responsibility for scientific leadership and direction in the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The incumbent assists the ADSA in maintaining effective communication and collaboration with Directorate members and deputies, states and other partners, and the Department of the Interior and science leaders in its bureaus.
- Ensures the ADSA is fully aware of the FWS’s highest priority needs in regard to national network of scientific and landscape conservation activities, particularly as regards science policy, staffing, budget, direction, authority and partnerships.
- Provides expert counsel to the Assistant Director and Director with regard to policies, budgets and executive decisions involving FWS science program standards, priorities, and funding.
- Establishes national policies, procedures and budgets within FWS necessary to build and maintain sufficient capacity in conservation planning and science to ensure the Service’s effectiveness in conserving priority species at landscape scales.
- Serves as a leader within FWS, on behalf of the ADSA and Director, to ensure that Service research programs are complimentary, performed with cooperative funding, and not overlapping or contradictory.
- Ensures the national network of scientific and landscape conservation activities, FWS’s Strategic Habitat Conservation business model are considered fully in national and international science policies, plans, programs.
- Represents FWS, with regard to policies and programs that pertain to science at national and international meetings, interdepartmental and intergovernmental meetings, legislative conferences, State officials and private research foundations.
- Develops partnerships, particularly with states and nongovernmental organizations to address science training and the role of science in natural resource management for science issues, projects and opportunities.
- Evaluates national science operations, policies and activities broadly across the Service and advises the Science Advisor and Director concerning their effectiveness.
- Supervises the staff and activities of the Office of Science Applications (OSA) and ensures efficient operation of OSA’s science programs.
- Manages and ensures effectiveness of OSA’s activities pertaining to internal budgeting, finance, procurement, personnel, knowledge management, space and equipment, communication and partnership, and other elements of office operation.
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