Ohio Poultry Association
Bird Health Programs Coordinator
The Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) is a dynamic organization representing Ohio’s egg, turkey and chicken farms, processing and allied industries. Caring for consumers and Ohio poultry farms by providing leadership to responsibly produce safe, affordable, and wholesome food is our prime mission. An integral part of our mission is providing for bird health programs. OPA is seeking a qualified individual who is energetic and hard working to join our Bird Health team.
Position Summary: The Bird Health Programs Coordinator will work cooperatively with the Manager of Bird Health Programs, who is responsible for the management and direction of all avian health programs. These programs include the Ohio National Poultry Improvement Plan (Official State Agency) and egg quality assurance programs.
Working Relationships: OPA is a small, but vibrant office – a true team environment. This position reports directly to the Manager of Bird Health Programs and to the OPA Executive Vice President. The position is based in Columbus, Ohio. In state and out of state travel are required.
Duties (in cooperation with Manager of Bird Health Programs):
NPIP · OPA is the Ohio Official State Agency for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). This is an official USDA program with industry support and leadership. USDA provides oversight and national leadership and staff. OPA works closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. NPIP duties include, but are not limited to:
Manage Ohio’s NPIP Subpart E – Exhibition and Backyard flock Program.
- Manage communications, including bird health inquiries, NPIP program requests and distribution of bird health e-newsletters.
- Monitor outreach and surveillance programs to upland gamebird, exhibition, and backyard flock owners. Assist with annual flock qualifications, audits, sampling and testing protocol.
- Maintain all bird health record databases. Coordinate processing of NPIP forms, testing results and paperwork. Process laboratory and NPIP invoices. Prepare quarterly and yearly reports.
- Monitor and maintain NPIP VS Form 9-3 distribution and database.
- Work with producers on developing and implementing on-farm Biosecurity plans. o Assist with commercial and mail-order hatchery oversight – flock qualification, hatchery audits and inspections, biosecurity audits, sampling and testing protocol.
- Maintain Ohio’s complete producer list.
- Organize and oversee Ohio’s annual Pullorum Certification Training classes.
- Attend local, state and national NPIP, USDA, ODA and OPA meetings as required. Conduct poultry producer and NPIP member meetings as required.
- Work cooperatively with State and federal USDA and ODA staff on state bird health programs including Avian Influenza.
- Maintain inventory of bird health program equipment and supplies.
- Represent OPA at industry and educational programs.
- Assist OPA staff on industry-wide events, programs and projects such as OPA’s annual Banquet and the Ohio State Fair.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
- Preferred Bachelor of Science –major in Animal Sciences or Poultry Science, or equivalent experience.
- Detail oriented.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Experience in program implementation.
- Ability to think and act strategically with the capacity for growth in strategic thinking ability.
- Strong problem-solving skills, and proven project management and continuous improvement experience and coordination of multiple projects simultaneously.
- Open and direct communicator; excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Sound judgment and unwavering ethics.
- Self-motivation, independent work habits.
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and general computer skills.
The Ohio Poultry Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer