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State Government

Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


If you have questions,
please contact us at:

(208) 332-8520


Non-Classified Opening

Administrator, Division of Agricultural Resources

Non-Classified Classification

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: June 26, 2017 - July 24, 2017
Announcement # NONCLS095603
Salary Range: Up to $90,000 depending on experience -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."



JOB TITLE: Administrator, Division of Agricultural Resources

RECRUITMENT OPEN TO: This is an open competitive recruitment open to all qualified applicants. This position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Administrator’s principal duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


    • Establishes strategic direction, planning, oversight, delivery and accountability for division activities and programs including recognizing future policy requirements, potential legislative changes and the impact of the changes to ISDA and Idaho pesticide industries. The Division is responsible for the implementation of the Pesticide and Chemigation Enforcement Program, the Worker Protection Program, Pesticide Certification and Training, Pesticide Registration, Pesticide Disposal and Ground and Surface Water Monitoring Program.    
    • Plans, organizes, staffs, and directs division programs, goals and priorities.
    • Evaluates and reports effectiveness of programs to ensure objectives are met.
    • Provides technical assistance to staff in program development. 
    • Directs preparation of reports on program progress.
    • Develops and manages division operating, capital and personnel budgets, including general funds and federal grant funds.
    • Investigates, troubleshoots and resolves or recommends solutions to complex or unusual inquiries, problems and issues.
    • Recommends, interprets, implements and ensures consistency and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations and policies governing all aspects of pesticides within the State of Idaho.
    • Coordinates legislative and rule changes through the Director’s Office, stakeholder groups and the legislature.
    • Assists in review, drafting and consideration of rulemaking.
    • Analyzes impact of legislation on division programs.
    • Directs and oversees leases and contracts associated with the division’s work.
    • Prepares and presents division operational status and outcome reports to ISDA management, other governmental entities and the public.
    • Coordinates division activities with other ISDA divisions.


    • Provides day-to-day leadership and direction to all Agricultural Resources staff and programs through delegation of authority, review of reports and documents, and direct supervision of multiple staff members. 
    • Creates a team environment by providing strategic leadership, direction and motivation for employees to accomplish the numerous program goals of the division.
    • Sets expectations for performance standards, provides coaching and feedback, identifies necessary training and evaluates performance to ensure productivity, quality of work and customer service.
    • Recognizes and resolves internal personnel issues and implements appropriate corrective action as needed.
    • Participates in recruiting, interviewing and making hiring decisions.

Public Relations

    • Provides liaison between staff and other state and federal agencies.
    • Represents the Department in meetings with various state, regional and national regulatory groups, agricultural commissions, marketing associations and commodity groups.
    • Provides legislative testimony covering specialty areas.
    • Responds to complaints concerning division services and activities.
    • Conducts and manages division’s public hearings.

TO QUALIFY: The successful candidate must have proven budget and management skills; demonstrate experience in the development of effective partnerships and working relationships with stakeholder groups; be a self-starter; demonstrate the ability to think outside of the box; and provide a vision for the division.

To qualify for this position you must have the following education, experience, and abilities:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with an academic major in areas including agriculture, chemistry, business or a related field;
  • Experience in fiscal management;
  • Experience supervising personnel;
  • Extensive relevant knowledge and experience in areas related to the pesticide industry;
  • Ability to lead through example, self-awareness, motivation, empathy and social skills;
  • Ability to foresee projects, create a plan and follow the project through to completion;
  • Ability to direct multiple programs involving multi-disciplinary staff;
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and principles through public speaking and concise written documents;
  • Ability to apply a code of ethics in the business environment;
  • Ability to form and maintain positive working relationships with employees, industry, local government, state and federal organizations;
  • Ability to manage multiple grants.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Please respond to the following questions and limit your response to one page per question. Responses should include timeframes; reference to specific regulation or statute, where applicable; and level of responsibility in each position held:

  • Describe your experience and strengths relative to resource management, both human and equipment.
  • Describe your experience in administering regulatory programs. 
  • Describe your experience in developing collaborative partnerships.
  • Describe your experience in accounting and fiscal management including management of federal grants. 
  • Describe your supervisory experience including number and occupations of employees.


  • Familiarity and experience in state administrative, legislative and budgeting procedures;
  • Knowledge and interpretation of EPA regulations related to pesticide programs;
  • Knowledge and application of current management trends and principles.

SALARY: Salary will be determined based on experience up to $90,000.

LOCATION: Boise, Idaho. Boise, the capital and largest city in the State of Idaho, is the hub of commerce, banking and government for the state. Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our city offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs. 

Boise is home to Boise State University, the state's largest university with an enrollment of over 22,000 students, as well as 33 grade schools, 8 junior high schools, and 5 high schools. Visit http://www.cityofboise.org/ for more information about Boise and the surrounding areas.

BENEFITS:  The State of Idaho benefits package includes a choice of health, dental and vision insurance plans; ten paid holidays, paid sick and vacation leave, and an excellent state retirement plan. An explanation of the state retirement options and related information may be accessed at https://persi.idaho.gov/. A description of the current health and dental benefits provided to all state employees is available at https://ogi.idaho.gov/. Other optional benefits are also available, including a deferred compensation program, a 401(K) program, a medical flexible spending account and a dependent care flexible spending account. 

RESUMES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL 5:00 PM ON JULY 24, 2017: All submittals must include a cover letter, resume, a statement of qualifications that specifically relates your education, training and experience to the requirements listed above and the name, address, email address, and telephone number for five references.

Applicant submittals will be reviewed to determine those with the most appropriate qualifications. Those individuals will be invited to Boise for an interview at their own expense. Final selection will be made by the Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.


Hanna Hall, Human Resources Unit Supervisor
Idaho Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 790
Boise, Idaho 83701
Fax: 208-332-8668

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage may be required to participate in a criminal background check.  Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!

The State of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.