CDA - Plant Industry Division Director

State of Colorado

Broomfield County , Colorado

Agriculture is a part of all our lives. As an employee of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), you would be working in an agency that affects every person in the state because when you eat, wear clothes, or drive a car--you are part of agriculture.

The primary goals of CDA are to strengthen and advance Colorado's agriculture; promote a safe and high quality food supply;  protect consumers; and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. Agriculture is one of the top three industries in Colorado, provides more than $40 billion to the state economy, and employs more than 170,000 people across the state; and CDA is proud to be a part of such an important industry. If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado.  Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado.  Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more:

  • Effective. Measure every aspect of government to be sure it's doing what it's supposed to do and to look at outcomes to judge whether our programs are successful.
  • Efficient. Deliver services in ways that are timely and effective including identifying waste and duplication and measure for efficiency.
  • Elegant. Deliver state services in a way that elevates both the state employee and the person receiving state services.

 In addition to a great location, rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities and more

Description of Job

The Plant Industry (PI) Division provides oversight and coordination of the department's efforts to  implement the requirements of the Nursery Act, Seed Act, Seed Potato Act, Pest Control Act, Industrial Hemp Act, Organic Act, Pesticide Applicators' Act, Pesticide Act and their associated rules which include registration, licensing, inspection, investigation and enforcement.  In addition the division provides inspection services for the Chemigation Act and the Agricultural Chemicals and Groundwater Protection Act.  The PI Division facilitates the sale of plant and animal products by providing certification and also facilitates interstate and international trade of plant products by inspection of products and issuance of appropriate documentation to allow for shipping (phytosanitary certificates, certificates of origin).  The division also develops and enforces quarantines to prevent or minimize the threat of exotic pests to the agricultural and horticultural industries of the state and monitors exotic pests through trapping and other means.

Primary Responsibilities of the Position:
This position serves as a member of the Department's senior management team and exists to supervise the Plant Industry Division personnel, prepare and oversee the budget, set the policies and goals, interprets statutes and determines the workload for the Division for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. 

Division Director Primary Duties:

  • Create the division strategic plan by developing program performance measures and reporting on how programs activities, grants and outcomes measure up to these standards.
  • Work with program managers to develop division and program goals. Develop and direct professional, administrative, and technical staff ensuring the delivery of services that support the overall operations of the Department.
  • Provide leadership and serve as the official state government cooperator and liaison at meetings involving federal, state, and local government.
  • Represents the Department in industry meetings, prepares and holds public hearings related to Division issues, holds hearings on licensing and regulatory violations and renders decisions as appropriate.
  • Administers and enforces laws and regulations to protect agricultural industry and consumers, facilitate trade and monitor exotic pests.
  • Support CDA leadership in the monitoring and analysis of federal and state legislation and regulations impacting producers of agricultural and related products.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, business, agricultural business, business administration, public administration or a field of study closely related to the work assignment AND five (5) years of professional experience in managing a regulatory program.  This experience must include extensive knowledge of crop/plant production systems (i.e. seed certification, pesticide use, pest management, etc.).

The five years of experience must include all of the following:

  • Establishing program goals and objectives and measuring outcomes;
  • At least two years developing and managing a budget;
  • At least two years supervision of a professional level staff which included; hiring, establishing goals and objectives, and performance management.

Preferred Qualifications
*Experience in government/regulatory work
*Basic understanding of the agriculture industry


A combination of work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study closely related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and at the agency's discretion, one year of general experience. There are no substitutions for the specific experience listed above.