In keepingwith Cornell's LandGrantMissiontocreateand apply knowledgewith a public purpose, theDepartmentof Food Sciencestrivesto apply the principles of scienceandengineeringtoensure the nutritionalvalue,safety and qualityof foods intheUnitedStatesandaround the globe.Ourprogramsintegratethedisciplines of chemistry,biology,nutrition,physiology,biotechnologyand engineering toensurethat all people haveaccesstohealthy, affordable food.
The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) is an established extension program of the Department of Food Science and its main purpose is to provide comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs, thus promoting sustainable economic development of rural communities. The Center offers services, outreach and research development opportunities in four critical areas: business and product process development, product safety, process/product technology transfer and product commercialization. Currently, the CFVC responds to over 4,000 inquiries for assistance every year and assists food processors and entrepreneurs that require safety evaluations of over 1500 specialty products for commercial production.
The successful candidate will provide daily extension support for the Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) program. Primary activities involve maintaining paper and electronic files; receive, log in and perform basic evaluation of food and beverage samples as part of the Scheduled Process (a detailed procedure for a single product issued by a recognized Process Authority that includes formulation, critical control points, processing steps, and storage, distribution and selling conditions/restrictions) approval; prepare scheduled process documentation, and maintain records of approvals for regulatory purposes. Communicate with clients for initial assessment of needs and internal and external referrals. Support extension activities such as workshops, tours, demonstrations, and website maintenance as well as invoicing for services using appropriate software programs (Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro and others as needed).
This is a full time one year term appointment with possibility of extension, dependent on funding and performance.
Formal training beyond high school diploma of 1 to 2 years; 2 years college coursework or Associate's Degree, with up to two years' experience or equivalent. Must demonstrate ability to handle sensitive/confidential material in a professional manner. Sound judgement, excellent reasoning and decision-making skills, meticulous record keeping and ability to work effectively with people of diverse personalities and backgrounds. Proceed independently on regular tasks consulting with supervisor on questionable situations. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work well with others while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment. Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies. Strong ability for multi-tasking in a fast-paced educational outreach setting. Strong computer skills including Excel, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Office programs, and web site management. Proven ability to complete tasks/assignments in an efficient, safe and timely manner. Demonstrated ability to work independently yet be an effective contributor to team efforts. Will be a self-starter with the ability to troubleshoot, and suggest solutions to problems. Excellent customer service skills. Very efficient, service oriented and a fast learner. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Must possess and maintain valid driver license. Since driving is required, completing a successful driving background check is mandatory.
Experience with traditional university-based extension programming. Prior experience with outreach or customer service and strong background using different computer software programs such as FileMaker Pro.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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