Dairy Food Safety Extension Support Specialist I Department of Food Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ithaca, NY
In keeping with Cornell's Land Grant Mission to create and apply knowledge with a public purpose, the Department of Food Science strives to apply the principles of science and engineering to ensure the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. Our programs integrate the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology and engineering to ensure that all people have access to healthy, affordable food. Our faculty, staff and students are making a difference in the lives of people throughout the world.
As member of the Dairy Extension team, this program assistant will be key in supporting the Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshops, a USDA funded project to provide FSMA-focused support. This position will report directly to Dr. Samuel Alcaine, and they will be responsible for two areas:
1)Extension Outreach and Teaching: Food Safety Plan Coaching Support: The Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop aims to host at least 5-6 coaching workshops a year across the nation. This position will be able to act as a co-coach for these workshops as needed based on the region and number of participants in a given workshop. Furthermore, the individual in this position would serve as a Cornell-based resource to field food safety plan questions directly from artisans or from the regional coaches, and leverage the dairy food safety knowledge within the Cornell community. This will include mentoring appropriately trained graduate students in the review of Artisan food safety plans. 2)General Extension support: This will encompass providing logistic support to coordinate workshops across the nation. The tasks include: collaborator outreach, confirmation of workshop locations, distribution of course materials, registration of participants, maintenance of participant database for follow up, arranging conference call meetings between coaches and stakeholders, and aiding participant survey collection
This job provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and to acquire expertise in a wide range of techniques. Position will be located in the brand new state of the art food science building on the Cornell campus.
This is a three-year appointment with possible extension dependent on performance and funding.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology, biology, food science, genetics, cell biology or related field.
Minimum of 2-3 years practical experience in microbiology, and/or molecular biology.
Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required.
Must be well organized and detail oriented.
Must have previous experience facilitating trainings or workshops
Prior event planning experience
Previous experience with Web Based Learning (webinars/Zoom/Skype/Blackboard), Social Media – including facebook, twitter, instagram, and Online program evaluation tools.
Ability to lift 20-50 pounds.
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS driver's license.
Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours.
Working knowledge of Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail.
Experience in collection of data and preparation of summaries and final reports.
Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills and organizational skills required.
Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, staff, and outside clientele.
Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management and problem-solving skills, and ability to work well within a team of professionals,
Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential issues; strong ability for multi-tasking
Strong computer skills including Social Media managements, webpage management, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as other Microsoft Office programs.
Effective problem-solving skills and ability to change program objectives as needed.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position
Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Knowledge of the regulations for Preventive Controls for Human Food.
Experience in HACCP and/or Food Safety Plan development.
Experience in food or dairy (cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc) production.
Experience working with small size food producers.
Prior experience supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
Experience with Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Access, Sales Force, SQL server, and html applications.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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