The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU) is based at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) at Geneva, New York, in the Department of Food Science within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It was established to rapidly address current and emerging food safety issues through effective training and education programs that are built upon a solid scientific foundation grounded in both applied and basic research. In keeping with Cornell's Land Grant Mission to create and apply knowledge with a public purpose, the IFS@CU's goal is to become the global leader in food safety by integrating training, education, and research to ensure the safety of the food supply and the viability of food systems.
The IFS@CU is searching for a new team member who can work independently under general direction of the Executive Director of the Institute as well as collaborate with the IFS@CU team and other external constituents. In addition, the Web Designer has a dotted line to CALS Communications, work with internal constituents such as the CALS Communications Team, work with team members to develop ideas for marketing and communication that follow CALS policy.
The team member will be responsible for creating and designing materials in print and electronic media from concept to final delivery in support of the mission of the IFS@CU program. This position will also have significant responsibilities related to online course development and website management. It is critically important for the successful candidate to be able to work with a dynamic and energetic team.
Efforts will stretch from beginning to end of educational materials design including working with the team to conceptualize, develop design, organize, create layout, and prepare visually complex materials for production including – newsletters, curricula and various educational media and multi-media, online courses, brochures, posters, displays, flyers, books, ads, illustrations, animations, webinars, publications, and promotional materials. Complete design projects from initial conception to online-ready and pre-press ready electronic files. Create, edit and manipulate graphics for use in multiple media formats and maintain a graphics library for use by entire program.
Provide project management, consultation, and coordination of web projects and content updates with IFS@CU staff and administration. Implement new technologies, media, and systems for data management and communication.
Maintain relationships and work with internal constituents such as university web leadership, University Purchasing and Division of Financial Affairs, and Cornell's IT and Brand Departments to ensure compliance with University purchasing, design, and graphic standards. Collaborate with external organizations such as print, paper, and online content delivery vendors, other universities, the food industry, and the Federal Government.
Direction for projects originates with IFS@CU team and administration. Handle, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects. Work with IFS@CU team members to develop ideas for marketing and communication and provide support of all aspects of the IFS@CU to assure program success including administrative duties as assigned.
This position is located within the program of Dr. Elizabeth Bihn in the Department of Food Science at the NYSAES in Geneva, NY.
This is a one-year term appointment with further extensions contingent upon successful performance and secured funding.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in related field. More than 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Basic knowledge and familiarity of food safety terminology is required.
Must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively, possess an effective organizational skill set with a strong attention to detail, and demonstrate skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
Must have strong project management skills and experience; the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure; and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must possess excellent decision-making skills; represent the IFS@CU professionally and ethically with tact, diplomacy and advocacy; be a self-starter as well as a conceptual and imaginative thinker in a complex environment.
Demonstrated ability to design and create effective graphics and to publish them in a variety of print and electronic media.
Be proficient with a range of computer operating systems (e.g., Windows, Mac) and software.
The ability to acquire and maintain working knowledge of a wide range of software and web applications is essential.
Demonstrate high proficiency using Blackboard, Drupal, Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Adobe Premiere Pro).
Demonstrate an ability to use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to work as part of a diverse team in a professional and respectful work environment as well as build and maintain effective working relationships with various students, faculty, staff, and outside clientele to accomplish goals.
Ability to plan, implement, and track complex projects; update collaborators/clients on project status; convey technological information in laypersons terms; and foster and promote a high-level of customer service.
Must possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license, and be able to travel occasionally.
Experience in database development, web development, web-based course development, and print production management experience.
Knowledge of food science, food safety, agriculture and food systems.
Experience with land grant universities and cooperative extension.
Experience with a variety of online educational course delivery platforms.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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