Food Systems & Food Safety Program Associate

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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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Horticulture * Assistant Professor

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Food Systems and Food Safety Program Associate provides outreach, education and technical assistance to Arkansas produce growers, community stakeholders and county extension agents for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, value-added food product development, produce aggregation and local food system development. Identifies, enrolls, and trains produce growers, stakeholders, and county agents in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, local food systems, other related food systems and safety training. The Program Associate will support, develop, and implement training and technical assistance with stakeholders working to support local food systems development across the value chain.

Support Local, Regional and Safe Foods Program for produce safety education, research on value-added production in blackberries and other specialty crops, and other regional food system efforts.

Implement the goals and objectives of projects and direct day-to-day project operation, including managing implementation of project activities, coordination with other agencies, and ensuring that reports and documentation are submitted. Serve as a liaison to Lead Instructors for public Produce Safety Rule training with respect to gathering attendance numbers and info.

Travel to conference in meetings in state and out of state as necessary. Takes initiative, self-directed as well as the ability to work effectively in a team. Assist with technical assistance management, tracking, and evaluation. Prepare educational materials and develop web content, promotional materials, press releases, etc.

Monitor program implementation, assist collaborators and county extension agents, coordinate activities with team.


Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree in food science, food safety, food systems, public health, agriculture, horticulture, rural or community development, or a related field plus three (3) years of relevant professional experience, OR a related Master's degree, is required. Demonstrated competence to independently manage programs is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working to support the development of community or local food systems, food safety, and sustainable agriculture. Understanding of issues related to community, local and healthy food supply chains. Grants management and/or writing experience. Excellent communications skills (written and oral), publications, presentations, educational curriculum development, and extensive experience with web and social media presence. On-farm, field experience in sustainable agriculture production practices and food safety.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, data management, & email programs. A high level of technical competence in the area of responsibility. Ability to develop & deliver quality presentations. Ability to exercise initiative, make sound judgments, & work without close supervision. Ability to relate & respond to the needs of supervisors, subordinates, & clientele.

Salary Information:
Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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Additional Information:

Applicants for this position are requested to upload a Resume (or CV), Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation prior to submitting the application. Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents.

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Department Contact information:

Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez, Assistant Professor


Phone: 501-671-2228

Recruitment Contact Information:
Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez, Assistant Professor

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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