U of MN Extension Educator Position in Farm/Food Safety

With an expanding number of producers focused on local foods, farm-to-table, farm-to­ institution, wholesale, and small farms, food safety issues related to horticultural food crop production is of increasing concern to all audiences, especially within diverse communities. This Extension educator will focus on food/farm safety. Apply by September 8, 2017.

Title:                              Extension Educator (EE)-Food/Farm Safety (Horticultural Systems) UMN Classification:        9623 Asst. Extension Professor

Center:                          Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Location:                       University of Minnesota at one of the regional Extension offices Application Review: September  8, 2017; initial review deadline;  open until position is filled.

 

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION

Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with the mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” More information about Extension can be found at http://www.extension.umn .edu/mnext.html

POSITION FUNDING/APPOINTMENT/LOCATION

This position is fully funded at 75% time for two years and 50% in future years. There is opportunity, if desired, for supplemental funding to be secured via grants and/or contracts to increase % time of position. This position is accountable to the Program Leader in Horticulture for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions. This statewide position will be based at an Extension office in Minnesota.

BACKGROUND

Interest in growing local foods, farm-to-table, small farm, and food safety issues with growing horticultural/food crops has increased rapidly throughout Minnesota. This Extension educator will work with producers who are growing food for others via venues such as food hubs, schools, hospitals and other institutions, farmer’s markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and other markets. A portion of this audience is considered underserved demographically, including women, new immigrants and people from communities of color. This educator will help Extension broaden the diversity of the people we serve.

ABOUT THIS POSITION

With an expanding number of producers focused on local foods, farm-to-table, farm-to­ institution, wholesale, and small farms, food safety issues related to horticultural food crop production is of increasing concern to all audiences, especially within diverse communities. This Extension educator will focus on food/farm safety. This person will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating research-based educational programming on safe food handling techniques, harvest and postharvest management, “good agricultural practices” (GAP), “good handling practices” (GHP), and on-farm processing and packing. The educator will work with producers who are growing food for others, including those who sell to direct market customers, institutional buyers and wholesale distributors as well as to institutions such as schools and hospitals. Community gardens may also be a focus for this educator. This position will also include an emphasis on technology skills in order to facilitate technology-enhanced teaching and creation of online content.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Perform needs assessments, and design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory as appropriate to audiences
  • Collaborate with departmental faculty and other research professionals in conducting applied research
  • Collaborate with other Extension educators on the state Master Gardener and Extension consumer and commercial horticulture team, food safety, and small farm team
  • Use current and appropriate technology for program design, delivery, reporting, communication and trend monitoring
  • Develop and maintain effective local, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs
  • Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise
  • Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion
  • Make contributions to the six promotion criteria in Extension academic rank: program leadership, Extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in discipline pertinent to position e. food science, public health, biological/agricultural engineering, horticulture or a related discipline

Experience:

  • Experience (paid or unpaid) AND/OR educational specialization related to one or more of the following topics: food safety, public health, fruit and/or vegetable production and/or postharvest handling

Skills/Abilities:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  2. Technology skills to facilitate technology-enhanced teaching and create online content
  3. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships/collaborations with colleagues, partners or stakeholders, (e.g., legislators, program participants and industry groups)
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with culturally diverse communities with limited-English language
  5. Commitment to ongoing professional development
  6. Ability to manage a diverse schedule of local, regional, and statewide activities

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

  • Two years’ post-bachelor degree professional experience in an emphasis area related to the position
  • Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs
  • Experience in applied research
  • Skills in media relations
  • Experience facilitating technology-enhanced teaching and creating online content

 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge/experience in working with small to mid-size vegetable and fruit operations in a continuum from urban agricultural gardens to large-scale production farms
  • Knowledge/experience with Good Agricultural Practices and standards for growing, harvesting, packing and storage of produce for human consumption
  • Knowledge of and experience with the FDA Produce Safety Rule and Food Safety Modernization Act and/or other pertinent federal food safety legislation
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate public value of educational programs
  • Professional working relationships with agricultural groups, farmers, entrepreneurs, processors, non-profits, and government agencies
  • Cross-cultural communications skills and ability to effectively work in diverse communities

 

BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT

  • Extension Educator positions have an annual renewable University academic professional appointment and Extension academic
  • Promotion in Extension academic rank is expected and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator.
  • University of Minnesota benefits

o    http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html

  • Must provide a personal vehicle for travelling throughout the state. Reimbursement for travel is made according to University policy.
  • Salary commensurate with education and
  • Person hired will be expected to use a personal cell

 

TO APPLY

Job Opening ID: 318656

Please apply online:  http://www.extension.umn.edu/abou t/employment/  or call 612-624-3717.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Complete the brief application and include the following attachments with your online application.

  1. Vitae
  2. Cover letter that includes a statement of your Extension interests, your professional goals and how you meet the required education, experience, and the six required skills and abilities for the
  3. Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the application stage).
  4. Names and contact information for three related professional references.

If you have questions about applying online, contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources 612-624-3717 phone

612-624-7749 fax

babva001@umn.edu

For any questions about the position please contact the search committee chair:

Julie Weisenhorn weise019@umn.edu

APPLICATION REVIEW

September 8, 2017 initial review deadline; accepting applications until position is filled

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

 

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

 

 

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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