Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Northeast Regional Food Safety Center Administrator

FYI.  Looking for a great person for a great position.



The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) at UVM Extension seeks a Center Administrator. The successful candidate will oversee daily operations of NECAFS, a nascent regional network and educational center. Responsibilities will include: Coordinating network activities among a variety of educational program participants, grant proposal review teams, and special purpose committees. Overseeing funding compliance, completion of objections for grant projects and conduct education and publicity activities. Collaborating with the other regional centers, national coordinators, and other food safety initiatives. 


NECAFS is an FDA funded initiative to support food safety training, education and outreach. The center's goal is to build a northeast regional network infrastructure to support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system to increase the understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols through a comprehensive food safety training, education and technical assistance program for those affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  NECAFS has a regional focus on the needs of owners and operators of small and medium-sized produce farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. UVM Extension hosts the northeast regional center, which covers the twelve northeastern states Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Location for this position is flexible within this region.


Minimum qualifications include education and experience equivalent to: Master's degree in food, agriculture or related field and three to five years' specialized experience. General knowledge of food systems, food safety principles, associated regulatory frameworks and compliance, adult learning theory and evaluation. Demonstrated financial management ability. Demonstrated experience working in regional and/or national networks. Experience working in multi-cultural and geographically distributed teams preferred. Ability to effectively write and communicate with multiple audiences about complex topics. Grant administration experience preferred. Ability to travel.


Applicants must file a cover letter of intent, a current resume and/or curriculum vitae and two references to be considered. Applicants must apply electronically. For further information on this position and to apply, visit The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.


The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications, from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.





Christopher W. Callahan, PE
Agricultural Engineering

UVM Extension



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