Extension Specialist, Produce Safety

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Job Description: 

Extension Specialist, Produce Safety

Office location TBD in Front Range Region

Grant Funded, 12-month, Full-Time, Temporary, Four Year Term

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

The CSUE Specialist, Produce Safety position is a 12-month, full-time, exempt temporary position working with the Colorado Interagency Produce Safety Team, helping to provide guidance and ensure program consistency across the state. This position is funded as part of the 5-year grant, Building a Collaborative Outreach Framework to Support Colorado Produce Growers in Understanding and Meeting FSMA-related Requirements. This person works under the guidance and supervision of the Extension Specialist, Food Safety, with input from the Colorado Interagency Produce Safety Team leadership. The office for this position will be based in a Front Range Extension office (to be determined, potentially Jefferson or Arapahoe) and the employee will be expected to regularly attend scheduled trainings and meetings on the Colorado State University campus, located in Fort Collins, CO, and other locations throughout the state. 


 All materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday June 6, 2017.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
  • Special Required Documentation: Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.

For questions regarding the application process, contact https://jobs.colostate.edu/help. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu

Responsibilities & Duties: 

Grant funding for this position is renewed annually and subject to federal appropriation with funding anticipated through June 30, 2022. The individual in this position will work as a member of the Colorado Interagency Produce Safety Team, providing guidance to growers and ensuring program consistency across the state. The specialist will develop effective management protocols and is expected to contribute to strengthening produce safety within Extension and to support related Extension programs. The individual will also develop community relationships and agency partnerships in order to grow the educational potential for residents, producers, counties and Extension. Job responsibilities include working with team members from CSU Extension and the Colorado Department of Agriculture in providing technical information and consultations to assist commercial vegetable and fruit farmers reduce microbial risks on their farms and in strengthening state-wide produce safety capacity. The specialist will work directly with Colorado farmers in helping them understand and comply with produce safety regulations, requirements, and recommendations. They will also work with campus personnel, agricultural professionals, and farmers in conducting applied research related to on-farm practices for reducing food safety risks associated with fresh produce.

This individual will spend a significant proportion of time in the field. Travel will vary by month of year and include overnight stays. Up to 40% time per month may be spent traveling throughout Colorado, and executing job responsibilities, and will include some evenings and weekends. Travel may be as an individual or as part of a team.

The successful candidate will:

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: (80%)

  • As part of Colorado Interagency Produce Safety Team, assist with all aspects of the Produce Safety Program including strategic planning, training, reporting, evaluating, ensuring consistency, fiscal management and communications.
  • Complete technical review of materials, synthesize information, and deliver content targeted to Colorado producers.
  • Travel as needed, to attend meetings, conduct trainings and farm reviews, and deliver programs.
  • Review, assess, and update program materials and program implementation.
  • Evaluate program implementation.
  • Serve as a resource to County Extension and regional personnel via coordination and effective communication.
  • Provide guidance for and collaborate with graduate students involved in the Food Safety Fellows Program.
  • Manage administrative portals and electronic files.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and under-represented audiences.
  • Attend state and regional meetings and participate in professional development opportunities as appropriate or required by the position.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Communicate and network with CSU personnel, agricultural professionals, and graduate students.
  • Attend local and state agricultural meetings and serve on appropriate committees.
  • Facilitate meetings and discussion with statewide Produce Safety Advisory Committee.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

  • Completed master’s degree in horticulture, food safety, food science, crop science or closely related field.
  • Background or professional experience in food safety and fruit and vegetable production.
  • Ability to work with farmers and other food industry personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Ability to translate regulations for the layperson and distil technical and science-based information.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
  • Ability to speak Spanish. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days' vacation each year, 15 days sick leave.  Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

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