Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #14-17 Extension Specialist, Produce Safety Office location TBD in Front Range Region Grant Funded, 12-month, Full-Time, Temporary, Four Y
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jun 06, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #14-17 Extension Specialist, Produce Safety Office location TBD in Front Range Region Grant Funded, 12-month, Full-Time, Temporary, Four Y
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Full Time
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Starting salary for this position is commensurate with education and experience, with a maximum between $55,000-$60,
Start Date:
None Stated
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 Intera-gency 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. 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.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
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.
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Minimum education level :
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:Completed masters 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 distill 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 drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:Ability to speak Spanish. Bilingual English/Spanish.and opportunities including using social and mass media (e.g., TV, Internet Facebook, newspaper, etc.)
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Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
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BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


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Contact :
JoAnn Powell
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-7887
Application Instructions :
All materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday June 6, 2017. Please submit the following to to apply:ResumeCover letterTranscripts 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:oStatement (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 For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or