Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Director Food Innovation Center

Remote Position


Position Description

The Food Innovation Center is seeking a Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

For those candidates who currently hold a tenure position at their respective institution, it is possible for the Director position to be offered with a tenured appointment.

Established in 2000, the Food Innovation Center (FIC) is a unique partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to foster the success of food and agricultural enterprises by supporting food innovation throughout all industry sectors. The overall goal of the FIC is, with an entrepreneurial mindset, to provide an integrated program of research, outreach, technical services and education aimed at enhancing the regional capacity for innovation and economic development in the food sector, while also strategically addressing the emerging issues in the food industry, such as sustainability and climate-resilience, food waste and loss, and the impact of food on human health.

The FIC is one of 14 branch experiment stations in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and is located in the city of Portland, which is a dynamic food research hub and center for food entrepreneurism. Drawing on the strengths of higher education, government, and private sector collaboration, the FIC plays a significant role in the development and effective marketing of value-added agricultural products and specialty crops from the Pacific Northwest region.

The Director position oversees the FIC Experiment Station and manages the facility, a 33,000 sq. ft. building. This facility currently houses the experiment station and ODA’s Agricultural Laboratory Services programs, and has a great opportunity to house other organizations. This position has primary responsibilities relating to program activities, personnel, budget management, strategic planning and coordinating activities with operations of the College, other branch experiment stations and academic departments. The FIC Director holds a public position in the Portland metropolitan area and should demonstrate the skills necessary to represent and promote the College and the University in a variety of settings.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community. The University actively recruits and retains a diverse workforce and student body that include members of historically underrepresented groups. It strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. There is an expectation that as part of your role in the college, you embody and advance the principles and practices conveyed in the CAS CARE Commitment document.

Summary of Benefits: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/prospective-employee
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Required Qualifications

Master’s degree or higher in food science, applied economics, agricultural marketing, Masters of Business Administration or related fields. Ten years of professional experience with demonstrated performance in the food, agri-business or related industry and/or academia. Evidence of ability to provide leadership and vision for a diverse research, outreach and engagement program, and experience in managing such program and/or other relevant non-profit or for-profit programs. Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Demonstrated experience in business development and fiscal management. Proven success at obtaining extramural grants and non-governmental funding (contracts, gifts, etc.). Supervisory experience with professional staff. Evidence of ability to collaborate and communicate effectively, especially within food and/or agri-business industry settings. Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Proven background and experience working with communities (metropolitan, rural), representing an academic institution or organization in a multitude of settings, and promoting the academic institution or organization and its programs. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in food science, applied economics, agricultural marketing or related fields with demonstrable professional experience in food field. Demonstrated successful leadership in the strategic planning and management of a diverse business organization, marketing or research program. Food industry experience – management role in research and development, quality assurance/food safety, sensory science, product development, business development, operations, or related area. Demonstrated passion for advancing innovative themes related to value added foods, technologies, research, and in outreach and engagement. Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved stakeholders. Experience in working with relevant state and federal agencies and programs. Demonstrated experience in expanding alliances with the private sector. Experience with revenue development and large fundraising. Ability to represent and promote the academic institution and its programs in a variety of settings. Demonstrated commitment to high quality and innovative research, outreach and education. Clear understanding of the mission of land grant institutions.

Travel Requirements

The incumbent will be expected to travel within Oregon, nationally, and internationally, and work in the evenings or on weekends.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Yanyun Zhao

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Application Instructions

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. 3) A one page statement describing applicants vision for the Food Innovation Center (Attached as Other Document 1) 4) How would you contribute to OSU’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community including past experiences? (Upload as Diversity Statement) You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/130225

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Oregon State University, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars, is committed to eliminating discrimination and providing equal opportunity in education and employment. Oregon State University, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status(including disabled veterans, armed Forces service medal veterans, recently separated veterans, and active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans) in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, University programs and activities, including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and employment. Oregon State University’s employment policies are designed to ensure that all applicants receive fair consideration for employment and that employees are treated equitably. The university takes affirmative steps to 1) recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles, without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification) , disability, or protected veteran status; 2) provide reasonable accommodations; 3)base employment and promotional opportunity decisions on valid requirements; and 4) ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoff, OSU sponsored training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreation programs will be administered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. EEO Statement continued Employees, applicants, and students shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in: (1) filing a complaint; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance evaluation, hearing, or any other activity related to a complaint of discrimination; (3) opposing any act or practice made unlawful by equal opportunity regulations or Federal, State or local equal opportunity law; or (4) exercising any other right protected by equal opportunity regulations or laws. As President of Oregon State University, I am committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. I have designated the Affirmative Action Manager in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access as the person responsible for implementing our written Affirmative Action programs throughout the university, and for establishing and maintaining an internal audit and reporting system to measure these programs. The Affirmative Action Plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and for qualified protected veterans are available for inspection by any employee or applicant for employment upon request between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, 330 Snell Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. It is the intent of the University that all members of the community - employees and students - share the responsibility for making equal employment opportunity and affirmative action dynamic aspects of University life.

About Oregon State University

Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so.

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2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, Extension programs in all 36 counties, nearly 200 degree programs — COUNTLESS IMPACTS.