Appointment: 100% Time,Assistant Extension Educator (9623), Professional & Administrative
Location: Extension Regional Office, to be determined
Center/Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Application Deadline: Initial application review February 18, 2022
ABOUT THE FOOD SAFETY TEAM The University of Minnesota Extension food safety team shares University research with consumers, the food service industry, food entrepreneurs and food growers in areas such as foodborne illness, processing methods, food preservation and regulations. They provide reliable, relevant food safety educational programs and information that respond to an ever-changing food supply system.
LOCATION OF POSITION Extension Educator, Food Safety position will be housed at an Extension Regional Office. Current regional offices are located in: Andover, Mankato, Worthington, Rochester, Marshall, Farmington, Willmar, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Cloquet, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Roseau, MN. Even though the position will be located at a specific regional office, the position serves a statewide programming area rather than a single region.
ABOUT THIS POSITION The Extension Educator, Food Safety brings in-depth expertise to cutting-edge issues, applying their expertise to the programs and priorities of the Center for Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources within University of Minnesota Extension. The Educator is an integral part of the Food Safety team working with a wide Extension audience on educational topics such as food preservation, cottage food production, food allergens, safe food handling practices, food security and access, emerging food safety issues and the reduction of risk factors associated withfoodborne illnesses.
The Extension Educator employs appropriate educational program delivery systems including face-to-face presentations, technology-based methods, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and/or train-the-trainer approaches to educate the food industry and consumers. The Extension Educator is responsible for program development and delivery in cooperation with other food safety team members, campus-based faculty and partners in the food industry and state agencies.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion, use of scholarly scientific research, effective partnership development, use of technology and continuing professional development are important to successful job performance. The Extension Educator may occasionally work in collaboration with University faculty and graduate students on applied research. This position is accountable to the Program Leader in Food Safety for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Develop and deliver a high quality, outcome-focused research based Extension educational program for the food industry and consumers. Programs may include activities such as blogs, online classes, in person workshops or presentations, field days, presentations at professional conferences, online and written publications, fact sheets, bulletins, newsletters, and other related educational materials.
Conduct market research, design, develop, deliver/implement, market, and evaluate educational programs based on scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to their audiences in conjunction with food safety and other Extension teams.
Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences, making sure that programs are customized to the needs of different cultural communities.
Design, develop and implement program communication and marketing via website and social mediato deliver effective food safety information.
Develop and maintain effective state, regional, industry, and university partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
Use appropriate technology for communication, locating information and resources, program design, program delivery, and reporting.
Assume program leadership on specific programs, projects, or priorities, as agreed to by the Program Leader.
Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means.
Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.
Make contributions to the six promotion categories in Extension academic rank criteria, program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service.
Extension Educator positions have annual University academic professional appointments and Extension academic rank.
Promotion in Extension academic rank is required and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
The intended starting salary for this position is $60,000 - $70,000, depending on qualification and experience. Salary will be negotiated at the time of hire.
Education: Master’s degree at time of appointment in food science or a related discipline or with significant coursework related to food safety expertise.
Experience: Two year minimum professional work experience in fields of food science, cooperative extension, environmental health, public health, or related fields required.
Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
Technology-enhanced communication and teaching skills
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, program participants and industry groups)
Experience working with diverse populations and communities
Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for travel to workshops and transporting materials and supplies to events; the need to transport other people/employees may occur.
Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and published in the Extension public staff directory.
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including an occasional evening or weekend work.
Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming.
Working ability to perform tasks involving prolonged sitting, standing, bending, or twisting, with occasional exertion of up to thirty pounds of force, frequent repetitive motions
Three or more years’ experience in a field related to the position
Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs in food safety
Experience with varied and diverse clientele and audiences
Experience designing, conducting, and/or providing an essential role in research projects
Experience using technology in educational programming
Experience and/or academic specialization related to food safety
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.