Director North Carolina Food Processing Innovation Center
Position Number: 00100279
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The North Carolina Food Processing Innovation Center (PIC) is a new initiative within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) designed to serve as an accelerator for plant-based food product research and development with the goal of assisting and enhancing North Carolina's new generation of food and agricultural entrepreneurs, industries and research scientists. In collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), the NCSU Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences the NC Department of Commerce and other partners, a new pilot plant facility is being constructed that will provide North Carolina food and agribusiness with a centralized hub to access next generation technologies for transformation of plant raw materials into value added ingredients and consumer products. This world-class facility is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and located on the NCRC in Kannapolis, NC (30 miles from uptown Charlotte, NC). Approximately 15,000 sqft of space within the Core Laboratory of the NCRC will have dedicated office and meeting space, product development and laboratory space and two pilot plants including a dedicated GMP facility for manufacturing of plant-based food ingredients and products. The strategic location on the NCRC campus will provide opportunities for engagement with leading faculty and research staff located with the NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute and other NCRC partners as well as existing and future corporate partners and start-up opportunities.
Essential Job Duties: The Director of NC Food PIC will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Center and report jointly to the Director of the Plants for Human Health Institute (Kannapolis, NC) and the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). In this role the Director will have responsibility and authority for all center activities, budget and personnel management. The specific responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to: * Development, in collaboration with Internal and External Advisory Boards, an overall strategic plan and management strategy for the Center. * Leadership in the engagement of food entrepreneurs and networks within the state, national food industry and researchers with the purpose of generating activities aligned with the center's overall goal of stimulating food manufacturing economy within the State of NC. This includes close collaboration with NCSU Extension programs and NCDA&CS. * Provide research, development and manufacturing services to entrepreneurs and food industry. * Development of strategic partnerships with food industry and equipment manufacturers that further enhance the Food PIC's ability to deliver on its vision. * Generation of sufficient revenue through grants/contracts, workshops and other activities to support growth of the Food PIC and expansion of activities relative to the center's vision. * Engagement in collaborative activities with existing facilities and centers within the State of NC as well as NCSU faculty and staff and other NCRC partners. * Management of two professional staff members and activities of affiliated faculty members within CALS. *This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.*
Minimum Education/Experience: * Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of relevant experience. * Professional experience with a proven background in food and agricultural industry and/or research and extension in academia.
Department Required Skills: * Evidence of senior leadership and supervisory experience with technical/professional staff. * Experience is direction of research and development, product and process development, outreach and engagement programs. * Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Master's degree in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Business Administration, or a related field. * PhD in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, or a related field. * 10 years of professional experience with a proven background in food and agricultural industry and/or research and extension in academia.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
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