Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Program Specialist, Griffin

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Posting NumberS02920PWorking TitleFood Product Innovation and Commercialization Program Specialist, GriffinDepartmentCAES Food Product Inno & Comm CtrAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday-Friday; 8-5 pm

Advertised Salary$26,017 - $29,920Posting Date04/15/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date05/01/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyGriffin Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitlePublic Service Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyOutreach ServicesFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualificaitons.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to deliver both oral and written presentations; Demonstrated professional knowledge and operational expertise within designated area of program focus. A strong customer focus and interpersonal skills are strongly desired.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for administrative support and management of program initiatives for Food PIC clients – both internal and external to the University – to ensure efficient and effective communications with client constituents. The Program Specialist will manage and maintain client databases to ensure timely and effective support and responses for prospective or contracted clients, will monitor the work-flow of ongoing projects, and will conduct post-project reviews to improve performance of future projects. The Specialist will schedule and coordinate sampling protocols for ongoing shelf-life studies, assist in organizing and implementing Food PIC workshops, and monitor all pilot plant safety and regulatory requirements to ensure adherence to all federal, state and university guidelines. The role will also greet visitors to the Food PIC facility, direct visitor and telephone inquiries as needed, and provide occasional tours of the facility. The position will receive specific work instructions at the beginning of each new task, and the work is closely supervised until the employee is capable of consistently performing the task.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and Excel spreadsheet data entry and social media communications is expected. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a diversity of individuals and constituencies.

Physical Demands

Limited exposure to physical risk. Limited physical effort required. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, or patient records)?NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Manage client relationships by tracking in the database to ensure timely responses and follow-ups during the life of projects and to conduct post-project reviews to improve future performance.

Percentage of time50 Duties/Responsibilities


Monitor and coordinate all pilot plant safety requirements and all regulatory requirements to maintain valid, in-code certifications; coordinate pull dates, sampling of products from ongoing shelf life studies; assist in organizing, coordinating future Food PIC workshops; schedule and manage client time in pilot plants and suites.

Percentage of time40 Duties/Responsibilities


Greet visitors and manage the phone for the Food PIC facility; direct visitors in need of directions to other campus sites; accompany visitors to their respective client suite(s); provide occasional tours as needed; manage delivery and receipt of ingredients, products and other supplies

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    Posted: 4/16/2019
    Application Due: 6/15/2019
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