Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Program Specialist, Griffin

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Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Program Specialist, Griffin


CAES-Food Prod Inno & Comm Ctr

About 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 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday; 8-5 pm

Advertised Salary:

$26,017 - $29,920

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Griffin 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.

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

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Public Service Paraprofessional/Professional

Job Family:

Outreach Services



Minimum 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.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit 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.

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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.

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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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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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