Specialist, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

United States, North America
May 10, 2014

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Position Information

Posting Number: 9462

Internal Posting Date: 05-12-2014

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 06-23-2014

Job Title: Specialist

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Primary Department: 10002036 AG FOOD & RESOURCE ECONOMICS - ANR

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: Title: Food and Agricultural Processing Specialist (Academic Specialist)

Position Location: Negotiable split between western Michigan MSUE office and MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio Venture Development office, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Date Available: Immediately

Position Description: Develop and grow an effective program of consultation services in processing and technical operations management for food and agricultural processors in the state of Michigan. This program will focus on assisting processors (new and existing) to establish and expand their processing operations, solve technical and operational problems, and address processing aspects of new product development.

As part of the program, the successful candidate will: Deliver one-on-one counseling with food and agricultural processing clients of the MSU Product Center. Such counseling could include consultation on process design, operations and problem-solving, product development related processing issues, packaging, food safety, process authority, HAACP, regulatory compliance and other critical processing needs of clients; Coach and assist a network of 15 MSUE innovation counselors located throughout Michigan in developing and delivering processing management counseling services; Maintain and expand a network of contacts and resource providers both within MSU and with industry experts beyond MSU to assist the growth of food and agricultural processing in the state; Actively participate with the Community Food Systems work group within the MSUE Greening Michigan Institute; Serve as a liaison with the growing network of incubator kitchens around the state. The position reports to the Associate Director of the Product Center who is responsible for venture development related counseling with input from the Director of the MSUE Greening Michigan Institute.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
A master's degree in scientific or business field related to processing and operations management, or equivalent work experience. A minimum of 5-years' experience (10 years or more preferred) with food and/or agricultural processing and operations management. Working knowledge of process design, operations and problem-solving, product development related processing issues, packaging, food safety, process authority, HAACP, regulatory compliance and other critical processing procedures. Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills required.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Brenda Reau/Associate Director of Product Center/reau@msu.edu

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Union Affiliation Non Union