Extension Associate (Food Safety Extension Associate)
Penn State Extension is seeking a qualified candidate to provide program team management and assistance for food service/retail operations and consumer food safety programs, in partnership with Extension educators and faculty in the Department of Food Science. The role of the position is to assure that county-based educators, who are part of the Food Safety & Quality (FS&Q) State Extension team, are implementing educational programs and developing supporting materials designed to address food safety issues and prevent foodborne illness for food industry professionals employed in food service and/or retail establishments, as well as consumers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This position is a standing staff position in which the successful candidate will be expected to embrace innovation and new approaches that enhance access to and value of our food safety educational program products. The individual in the position will: assess state and national needs, issues and trends in food safety, prepare background information for use in food safety program planning, and support the College's strategic plan to enhance and expand food safety programming. The candidate will develop, gather, and organize food safety information, displays, posters, publications, and curricula for county-based Extension educators. The individual also will oversee the Food Safety Manager Certification and the Master Food Preserver programs, which include courses for food service and retail establishments (ServSafe, Tap Series) and Home Food Preservation offered by Extension personnel throughout Pennsylvania. This position also will assist in the development and dissemination of food safety information via the department, statewide events, and/or locally-sponsored programs, workshops or short courses. The candidate also will extend program outreach to diverse or underserved audiences and must be able to work effectively with diverse populations and audiences. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required in English and valued in Spanish. The individual will organize professional development for Extension educators and Nutrition Links program assistants, as well as work with 4-H educators to increase youth involvement in food safety projects and practices. The individual will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. The individual will assist with development and maintenance of food safety related materials or training programs on the Extension website and Extension Registration System (CVent). This position will work closely with Extension Staff and Faculty members in the Department of Food Science at Penn State to develop and evaluate the impact of food safety programs, curricula, or materials used by Extension educators and report this information to appropriate clientele and agencies. The candidate will collaborate with Extension Staff and Faculty members in the Department of Food Science to secure funding (revenue generation, grants, sponsorships, donations) for food safety educational programs or curricula development and evaluation, as well as plan and record time allocation for Extension programs into the Extension Program Activity System (EPAS), the College of Agricultural Sciences planning and reporting system. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to apply research results to practical situations, as well as demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communication methods effectively. Strong technology skills are an asset to this position. The candidate must have outstanding organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively. Since this position requires operation of a motor vehicle as part of the job duties, the candidate must have a valid driver's license and use of a private automobile. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check is required, in addition to standard background checks. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.