Department of Food Science, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Food-PSAEA [#11903, WDR-00016429]
Position Title: Produce Safety Alliance Extension Associate - Bilingual
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Horticulture
Food Science
Environmental Science
Appl Deadline:2018/09/17** finished (2018/09/10, finished 2018/09/27, listed until 2019/03/17)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Produce Safety Alliance - Extension Associate (Bilingual)

Department of Food Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Geneva, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), based in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, is a collaborative project with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide educational outreach assistance to fresh produce growers and packers, including grower cooperatives, to increase their understanding of the critical role they play in public health by implementing food safety practices on the farm and in packinghouses.  Since 2010, the PSA has been developing a standardized curriculum to be utilized in national and international training programs to educate fruit and vegetable growers, educators, industry members, and regulatory officials on current Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and guidance related to produce safety, as well as the regulatory requirements that were issued by the FDA in November 2015 as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The FSMA Produce Safety Rule will also impact international producers of fruits and vegetables through the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Producers exporting to the United States will be subject to the same standards within the FSMA PSR as domestic producers. This education and outreach will be achieved through the delivery of the standardized, multi-lingual training and education programs.

As a key member of the PSA team, the Extension Associate (EA) will be required to have dual English and Spanish proficiency, including the ability to read, write, speak, and edit in both English and Spanish languages. The EA will be responsible for overseeing the translation, editing, and proofreading of PSA projects to ensure quality, message accuracy and consistency, appropriate tone and voice, and cultural relevance. By leading a panel of Spanish-speaking reviewers, the EA will lead the evaluation process for Spanish-speaking applicants who apply to become PSA Lead Trainers.

Due to extensive national and international collaboration established by the PSA, it is anticipated the EA will interact with a diverse population of individuals and stakeholder groups across the country and outside of the United States, with specific emphasis on engagement with the Produce International Partnership (PIP).  PIP is a partnership between the University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) and the PSA. The PIP will develop and coordinate the dissemination of training/outreach to the international farming community, but PSA interfaces closely to ensure educational materials and training deliveries are appropriate for the intended audience.

The EA will facilitate and provide leadership for conference calls relating to international outreach efforts and may be directly involved in training other individuals to use the curriculum, in-person and through online platforms in Spanish. In addition, the EA will provide continual feedback to PSA leadership through preparation of international impact reports, training evaluations, and outreach activities.  This position will require frequent visits to the Geneva, NY office as well as the Ithaca, NY office with the possibility to work remotely. 

This is a one-year term appointment with renewal dependent on performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications

Master of Science (MS) degree in Food Science, Horticulture, Environmental Science/Conservation, Agricultural Science or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field. Documented excellence in Spanish pedagogy, as well as written and oral communication in Spanish. Native or near-native ability in Spanish language. Advanced knowledge of Good Agricultural Practices, produce safety, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Experience training produce growers. Proven ability to identify and relay technical scientific information to a non-scientific audience in a practical and respectful manner.  Experience must demonstrate sound judgment, creativity, management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well within a team of professionals.  Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential conflicts so that they can be fairly resolved in a transparent and documented way.  Ability to work in a team environment but be independent to accomplish required tasks and objectives while managing multiple projects.  Must be personable, maintain a positive attitude, be flexible, and be able to take criticism related to project work so that many ideas can be shared to achieve the best outcome.  Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.  Prior presentation preparation, public speaking, and adult education experience a must, in English and Spanish.  Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License.  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.  Proficient in Microsoft office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and data entry procedures required.  Possess excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills and take pride in their work.  Work closely with the Coordinator and Extension Specialist and keep Director informed of progress.

Preferred Qualifications

PSA Lead Trainer or PSA Trainer. Ph.D. in Food Science, Horticulture, Environmental Science/Conservation, Agricultural Science or equivalent with experience working in produce safety. Proven ability to facilitate group discussions and lead teams of people through to completion of tasks/assignments in an efficient, safe, and timely manner. Research experience in an area relevant to produce safety such as surface water quality, or compost production. Experience with Adobe suite (Acrobat), webinar programs (Zoom, Adobe Connect, Go-To-Meeting), online teaching platforms (eCornell, Blackboard), and basic social media platform proficiency (Facebook, University blogs, Twitter) preferred. 

Application Instructions:

Please submit a CV, coverletter, and complete contact information for 3 references, to All application materials must be completed and submitted by 5pm on 9/17/18. Review of applications will begin immediately following.

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Further Info:
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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