Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-SEAIFS [#15167, wdr-00021047]
Position Title: Senior Extension Associate Institute for Food Safety
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map]
Subject Area: Food Science
Appl Deadline:2020/01/01help popup (posted 2019/10/17, listed until 2020/04/17)
Position Description:    

Senior Extension Associate, Institute for Food Safety 
Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 
Cornell University
Geneva, New York 

About Us
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The College of Agriculture and Life Science 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 prove 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. 

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options. 

Who We Are:
The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU) is in the Department of Food Science, within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and is based at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York. IFS@CU was established in 2016 to rapidly address current and emerging food safety issues through effective training and education programs built upon a solid scientific foundation grounded in research. In keeping with Cornell University’s Land Grant Mission to create and apply knowledge with a public purpose, the IFS@CU’s goal is to become a global leader in food safety by integrating training, education, and research to ensure the safety of the food supply and the economic viability of food systems from farm to fork. 

Key Responsibilities as Director:
As the Director, the incumbent will lead a dynamic team to continue to build and strengthen the IFS@CU extension, research and outreach program. He/she will be responsible for setting priorities for IFS@CU activities with input from an internal Steering Committee of Cornell University faculty and an Advisory Council composed of internal and external stakeholders from academia, industry, and local, state, and federal government agencies. The candidate will establish the economic sustainability of the IFS@CU by leveraging current funding to generate an internal source of revenue through fee-based courses, services, and trainings while identifying new and diversified funding sources from both the private and public sectors, including grants and gifts. He/she will lead the development, delivery and marketing of new food safety extension, education, and outreach programming in collaboration with internal and external constituents, including staff and faculty in IFS@CU, programs from the Food Science Department and Cornell Cooperative Extension, and from other departments at Cornell University. This position reports to the IFS Managing Director, Professor Olga Padilla-Zakour, Department of Food Science. 

Specific job duties and responsibilities include: 
• Develop and implement a food safety extension and research program that impacts local, state, national, and international constituents. (25%) 
• Oversee the creation, design, and review of content for courses offered as part of the curricula for food safety certificate programs in food science. Coordinate course content development with other core groups and affiliated programs in food and beverage processing and technology, and fresh fruit and vegetable production including postharvest handling and processing. (25%) 
• Develop, deliver, and market new and existing courses for both online and in-person delivery. (20%) 
• Ensure economic sustainability by leveraging current funding sources with additional program funding.(10%) 
• Evaluate course offerings and materials to assess functionality, continually improve IFS@CU offerings, and identify opportunities for the future.(5%) 
• Communicate IFS@CU impacts, activities, and progress reports to the IFS@CU Managing Director, Steering Committee, and Advisory Council; CALS Administration; state and federal government agencies; and other internal and external stakeholders. (5%) 
• Represent the IFS@CU and act as a liaison to enhance partnerships between the IFS@CU and its affiliated programs: Cornell AgriTech, Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), CCE regional teams and educators, the Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture, and state and federal government agencies. (5%) 
• Engage with stakeholders including growers, processors, retailers, industry organization representatives, and other food industry representatives to identify opportunities and needs for additional food safety research and outreach.(5%) 

The Senior Extension Associate position is a full-time, non-tenure track, academic term position located in Geneva, New York. This is a 3-year appointment with extension of term contingent upon secured funding and successful job performance. 

Required Qualifications: 
• Ph.D. degree in food science or closely related field, with relevant experience in food microbiology, food safety, education, and food production. 
• 6+ years of related work experience in extension education and/or research, including teaching adult learners. 
• Demonstrated ability to lead a dynamic and energetic team of professionals to accomplish required tasks and objectives. 
• Demonstrated ability to present information in public forums including presentations at industry meetings, and engage with political and government representatives . 
• Ability to work with faculty at Cornell University and beyond to develop projects necessary to support a strong extension and research program. 
• Ability to generate revenue through program fees, partnership development, and grant writing to support the IFS@CU. Experience in budget development and management. 
• Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, project management, problem-solving, and the ability to interact with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings. 
• Must be personable, flexible, and skilled at establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. 
• Must have effective organizational, communication (oral and written) and time management skills, and be able to multiple task, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
• Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of software (i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). 
• Work will require weekend and non-traditional work hours, and overnight travel to trainings, conferences, and other relevant events. Must have reliable transportation, a valid New York State driver license and undergo a successful driver background check. 
• Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs for handling instructional materials or exhibits.  

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Experience with online course design, curriculum development, and innovative teaching strategies as well as knowledge of adult learning concepts. 
• Knowledge of online learning management systems (i.e. Canvas), graphic design programs. 
• Experience teaching FSMA related courses and workshops 
• Experience working to develop, translate, and deliver curricula in Spanish or other foreign languages is a plus. 

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 

To apply: 
Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line ( 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of extension program and applied research interests and plans, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( 

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 18, 2019 and thereafter as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth A. Bihn at 

EEO Statement: 
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
665 W North St.
125 Food Research Lab
Geneva, NY 14456

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