Food Safety Extension Educator
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As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute (HNI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in food safety in Metro Detroit/ City of Detroit and surrounding area. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and community groups, working with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele.
In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to food safety. Food safety programming encourages Michigan’s residents to use safe food practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness by teaching foodservice managers, workers, volunteers, childcare providers, and consumers about safe food practices. You will educate consumers on proper, research-based, home food preservation methods and help create safer food handling practices at food pantries and farmers markets. Through your leadership, you will implement food safety educational programs such as Food Preservation, ServSafe®, Cottage Food Law, Safe Food = Healthy Kids, Food Pantry Food Safety, Cooking for Crowds, and more. You will also work with team members to answer questions from the public through online platforms, texting, and a statewide telephone hotline.
Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that help adults learn how to reduce their risk of illness when preparing food and to preserve food safely. You will also develop, produce, and deliver education that reaches childcare providers to reduce foodborne illnesses in the children they care for, and foodservice managers, workers and volunteers across the state who protect their customers’ health and sell food products to the public. You will work with the food safety team to provide outreach materials that include messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with Health and Nutrition Institute messaging.
Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include local county health departments and local Metro Detroit food businesses.
Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Macomb County MSU Extension office.
- Identify, develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing people in Michigan.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the HNI.
- Understand and support the Health and Nutrition Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion and Civil Rights, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class and other human differences in rural, suburban and urban communities, and where applicable, increasing programmatic delivery and participation in urban centers.
- Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.
- Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the HNI and work teams.
- Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
- Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles.
- Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Nutrition, Food Science, Public Health
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to nutrition, food science, public health or related field must be earned by date of hire.
- Familiarity with Michigan Food Code.
- Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic diversity of the target population served.
- Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management.
- Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
- Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
- Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
- Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
- 3-years’ experience in program delivery, teaching, or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years, preferred).
- Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
- Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.
This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.
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