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As part of MSU Extension (MSUE), and the Community, Food & Environment Institute’s (CFEI) MSU Product Center (PC), this position provides local and regional leadership across West Central Michigan in managing the Food, Agriculture, Research and Manufacturing (FARM) food processing incubator in Muskegon, Michigan. This position will collaborate across work teams, institutes, community groups and food companies, working with MSU faculty, specialists and educators to advance FARM and PC clientele.
Working as the on-site manager for the FARM food business incubator, you will plan the activities, resources, budgets and operations of FARM, while working with existing and future tenants to address their value-added food product goals. You will focus on conducting outreach activities, educational programs and providing technical assistance to businesses in the agriculture and food sectors to advance value-added products and services through confidential, one-on-one counseling services.
Your outreach activities will include efforts to market the services of the MSU Product Center, including the recruitment of clients, and development of partnerships with internal and external community and industry organizations, such as the MSU Food Processing and Innovation Center, area Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Agencies, MiWorks, community colleges, and regional universities. You will also work with the MSU Business team to prepare all required reports and maintain a comprehensive set of records on FARM tenant activities. You will disseminate research-based information through various methods, including in-person, multimedia programming and research-based educational articles, or other online content for distribution on the MSUE website related to entrepreneurship, business planning, food/forest product development, and marketing.
While working to advance the goals of clientele and serving as a liaison with governmental and industry entities, you will have the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of statewide Product Center events like the Making it in Michigan Conference and Trade Show, and other appropriate events. Your work will also include development, planning and evaluation of educational workshops, events, and webinars for the incubator, including food safety education and technical assistance to new business start-ups, as well as collaboration with MSU and MSU Extension colleagues to conduct follow-up evaluations with clients to determine economic impacts.
This position will work from the Food, Agriculture, Research and Manufacturing food processing incubator located on the campus of Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan.
Identify, develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected 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 Extension Community, Food & Environment Institute.
Understand and support the Community, Food & Environment 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.
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 MSUE, the Community, Food & Environment Institute, the MSU Product Center and the appropriate work team(s).
Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles, or other online content, for distribution on the MSUE website related to entrepreneurship, business planning, food/forest product development, marketing, etc.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the director of the MSU Product Center.
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 -Food Science, Business, Economics, Food
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to food science, business, economics, food marketing or related field must be earned by date of hire.
Ability to create and carry-out 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.
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 travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
HACCP (Hazard analysis critical control point) generic certification.
PCQI (Process Controls Qualified Individual) certification as part of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) compliance.
Knowledge of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) licensing requirements.
BPCS (Better Process Control School) for acidified, low-acid and acid canning knowledge desirable for Process Authority Review (PAR).
Familiarity with appropriate FDA regulations, including 21 Code of Federal Regulations.
Understanding of Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO).
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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