Program Manager, Dairy Initiative
Department of Food Science and Technology
College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University
The Department of Food Science & Technology (FST), in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a Program Manager for Dairy Initiative.
This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position located in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) is an academic and research program that embraces the role as the epicenter of where food meets science and where students receive impactful education along with experiential learning as they advance their careers within the food and beverage community. Our faculty’s diverse research interests enable us to successfully collaborate with Oregon’s agricultural and food and beverage industries. FST provides value added finishes to the work conducted by our colleagues throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences. FST is taking a leadership role in ensuring Oregon and beyond will meet 21st century food systems’ challenges by integrating sustainability across all parts of our Mission – Education, Research, and Outreach. FST is one of 13 academic departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences. FST has a long tradition for strong stakeholder engagement and impactful research programs funded by over $7.5M federal and industry grant funding supporting around 50 graduate students. The Arbuthnot Dairy Center is the home for everything dairy foods related at OSU. The Center contains faculty at campus and at the Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Portland. Programs include dairy extension programs and courses, dairy innovation programs, dairy research, and an active dairy pilot plant that houses the Beaver Classic program and supports dairy entrepreneurs.
Program Mission: The Arbuthnot Dairy Center aims to
This position requires travel to deliver programs and maintain collaborations. Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position, wireless access may be necessary.
70% Program Management & Logistics Support Organizes internal dairy team meetings. Coordinates visits by dairy people/groups to OR and OSU (campus or FIC). Organizes and executes dairy events on campus such as FFA career event and events with OSU pre-college program. Works with ODNC to organize and run Future of Dairy event. Works with Oregon Dairy Industries (ODI), the region’s dairy processors, and dairy judges to schedule and execute the annual ODI Dairy Product Judging. Analyzes and reports results from judging.
Assists with developing the ODI Conference program and supports BUILD program logistics including communicating with BUILD leadership in Idaho. Develops supplier reference lists and other work to facilitate dairy innovation and supports extension/outreach courses.
Engage regularly with diverse internal and external collaborators to elevate the visibility of the OSU dairy foods program and facilitate communication. Research, extension, government and industry partners include; Oregon State University dairy food extension and research faculty at the Food Innovation Center, the Department of Food Science & Technology, Nutrition, Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Dairy Industries, Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, Oregon Cheese Guild, Oregon Dairy & Nutrition Council, Dairy West, the Pacific Coast Coalition, Dairy Management Inc, along with professionals and executive leaders of dairy processing companies in Oregon, and beyond.
Supervision/ Lead work: Plan for, recruit, hire/train, and supervise undergraduate student helpers. 2-4 students throughout the year.
10% Central liaison and first contact for OSU dairy foods program Directs all dairy food inquiries to appropriate faculty. Prepares official intake tracking for all troubleshooting/innovation/safety requests, identifies faculty or rejects project, and tracks accepted projects until completion.
10% Communication lead for dairy foods program Develops communication on behalf of the dairy foods program and distributes through social media and news releases. Tracks outputs from dairy foods program and graphs data for benchmarking.
5% Career development support for students and industry Serves as liaison between dairy processing recruiters and students. Organizes recruiting events for dairy companies, this may include direct contact with students under the age of 18. Help guide students to identify careers in dairy. Tracks number of students employed as interns or permanently by dairy industry.
5% Service to Profession, University, Extension and Community Participate in professional activities and serve on appropriate boards, councils and committees of the University, the College, Extension and the dairy industry.
Promote Oregon State University as a statewide institution of higher learning. Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and/or scholarly outcomes. Contribute to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.
Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience. Oregon State University offers an extensive benefits package: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees
For more information and to apply go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/124914
To ensure full consideration applications must be received by September 22, 2022.
Position closing date is October 03, 2022.
The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.
Application materials include:
1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
2) Cover letter including how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this
3) Diversity statement.
You will also be required to submit the names of three professional references, their e-mail
addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For more information about the position contact Sarah Masoni, search committee chair,
For questions regarding the application process please contact Sarah Haluzak,
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