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Consumer Food Safety Specialist – Pullman, WA

Washington State University Extension

Position # 117987



Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist, Washington State University (WSU). This is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty position at the rank of E-2 or E-3 (analogous to Assistant or Associate Professor), within the WSU Extension Youth and Family Program Unit. The person will participate as an affiliated faculty member in the WSU-University of Idaho bi-state School of Food Science. The position will be located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, Washington.



The WSU Youth and Family Extension Program Unit is a departmental unit of WSU Extension within the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) of Washington State University. The Youth and Family Unit seeks an inspired and highly qualified professional in consumer food safety to join a statewide team dedicated to excellence in outreach and applied research addressing current and emerging issues of consumer food safety. Collaboration and teamwork with the faculty of the Youth and Family Unit, other Pacific Northwest University Extension systems and Schools or Departments of Food Science are essential in achieving maximum impact and relevancy in consumer food safety across the region. This position is responsible to the Director of the WSU Youth and Family Extension Program Unit.



 Conduct informal and formal program need/opportunity assessments and utilize faculty, agency, and stakeholder input to formulate program plans for consumer food safety.

 Develop research-based educational programs, materials and curricula to support Extension consumer food safety programs, including but not limited to food handling and preparation, preservation, food safety, cottage industry food development, restaurant food safety, food banks, using school garden produce, and responding to risk management during natural disasters.

 Provide statewide leadership and coordination for Extension education and outreach programs and applied research in consumer food safety for families, youth, and related food based businesses.

 Provide relevant educational opportunities for county-based faculty and staff, including developing methods to document program impacts.

 Extend the reach of WSU Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through computer applications, web pages, electronic mailings, multimedia technologies, and other emerging technologies.

 Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts and gifts to support the development and delivery of consumer food safety programs.

 Manage funding sources in accordance with University and funding agency policy.

 Build capacity to sustain and grow programs through constituent empowerment and/or leadership development

 Develop scholarly publications, fact sheets, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of food safety. Disseminate scholarship results and applied research in appropriate professional forums.

 Develop collaborative relationships with state agencies and organizations that influence food safety policy.

 Provide students with internships, research, and educational opportunities both on campus and throughout the state with Extension offices and agencies, as appropriate.

 Seek opportunities to serve on state, regional, and national committees to represent Washington State University.

 Participate as an affiliate faculty member in the WSU-UI School of Food Science.

 Document program impacts and make timely reports as required.

 Engage diverse audiences and communities.

 Become knowledgeable about and promote WSU Extension programs.



1. Minimum of an earned Master’s degree, at the time of application, in food science, food safety, or closely related discipline.

2. Strong academic training in consumer food safety.



1. A minimum of two years of experience or training in consumer food safety and problem solving as applied to food preparation, preservation, risk management, and other food safety topics.

2. Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity and willingness to engage diverse constituents in educational programs.

3. Demonstrated ability to conduct programs that address consumer food safety issues.

4. Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication with a record of peer-reviewed publications.

5. Knowledge and application of emerging issues in consumer food safety.

6. Flexibility in exercising both leadership and team membership roles to work harmoniously, independently, and collaboratively with people.

7. Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities.

8. Demonstrated success with grants, contracts, and gift development.

9. Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating educational activities.

10. Ph.D. in food science, food safety, or a closely related field.



• Evening and weekend work is required.

• Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. While using a private vehicle for official business, current automobile liability insurance must be obtained (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090).


• Extension faculty members are hired into the organization, not into a specific geographical location. It is possible that future circumstances may require relocation.

• Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations.

 Employees may undergo background screening as a condition of employment.




Salary is commensurate with the candidate's academic and professional qualifications and available funding. State of Washington benefits and enrollment in TIAA-CREF are included. For more information on benefits at WSU, go to:



This position is located on the Pullman campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho Panhandle and Moscow Mountain. These Idaho treasures, along with the unique rolling hills of the Palouse, provide area residents with a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from in a true four-season climate. Ample cultural and academic opportunities are available on the main campuses of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho in the neighboring town of Moscow. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit .



The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University includes a diverse yet interrelated range of disciplines within fifteen academic departments and five research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS serves at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; safeguards the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and encourages stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the “World Class. Face to Face” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the university’s land-grant mission by creating and delivering progressive extension programs that translate research results into solutions for problems encountered by rural, urban, and suburban Washington State residents.

To learn more about CAHNRS, visit: .


Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land- grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into 10 academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on 4 campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see .)

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD




Screening of applications will begin September 4, 2014.

To apply visit:

Be prepared to

 Fill out the on-line application

 Submit a letter of application addressing the preferred and minimum qualifications

 Write a concise 1-2 page statement outlining your approach to establishing an effective Consumer Food Safety educational program as described for the position

 Submit a current and complete curriculum vitae/resume

 List the names and contact information for four (4) professional references

 Provide a scanned photocopy of your official college transcripts


For questions about the position contact:

Margaret Viebrock

Chair – Search Committee



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