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Working Title

Manufactured Foods Specialist #R1293   - Richmond, VA

Role Title

Environmental Specialist I - 59031  

Job Open Date


Job Close Date
Jobs close at 11:59pm EST/EDT.


Job Type Detail

Restricted Full-Time Salaried - Non Faculty- FTS-1R  

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?


Hiring Range

$31,979 - $47,000 annually  


Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)  

Agency Website


Click Here to Apply  



Richmond (City) - 760  



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Does this position have telework options?


Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference


Type of Recruitment

General Public - G  

Job Type

Full-Time (Salaried)  

Pay Band


Job Description

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a Manufactured Food Specialist within the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following: providing regular consultations, advice and technical assistance to home based and small food manufacturing operations and other related client relative to food or dietary supplement related concerns and inquiries; evaluate new business proposals for home based operations to ensure that food processes are safe and will assist these firms with their questions on regulatory requirements; assist in developing and increasing outreach efforts in order to protect public health and educate industry partners; collect information from complainants when foodborne illness is alleged, suspected or confirmed; conduct desk audits of completed inspection reports and compliance and enforcement actions to ensure that they comply with established procedures and policies; assist in ensuring that the Food Safety Program comes into compliance with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.  

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess significant knowledge of food safety practices and principles; knowledge of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; extensive knowledge of all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection; proficiency using standard professional computer software applications. Must have the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations; to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other documents. The ability to make independent technical decisions; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to be self-motivated and customer service oriented; and to effectively plan and organize work activities and successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Must have the ability to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments. Must have and maintain a valid driverā??s license and a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety.  

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or a related field. Current or recent experience in a similar regulatory position dealing with food safety and security in a retail or manufacturing environment. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.  

Special Requirements

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. EOE. Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable). Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position. Finally, if you have a "yellow form" or "blue form" issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. Fax to 804-371-8879, call 804-371-8066, or email to THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.  

Optional Applicant Documents

Cover Letter

Required Applicant Documents


Contact Information



Human Resources  


(804) 371-8066  






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