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Food Safety Program Manager - Riley County, KS

The State of Kansas

$75,000 - $85,000 a year - Full-time

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$75,000 - $85,000 a year

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Kansas Department of Agriculture

1320 Research Park Drive

Manhattan, KS 66502

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full/Part-time: Full-Time
  • Work Schedule: Days (8am to 5pm)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veteran Preference Eligible: Yes


  • Annual Salary Range: $75,000 to $85,000 Per Year
  • Hourly Pay Range: $36.06 – $40.86 Per Hour
  • Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

This position will remain posted until filled. Location: KDA Headquarters. Riley, County Kansas

This professional position serves as the administrator and program manager of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Lodging program. In addition, this position is responsible for state administration of the cooperative State – FDA programs regarding inspection of food establishments and food processing plants. The following will be the responsibility of the Food Safety and Lodging Program Manager if chosen.

Administration. This position is responsible for developing program budget goals and objectives to ensure statutorily assigned duties are completed in an effective manner. The position is responsible for preparing the Food Safety and Lodging program budget for submission for review and inclusion in the KDA budget, and for proper monitoring and oversight of program expenditures. The position is also responsible for development and oversight of the conduct of activities defined in cooperative agreements or memorandums of understanding with the U.S Food and Drug Administration and other state and federal agencies.

Enforcement. This position must ensure all statutes, rules, and regulations assigned to the Food Safety and Lodging program are properly enforced. The position is responsible for making sure investigations and inspections are properly conducted by program staff and for ensuring that proper enforcement actions are taken when violations of assigned laws have been identified. Work is performed in concert with the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Agribusiness Services Director and agency legal staff. The incumbent is also responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate regulations for assigned statutes.

Supervision. This position is responsible for direct guidance, coordination, and supervision of program staff and their activities. The position is also responsible for identifying training needs for program technical and clerical staff and assisting those staff in maintaining and enhancing skill levels. This position also reviews the performance evaluations of program personnel and makes recommendations regarding the validity of these performance evaluations.

Agency Representation. This position represents the Kansas Department of Agriculture in several professional associations including the Association of Food and Drug Officials. The position also works closely with Kansas State University, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assure the statutory requirements of the department and agency are met. The incumbent will continue and help foster relationships with state and federal partners to promote food safety and education.

Other Duties. This position is asked to complete reports, documents or submit information as necessary or requested by agency, state and federal authorities. The incumbent may be called upon to perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. The position also serves to advise and assist the Secretary in development of agency and program policies on issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a biological, agriculture, physical science or food science. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.
  • Knowledge of food safety Laws/Regulations, food preparation, food processing procedures, formulations.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain commissioning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Three to five years of professional or managerial experience in food preparation, food processing or an agriculture related field.
  • Excellent public speaking, written and verbal communication.
  • At least two years of supervisory experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science degree or higher, preferably in agriculture, microbiology, food science, or food technology or public health.
  • Experience in public health regulation or inspection of food processing facilities.
  • Personnel and fiscal management experience is strongly preferred.
  • Supervisory experience, preferably in food inspections.

Recruiter Contact Information:

  • Name: Kelsey Senn
  • Email:
  • Phone(785) 564-6712
  • Fax: (785) 564-6777
  • Mailing Address: 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502

Required Documents for this Application to be Complete:

  • On the My Job Applications page, verify these documents are present and valid. Upload or delete and replace if needed.
    • Tax Clearance Certificate,
    • DD214 (if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference)
  • Inside your Job Application, upload the these documents:
    • Resume (or choose existing resume if you have one)
    • Cover Letter

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Required: Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Job Application Process

  • Sign in to your existing account or Register for a new account.
  • Review and complete your contact information on the My Contact Information page.
  • Upload documents listed in the Required Documents section of this job posting to the appropriate location.
  • Complete and submit your application.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email - the email listed on the Careers>My Contact Information page.
    • Notifications - view the Careers>My Job Notifications page.



How to Claim Veterans Preference

Veterans' Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.



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