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Program Manager, Food Security and Safety - Oregon
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The Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program is seeking a Food Security and Safety Program Manager. This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position.
Extension FCH and the College of PHHS align toward a common vision of lifelong health and well-being for individuals, families and communities in Oregon, and beyond. This affiliation brings national distinction among land-grant universities and schools of public health because of the unique, built-in capacity for impactful outreach through OSU Extension Service FCH. FCH integrates an interdisciplinary, public health focus on health and well-being equity across the lifespan and human sciences research into PHHS Extension community-related practice.
This position will collaboratively develop and implement
an integrated vision for community food security programming. The integrated
vision will bring together community food security efforts, food safety and
preservation efforts, educational approaches, and future programming to meet
the needs of Oregonians. The Program Manager is part of a team of Extension
faculty and staff serving the state of Oregon. Collaborative work across
disciplines, organizational units, and Extension program areas is expected.
Through collaboration with Agriculture Extension programs, this position also
contributes to support for farm-based, direct-market, value-added food
Please visit the following webpages for more information on our commitment to inclusive excellence:
OSU Extension Service https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion
The Program Manager embeds the commitment of OSU Extension
Service to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and
duties performed. This individual will ensure that educational programs and
outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been
historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
Lead vision, inspiration, prioritization and focus for FCH programs that focus on increasing equitable access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods across Oregon. This position will work in support of the Healthier Together Oregon statewide food goals of (1) increasing access to affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate foods for BIPOC-AI/AN and low-income communities; and (2) building a resilient food system that provides access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food for all communities, especially when faced with unexpected stresses, disruptions and changes.
Gather information from diverse constituents via community visits and listening sessions, to clarify the landscape of community food security, safety, and preservation programming offered by Oregon State University Cooperative Extension, and identify needs moving forward. Leverage the information and the collaboration to clarify a vision and forward direction for programming, financing, staffing, and operations.
Partner closely with the Oregon State University Department of Food Science and Technology to support food security, safety, and preservation or other relevant programming; for example, supports may include scheduling trainings, delivering trainings, or assisting with materials development and dissemination.
Supervision/ Lead work
Plan for, recruit, hire/train, and supervise additional statewide and regional staff and volunteers as funding and program needs arise.
Supervise Educational Program Assistants in (up to) each county within the Extension region.
35% – Program Development and Implementation:
Ensure programming meets statewide health priorities as set by Oregon Health Authority as well as the mission/vision of Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service, and OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
Lead maintenance, adaptation, development, implementation, and evaluation/monitoring of diverse programming under the banner of community food security, including faculty/staff- and volunteer-led initiatives (e.g., Master Food Preserver or other future programming) towards food access, availability, safety and preservation, including risk management, evaluation and reporting and faculty training.
Develop, facilitate, teach/deliver, and evaluate Extension FCH educational programs and materials that increase participant knowledge and skills, promote behavior changes, and improve the quality of their lives.
Participate actively in or lead community-based planning and inter-agency collaboration to assure programming is effectively designed, focused on important community needs, and carried out in a manner that complements existing programs and services, maximizes opportunities and collective impact, and develops financial and political support for needed programs.
Develop and update as needed outreach and informational materials related to community education, outreach, and marketing.
Building Volunteer Capacity and Participation (10% of Program development and implementation)
In the shorter term (first 6-12 months), engage with, motivate, train, and supervise volunteers anywhere in the state; and in the longer term (>12 months), recruit additional program staff who lead a strong volunteer base to deliver programming.
Provide leadership and training for faculty and staff working with program volunteers, including the development of training and workshops for volunteers and staff that engage in their communities toward food security, safety and preservation.
Leverage programming efforts by building volunteer capacity and participation. Examples include strengthening local food hubs and food assistance networks; delivering food safety, preservation, and resource management programs; initiating advocacy efforts; supporting SNAP, WIC, Veggie Rx; and health and wellness education to individuals, youth, adults, and seniors.
20% – Fundraising and Development:
Explore and plan for, as needed, fee-for-service (cost recovery) programming in the area of food security, safety, or preservation.
Partner with OSU Foundation, FCH Program Leader, CPHHS and OSU Extension Leadership to explore and obtain grant, contract, gift or fee-based funding to sustain and grow the Extension community food security and safety efforts.
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 Community.
Participate as a valued team member of the county and statewide Extension faculty and staff, including efforts to help market Extension programs locally, statewide, and nationally.
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.
Master’s degree in field relevant to program focus: nutrition, agriculture, community development, public health, or closely related field.
Three years’ experience leading community food security, food safety, and/or food preservation applied research or practice-based outreach, education, and/or technical assistance.
Three years’ experience effectively working with diverse populations, including demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery, and demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Demonstrated ability to lead community education programming or community coalitions to accomplish shared goals.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and leadership communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage competing time demands, and also as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including effective use of mass media.
Demonstrated experience as a manager of staff and/or volunteers who implement community-based research or programming.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Eight years’ experience leading food security applied research or practice-based programming (e.g., food access, availability, safety, preservation) in a community setting.
Eight years’ experience effectively working with diverse populations, including demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery, and demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for mission-driven work.
Track record of shared mission-driven accomplishments in partnership with community, government, or industry collaborations.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This position requires travel.
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No
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Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV describing your interest in the position, and detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications required for the position; and
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and
experience have prepared you for this position.
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For additional information please contact: Teresa Crowley at Teresa.Crowley@oregonstate.edu
OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please visit https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ for additional information about OSU’s plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity
and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of
historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with
disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate
the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive
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