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Director, Food Safety & Policy - Portland, OR



Organized in 1914, the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) represents the interests of

Pacific Northwest food processing industry (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) in a variety of food

processing & packaging segments such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy, bakeries, specialty, juices

and more. Its membership base includes national companies with operations or headquarters in the

Pacific Northwest, regional companies and locally run family businesses. NWFPA is one of the nation’s

largest food processing trade associations, with current membership of nearly 500 member companies

including 120 food processors with 200 production facilities throughout the Northwest region.

NWFPA is seeking a Director, Food Safety & Policy to supplement food safety and policy issue

management, as well as provide technical expertise in training resource management as described



Core Competencies

• Assist with NWFPA objectives relating to regulatory and industrybased food policy for operational

and technical issues.

• Serve as a technical resource for NWFPA member companies and for industry advocacy efforts.

• Assist with communicating relevant food safety and policy information and analysis to members

and potential members.

• Identify food policy training and education needs and guide NWFPA Training Center staff with

content development and coordination with training providers.

• Provide staff assistance for the Operations and Technical Affairs Committee and other appropriate

committees and activities.

This position reports to the VP, Scientific & Technical Affairs.


Essential Duties

Regulatory Affairs

• Develop and maintain close professional relationships with key policy and enforcement

personnel in the Seattle District, Pacific Region and headquarters of the Food and Drug

Administration, the Departments of Health and Agriculture in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington,

and other agencies with regulatory authority or influence over the processing of food products

in member companies.

• Maintain a working knowledge of regulations governing food products produced by member

processors in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

• Assist with analyzing food safety and policy issues and their impact on member companies.

Provide advocacy support as directed.

• Interface with agencies as needed on industry policies and positions important to member

companies and influence, where possible, agency direction relevant to those policies and


• Maintain close professional relationships with academic personnel at the Northwest land grant

universities and other universities as needed to accomplish the goals of the scientific and

technical program.



• Identify and assist in creation of timely and pertinent content on food safety and policy issues

relevant to member companies for Food Safety News.

• Provide issue briefings to industry through NW Reports, special bulletins, briefing papers and

other written and electronic communications as needed.


Education and Training

• Develop and implement training and education programs in technical and operations topics for

the Convention, the Executive Business Summit, and targeted conferences as needed.

• Assist the NWFPA Training Center with identifying training needed to implement new and

emerging food policy and safety requirements and/or best practices.

• Serve as Contract Manager for the NWFPA SQF Training Center.

• Assist Training Center staff in development of content, identification of speakers, appropriate

delivery methods, community and committee outreach, and training quality control.

• Identify potential partnerships useful to the training center to provide needed training and



Member Assistance

• Maintain a working knowledge of technical and scientific developments of potential interest to


• Provide liaison services to members needing specific regulatory assistance on compliance



Minimum Qualifications

• M.S. in Food Science, Microbiology, or related technical field(s).

• 610 years of experience in the food processing industry.

• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

• Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.

• Ability to think strategically.



• Policy and Communications Support Specialist

• Training Coordinator


Work Conditions

• Standard office hours; evenings and weekends as needed. NWFPA offices are located near the

Portland Airport.

• Travel throughout NW and to national locations as needed.

• Sitting, bending, typing and reading from a computer screen is required.


Salary Range

Depending on experience. NWFPA offers a generous benefit package including medical/dental/life

insurance, vacation, sick leave and 401(k) plan contributions.


To apply

Send a cover letter and resume to , with the subject line: DIRECTOR, FOOD

SAFETY: [your name]. Please no phone calls. Position will be open until filled.





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