Director, Science and Technology Programs
of Food Technologists
Washington, D.C., USA
This is a full time position to support IFT’s science and policy
initiatives. The position:
· Serves as the principal scientific and technical resource/content leader
for key scientific projects and activities related to food safety.
· Serves as principal point of contact for FDA and other food safety
related grant and contract work including agency interaction, panels of
experts, and internal functional groups for the purposes of administration
and overall management.
· Serve as the “go-to” technical expert on food safety related issues.
· Directs and manages all grant and contract work related to food safety.
May also serve as Project Director, or oversees Project Directors.
· Successfully completes all components of grant and contract work
including regular status reports, technical content and final written
· Develops responses to requests for proposals from government agencies and
other organizations, ensuring that scientific and technical issues are
thoroughly addressed, and that budgets and timelines are reasonable.
· Identifies outreach mechanisms to promote contract work to diverse groups
· Develops effective working relationships and activities with government
agencies, science-based alliances and coalitions, and other
professional/scientific/public/trade organizations consistent with the
goals and objectives of IFT’s Strategic Plan and with the objective of
raising the visibility and scientific/professional profile of IFT.
Assists in generating recommendations on science policy initiatives worthy
of attention and offers guidance on the appropriate role of IFT in science
policy leadership, support, liaison and networking.
· Assists in the development of communications vehicles including:
providing written and oral science-based counsel and analyses to Congress,
regulatory agencies and other key stakeholder groups, responses to Federal
Register notice and comment to proposed rules/regulations, calls for
nominations to advisory boards/committees/councils, developing position
papers/issue briefs/white papers, participating in Congressional educational
· Actively participates in the ongoing administration of related volunteer
panels, task forces, work groups, etc. and participates in IFT Annual
Meeting and Food Expo. May serve as course director or faculty for IFT
short courses, webinars, and other scientific and educational programming.
· Actively support IFT website and web community by responding to member
inquiries and posting useful information.
Works in conjunction with other staff from Science and Policy Initiatives,
Marketing & Communications, Knowledge and Learning, and other areas to
work collaboratively on projects.
Travel, including the ability to occasionally attend evening and weekend
meetings, is essential
Sitting for extended periods of time
Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other office
Please email your resume in MS Word, RTF, HTML, or ASCII text format. If
you wish to enclose a cover letter, please include it in the body of your
Advanced degree in food science, food technology, or related field.
Well established connections within the global scientific and regulatory
community, government and industry.
Experience writing research proposals and performing work under contract a
Experience in strategic planning, project management, staff management, and
Experience building results-oriented partnerships and alliances.
Relationship builder – able to work as a team member, provide courteous
service to internal and external clients
Superior writing skills to translate contract work into updates for IFT and
to summarize scientific publications into succinct and understandable
points to consider for a diversity of audiences.
Ability to consistently demonstrate cooperative attitude, assuming
responsibility and maintaining flexibility in working with others
Results-oriented perspective, demonstrating a commitment to follow-through
Initiative – actively engaged in continuous improvement, provides
suggestions for improvement, offers solutions to challenges/issues
Engaged – maintains a presence while at work
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to
develop relationships with individuals and organizations with diverse
political, philosophical, and scientific views.
A confident self-starter with the capacity to multitask.
Washington, DC, USA