Food Safety Program
Manager – Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring, MD
20910 ( Map
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4 Year Degree
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The APHL Food Safety Program Manager provides support for a wide range of
food safety and foodborne illness activities
undertaken by member laboratories and works on behalf of and in collaboration
with APHL members, staff and partner organizations. The staff member oversees
the ongoing assessment of the food safety and foodborne
disease capacity of the public health laboratory system, provides support to
the Association’s Food Safety Committee, and represents the Association in
various forums. The staff person provides support for PulseNet
activities in coordination with the PulseNet
Program Manager. The staff person works in close collaboration with CDC’s
Food Safety Office and food safety professionals at FDA, USDA, and partner
organizations. The Food Safety Program Manager reports to the Director of
Infectious Disease and Food Safety Programs under the overall supervision of
the Senior Director for Public Health Programs, and works closely with the
Senior Advisor for Scientific Affairs.
As part of the Food Safety Team at APHL, the Food Safety Program Manager:
• Seeks and pursues opportunities to improve APHL’s
food safety efforts, including but not limited to the activities outlined in
the Cooperative Agreement with CDC
• Represents the organization in external initiatives, advisory committees,
• Maintains relationships with major funders and partner organizations. Helps
APHL provide a strong voice for laboratory issues by representing the
interests of public health laboratories to federal and organizational
• Facilitates technology transfer related to food safety issues among CDC,
APHL members, national associations, and other federal agencies.
• Manages APHL activities to assess and enhance the capacity and capability
of public health laboratories to respond to foodborne
disease outbreaks, either intentional or natural in origin.
• Provides staff support for the APHL Food Safety Committee, in coordination
with the Committee Chair and the PulseNet Program
o Organizing monthly conference calls, distributing minutes, and facilitating
o Organizing an annual in-person committee meeting
o Managing the process of policy statement development and approval
o Managing sub-committees and work groups, as needed, and facilitating action
items and the completion of deliverables
o Monitoring regulatory actions and conveying to the members those that are
relevant to public health laboratory practice
o Ensuring that the annual priorities assigned by the APHL BOD are addressed
by the Committee
• Works to align the goals of the Food Safety Program with the mission and
strategic plan of the Association.
• Provides information to our members through various outlets
• Assists the PulseNet Program Manager in supporting
PulseNet activities at the state, county, and local
level, including participating Agriculture Laboratories
• Organizes workshops and other training opportunities related to food safety
activities as needed by member laboratories. Solicits member input on
• Attends and assists in the planning of strategic food safety conferences,
including the PulseNet Update Meeting.
• Assists public health laboratories in responding to inquiries about food
safety and security issues. Manages APHL activities to educate others on the
role of public health laboratories in food safety
• Work with all APHL departments to promote the value of public health
laboratory testing in support of food safety initiatives.
• Manages the activities of contractors and consultants, including project
development, contract negotiations, payments and accounting records, and
• Prepares documents, reports, and correspondence for the Association.
Prepares presentations about APHL food protection and defense activities for
self and others to deliver at conferences and seminars
• Bachelor’s degree required in life science or health/health
policy/laboratory field; Masters Degree in public health or life science
preferred. Minimum 5 years experience or 2 years experience with a Masters
Degree and relevant employment history.
• Health department, federal agency, member-based organization, or laboratory
field experience preferred. Medical Technologist or microbiology background
• Microbiology or molecular laboratory science
• Project management
• Public health policy, food safety and security issues
• Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the Food and Drug Administration
• Computer literacy, successful experience in word processing, database
development and analysis, and PowerPoint presentation preparation, use of
e-mail, use of the Internet as research tool.
• Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
• Well-organized and detail-oriented.
• Ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups
• Project management
• Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and with others.
Moderate amount of travel required within the United States and abroad.
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