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Director, Food Safety Programs

POSTED: Nov 04




Washington, D.C.


Institute of Food Technologists


Full Time - Experienced



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Job Description



Position Summary

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.

Essential Responsibilities

·          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 report.

·          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 of stakeholders.

·          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 briefings, etc.

·          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.



Work Conditions

*          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 equipment

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 email message.







Experience Requirements

*          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 plus.

*          Experience in strategic planning, project management, staff management, and fiscal management.

*          Experience building results-oriented partnerships and alliances.


Skill Requirements

*          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.


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