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Local Produce Safety Coordinator
The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is a full time position (40 hours/week) with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is responsible for offering an innovative statewide training and technical assistance program to operators of diversified farms seeking USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Harmonized GAP Certification.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. CFSA has worked to enhance the competitiveness of North Carolina fruit and vegetable producers for more than thirty years. Over the last several years, the implementation of on-farm food safety practices has become a critical marketing tool for growers, especially those selling into wholesale markets. CFSA has made food safety one of its top priorities by developing cost-effective, practical food safety strategies for small farms that will protect farms and public health.
The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is a full time, salaried position. The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is responsible for delivering an innovative training program, in collaboration with external partners, to operators of diversified farms seeking food safety certification, specifically the USDA GAPs and Harmonized GAP Audits. S/he will be responsible for providing direct consultation to growers, assisting with the process of coordinating, implementing, and self-auditing on-farm food safety programs, and making recommendations for further improvements to mitigate hazards in growing, harvesting and handling of products. Training and consultation will utilize the CFSA guidance manual, Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms, and will enable diversified farms to enter new and competitive wholesale and institutional markets and maintain existing markets that may impose more stringent food safety certification requirements in the future. The ideal candidate will have the ability to conduct internal and third party mock food safety audits with various food safety schemes and may be required to attend USDA GAP internal auditor training and/or other trainings depending on previous experience. S/he will also need to maintain knowledge of local wholesale buyer’s food safety requirements in order to provide member/growers with appropriate guidance when entering new markets.
The Local Produce Safety Coordinator reports to the Farm Services Director and will assist in the preparation of internal reports, compliance reports, grant billings, and other tasks necessary to meet program goals. The coordinator may work remotely from anywhere in North Carolina and will require extensive travel throughout the state.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (10%)
- Assist financial and programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, and work plan and budget adherence.
- Oversee purchasing in accordance with approved budget; maintain account and transaction records as needed for program implementation; ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols.
TRAININGS & DIRECT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (90%)
- Consult with producers in order to identify potential food safety risks and provide an assessment of their practices in relation to GAPs certification compliance.
- Provide one-on-one consulting services with producers in completing a food safety plan.
- Collaboratively plan and deliver quality educational food safety programs with external partners based on USDA GAPs Audit that are accurate, up to date, research-based, and meet participant needs.
- Participate in produce safety advisory committees, including the NCGT Fresh Produce Safety Team.
- Evaluate and document program impacts such as participant certification, knowledge gain, intent to change or adopt practices, and/or practice or behavior change.
- BS degree in Food Safety, Food Science, Food Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Agricultural Production, or a related field is required.
- At least three years on- farm production experience.
- At least two years experience with fresh produce safety issues.
- Demonstrated knowledge of on-farm food safety, Good Agricultural Practices, SOP development and other key food safety concepts.
- Ability to concisely and simply communicate food safety issues with farmers.
- Experience working in team environments with multiple partners in order to achieve common goals.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Experience, education, and/or a passion for Sustainable agriculture.
- Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to travel throughout the Carolinas.
- Proficiency with MS Office Pro applications.
- Proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals
To apply, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with small, diversified farms seeking USDA Good Agricultural Practices certification to email@example.com with “Local Produce Safety Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission. Please, no phone calls.
Applications will be accepted until position filled.