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Associate/Director of Sustainable Food Systems and Food Science Programs

About Unity Environmental University:
For more than fifty years, Unity Environmental University has been preparing the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to successfully face real-world challenges. With environmentally focused degrees, Unity Environmental University offers affordable and accessible degrees, certificates, and non-degree courses, through a variety of modalities including hybrid, in-person, hyflex, and online.

Our Mission:
We are dedicated to delivering quality education and experiences that produce outstanding environmentally competent professionals and inspire individuals from all walks of life to steward sustainable ecosystems.

Position Overview:
The primary responsibility of the Distance Education (DE) Director of Sustainable Food Systems and Food Science Programs (SFS) is to assist the DE Dean of Sustainability Studies by developing and growing new baccalaureate programs of study in sustainable food systems, food technology, food science, controlled environment agriculture, and other related areas. Distance Education Program Directors are expected to design programs that are responsive to market data and potential employer needs, oversee curriculum design at the program and course level, monitor and report on program viability and relevance, support program recruitment and marketing efforts, and provide other services as needed. This position works closely with and reports to the Dean of Sustainability Studies and is based in the Unity Environmental University Distance Education offices located in New Gloucester, Maine.


DE Instructional Unit: Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Management
  • Support the Dean of Sustainability Studies in maintaining the integrity of the curriculum, including any accreditation requirements.
  • Develop and grow baccalaureate programs in areas related to sustainable food systems, food science, and other related areas that align with the Colleges mission and vision and are financially viable.
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for program and course design.
  • Oversee hiring and supervision of qualified instructors for courses within SFS-related programs and disciplines.
  • Oversee hiring and supervision of SMEs for course design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of learning models, appropriate online pedagogies, and effective use of technological tools to support adult and non traditional learners.
  • Assess and evaluate courses and programs related to SFS and other areas as assigned.
  • Teach up to 240 student credit hours per calendar year as assigned.
  • Proactively communicate challenges, successes, and failures with the Dean of Sustainability Studies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
DE SEBU: Communication and Student-Focused Collaboration and Problem-solving
  • Participate in Distance Education governance (task groups) as assigned.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to work within the Unity Environmental University Enterprise Model.
  • Professionally represent Unity Environmental University Distance Education through scholarship, outreach, and professional platforms.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of commitment to customer service and quality education.
  • Work with Distance Education staff and leaders to develop strategies for effective advising and retention efforts.
  • Collaborate with DE academic and student support faculty and staff to address student concerns.
  • Develop and update the course delivery schedule in collaboration with DE academic and student support faculty and staff.
  • Become knowledgeable and articulate about Unity Environmental University Distance Education, its programs, market niche, strategies, and procedures.
  • Unity Environmental University : Understanding, Representing, and Working Within the Enterprise Model


  • At minimum, a Masters degree and a record of professional or scholarly achievement in an area directly related to sustainable food systems and/or food science.
  • Professional experience related to integrating sustainability practices and goals in food production, safety, and/or distribution context.
  • Strong interest in innovative, accessible higher education.
  • Experience administering online courses in an adult market is preferred.
  • Experience in online course design and LMS use.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including facility with technical terminology appropriate to the position.
  • Excellent initiative and organizational skills with the ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
  • Great time management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical and academic abilities.
  • Good skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and computerized database systems.
  • Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of the college.
  • Ability to function effectively within a matrix organizational structure, maintaining open lines of communication while being discreet, courteous, and poised.
Work Schedule / Availability Requirements
Work hours are specific to the requirements of this position and can include days, evenings, and weekends. Working extended hours required as needed. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and meeting the Colleges needs. Although Unity Environmental University employees are generally scheduled to work at their specifically assigned locations, there are times when travel is necessary and employees are required from time to time to attend events, meetings or work temporary assignment at any Unity Environmental University location.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, it is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The use of either hand for repetitive movements such as grasping, grasping and turning, and fine manipulation is required as is the ability to use the telephone for internal and external communications.

Location: Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine
Just a half hour from Portland, Unity Environmental University Headquarters, Unity Environmental University Distance Education, The Technical School for Environmental Professions, and the School of Environmental Business & Sustainable Ventures are based at the Pineland Farms campus. The facilities are within easy access to one of the fastest-growing cities for startups in the country.

Unity Environmental University offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package for its faculty and staff. Benefits for eligible employees include:
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Short- and Long-term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible work benefit eligible
  • Vision
  • 403B

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