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Assistant/Associate Extension Professor and Seafood technology and Food Safety Specialist

Cooperative Extension
Orono, Maine
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

The Assistant/Associate Extension Professor and Seafood technology and Food Safety Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will directly support the over $2.5 billion Maine Seafood / Aquaculture Industries by providing impactful federally- and state-required food safety workforce training, education, and research. The position will also support the development of new seafood products, processes, and training to support the workforce. The faculty member in this position will provide leadership for Cooperative Extension’s seafood technology and food safety programming and applied research. The faculty member, in partnership with county and campus-based Extension staff and UMaine faculty, will develop or assist educational programing and applied research focused on seafood and food safety.  The position will address the wide spectrum of seafood and aquaculture industry food safety and processing needs with a priority for the needs of Maine small businesses. The position will conduct applied research and scholarship in collaboration with colleagues within Cooperative Extension, Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture, and others. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Design, implement, evaluate, and communicate to stakeholders a Plan of Work that aligns with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension mission and addresses high priority food safety needs of small businesses and consumers 


    Collaborate closely with the University of Maine Aquaculture Institute (ARI) Research Team. 


    Build and sustain linkages and collaborate with colleagues in Cooperative Extension, ARI, Maine Sea Grant, School of Food and Agriculture, and other relevant academic units on issues related to seafood technology and food safety.


    Work in partnership with the Extension faculty and staff, county and campus-based colleagues, and statewide partners to:


    • Develop and conduct educational programs for stakeholders, Cooperative Extension staff and other professionals, work independently and as part of teams, on issues related to seafood technology and food safety 


      Serve as a resource for timely and relevant seafood technology and food safety information for faculty, professional and classified staff within Cooperative Extension, and for statewide agency professionals


    Serve in a leadership role for the seafood technology and food safety network within Cooperative Extension 


    Build and sustain linkages and collaborate with colleagues in Cooperative Extension, ARI, Maine Sea Grant and other relevant academic units on issues related to seafood technology and food safety.


    Provide food safety education/information to commercial food businesses where relevant including Seafood HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification workshops and commercial sanitation. 


    Develop a network of Maine seafood processors to provide the latest food safety education and encourage information and resource sharing. 


    Work as part of a team with external agencies and organizations to address multi-county, state, multi-state and national issues related to food safety


    Develop online programming to support the needs of the aquaculture and seafood industry sectors. 


    Teach courses for credit (including micro-credentials) for enrolled university students, community members seeking certification, and/or others.


    Disseminate the results of applied research and other scholarly work


    Participate in local, regional and state program development teams


    Ensure compliance with civil rights, affirmative action, and equal opportunity


    Hire, orient and supervise professionals, classified, and/or student employees as appropriate, including conducting or participating in required performance evaluations, and providing safety and environmental management oversight


    Utilize coaching and mentoring methods, which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance


    Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect


    Develop and sustain a professional development plan in support of one’s Plan of Work


    Contribute to University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s overall marketing initiatives as part of one’s Plan of Work


    Commit to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives


    Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:




  • Earned Ph.D in Food Science or closely related field 


    Experience with food safety procedures including seafood HACCP and sanitation


    Demonstrated ability to design, deliver and evaluate educational programs


    Knowledge of, or documented record of, conducting high-quality, applied scientific research, demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or popular press


    Demonstrated computer and educational technology skills


    Excellent interpersonal, technical writing, and public communication skills


    Knowledge of or experience in grant writing


    Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently; must be self-motivated and directed with the ability to achieve goals and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment


    Ability to travel, usually requiring a valid driver’s license, both in- and out-of-state, with reimbursement at the contract rate


    Ability to work a flexible schedule, depending upon the needs of interested parties




  • Experience with Cooperative Extension educational program development, delivery and evaluation


    Familiarity with aquaculture practices, regulations, and research, with a focus on Maine's aquaculture industry


    Established record of effectiveness in Extension educational programming


    Demonstrated experience with applied research and community needs assessments


    Experience in grant writing and the financial management of grant funds


    Successful supervisory experience


    Experience working with diverse audiences; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; and understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action and civil rights policies


Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervision of professional, temporary classified staff, and student workers, including supervision of day-to-day activities, project oversight, and conducting performance evaluations. 


Work Environment / Dynamics: This position will be based primarily on the University of Maine, Orono, campus, in an office in Hitchner Hall. Frequent travel throughout the county, and some state and regional travel is expected. 


Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine Cooperative Extension office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule adjustments, including some evening and occasional weekend work throughout the state, will be necessary to meet the needs of the program and its clients.


Schedule for Evaluation: Performance evaluations will be conducted in accordance with the University of Maine System (UMS) and the Associated Faculties of the UMS (AFUM) collective bargaining agreement. An annual Plan of Work will serve as the framework for performance evaluation with flexibility for change, for example, unanticipated audience needs.


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