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Manager, Product Development Center

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Job Title
Manager, Product Development Center

FLSA Status

Posted Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience

Employment Status
Part Time .50

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Job Summary

The Manager will oversee the daily operations of the Center. The Center is designed to be instrumental in supporting the diversification of our local economy by adding value to Mississippi’s agricultural and food sector industries. Thus, the Center will provide a learning environment where Alcorn’s students and small farmers/entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with value-added processing, production and business management, nutrition education, and retail. Currently, the Center serves as a retail store to sell value-added products such as but not limited to hot sauce, spices, wing sauce, fruit preserves, hair, skin, bath and body products to the public.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Essential Job Functions
  • Responsible for the overall management and operations of the store
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively.
  • Individuals must demonstrate competency in the use of computers, computer programs (such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.) including digital media.
  • Enter purchase requisitions on the Banner System and manage and monitor requisitions.
  • Supervise and train students, staff and volunteers to build and sustain a high performing team.
  • Develop and implement processes to ensure follow through and completion of tasks.
  • Update and maintain weekly financial records and provide the report ASU business office.
  • Coordinate contracts to ensure availability of products and services.
  • Develop and implement business strategies to attract new customers, expand store traffic and increase sales and profitability.
  • Deliver excellent service to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Investigate and effectively address customer complaints and concerns.
  • Protects employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment.
  • Maintains the stability and reputation of the store by complying with legal requirements.
  • Create a report of the stock on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain good relations with the customers.
  • Maintain the inventory and ensure the availability of products.
  • Ensure the store’s compliance with health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned

BS in Business, Marketing or other related field and a two to three years of retail management experience.

Licensing and Certifications

Mississippi Driver’s License

Physical Requirements

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas

Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds
Not Required

Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds
Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds
Not Required

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds
Not Required


Extended Work Hours

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number

Number of Vacancies


Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Excellent Benefits Package

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (Personal)
  6. Letter of Recommendation (Professional or Personal)
Optional Documents


Alcorn State University

A great educational choice, Alcorn State University in Mississippi is a place of purpose, history, and discovery, and the nation's oldest, land-grant HBCU

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