UNH Extension seeks State Specialist-Food Safety

This is a 100% Extension appointment at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
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The successful applicant will lead UNH Extension’s food safety team in development and delivery of research-based educational programming and technical assistance to farms and food manufacturers. These efforts will help build the capacity of these audiences to implement food safety practices in their businesses and craft relevant plans, including HACCP, GMPs and others. They will be the primary Extension resource for technical assistance to help farms and food manufacturers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules as well as other federal and local regulations.

The food safety specialist will develop networks with relevant local, state, regional and national agencies and organizations and will help link food producers and processors to resources within and outside of UNH Cooperative Extension.

The specialist will collaborate with industry, university, and Extension colleagues across region, and will compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives. They will provide support for and seek synergies with campus faculty and extension specialists working in diverse areas of agriculture and food systems.


Acceptable minimum level of education and years of experience

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in food safety, food microbiology, food science or closely related field is strongly preferred. A strong candidate with a M.S. level degree in appropriate discipline with at least 5 years of Extension experience will be considered.

Other minimum qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in food microbiology and food safety.
  • Experience interpreting and applying regulatory provisions in response to requests for technical assistance by farms and food manufacturers.
  • Experience in planning and delivering educational programs.
  • Experience in securing extramural funding.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in use of technology for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall time management.
  • Willingness and ability to establish and work with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Ability to regularly travel throughout the state, as well as in the region. Travel costs will be reimbursed at the federal rate.



EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide