Program Manager, Food Security and Safety

Organization/Company Name: 
Oregon State University Extension Service
Position Description: 

The Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health Program is seeking a Food Security and Safety Program Manager.  This professional position is a member of the statewide team of the OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program, affiliated with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (PHHS).

The Food Security and Safety Program Manager provides statewide leadership, but will be based in one of the Extension Western Region offices (Marion or Polk County). The overarching purpose of this position is to integrate, leverage, and expand current FCH and other Extension programming to promote community food security, defined as equitable access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. (This is the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan, Healthier Together Oregon, definition.)

Extension FCH and the College of PHHS align toward a common vision of lifelong health and well-being for individuals, families and communities in Oregon, and beyond. This affiliation brings national distinction among land-grant universities and schools of public health because of the unique, built-in capacity for impactful outreach through OSU Extension Service FCH. FCH integrates an interdisciplinary, public health focus on health and well-being equity across the lifespan and human sciences research into PHHS Extension community-related practice.

This position will collaboratively develop and implement an integrated vision for community food security programming. The integrated vision will bring together community food security efforts, food safety and preservation efforts, educational approaches, and future programming to meet the needs of Oregonians. The Program Manager is part of a team of Extension faculty and staff serving the state of Oregon. Collaborative work across disciplines, organizational units, and Extension program areas is expected. Through collaboration with Agriculture Extension programs, this position also contributes to support for farm-based, direct-market, value-added food businesses. 

This position requires traveling. Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position, wireless access may be necessary.


Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

Please visit the following webpages for more information on our commitment to inclusive excellence:
OSU Extension Service 
OSU Moving Forward Together

To review posting and apply, please visit . Posting #P05076UF. Closing date: 1/18/2022.

OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Position Type: 
Full Time
$60,288 – $94,140 and will commensurate with education and experience

Oregon State University is committed to providing a competitive benefit package.  Please visit our website:  for an overview of the benefits offered.

Required Qualifications and Experience: 

Three years’ experience leading community food security, food safety, and/or food preservation applied research or practice-based outreach, education, and/or technical assistance. 

Three years’ experience effectively working with diverse populations, including demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery, and demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Demonstrated ability to lead community education programming or community coalitions to accomplish shared goals.

Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and leadership communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage competing time demands, and also as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.

Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including effective use of mass media.

Demonstrated experience as a manager of staff and/or volunteers who implement community-based research or programming. 

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.

Required Education and / or Certifications: 

Master’s degree in field relevant to program focus: nutrition, agriculture, community development, public health, or closely related field. 

Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
To Be Determined
Application Email: 
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2022