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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
To be determined
Posted: 09/14/2022
Extension Educator, Food Safety (2 Open Positions)
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000

Working Title: Extension Educator, Food Safety

Appointment: 100% Time, Assistant Extension Educator (9623), Professional & Administrative

Location: Extension Regional Office, to be determined

Center/Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)


Application Deadline: October 15, 2022, initial application review



The University of Minnesota Extension Food Systems team shares University research with consumers, the food service industry, food entrepreneurs and food growers in areas such as foodborne illness, processing methods, food preservation and regulations. They provide reliable, relevant food safety educational programs and information that respond to an ever-changing food supply system.



Extension Educator, Food Safety positions will be housed at an Extension Regional Office. Current regional offices are located in: Andover, Mankato, Worthington, Rochester, Marshall, Farmington, Willmar, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Cloquet, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Roseau, MN. Even though the position will be located at a specific regional office, these positions serves a statewide programming area rather than a single region.



The Food Safety Extension Educator brings in-depth expertise to cutting-edge issues, applying their expertise to the programs and priorities of the Center for Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources within University of Minnesota Extension. The Educator is an integral part of the Food Systems team working with a wide Extension audience on educational topics such as food preservation, cottage food production, food allergens, safe food handling practices, food security and access, emerging food safety issues and the reduction of risk factors associated with foodborne illnesses.

The Extension Educator employs appropriate educational program delivery systems including face-to-face presentations, technology-based methods, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and/or train-the-trainer approaches to educate the food industry and consumers. The educator is responsible for program development and delivery in cooperation with other Food Systems team members, campus-based faculty and partners in the food industry and state agencies.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion, use of scholarly scientific research, effective partnership development, use of technology and continuing professional development are important to successful job performance. The Extension Educator may occasionally work in collaboration with University faculty and graduate students on applied research. This position is accountable to the Program Leader in Food Systems for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions.



  • Develop and deliver a high quality, research-based Extension educational program for the food industry and consumers related to food safety. Programs may include activities such as in person workshops or presentations, online classes, field days, presentations at professional conferences, online and written publications, fact sheets, bulletins, newsletters, blogs, and other related educational materials.
  • Identify needs, design, develop, deliver/implement, market, and evaluate educational programs based on scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to their audiences in conjunction with food safety and other Extension teams.
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences, making sure that programs are customized to the needs of different cultural communities.
  • Design, develop and implement program communication and marketing via website and social media to deliver effective food safety information.
  • Develop and maintain effective state, regional, national, industry, and university partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
  • Use appropriate technology for communication, locating information and resources, program design, program delivery, and reporting.
  • Assume program leadership on specific programs, projects, or priorities, as agreed to by the Program Leader.
  • Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means.
  • Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.
  • Make contributions to the six promotion categories in Extension academic rank criteria, program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service.



Required Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s degree at time of appointment in food science or related discipline OR Master’s degree in any discipline with minimum five (5) years professional work experience in food science or related field
  • Skills/Abilities:

           o Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills

           o Technology-enhanced communication and teaching skills

          o Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, program participants and industry groups)

         o Experience working with diverse populations and communities


Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and own means of transportation with required liability insurance
  • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and published in the Extension public staff directory.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including occasional evening or weekend work.
  • Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
  • Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming.
  • Working ability to perform tasks involving prolonged sitting, standing, bending, or twisting, with occasional exertion of up to thirty pounds of force, frequent repetitive motions
  • Must be able to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a completed religious/medical exemption and agree to comply with the University's testing requirement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three (3) or more years’ professional work experience in fields of food science, cooperative extension, environmental health, food safety, public health, nutrition, dietetics, or related fields
  • Preference for someone that has the potential to develop and deliver food safety programming in both English and a second language such as Spanish, Hmong or Somali.
  • Preference for someone who has experience and knowledge working with diverse clientele/audiences, such as non-English speaking audiences.
  • Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs in food safety
  • Experience with varied and diverse clientele and audiences
  • Experience designing, conducting, and/or providing an essential role in research projects
  • Experience using technology in educational programming
  • Experience and/or academic specialization related to food safety



  1. Extension Educator positions have annual University academic professional appointments and Extension academic rank.
  2. Promotion in Extension academic rank is required and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator
  3. University of Minnesota appointment and benefits. Benefits package available
  4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  5. The estimated starting salary for this position is $60,000 - $70,000, depending on qualification and experience. Salary will be negotiated at the time of hire.
  6. This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.



University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement



Please apply at:, Job Opening ID: 351578

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/Vitae
  • Diversity statement: In 500 words or less, highlight your unique strengths, experiences, perspectives, and values as they relate to equity, diversity and inclusion. Your statement could include the following:

          o Personalized views and experiences

          o Topics through the lens of your own knowledge or experience

          o If you don’t have personal experience on a topic, reflect on why

          o Demonstrated learning and growth

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. See full instructions,

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).


For questions about this position, contact:

Christy Marsden, Search Committee Chair,

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,



Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:


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