Extension Associate, Extrusion Technology

North Carolina, United States
21 May 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Extension Associate for Extrusion Technology
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Position Number 00107562
Work Schedule Monday- Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm (evenings and weekends as needed)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 111901 - Poultry Science
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina is a global leader in poultry and swine production and has a diverse animal agriculture sector including dairy, beef cattle, and aquaculture. North Carolina is also among the most diverse in the US in food and fiber plant production. In addition, food processing and bio-processing from both animal and plant production is becoming a major economic driver in the state. For these industries to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable, significant investment in managing agricultural waste and co-products is necessary. North Carolina State University is building an international reputation for science-based discovery, innovation, and education, including a prominent focus on agriculture, food safety/security, and environment/resource management. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University through education programs, publications and events. Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Essential Job Duties

NC State Extension at North Carolina State University is a well-respected leader in providing experiential learning to NC citizens in the areas of agriculture, food, and youth development. The Extension Associate is primarily responsible for planning, developing, executing, evaluating and reporting the impacts of high-quality education and training programs within the specified programmatic area (see below). The Extension Associate works collaboratively with Extension/research faculty from NC State University, as well as county extension agents, county leaders, industry clients, and other external partners and stakeholders. The expectations and job performance are governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The Extension Associate will be accountable to the Department Head (or designate) in the applicable campus academic department(s) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. They are expected to actively participate on program teams and to partner with industry, other government agencies, and clientele groups in developing and delivering high-quality education and training programs.

The Extension Associate for Extrusion Technology, housed within the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, will coordinate Extension activities with the Departments of Animal Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Food, Nutrition, Science and Bioprocessing, and the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, while having state-wide responsibility.

Essential duties include:

  • Develop extrusion processing protocols and procedures, to evaluate, validate, and/or demonstrate technologies that improve the nutritional value of extruded or heat processed products, improve animal food manufacturing efficiency and quality control, and educate industry and consumer interest groups about aquaculture and pet food manufacturing;
  • Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate organized educational events (in-person/online workshops, conferences, seminars, short courses etc.) and materials (fact sheets, publications, etc.) as needed;
  • Collaborate with other agencies, businesses and organizations to enhance the feasibility of food and feed processing within the assigned geographic and programmatic area;
  • Help establish and participate in a program advisory council and solicit input from clientele;
  • Work cooperatively to facilitate area Extension programs for Extension agents and clientele to enhance research and knowledge transfer within the area;
  • Support and collaborate with research and demonstration efforts lead by Extension and research faculty to facilitate research information transfer to the industry and interested citizens;
  • Travel frequently within the assigned area, including some overnight travel;
  • Report and evaluate area-wide programs and impacts.

This position will be funded for three years from the date of initial employment. If funding from other sources is available, the position will remain available.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The successful candidate must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  • Provide technical support for product formulation and extruding operations by examining the ingredients and process parameters.
  • Provide technical support for extrusion plant design, process flow layout, and equipment operational specifications for a proposed NC State University extrusion research pilot plant, and stakeholder clients.
  • Actively responds to requests for support from clientele.
  • Assist in creating documentation for quality parameters, including raw material specifications and process guidelines.
  • Handle multiple work demands and identify priorities;
  • Work independently with little supervision, while simultaneously being connected with the program team, campus specialists and county offices being served;
  • Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate research-based educational programs;
  • Function as a team player in support of a total Extension program through interdisciplinary efforts with Extension specialists, associates, agents, local staff, customers and volunteers;
  • Demonstrate excellent and positive public and personal relationship skills;
  • Perform at high levels in both public and interpersonal communications;
  • Support and collaborate with Extension and Research Faculty in securing grants, gifts, or contracts that could lead to further position support after the three year commitment has ended;
  • Use current technology in developing and delivering programs and technical service;
  • Possess a high degree of subject matter competency and stay current on new and trending developments within their specialization;
  • Be a self-starter and self-directed.

Minimum Education/Experience

The minimum requirement for employment as an Extension Associate with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is either either (i) a Master’s degree (preferred) in an area related to the associate’s assigned specialized responsibility, or (ii) a Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the assigned specialized responsibility and a minimum of three (3) years of Extension or education-related or industry-related experience in a relevant field.

Departmental Required Skills

Candidates must have proven personal effectiveness skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, team building, and problem solving skills and the ability to provide leadership to an educational program by working successfully with Extension agents, faculty and industry clients in the area of animal food safety.

In order to collaborate and work effectively within the Department(s), it is expected that the successful candidate will have experience with poultry and/or other animal food production systems.

Ability to work extra hours and weekends is required. Person must have the ability to travel independently in the assigned geographical area.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preference is for a minimum of seven (7) years of Extension, education-related or industry-related experience in the area of specialization.

Given the nature of the animal and aquatic food industry in North Carolina (i.e. largely a part of vertically integrated animal production), it is preferred that the candidate will have education or experience related to production of pet food and aquatic feeds.

It is preferred that candidates have demonstrated skills and abilities in program development and evaluation and subject matter expertise in extrusion processing of food and feed. The ability or demonstrated experience in facilitating field research, as well as a history of successfully obtaining or capacity to obtain extramural funding is desired.

Required License or Certification

A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required to be obtained within 60 days of hire date and maintained throughout employment.

Special Instructions   Job Open Date 05/21/2019 Anticipated Closing Date   Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Proposed Hire Date 08/01/2019 AA/EOE

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