Academic Support (Maui Food Innovation Center Program Specialist)

Posted: 11/13/2022

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Reports to the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) Director of Extended Learning and Workforce Development (ELWD).
  2. Oversees and manages Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) food manufacturing and Research and Development (R&D) facilities to ensure compliance with international, federal, state and local health and safety regulations regarding food manufacturing facilities, equipment operation, and sanitation. 
  3. In collaboration with subject matter experts, responsible for developing and implementing facilities use and rental, maintenance, health and safety, and sanitation standard operating procedures (SOPs), food safety plans, and other documentation necessary per laws and regulatory bodies. 
  4. Research and develop scenarios for operation of the new facility without state-funded positions and funding.
  5. Provides staff and user training on MFIC specialized equipment, policies and procedures to support best practices in MFIC operations.
  6. Facilitates and provides operational support to faculty, staff, students, and other users to enable positive and productive learning environments in MFIC facilities. 
  7. Responsible for efficient, high utilization, and regular maintenance of food production equipment and food product production spaces.
  8. Responsible for the fiscal/revenue accounting processes and contractual processes for facilities use.
  9. Guides and directs management of all aspects of the MFIC daily operations ensuring efficient and effective use of the Center’s resources and optimal service to project partners
  10. Develops and implements procedures to promote appropriate communication and information sharing
  11. Provide expertise of curricular and business development
  12. Conduct continuous and extensive outreach to residents and community stakeholders to identify short-term professional development courses such as entrepreneurship, agribusiness, value-added product development, etc.
  13. Leverage entrepreneurial / business background to foster relationships with leaders across sectors and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth
  14. Manages consultants, vendors as needed.  In partnership with staff, measures and evaluates the results of MFIC operations and regularly reports these results to the project leadership team.  Recommends changes as necessary to improve operations.
  15. Assists in the development of program resources through such avenues as tuition revenues, grant writing, partnerships, agency contracts or other extramural funding opportunities.
  16. Establish and maintain relationships with employers, government, industry, education and community representatives to identify training needs and funding resources to develop innovative training programs
  17. Implement programs, workshops, trainings and seminars for special target groups
  18. Supervise subordinate personnel.
  19. Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Food Manufacturing, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Entrepreneurship or an equivalent combination of education and experience AND Three to six (3 – 6) years of full-time, progressively responsible food manufacturing and food safety and sanitation protocols experience
  2. Experience implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCPs) and other food handling sanitation protocols
  3. Experience managing, scheduling, and maintaining a food manufacturing facility
  4. Experience developing and implementing standard operating procedures and maintaining specialized food processing equipment
  5. Experience managing food manufacturing employees.
  6. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the program/facility management, facility usage, and community relations/partnerships as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.
  7. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations, theories, and systems associated with enterprise revenue generation.
  8. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.
  9. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  10. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software
  11. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.
Desirable Qualifications: 
  1. Federal Title 21 CFR 117 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) industry recognized food manufacturing certifications on FSMA topics such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), HACCPs, Preventative Controls for Human Food (PCQI), Food Safety/Defense plans and monitoring, Traceability/Supply Chain Systems
  2. Experience implementing GMPs, HACCPs, food safety/defense plans and other food handling sanitation protocols
  3. Experience managing, scheduling, and maintaining a food manufacturing facility
  4. Experience developing and implementing standard operating procedures and maintaining specialized food processing equipment
  5. Experience supervising subordinate employees.
Application Submission:
Visit here and click on the "Apply" button on the top right corner of the screen to submit a completed application form and attach required documents. Documents include:
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) professional references with contact information (including email addresses)
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcript(s) showing degree and coursework to date appropriate to the position (original official transcript(s) will be required at the time of hire). Copies of transcripts must be attached to your application to receive credit for degree(s). UH STAR transcripts will be accepted.  Academic record/grade summaries from Institutions other than the University of Hawaii will NOT be accepted.   Diplomas and copies will NOT be accepted. Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc., verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. Expense of the evaluation shall be borne by the applicant.  In order to be official, transcripts must have the official seal and be mailed or electronically submitted directly from the degree-granting institution.  Transcripts may not be stamped as issued to student or as a student copy.  Ask the Registrar to mail the transcript to the attention of UHMC HR or email to 
  • A brief one-page cover letter explaining how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications
  • OPTIONAL - Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to job performance and personal character). 
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