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Food Safety Program Leader [Carolinas]

Food Safety Program Leader

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CFSA is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, farmers, and the land.


The Food Safety Program Leader is a full-time, exempt, salaried position responsible for implementing CFSA’s Local Produce Safety Initiative. They will be responsible for developing and delivering training to operators of diversified farms and local food businesses on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), food manufacturing, and FSMA compliance and assistance to entities seeking Group GAP certification. They will also be responsible for program evaluation and development. They will be responsible for providing direct consultation to growers, assisting them with the process of coordinating, implementing, and self-auditing on-farm food safety programs and making recommendations for further improvements to mitigate hazards in growing, harvesting, and handling of products.

Ideal candidates will be able to conduct internal and third-party mock food safety audits with various food safety schemes and may be required to attend USDA GAP internal auditor training and/or other trainings depending on previous experience. They will also need to maintain knowledge of local wholesale buyers’ food safety requirements to provide member/growers with appropriate guidance when entering new markets.

The Food Safety Program Leader reports to the Farm Services Director and supervises the Local Produce Safety Coordinators, contractors, and volunteers. This position will require extensive travel throughout the Carolinas. Candidates working remotely from within the Carolinas will be considered.


Administration (30%)

  • Assist in financial and programmatic monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, as well as work plan and budget adherence.

  • Oversee purchasing in accordance with approved budget; maintain account and transaction records needed for program implementation; ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols.

  • Ensure compliance with and enforcement of all grant and contract agreements between CFSA and grant funders.

  • Assist the Farm Services Director and other CFSA staff in identifying and pursuing funding opportunities to support the Local Produce Safety Initiative.

  • Represent CFSA at regional and national conferences and meetings, participate in produce safety advisory committees, and serve as CFSA’s food safety liaison with external partners and collaborators.

  • Supervise the Local Produce Safety coordinators.

Trainings & Direct Technical Assistance (70%)

  • Consult with producers in order to identify potential food safety risks and provide an assessment of their practices in relation to GAPs certification compliance.

  • Provide one-on-one consulting services with producers in completing a food safety plan.

  • Collaboratively plan and deliver quality educational food safety programs with external partners based on current GAPs Audit schemes and FSMA regulations that are accurate, up to date, research-based, and meet participant needs.

  • Develop and implement outreach and education programs for small-scale food manufacturing businesses based on CFSA’s good manufacturing practices curriculum.

  • Evaluate and document program impacts such as participant certification, knowledge gain, intent to change or adopt practices, and/or practice or behavior change.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus six years of relevant work experience OR Master’s degree plus four years of relevant work experience in Food Safety, Food Science, Food Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Agricultural Production, or a related field, OR High School diploma with a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience. Specialized training and/or certifications relevant to position duties may substitute for work experience.

  • At least three years of experience with fresh produce safety issues.

  • At least two years of on-farm organic/sustainable production experience.

  • At least two years of supervisory experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of on-farm food safety, Good Agricultural Practices, SOP development, food industry regulations, and data collection.

  • Demonstrated success writing proposals to secure funding from state and federal funders.

  • Ability to exercise judgment in applying and interpreting policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Ability to concisely and simply communicate food safety issues with farmers.

  • Experience working in teams with multiple partners in order to achieve common goals.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Experience, education, and/or a passion for sustainable agriculture.

  • Ability to travel throughout the Carolinas.

  • Proficiency with MS Office Pro applications.

  • Proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals

Salary range is $47,500 – $60,000, commensurate with experience. CFSA provides generous vacation, retirement, and health insurance benefits. CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

TO APPLY: Submit a resume, list of professional references, and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with small, diversified farms to: Include “Food Safety Program Leader” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission. No calls, please.

Applications are due by May 31, 2019.