Industry Liaison Officer for the Cornell Institute for Food Systems (Extension Support Specialist III)
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The department is currently searching for an Industry Liaison Officer (ILO), who reporting to the Chair of the Department is responsible for identifying, cultivating and managing a portfolio of corporate and small-business relationships centered in the food industry and for identifying and implementing productive partnerships between food companies and faculty members in the Department of Food Science. As part of these efforts, the ILO supports revenue-generating activities for the department, specifically in support of graduate student funding. These efforts may include pursuing support for both departmental endowments, current-use funds, and sponsored research programs. Targets for these activities will include industry, foundations and federal and state grant programs.
The ILO will lead the Cornell Institute for Food Systems Industry Partnership Program (CIFS-IPP), a membership-based industrial outreach program that provides opportunities for companies to partner with Cornell's Department of Food Science. In this leadership role, the ILO is assisted by both an internal Faculty Advisory Committee and an External Leadership Committee from its membership. The ILO serves to communicate the areas of expertise and cutting-edge research being pursued by the Department of Food Science faculty, as well as the alignment of this scholarship with industry trends and unmet needs.
The CIFS-IPP allows companies to gain direct and priority access to knowledge and resources available through the department. The program helps to connect companies and organizations to food-related faculty research programs with the goal of establishing research collaborations and internship and employment opportunities for students. The ILO is responsible for recruiting and retaining food companies as members of the CIFS-IPP, developing agendas for corporate visits, and helping to forge new opportunities for partnering by appropriately connecting industry representatives to faculty researchers. Other duties of the ILO include collaborating with Cornell Food Science Extension colleagues, such as in the food pilot plant facilities, sensory evaluation center and Food Venture Center, and promoting use of extension resources by member companies (e.g., by attending training workshops or accessing online programs); designing and implementing an annual technical symposium and networking summit; collaborating with departmental student coordinators for corporate engagement opportunities; organizing and hosting periodic virtual seminars (webinars); archiving and cataloguing webinar materials; maintaining an up-to-date website and set of promotional materials, including publication of member Spotlights; organizing and disseminating pre-publication materials announcing faculty research to CIFS-IPP members; and facilitating collaborative work resulting from interactions with the industry members.
This is a 3-year initial appointment with the possibility of extension dependent on performance and continued funding.
BS degree plus a minimum of five to seven years of experience in business partnerships, business development, or research and development, preferably in the food industry, or other equivalent combinations of education and experience. Work experience in the corporate world; broad-based knowledge of the food industry and/or food technology trends
Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of diverse audiences and facilitate project communication and management efforts with project personnel and stakeholder groups.
Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well within a team of professionals in a complex and non-hierarchical environment, requiring a balance of consensus building among key influencers and the ability to make progress through decisive actions.
Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential conflicts so that they can be fairly resolved in a transparent and documented way.
Ability to work in a team environment but be independent to accomplish required tasks and objectives.
Experience and skill in writing for both technical and nontechnical audiences.
Must be personable, flexible, and be able to take criticism related to developing materials so that many ideas can be shared to achieve the best outcome.
Must be a self-starter, responsible for making decisions which require consideration of various criteria.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Prior presentation experience is a must and preparation of grant proposals for submission a benefit.
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS Driver License.
A high level of motivation and integrity is required.
Ability and willingness to travel to companies is expected. There are also regional and national conferences a few times each year.
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including database and web applications.
Must be able to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment while using sound judgment in decision-making.
M.S. or Ph.D. degree in an appropriate field (e.g., in Food Science) with a demonstration of a good understanding of the food industry.
Work experience in the food industry setting; broad-based knowledge of the food industry and/or food technology trends
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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Extension Supp Spec III
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