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Working Title: Assistant Director

Program Area: Food Science Nutrition, PPIC, Prof. Ismail laboratory

Office Location: St. Paul Campus

Supervisor: Prof. Pam Ismail, Professor, FScN

Required Qualifications

  • MS in a Food Science or related field and 2 years of experience, or BS in Food Science/related field and 4 years of experience.
  • At least two years of experience in program and research management
  • Knowledge in protein chemistry and/or technology to understand and be able to direct administrative work of the center
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to work independently, managing priorities and urgency, with emphasis on precision and timeliness

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exceptional organizational and oral/written communication skills
  • Experience working for a fast-growing, highly relevant organization
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Experience in event planning
  • Communication and/or business education is a bonus
  • Creative and innovative mindset
  • Self-directed


  • Coordinate and  host  introductory  and  follow-up  meetings  with  potential  industry members and collaborators; communicate in detail the Center’s mission, model, member benefits, and the process of conducting projects through the PPIC. (20%)
  • Manage and conduct member relations and communications in a timely, helpful, and personable fashion. (15%)
  • Meet weekly with the PPIC Director to prioritize Center tasks, report on ongoing project progress, and align weekly goals. (3%)
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Operations, oversee management of PPIC research projects (10%)
  • Provide technical input on ongoing PPIC projects (5%)
  • Work closely with the finance team to coordinate service agreements for sponsored company projects (5%)
  • Seek out external research funding and draft grant proposals (10%)
  • Plan and execute annual meetings, workshops and training programs together with the Manager of Operations (10%)
  • Proactively seek out opportunities for Center outreach and development of new Center initiatives to advance the Center and maintain Center status in the plant proteins space. (15%)
  • Devise  a   business   structure   for   entrepreneurs   and   start-ups   that   encourages collaboration with the PPIC at an accessible rate. (5%)
  • Advocate for the PPIC in communications with potential members and collaborators and as a representative for the PPIC at conferences. (2%)

Program/Unit Description

Position will be in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, CFANS, University of Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. Pam Ismail.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in this position should apply online at – And attach a cover letter, resume and a list of three references and complete contact information. For any questions or inquiries contact Dr. Pam Ismail,, University of Minnesota – Department of Food Science and Nutrition, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, Phone: 612-512-5647.


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