Foods Labs Support Specialist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 13, 2021

Job Description

This position will provide purchasing, organizational, communication, and technical support to teaching foods laboratory courses and community outreach/service mission of the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) Department.

Required Qualifications

Ability to manage with minimal supervision all aspects of maintaining the safety and functionality of the department's food laboratory spaces designed for teaching and for meeting the culinary needs of community-based programs/service projects of organizations partnering with HNFE; Ability to work independently and as a team player; Ability to adapt to changes which impact the department's foods curriculum and use of food laboratory spaces; Experience with operations and maintenance of kitchen appliances and culinary equipment; Experience managing multiple competing priorities resulting in successful outcomes within set deadlines;
English speaking and reading proficiency with ability to professionally and effectively communicate with stakeholders in writing and in person for coordination of food laboratory use;
Exceptional customer-service skills with a commitment to excellence and the ability to communicate in a professional and courtesy manner with the desire to satisfy customers;
Valid Virginia Driver’s License and reliable private transportation; Ability to lift 25 pounds;
Ability to read and interpret food labels, food dates, and other printed materials; ServSafe certification or ability to pass ServSafe Food Handler Manager examination within 3 months of start date; Strong interest in one of the following: foods; nutrition; culinary arts; teaching

Preferred Qualifications

Associates Degree; Two or more years of professional experience in the food service industry; HokieMart/eVA trained; Experience training others on cooking skills and culinary techniques in person and/or virtually.

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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