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Please direct employment questions to Erika Nelson at erika@umn.edu.


CoreSHIELD/FoodSHIELD Program Manager

Job ID 314773
Location Twin Cities
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Empl Group Acad Prof and Admin

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in field related to software program administration or public policy including fields such as Business Management, Public Policy, Information System Management, Software Development
  • Two years of professional work experience with a related bachelor's degree (listed above). Four years of work experience with a non-related bachelor's degree
  • Ability to travel 30-50%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years professional experience
  • Software development and implementation background
  • Exemplary public speaking, presentation, and facilitation skills
  • Proven track record of positive outcomes with building customer relationships, social collaboration tool, project management, and/or information governance experience
  • Records retention and indexing strategy experience
  • Public sector experience - Federal or State Government preferred
  • National laboratory network familiarity
  • FedRAMP or comparable information system security framework familiarity

About the Job:

The purpose of this position is to serve as the key account representative responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction. Activities include organization and coordination of state and local government agencies using CoreSHIELD portals for food emergency response, laboratory coordination, analytical services, information exchange and data sharing. This position also serves as primary contact and resource for FoodSHIELD portals users working to establish an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) through the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS), Rapid Response Teams (RRT), Food Protection Task Forces (FPTF).

Responsibility 1: Program Management 40% Effort

  • Serve as primary point of contact for and provide updates to local and national program stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities for program improvement for inclusion in future strategic plans
  • Coordinate inter-connected efforts including project management, support, and external vendors
  • Manage quality assurance, feature review, standard operating procedures, and security controls

Responsibility 2: Program Advocacy 30% Effort

  • Promote FPDI and program initiatives and advocate utilization of FPDI solutions to potential partners or customers on national and international scale
  • Improve program partnership and community engagement between program, participants, and stakeholders in industry, academia, and all levels of government
  • Solicit opportunity to present FPDI solutions and user utilization, successes and pipeline metrics
  • Create an environment of rich user engagement through user driven activities

Responsibility 3: Training and Outreach 30% Effort

  • Provide education and guidance on product usage
  • Create, review, publish, and curate resource materials
  • Provide client support, including state and federal partners, for issue identification, assessment, and resolution

About the Department:

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence led by the University of Minnesota.  The Institute was officially launched as a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004.  A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the food system to intentional attacks or other potentially catastrophic disruptions, importantly including intentional contamination with biological, chemical or radiological agents.  FPDI’s research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination or disruption at any point along the food chain, and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such insults.  The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide-range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing, to retail and food service.

How To Apply:

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

https://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/
Keyword: 314773


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Job ID 314507
Location Twin Cities
Full/Part Time Part-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled and a registered undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota
  • Experience in system design and physical systems analysis
  • Basic skills in verbal communication and data analysis

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Junior or senior majoring in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, Industrial and systems engineering or related background preferred
  • Understanding of industrial control systems
  • Understanding of computer and network security
  • Strong writing skills

About the Job:

This position is in the Food Protection and Defense Institute and will support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded project titled “Strengthening Food Industry Cyber-security Capacity.” This project will develop a framework and guidance for the food industry in implementing cyber-security, particularly for industrial control systems (ICS). Framework will address concerns regarding food industry implementation of the NIST Cyber-security Framework (CSF) and increase awareness of cyber vulnerabilities in facility physical systems. In collaboration with Institute’s Program Lead and cyber-security expert you will:

  • Customize existing cyber-security framework for food industry Industrial Control System (ICS)
  • Collect data/inventory ICS devices and connected IT components at up to three food processing facilities
  • Conduct risk analysis of facilities’ ICS using draft cyber-security framework
  • Contribute to the final project report to DHS sponsor

About the Department:

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence led by the University of Minnesota.  The Institute was officially launched as a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004.  A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the food system to intentional attacks or other potentially catastrophic disruptions, importantly including intentional contamination with biological, chemical or radiological agents.  FPDI’s research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination or disruption at any point along the food chain, and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such insults.  The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide-range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing, to retail and food service.

How To Apply:

Student positions are a form of financial support while pursuing an education at the University of Minnesota

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

https://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/
Keyword: 314507