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Director, Rutgers Food Innovation Center - North

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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Director, Rutgers Food Innovation Center - North
Job Category Staff & Executive - Executive
Department NJAES Food Innovation CtrNorth

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is a unique food business incubation and economic development accelerator program. FIC is a distinctive food industry resource focused on developing, commercializing, marketing and selling food and beverage products. As a center within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, our roots are local, and our reach is global. We have proudly served over 1500 companies throughout the mid-Atlantic region, nationally and internationally. Our services focus on four key areas: Business and technical mentoring, Training and Specialized Services, Product Manufacturing, International Trade Services.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Director for the Rutgers Food Innovation Center – North. The incumbent in this position oversees all full-time, part-time and temporary/hourly staff, and all operations and client activities, at this 31,000-sq.ft. food business incubation program located in Piscataway. The Director also works in close collaboration with both the Executive Director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and the Director of the Rutgers NJAES Food Innovation Center – South to support the statewide efforts of the Food Innovation Center program. The Director maintains the center’s mission of stimulating and supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity to the food and agricultural industries in the New Jersey region by providing businesses with innovative research, customized practical solutions, and a trusted source for information and guidance.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Oversees all day-to-day business development and client services needs of the Center that ensures optimal client management, excellent outcomes, and outstanding customer service. This includes all day-to-day human resources, operations, maintenance, capital improvements, food safety, regulatory, finance, accounting, administrative and other needs of the Food Innovation Center – North, including all internal and external financial support.
  • Drives all client recruitment and marketing activities, and client management oversight, that result in revenues to the Center, and continually seeks new sources of additional funding for the facility, staffing, equipment, services and operations, from grant and other public and private opportunities.
  • Leads efforts at the Center that result in an ongoing pipeline of satisfied clients, based on a strategy of client recruitment, engagement, ongoing mentoring and excellent customer service.
  • Provides input to the strategy and development of all contractual agreements with clients, and will ensure that client agreements for Business Mentoring, Facility Usage, Office Space Rental, or other agreements that may be necessary, are in place and signed by the appropriate authorities at Rutgers, and that all provisions of these agreements are being properly managed.
  • Ensures that the mentoring skills important to the success of incubator clients are being effectively implemented, including business planning, marketing assistance, financing strategies, operations strategies, quality assurance and regulatory guidance, and technical assistance.
  • Oversees all day-to-day and long-term aspects of the operations, technology, regulatory, safety, engineering, capital improvements and ongoing maintenance issues associated with the usage of the facility by Food Innovation Center clients, including the management and oversight of all aspects of facility operations, including all regulatory and food safety requirements.
  • Oversees all food processing operations that occur, which includes interaction with all clients and resolution of any operations challenges, and the oversight of all contracted employees.
  • Manages the incubator facility’s day-to-day activities and requirements, including the scheduling and management of client activities and the oversight of engineering, maintenance and sanitation staff to ensure that the clients’ needs are appropriately and responsibly managed and maintained.
  • Continually develops new programs in training, business and technical mentoring, and facility usage to meet the needs of the food industry and their ongoing needs.
  • Personally engages and interacts with stakeholders to expand and enhance the programs of the Food Innovation Center – North, and to cooperate with programs offered by community partners.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 09
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 96529.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 122180.000
Annual Maximum Salary 147831.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Admin Assembly (MPSC)
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, business administration, engineering, economics, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • At least five years’ experience in various aspects of the food industry including: corporate management, new product development, facility operations, food safety, and budgeting.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to a team approach, and a proven ability in organization development and management.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies, manage multiple projects, and interface with multiple publics in a harmonious manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and a proven work record that evidences the successful management of an increasing level of responsibilities.
  • Excellent personnel skills are needed to hire, supervise, motivate and terminate staff, as required.
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with the process of developing a comprehensive business plan and feasibility analysis for clients, and be familiar with specialty food marketing and distribution systems.
  • Experience with startup businesses is desired, as is an in-depth understanding of small business issues and financial management.
  • Skills in various computer programs, e.g. Microsoft Office that include spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software
  • Seasoned business development skills, industry knowledge, engineering, and process/production experience are necessary to manage these business and technology activities effectively and safely.
  • Must be well versed in the business/marketing, operations/engineering, and technology/safety aspects of the food industry in order to serve as the “face” of the Center. This position will interact daily with sophisticated and diversified private-sector food companies that are developing new food businesses, and seeking to utilize the business incubation programs and facilities at the Food Innovation Center.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree and seven years of experience
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in a wide array of settings preferred, ideally in some or all of the following: new business startups, mid-sized and family-run companies, multinational corporations, food service and retail operations, university entrepreneurship centers, and/or industry trade associations.
  • Entrepreneurial and niche marketing experience in the food industry, and an understanding of agricultural based businesses in New Jersey and the Northeast region, are highly desirable.
  • Understanding of the system of higher education and its underlying philosophy
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Posting Details

Posting Number 18ST0033
Posting Open Date 01/03/2018
Special Instructions to Applicants

Must hold valid driver license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details Piscataway, NJ

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