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Colorado State University AS Meat Lab Manager in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title AS Meat Lab Manager

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202000704AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib II

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range Starting at $50,000 plus comprehensive benefits. Final salary commensurate with experience.

Employee Benefits

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/03/2020

Description of Work Unit

CSU is Colorado’s Land Grant University and the Department of Animal Sciences is responsible for educating >800 undergraduate and 55 graduate students at any given time. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of large animal production entities (i.e., beef, dairy, horse, lamb) and their trade organizations.

The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

For more information about CSU and our community, please see CSU HR Prospective Employees site:

Position Summary

The Department of Animal Sciences seeks a Meat Laboratory Manager to join the meat science team, manage meat lab operations and contribute to research activities, outreach and instruction needs that address national and global issues related to meat safety and quality.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS Degree in Animal Science, Meat Science or related field with three years relevant work experience completed by application date. Experience may be pre – or concurrent with degree pursuit.

  • Demonstrated expertise and related technical skills including: meat animal harvesting, fabrication, sanitation, and/or processing procedures in a USDA/State inspected facility.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

  • The successful candidate must be present in the United States and be able to obtain legal authorization to work in the United States by the proposed start date. No visa sponsorship will be provided by the department. Candidate must comply with international travel restrictions that may be in place at the time of the proposed start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal, state, and/or university policies and regulations. Specific understanding of issues involving:

  • Federal meat processing regulations

  • HACCP-based inspection procedures

  • Employee safety

  • Plant operations

  • Experience with processed meat manufacturing.

  • Ability to develop, write and implement Standard Operating Procedures, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans compliant with USDA standards.

  • Previous supervisory experience (i.e., professional, student, and/or volunteer)

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Personnel, Supervision & Training Management


Hires, trains, schedules and terminates employees. Oversees approximately 20 student hourlies who each average 15 hrs./40 hr. wk. (15 during summer), and 1-2 interns per semester. Instructs employees and provides visual and hands-on training in lab and or facility settings on industry operations knowledge and skills such as: meat processing, harvest and fabrication techniques, SSOP and compliance standards and protocols. Operates existing and new meat processing equipment in order to teach students how to process meat safely and efficiently, as well as how to clean and use the equipment. If a defect is observed in a product, show them how to adjust the machines to get the desired outcome. These activities are done to better the students education and understanding of meat processing. Allocates the job duties for the students so that they can learn accountability. Management expertise ensures students experience is full “turn-key” exposure to meat production facility operations.

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Compliance and Regulatory Management


Establishes, develops, implements, and ensures overall facility compliance plans in order to meet regulatory audits, reporting requirements, and safety standards for the program such as: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements including but not limited to; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plans; Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs); and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Also meets necessary quality and food safety plans as described by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) per international/world-wide standards; maintains all programs necessary for annual compliance reporting and audits. Specifically develops, implements, evaluates, adjusts and delivers through instruction various SOPs and SSOPs to the student employees and interns, and to classes being held during the semester. These programs may include, but are not limited to: Bandsaw SOP, Truck SOP, Pre-Operational SSOP, Knife Sharpening SOP, GMPs, Inedible SSOP, Grinder SSOP, Stuffer SSOP Sales SOP, and Customer Service SOP.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Production Operations Management


Manages contracting activities with external companies/researchers for pilot/small scale plant production line research projects. Prepares invoices and collects payments for related services. Conducts retail sales of finished goods. Reconciles daily cash flow of products sold and manages all facility expenses. Forecasts demands and financial returns according to ability to monitor and manage effective and efficient fabrication yields (beef, lamb, pork) as well as cooked meet product yields (ham, bacon, sausage). Strategically purchases high demand products/supplies during off-season/lower cost times of year. Works with faculty to expand “Ram Country Meats” business opportunities.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Outreach/Service


Performs outreach duties such as: state and national youth activities; meat processing demonstrations; host annual meetings/conventions for state and national meat trade associations

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by December 3, 2020. A complete application includes 1. Cover letter addressing both required and preferred qualifications, 2. Current resume, 3. Contact information for three professional references, and 4. Unofficial transcripts reflecting degree completion.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates

Conditions of Employment Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Will train for HACCP certification, will train for Global Food Safety Initiation (GFSI) certification., Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Bob Delmore,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, (970) 491-1715.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents