Dairy Pilot Plant Manager

Department of Animal and Food Science

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible.  UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: More information about the Animal and Food Science Department is available at

The Position:

Plant Manager for the UWRF Dairy Plant in the Department of Animal and Food Science, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. This is a 12-month, Academic Staff appointment. Date of Appointment: October 1, 2013. The Department of Animal and Food Science serves approximately 590 majors, including 250 Animal Science – Equine majors, 160 Animal Science – Meat Animal majors, 50 Animal Science—Veterinary Technology majors, and 130 Dairy Science majors. In addition there are currently 25 Food Science majors or minors. The Department is one of five within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences which has a total enrollment of 1350 undergraduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the manufacture of a variety of dairy products, primarily cheese, ice cream, and other products as required; manage inventory of supplies and products; maintain financial accounts for dairy plant operations in conjunction with the Animal and Food Science Academic Department Associate; manage contacts and fulfill contractual agreements with customers
  • Maintain necessary HAACP, SSOP, and other documentation as required by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; conduct all necessary quality assurance testing for raw milk and manufactured products; maintain documentation and submit reports required for all qualified dairy product promotion programs
  • Supervise 10 – 15 student workers and trainees
  • Operate Falcon Foods retail outlet in conjunction with UWRF meat plant manager; actively pursue new product development and new marketing channels for products
  • Teach dairy manufacturing and quality assurance courses as appropriate based on experience, expertise and departmental needs
  • Develop strategic partnerships with the Upper Midwest dairy industry, including outreach workshops and training opportunities
  • Maintain and perform minor repairs on dairy plant equipment as required

Qualifications (Required): The following items are required within potential candidates:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, Animal/Dairy Science or related area AND Master of Science's degree in an appropriate discipline or completion of such within one year of hire
  • Current holder of Wisconsin Cheese Makers license or ability to obtain license; assistance will be provided to obtain license for a candidate with appropriate qualifications and experience
  • Documented significant experience in dairy plant processing and manufacturing
  • Current holder of, or ability to obtain:
    • State of Wisconsin Certified Pasteurize Operator
    • Trained Industry Supervisor for the purposes of Appendix N of the Pure Milk Ordinance
    • State of Wisconsin Certified Milk Hauler
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in the workplace environment and mentor students
  • Ability to maintain accurate documentation of financial and manufacturing activities
  • Ability to conduct appropriate quality assurance testing
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations, and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities.

Qualifications (Preferred): The following attributes are highly desirable within potential candidates:

  • Knowledge of ice cream manufacture, formulation, and ingredient functions
  • Documented teaching experience in traditional classroom/laboratory or outreach settings
  • Documented experience with product marketing and business plan development




  • Curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
  • A separate diversity statement addressing – in full - your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities (diversity statement)
  • An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired)
  • Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references)

Address inquiries to:

Dr. Sylvia Kehoe, Search Chair

Department of Animal and Food Science

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on August 12, 2013. For full consideration, applicants must submit all required materials by this date. Materials NOT submitted electronically cannot be considered - 

The names of all nominees and applicants who have requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released on request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates. 

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international inbound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions. 

UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants. UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability,marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women,persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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