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Food Systems Program Manager at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Food Systems Program Manager

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fayetteville, AR Full-Time
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Located in Northwest Arkansas

The Food Systems Program Manager for Healthy Food Research works with UAMS Office of [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Food Systems Program Manager (OCHR) staff and community partners to understand the food system infrastructure necessary to support and enhance Food Research  work. Specific responsibilities include food system assessments, launching priority food system research projects, and sustaining existing programs and partnerships. Some travel required (up to 25%).

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate with experience.



  • Manages community relationships and project implementation for grant funded research projects
  • Prioritizes and organizes work assignments and ensures research projects are completed on time and within scope of work
  • Plans and leads group and individual research project meetings, identifies research project milestones and timelines, evaluates and recommends process workflow, plans, coordinates, tests, implements, trains, and manages research projects
  • Applies project management tools and techniques, and appropriates regular communications with all levels of the UAMS organization; responsible for the technical and functional design of systems, and scheduling and conducting research project-related meetings
  • Documents best practices/case studies of successful models nationally


  • Collaborates with partners to develop a support network of community partners
  • Provides resources and guidance to local communities (i.e. food policy councils, community development agencies) to conduct food assessments and identify priority food projects
  • Collaborates with external partners (I.e. universities, Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Ag, etc.) to develop and/or disseminate resources on best practices (access, scale-up/expansion, buyer requirements, market outlets, etc.)
  • Assists partners in healthy food policy development
  • Builds resources for outreach assistance to appropriate advisors/service providers


  • Leads participation in food resesarch, including 1) documenting current food system conditions and identifying opportunities and barriers, 2) cataloging available/recommended primary and secondary data sources
  • Collaborates on food system assessments and economic analyses to integrate food system goals with long-term strategic plans


  • Assists with research project monitoring to ensure compliance, progress toward objectives and expected results, and work plan adherence
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities to expand reach and to ensure satisfaction among partners
  • Schedules meetings and participates in technical discussions and meetings pertinent to department/project needs

May perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Four (4) years of experience in program/project management or related field
  • Valid driver's license
  • Reliable transportation with valid and current automobile liability insurance and the willingness to use for work-related travel (up to 25%)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

Physical Requirements Stand: Occasionally
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Occasionally
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Never
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None

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