The Animal Science Department at Colorado State University is accepting applications for the position of Program Coordinator for the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Applications are due by Sunday, June 21. See below for details.

Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program Coordinator (Research Associate I)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 06/21/2015



Description of Work Unit

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.
We are seeking a Program Coordinator (Research Associate I) whose primary responsibilities include coordinating and managing the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. This will include close working partnerships with organizations including the Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, CSU Extension, and Colorado beef producers to disseminate and implement Colorado BQA Program objectives and criteria.

Position Summary


The person in this position will be relied upon to support beef and dairy cattle producers’ ability to produce safe, high-quality, and consistent beef for consumers. In addition, the coordinator will be expected to make vibrant personal relationships between CSU and cattle producers in rural Colorado through a variety of audiences. Oversight of certification and recertification of cattle producers in the Colorado BQA Program, as well as tracking of certification status of producers, will also be expected. This person will work with a newly-developing network of BQA trainers throughout the state – consisting of licensed veterinarians and county/regional livestock extension educators and specialists – to offer BQA certification and educational information to various audiences. The coordinator will also manage BQA events, including leading BQA Certifications, and promote the BQA Program, recruit participation, and respond to inquiries and questions. Additional responsibilities may include teaching an undergraduate course addressing quality assurance, total quality management, and/or biosecurity in cattle production systems. Opportunities exist for collaborating in BQA-related research with faculty in Animal Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and other departments across campus, as well as interaction with National BQA.

Required Job Qualifications


Candidates must have a B.S. or advanced degree in Animal Science, or a related field from an accredited institution.
Solid understanding of the U.S. beef production industry. Experience in hands-on management of beef and/or dairy cattle.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including high-quality presentation skills.
Ability to interact competently with cattle producers, organizations, students, allied industry representatives, veterinarians, scientists, and/or consumers. Must possess a valid drivers license. Proficient in MS Office Suite (emphasis on Excel) and electronic correspondence such as email. Physical demands include some heavy lifting and manual dexterity, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling, and talking. Environmental conditions include exposure to weather and noise. Hazards include proximity to moving, mechanical parts and exposure to cattle in yard or chute side settings. Ability to travel overnight and accommodate a flexible work schedule.

Preferred Job Qualifications


Experience in total quality management, hazard analysis critical control point and quality assurance principles and philosophies.

Ability to work independently in a self directed manner. Ability to track and maintain complex BQA data. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Statement


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

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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact

Dr. Robert Delmore, 970-491-7093

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. 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.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Unofficial Transcripts