JOB TITLE: Organic Program Specialist
REPORTS TO: Organic Program Manager
LOCATION: Watsonville, CA
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Regular
PAY STATUS: Non-Exempt, Year-Round
JOB SUMMARY: Reports to the Organic Program Manager and performs a wide range of technical and administrative duties to ensure Driscoll’s organic system plan is updated and maintained as required by the USDA National Organic Program. The specialist will also provide administrative support, and ensure timely communication of NOP program changes to growers in order to maintain compliance. The specialist will be required to work on a wide range of projects that will not only meet current needs but allow for future growth of this role. The individual will represent Driscoll’s in the field to all organic berry producers in the US, Mexico and Chile. Travel required up to 10% - 15% of the work time.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required. Three to five years of experience in the agricultural industry with regulatory experience may be considered as a substitute for the educational requirement (e.g. Food Safety or Organic Certification). Bilingual, bi-literate communication skills required in English and Spanish. Knowledge of organic production practices, USDA National Organic Program or other Federal Regulatory compliance experience required. Must be able to follow detailed directions both verbal and written. Must have the ability to organize and manage diverse information in many forms. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and written. Excellent interpersonal skills required. Must be able to travel to all districts in the U.S. and Mexico. Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite required. Valid California Driver’s License, eligibility for vehicle insurance and US Passport required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
- Manage handler and grower electronic organic system plans. Act as a grower liaison to assist in the management and development of organic system plans.
- Conduct annual internal pre-inspections for organic growers and DSA handling facilities. Participate in third-party organic inspections and provide follow-up assistance to ensure timely certification. Identify areas of improvement and recommend solutions.
- Collaborate with Driscoll’s DOTA personnel, growers and certifiers to influence behaviors that advance the priorities of the department.
- Interpret and communicate National Organic Program guidelines. Monitor changes and communicate to growers and Driscoll’s personnel.
- Collaborate with districts and National Supply team to ensure timely organic ranch activation.
- Research and verify that all organic grower acreage is certified prior to harvest.
- Manage organic certificates and profiles for handlers and growers.
- Manage organic export program, track and report certificate usage and provide updates on regulatory changes.
- Organize National Organic Grower Advisory Panel biannual meeting.
- Generate and maintain annual and historical organic ranch list including all producing acres by district and commodity.
- Develop an active Organic Department presence on the Berrynet.
- Develop and enhance Organic Department standard operating procedures.
- Serve as a back-up to the Organic Team on various projects and/or duties.
- Complete special projects and/or duties as assigned by the Organic Supply Manager.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job’s responsibilities. At Driscoll’s all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.
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