Title: Environmental Analyst I, Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) Coordinator – Bureau of Environmental Health, Food Protection Program
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) Coordinator will prepare and review reports and documents, and monitors activities in DPH Bureau of Environmental Health’s Food Protection Program (FPP) which supports the FDA MFRPS cooperative agreement between the Department and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This position will be responsible for overseeing elements of the MFRPS cooperative agreement by completing program self-assessments and improvement plans; updating and implementing a strategic plan; coordinating mid-year and annual report narratives; preparing and maintaining documents for program audits; coordinating staff MFRPS trainings; and developing staff reports on integration of federal, state, local and industry partners with respect to program standards.
The MFRPS Coordinator needs to maintain acceptable performance and coordination with key stakeholders by updating cross-walk of MDPH regulation 105 CMR 500,000 “Good Manufacturing Practices for Food” with the FDA PC Rule to identify conflicting or redundant language. The MFRPS Coordinator will also be responsible for updating BEH FPP electronic inspection system to categorize and sort the inventory according to risk categories, and coordinates staff trainings related to MFRPS. In this position the incumbent will develop staff reports on integration of federal, state, local, and industry partners with respect to program standards. The Coordinator will oversee and administer elements related to MFRPS by reviewing reports and attachments completed during state inspections of manufactured food establishments; reviewing data entered into the FDA Electronic State Access to Field Accomplishments (eSAF) database; and accessing federal and state databases.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Prepare and review program self-assessments and improvement plans; update and implement MFRPS strategic plan.
- Review and summarize data from recall audit checks conducted under MFRPS 3 (Inspection Program).
- Perform calculations and summarize analytical data for mid-year and end-of-year reports for MFRPS cooperative program.
- Write memoranda, letters, emails and technical or general reports; review for completeness the data and attachments prepared by others
- Coordinate the collection of samples for review under section 4.3.4 (Sample Report Audit) of MFRPS 6 (Inspection Audit Program), and assist with environmental assessments conducted in response to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks under MFRPS 5 (Food-related Illness, Outbreak and Hazards Response).
- Review the inspection of food manufacturing firms for conformance with MFRPS 3 (Inspection Program) and MFRPS 6 (Compliance and Enforcement Program) and documents findings in accordance with section 4.3.1 (Quality Assurance Program) of MFPRS 4 (Inspection Audit Program).
- Conduct assessments and evaluations, and prepare and maintain documents required for biennial FDA audits of the state’s MFRPS program.
- Monitors inspectional findings collected during manufactured food inspections; evaluate and report on operation and effectiveness of information resources, systems, and services within FPP units, projects, and programs.
- Perform related duties such as collecting, compiling, and correlating inspectional data; maintaining records; providing technical advice on regulatory policies; and attending quarterly meetings at FDA New England District Office, and annual out-of-state meetings required under MFRPS contracts.
- Knowledge of the methods of soil testing including soil classification, chemical content, trace metals analysis and aquifer characteristics.
- Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens and other toxicological agents.
- Knowledge of the chemical properties of water including pH, conductivity, presence of trace metals, volatile organic compounds, turbidity, nutrient levels and seasonal temperature characteristics.
- Knowledge of the principles of hydraulics applied to surface runoff, erosion and sedimentation.
- Knowledge of the principles of hydrology including hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, gradient, contaminant migration, recharge, discharge and hydraulic properties of aquifers.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as risk assessments, chemical analysis, biological analysis and hydrogeology reports.
- Ability to operate instruments and equipment used in measuring environmental conditions.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of environmental science data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
- Ability to adapt to varying work situations.
- Knowledge of the standard procedures for taking field notes in connection with environmental sampling and surveying to obtain legally defensible data.
- Skill in the use of computers in data base compilation and environmental monitoring.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
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