Position Summary: The County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of Cooperative Extension programs in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties. Responsibilities include oversight of effective educational and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county Extension programs (50 FTE); maintaining effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county Extension budgets, and developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with all four counties. The incumbent will increase the visibility of UCCE by communicating the positive impacts and benefits realized by the citizens of the Central Valley and the state through the activities and contributions of these units.
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. UC ANR's CE advisors, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.
The Central Valley offers a unique opportunity to re-invigorate cooperative extension for a diverse rural and urban clientele. The Director will provide leadership in the stability and transformation of extension for the rural clientele that can serve as a model for other communities throughout California and the U.S.
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.
Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.
Job Close Date: 4-14-2019
Duty 1: Function:Administration - Provide vision, inspire and motivate others with attitude and actions, set a high standard for excellence, and support a good team working environment. - Work together with academics, staff and UC ANR leadership to develop a regional model for cooperative extension in the Central Valley. - Cultivate relationships with new and existing partners that includes the County Government in order to obtain the resources to build new programs thus expanding UCCE's reach in the region. - Work with UC ANR development officers to increase the number of donors and average gift value to secure funding for county extension programs outside of support from county budgets. - Develop an organizational structure to optimize the use of human resources in the counties of Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare. Participate in the development of vacancy announcements, recruitment and retention of advisors and staff. - Provide oversight of educational extension and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county extension programs Oversight of oversee merits, promotions, AEs and staff evaluations. - Understand and uniformly apply UC and County Administrative policies; provide useful and timely feedback; take timely disciplinary action within UC and County procedures, if necessary; and work with staff in advance of deadlines for required records and reports. - Demonstrate leadership toward Affirmative Action within CE promoting a culture of acceptance. Percent: 50
Duty 2: Function:Communication - Maintain effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county extension budgets, developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with all four counties. - Provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for UC ANR programs. - Represents the University as a resource and contact person to industry leaders, producers, non-University of California academics and the general public. Responds to regulatory, state and federal agencies, external groups, industry organizations and the mass media on issues related to applied research and extension projects. Percent: 25
Duty 3: Function:Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility - Provide support, advice, and supervision for CE advisors and staff reporting to you. - Convene an Advisory Committee made up of Central Valley stakeholders, including policymakers from county and city government, NGOs, and academics, as a sounding board for ideas and strategic planning. - Coordinate with other County Directors, and participate in regular County Directors teleconferences and face-to-face meetings in Davis. Percent: 15
Duty 4: Function:Professional Development & Lifelong Learning - Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities. Function:Professional Development & Lifelong Learning Percent: 10
Job Requirements - Master's degree in related area is encouraged and/or equivalent level of training and experience, though other advanced degrees are encouraged. Related disciplines could include: natural resources, community development, sociology, business administration, economics, political science, education, public health, or food systems. - Strong background and/or working knowledge of agriculture, and Cooperative Extension. - Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management. - Proven conflict resolution expertise. - Managing multi-disciplinary teams. - Experience and proven track record as an effective leader in the areas of, budget and financial management, facilities planning and administration and technology management. - Strategic planning, analytical, and program evaluation skills to effectively provide sound recommendations, continually examine systems. - Advanced understanding of administrative operations, human resources management, facilities planning, strategic planning. - Advanced leadership and/or management skills. - Supervisory skills to motivate, and develop staff. Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and teambuilding and working cooperatively. - Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Required - Working knowledge of Central Valley governmental and non-governmental organizations is preferred. - Skills to communicate effectively in Spanish or Hmong are desirable. - Understanding of the UC ANR mission.
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