Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Director, UCCE Ventura County and Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Academic Administrator

County Location: Ventura County

Date Posted: December 20, 2016
Closing Date: February 20, 2017

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This position is located in Ventura County.

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), is seeking a director to provide leadership for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)Ventura County and the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). 

The director will allocate, develop and/or manage resources to support University of California researchers and educators in conducting quality research and extension programs on County and statewide issues related to the sustainability of agricultural, natural and human resources.   In conjunction with the UCCE Ventura and HAREC business officer and HAREC superintendent, the director will administer personnel, staff development, budget, liaison activities, and physical facilities. The incumbent will maintain relationships with County of Ventura administration, outside agencies, governing bodies and community organizations and clientele; and provide and promote coordination and collaboration with University campus-based and County-based researchers to facilitate the successful delivery of research and extension programs.

Some specific duties include:

  • Leadership: Provide vision, inspire, and motivate others with attitude and actions; sets a high standard for excellence; innovate and foster positive change; model and support a good team working environment; and encourage and is open to exploring new ideas and innovative changes, and provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for HAREC and UCCE Ventura County as well as other UC ANR programs.
  • Thelma Hansen Fund Advisory Board: As Endowment Manager, Director is responsible for ensuring that expenditures are correct and in compliance with the terms of the endowment and University policy, and that income is expended and not accumulated within the restrictions of the endowment or University policy. Responsible for reporting use of the endowment funds annually. Responsible for cultivating Hansen Advisory Board which provides ANR Vice President with advice, consultation, information, and recommendations on the use of the funds.
  • The director will develop and implement an applied research and extension program to provide science-based information addressing complex issues. The focus of the applied research and extension program will be based on a needs assessment and may include partnerships with a variety of campus and county-based colleagues.  The director will provide essential leadership to address critical issues identified by their needs assessment and related to their programmatic area of expertise.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D., or other terminal degree, is required, in disciplines that have prepared the successful candidate to develop and sustain a successful research and extension program in a discipline related to at least one of the UC ANR strategic initiatives (Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, Healthy Families and Communities, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Natural Ecosystem, and/or Water Quality, Quantity and Security). Ideally, the discipline will be complementary to the disciplines of other UCCE academics and programs in Ventura County.  Experience in an applied research and/or extension program that is consistent with UC ANR, UCCE, and HAREC’s research and outreach emphasis is required. Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct group process is required.  Experience managing and evaluating human, financial and technical resources, and programs is required.  Ability to supervise and evaluate academics and staff employees is required.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Experience effectively managing and resolving conflict is highly desirable. 

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/244302.pdf.

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