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UC Management Skills Assessment Program: Call for Staff Applications

Are you a staff supervisor or manager who is ready for a leap in your professional development? If so, apply for the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). The next MSAP will take place April 18-21, 2016, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

This program is designed to assess the management skills of high-potential, early-career staff supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California (academics are not eligible).

UC ANR has one seat for the April 2016 program,and we are seeking applicants. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2016.

We strongly recommend that unit leaders and program directors discuss the program with supervisors and managers who exhibit potential for management development and encourage them to apply.

Eligibility requirements for staff participants include:

  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's (1) career goals in management, (2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and (3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.

The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. ANR will cover the cost of the program (including eligible travel expenses) for the successful applicant.

Expect a demanding program with assessees in activities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and no time in between to check email or attend to work responsibilities. Assessees also eat with other assessees and share lodging. The applicant's supervisor is also required to complete a supporting statement as part of the application process, and commit to participate in the required post-program activities. 

Instructions for submitting applications online and further information about the program are at Make sure to choose UC ANR, not UC Davis, in the application. A UC ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online at by Wednesday, Jan. 20.

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR Training and Development coordinator, at


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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Open Enrollment ends Tues., Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

This is a final reminder to make any changes to your 2016 UC benefits before 5 p.m. Tues., Nov. 24, when Open Enrollment closes.

Visit the Open Enrollment website for details on UC benefits and 2016 plan changes.  Then sign in to your account to make changes using the Open Enrollment application.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM
Tags: benefits (7), Open Enrollment (5)

UC contractors and vendors must comply with fair wage plan

As described in Human Resources' Oct. 14, ANR Update email, the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan became effective Oct. 1, 2015. It is important to note that the plan applies not only to UC personnel, but also to contractors/vendors doing business with and providing services to UC. The UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan also provides measures to ensure contractor compliance including a dedicated telephone hotline (1-855-WAGES-UC) and webpage by which contract workers may report complaints directly to the Office of the President.

As the first university in the country to voluntarily set a minimum wage, compliance with this requirement will be scrutinized carefully. To ensure compliance, effective immediately it is imperative that UC ANR personnel do not allow contractors and/or vendors to perform work or provide services to UC ANR unless and until a properly authorized UC agreement is in place. (Common types of UC ANR work or services that are subject to the Fair Wage policy include repair services, farm labor contractor services, agricultural services, construction services, etc.)

UC policy has always required that an authorized UC purchase order (or other appropriate form of contract) be executed before work begins. With the implementation of the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, however, it is critical that UC ANR obtain services only from firms that will execute a contract guaranteeing payment of the plan's minimum wage, as described in UC's factsheet. Accordingly, the vendor's willingness to do this must be confirmed prior to the start of work.

Allowing work to proceed before an appropriately authorized UC purchase order is issued will be considered a breach of UC policy (an unauthorized purchase), and is very likely to trigger new/additional administrative requirements, cause delay and impede payment to the vendor.

The following UC ANR administrative staff members are available to assist you with this and related matters:

UC ANR Location

Contact Name

Phone Number and Email Address

County-based Cooperative Extension Offices

Emily Melton Casado, BOC-K

Emily LaRue, BOC-K



Research and Extension Centers

Debra Driskill, REC AO


Statewide Programs &
ANR Administrative Service Units

Sally Harmsworth, BOC-D

Zach Watkins, BOC-D



UC ANR Oakland

Sonia Scott, AVP-BO


Additional information is available at

Thank you very much for your attention to and compliance with this new University of California policy. 

Catherine Montano
Director, Administrative Policies & Business Contracts


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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:36 AM

UC begins implementing new hourly minimum wage policy

UC Office of the President recently announced the implementation of a new minimum wage policy for UC employees. All appointment types, 50% or more, are eligible with the exception of Student titles.  No UC ANR employees will be affected this fiscal year by the policy, however new vendor contracts will be affected and ANR will need to ensure compliance. The policy is effective on October 1, 2015, and is described below. If you have specific questions regarding the policy or how it will affect the employees in your unit, please contact UC ANR Human Resources. 

John Fox
Executive Director, UC ANR Human Resources

Linda Marie Manton
Executive Director, UC ANR Human Resources Staff Personnel

New Hourly Minimum Wage Policy

UC will increase the minimum wage for employees, including contract workers, on Thursday, Oct. 1, the first stage of a three-year plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2017.

Under the new UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, all employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week will be paid a minimum of $13 an hour starting Thursday, Oct. 1. That minimum will increase to $14 an hour on Oct. 1, 2016, and to $15 an hour on Oct. 1, 2017.

Contractors and subcontractors working on UC projects will be required to comply with the new policy.

UC is the first university in the country to voluntarily set a $15 minimum wage. The new rate will be higher than California's minimum wage, which is currently $9 an hour and will increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016.

President Janet Napolitano announced the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan in July to support employees and their families, and to ensure that workers being paid through a UC contract are likewise fairly compensated.

“Supporting the employees — and their families — who help make UC a leading institution is an important part of our values as a public university,” President Napolitano said.

The new minimum wage is being implemented over three years to give campuses time to plan and budget for the cost increase. The bulk of the cost will be funded by non-core funds, such as sales from self-supporting programs like bookstores and food services. These are separate from tuition and fees, state resources and other core funds that support UC's core instructional programs.

As UC enters into new contracts or renews existing ones, the university will require contractors and subcontractors to pay their employees a wage that meets or exceeds UC's new minimum wage.

In addition, UC will enhance its oversight of contractors and subcontractors for wages and working conditions. This includes creation of a telephone hotline and online reporting system, both now in place, that contract workers can use to report complaints and issues directly to the Office of the President.

It also will include annual and interim audits of contractors to ensure they pay employees UC's minimum wage or better, and that they meet all local, state, federal and UC laws. Annual audits will be funded by the contractors, and implemented as new contracts are established and existing ones are renewed.

Learn more about the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work plan and read frequently asked questions.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Crucial Conversations training registration opens

The UC ANR Training Coordination Committee is sponsoring “Crucial Conversations” training on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3­-4, 2015, in Davis. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Training is open to all UC ANR academics, UC ANR staff employees and Cooperative Extension county-paid employees who have not taken the Crucial Conversations training in the past. All expenses related to the training (registration fee, travel, lodging, meals and training materials) will be reimbursed by ANR funds according to UC travel policy.

Twenty (20) participants will be accepted to the training. Individuals selected to participate in the training will need to participate the full period of the training. Therefore, if you cannot commit to the full 14 hours of training, we ask that you not pre-register for the training. 

If you are interested in the training, please pre-register at: We also encourage you to inform your supervisor of your interest to participate in this training.

Individuals who have pre-registered will be notified on Oct. 15 as to whether they have been selected to participate in the two-day training. A waiting list will be established for those who are interested but are not selected to participate in the training and they will be contacted if any individuals cancel their registration and space becomes available.

Crucial Conversations provides tools for talking when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions differ.  The objectives of the 14-hour training are to provide the participants tools that will assist the participant in:

  • Building greater personal influence and power
  • Moving “stuck” work-related relationships and projects forward
  • Improving personal, team and unit results
  • Reducing stress from team frustrations and blocked communication

Your program certified trainers Jan Corlett and Linda Marie Manton thank you for considering participation in “Crucial Conversations” training.  If you have questions, contact Jan Corlett at

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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:45 AM

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