Director, Kearney and West Side Research and Extension Centers AP 21-06

Date Posted: April 9, 2021
Closing Date: May 22, 2021

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Kearney Research Center in Parlier, CA and West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points, CA

Purpose:  The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Director for our two Research and Extension Centers (KREC in Parlier and WSREC in Five Points, CA). 


The successful Director will promote and support long-term success of  these two centers by 1) providing leadership for planning, administrative supervision, and setting priorities  for the centers; 2) establishing working relationships with research and extension personnel to support existing work at the centers; 3) developing new research partnerships to expand the number and scope of research and extension projects; and 4) acting as a liaison between the University of California and the San Joaquin Valley agricultural community. The Director will support both centers equally, to ensure joint success.

Major Responsibilities: Supporting both Centers equally, the Director will provide administrative leadership for the Centers, including development of plans and priorities for staff, facilities and budgets. As Director, the incumbent will oversee the budget, personnel, and facilities of the Centers, as well as support research and extension activities by the various scientists that utilize the Centers. The Director will strive to maximize the number of research and extension projects, expand funding and facilities, develop policies, increase the visibility of KREC and WSREC to commodity organizations; university, state and federal agencies; and the general public, and develop long-range plans for KREC and WSREC.

A minimum of a Ph.D. degree in an agricultural discipline (horticulture, crop production, agronomy, water/soil science, entomology, plant pathology, engineering) is required.

Salary: The 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:

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-06).  Closing Date:  To ensure full consideration, submit materials by May 22, 2021. Those received after May 22, 2021 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (Open until filled).