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New ANR Employee Guide

New ANR Employee Onboarding Guide

Welcome to UC ANR from Vice President Glenda Humiston. (video)

You are now part of a large UC ANR community which stretches across the state of California. Our unique community of employees, stakeholders, partners, volunteers, community groups and clientele, engage in work that often has national and international implications. As you embark on your new journey working for this great organization, refer to this webpage to learn about topics such as: ANR Accomplishments, the ANR Vision, Personal Responsibility, Principles of Community and Personal development.

Find administrative links below for time reporting, travel policies, benefits, and other important employee resources. You have 31 days from your start date to sign up for benefits. Check scheduling for the New Employee Administrative Orientation (all employees) and the Programmatic Orientation (academic employees) to find out when the next events take place. (If you are a new people manager check out the Onboarding New ANR Employees: Supervisor's Guide.)

Begin exploring your new organization by watching "We are UC ANR" (video).

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Table of Contents

ANR Mission and Vision

ANR Core Messages

History of ANR

ANR Administration and Funding

What We Accomplish

Composition of ANR:

ANR Programs

Administrative Units

Personal Responsibility

Employee Resources

Getting Support to Help You Thrive

Professional Development and Learning

Policies

Systems

Technology, Communication, and Access

Compensation and Benefits (What to do if you’re a new employee)

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ANR Mission and Vision

ANR Mission and Strategic Vision (video, ANR web page)

ANR 2016-2020 Strategic Plan (ANR web page)

 

ANR Core Messages

We are UC ANR (video)

Share with stakeholders or people in your lives what ANR is all about by referring to ANR Core Messages. (web page).

 

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History of UC ANR

UC Cooperative Extension: 100 years and Counting Centennial (video)

What does Abraham Lincoln Have to do with your Academic Career? (video)

Brief History of UC Cooperative Extension (web page)

 

ANR Administration and Funding

Our Administration (web page)

Funding (video)

 

What We Accomplish

UC Delivers showcases how ANR is making a difference for Californians (video, web page)

ANR has its own YouTube channel. Check it out! (web page)

ANR News (ANR web page)

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Composition of ANR: Statewide Programs and Units

ANR Programs

California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR)

The California Institute for Water Resources integrates California's research, extension, and education programs to develop research-based solutions to water resource challenges.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

California Naturalist (CalNat)

The UC California Naturalist Program introduces Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. 

Overview| Video | Read more

 

Cooperative Extension for County Offices (CE)

UC Cooperative Extension is a vast network of UC researchers and educators who work together to develop and provide science-based information to solve locally-relevant economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

4-H Youth Development Program (4-H YDP)

The 4-H Youth Development Program, throughout its 100 years of existence has helped children and adolescents acquire the skills needed to succeed in life.
Overview| Video | Read more

 

Informatics and GIS Program (IGIS)

Established in 2012, IGIS serves ANR with support for mapping tools, spatial data science, and technologies for data collection and analysis. IGIS also provides training to ANR employees.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

IPM helps residents, growers, land managers, community leaders, and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

Master Gardener/Master Food Preserver (MG/MFP) (web/web, video, flyer)

Extends UC research based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public and is administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices.

Overview | Video | Read more (Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver)

 

Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)

Brings together a wide range of experts who develop and conduct research on nutrition, food insecurity, physical activity, wellness, and the prevention of obesity, diabetes and other related health problems.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

Research & Extension Center System (REC)

A strong, vibrant organization of research and education academics supported by extraordinary research management capacity to conduct agriculture, natural resource and human resource programs that enable the delivery of the highest quality science to promote healthy citizens and thriving communities.

Overview | Video | Read more

 

Youth, Families, and Communities (NFCS)

Administers youth, nutrition, family, and community programs in California including the 4-H Youth Development Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

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ANR Units

Administrative Policies & Business Contracts (APBC)

Located in UC ANR’s Controller’s office APBC can help you with a variety of issues related to UC or ANR policy. They have responsibility for administrative policy interpretation and development; memoranda of understandings; support groups and affiliate groups; delegations of authority; business contracts; information practices (records requests/subpoenas); and conflict-of-interest issues.

Overview | Video | Read more

 

Business Operations Center (BOC Davis/Kearney)

BOC Davis provides financial services to Statewide Programs, Research & Extension Centers, and ANR service units located in Davis. BOC Kearney provides comprehensive consolidated financial and payroll-related services in support of county Cooperative Extension offices statewide.

Overview| Video | Read more (BOC Davis, Kearney)

 

Communication Services & Information Technology

 

Information Technology

ANR’s IT employees provides the technology that supports UC ANR in delivering globally-recognized, innovative programs and extension for California

Overview| Video | Read more

      

Publishing and Production

ANR’s Publishing and Production group turn the Division’s research and information into professional communications materials, including peer-reviewed books, online publications, California Agriculture journal and materials promoting ANR’s mission, programs and departments. Overview| Video | Read more (Publishing, California Agriculture)

 

Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication’s mission is to promote the great work of UC ANR to Californians and various external audiences. They conduct outreach to news media, pitch stories to influential journalists, develop promotional material, keep active social media platforms, develop web content, and maintain responsibility for the UC ANR Brand and the Government and Community Relations function. Overview | Video | Read more

 

Contracts & Grants

The Office of Contracts and Grants provides principal investigators assistance with proposal preparation (including funding searches and proposal strategy, planning and development, project management, and partnership-building), and provide resources and expertise so that principal investigators may better understand contract and grant administration and successfully administer sponsored awards. The UC ANR Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is the authorized organizational representative for all extramurally sponsored projects at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Overview | Video | Read more

 

Development Services

Works with all UC ANR statewide programs, Cooperative Extension Offices and Research and Extension Centers to raise private donations.  Development Services include major gifts, support for local fundraising, annual appeals, stewardship and campaign materials, online giving, donor research, endowments, planned gifts and capital campaigns.   We provide assistance with policy issues and work closely with UC Institutional Advancement.  We manage the database of record for UC ANR, entering all gifts and storing donation records.  

Overview| Video | Read more

 

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)

In partnership with Safety Coordinators at each Cooperative Extension and Research and Extension Center Location, EH&S strives to ensure all ANR researchers, staff, volunteers, and youth participants can perform their activities in a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible manner by developing and making available a suite of EH&S planning, procedural, and training resources.

Overview | Video | Read more

 

Human Resources

Staff HR provides personnel services to all ANR county-based and other off-site units in the areas of classification, compensation, recruitment, employment, and more.

Academic HR provides leadership, coordination and consulting services in applying academic personnel policies and procedures in recruitment, advancement, compensation and employee relations for academic appointees in the division. Overview | Video | Read more (HR Staff, Academic)

 

Affirmative Action Office (AAO) is responsible for ensuring that the University complies with federal, state, and local laws pertaining to equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and harassment. | Read more

Learning & Development offers an array of opportunities for employee learning and professional development. | Read more

 

Program Planning & Evaluation (PPE)

Coordinates statewide program planning, accountability and reporting on behalf of the Associate Vice President for Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension programs.

Overview | Video | Read more

 

Program Support Unit (PSU)

Provides programmatic support in key areas to those involved in ANR initiatives, programmatic and advocacy efforts, statewide programs, and leadership groups. Support includes coordinating all aspects of event planning, scheduling the Davis ANR Building Valley Conference Rooms, meeting support, note taking, and much more.

Overview| Video | Read more

 

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Personal Responsibility

ANR employees have the right to work in an environment that promotes fairness, trust, respect, and physical and emotional safety and security. Each member plays an important role in demonstrating inclusive behavior, cooperation, professionalism, and agree to uphold the ANR Principles of Community.

Complete the following compliance training modules at UC Learning Center (UC Davis)

  • University of California Statement of Ethical Values
  • Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • UC Cyber Security Awareness
  • UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention

 

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Employee Resources

 

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Getting Support to Help You Thrive

Working with your supervisor

  • Get clear guidelines about your role and responsibilities
  • Ask questions about topics not covered during your first meeting
  • Request a copy of your location’s onboarding handbook, if one is available
  • During the first weeks, share with your supervisor areas in which you need training
  • Be open to hear from your supervisor about areas in which you need improvement

Ask your colleagues for information they may have on:

  • Public transport commute discounts, parking, carpooling
  • Office culture, dress code, local restaurants and cafes

 

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Professional Development and Learning 

Be proactive for your own professional and personal growth:

Are you a people manager? Hone your management skills:

Orientation

  • New Employee Administrative Orientation (all employees) (web page)
  • New AcademicANR Orientation Guide (academics) (web page)
  • Programmatic Orientation (academics) (web page)
  • Safety Orientation (web page)

 

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Policies

  • UC ANR Policies (web page)
  • Collective Bargaining Contracts (web page)
  • Travel and Entertainment (web page)
  • Acceptable Use Policy for UC supported computers, networks, video, and audio equipment (UC Davis web page)

 

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Systems

Time Reporting System (TRS) (web page; also found in ANR Portal); meet with your local TRS coordinator to get instructions

 

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Technology, Communication, and Access

Microsoft Outlook

Software/shared drives set up

Other communication tools

 

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Compensation and Benefits (What to do if you’re a new employee)

Compensation and Benefits (UCnet web page) (How to create a UC account, complete guide to health benefits, UC retirement decision guide, family member eligibility verification)

Benefits: Retirement and Health Benefits enrollment time sensitive

 

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University of California System

Overview of the UC System (UCnet webpage)

  • Governance of UC (UC Office of the President webpage)
  • Working at UC (UCnet webpage)
  • Diversity (UCnet webpage)
  • UC newsletter (News and Discoveries) (UC Office of the President web page)

 

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