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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

019 Area Family Resource Management Advisor (Nutrition)

(1) Position will focus primarily on family and community resource management; (2) requiring a minimum of a master’s degree in Family Economic Development, Human Development, Health Education, Community Nutrition, or a closely related social science. Academic training and/or professional experience must provide an understanding of family resource planning with the ability to transfer research-based principles to program design and research design methodologies. Experience or the ability to apply low-literacy and cultural/ethnic principles into extension and research program elements is necessary. (3) This position will be housed in the Sonoma Office and has strong support from Marin county, as well as Health and Human Services Departments in both counties. It is anticipated that the advisor will become a member of the Healthy Behaviors Program Team, the California Communities Program Team, and other relevant UC ANR collaborations.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Sonoma

Proposed Area of Coverage

Marin and Sonoma


Associated Documents



Despite the ability to grow diverse crops year round in Luther Burbank's 'promised land' of Sonoma and Marin Counties, a large percentage of the population is struggling with food insecurity (1 out of 3 adults in Marin, and 1 out of 4 in Sonoma), food deserts, obesity and lack of awareness and access to essential economic and social resources. Having worked for both the Health and Human Services Departments in Sonoma County for the past 3 years, and having interacted with many of the key community partners (early learning partners, food banks, food systems advocates, K-12 school system, etc) I see a need for this position as there is not a partner who's specific scope of work is focused on applied research and evaluation to understand the population's needs around nutrition/health/economics & resource management and then apply evidenced-based best practices to connect key segments of our community with available resources. UCCE is well positioned to lead this work due to the research expertise and support available through the UCCE network, their expansive knowledge of food systems and their long-standing relationships with community partners.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 8:52 AM by Leah Murphy
This position is critically important as it will make new contributions in the field of family resource management through applied evaluation of family economics and nutrition programs and research studies addressing healthy behaviors, food access, and resource management decisions. Applying a lifespan approach, this position will make a significant impact through education that raises clientele awareness and ability to manage their human and financial resources. This includes the ability to navigate support systems and make difficult and complex resource use decisions.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:06 PM by Erin Hawkins
Food insecurity in Marin County has grown significantly since the recession. Currently, upwards of 50,000 people are living below 200% FPL, and are considered food insecure. And while the SF-Marin Food Bank has made great strides towards meeting the need in partnership with other CBO's, we still see that over 20% of the meals needed for the low-income population each year are unaccounted for. A recurring challenge that we face as a Food Bank is in knowing exactly where and how and to what extent we should be providing services in the mostly rural areas of Marin County, and, in making sure that people who are potentially eligible for the services that already exist are actually tapping in to those resources. As a data-driven organization, it would be extremely helpful to know more about this population, and what programs really work in addressing food insecurities for families throughout their life-span. The Family Resource Management Adviser would be an instrumental position that could help us, and other organizations in connecting families to programs, and in identifying and developing new programs that will work within the unique communities of Marin. The UCCE is a perfect host for such a position, given their long-standing background, relationships, trust, and collaborations that they already have in our communities.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:01 PM by Becky Gershon
This position is an important part of continuing to create positive impact on equity issues in Marin County and Sonoma where the borders for issues like food insecurity and low literacy rates cross the border without any county line demarcation. Having a position that focuses primarily on family and community resource management would be very helpful to all the agencies and community based organizations in the service area. Coordination and collaboration is so important for multi faceted issues and this position in Cooperative Extension is the best place to have meaningful and measurable impact. The Marin County Free Library is in full support of this position
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:55 PM by Sara Jones
Both Marin and Sonoma Counties are characterized by relatively high overall health status, associated with affluence and education, and also high levels of health disparity. In both counties there are communities of hidden poverty, including families struggling with food insecurity. Rates of chronic disease related to poor access to nutrition and other health resources are higher in these communities. Navigating through available resources is a challenge. In addition many lack the knowledge necessary to balance options for healthy choices within limited resources. By offering targeted support for matching community resources with family needs, and by strengthening resource management this position would help build sustainable solutions to health disparities in Marin and Sonoma.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:31 PM by Matt Willis
As a gleaner, community gardener, and food system alliance member I have seen the need for education in how to store, prepare and preserve food among people of all economic classes in Sonoma County. Health and well being depend on the re-skilling which this position could foster. Making best use of dollars and resources among low income people is critical. A byproduct would be a reduction in food waste at the consumer level.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:45 PM by josephine borgeson
As a grant maker in Sonoma and Marin counties, I can vouch for the importance of this importance in the area of healthy eating. We need to bring in any new people we can who can help to educate low income people on accessing, preparing and storing healthy food.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 6:03 PM by Shan Magnuson
As the County Supervisor representing Marin's most diverse communities, I enthusiastically support the proposed Family Resource Management Advisor position to serve Marin and Sonoma Counties, as it will bring important resources in support of our neediest residents. The Advisor, if approved, will provide invaluable assistance in low income communities, such as the Canal area of San Rafael, where education about nutrition and access to healthy foods are greatly needed. I am pleased that this position will work in coordination with the County's Health and Human Services Department to ensure optimal and well coordinated services.
Posted Jul 12, 2016 4:56 PM by Steve Kinsey

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