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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
085 Dairy Management Specialist
The Dairy Management Specialist position will improve on-farm decision-making through use of existing farm specific data collected and underutilized to reduce risk and enhance the sustainability of dairy production. California’s dairy industry is a national leader in the efficient production of dairy products (dairy farm gate milk receipts of $9.4 billion, 2014) but the economic sustainability of dairy production in California is threatened by a host of challenges, reducing profitability of milk production. There is an urgent need for management expertise to address the concerns of California dairy producers who face a range of challenges unique to California. The size and scale of dairy operations result in accumulation of farm specific data that should be used to enhance production capabilities and maintain profitability. The Dairy Production and Food Safety Program Team, as well as industry stakeholders, have identified the need to provide benchmarks across management areas to distill farm data into actionable information. Specifically, there is a pressing need to create and provide dairy herd management information and decision support software that will enhance economic sustainability. The Dairy Management CE Specialist position aligns completely with the concerns of the 2007 McKinsey Report on challenges to future profitable growth and the consequent recommendations of the CA&ES response, “Keeping California’s Dairy Industry Globally Competitive.”
Department of Animal Science, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Dairy Management (docx), uploaded 05/02/2016 by Mary Delany
This proposed position through UC Davis Extension would be a great addition and provide an unbiased service and opinion to our hard working dairy men and women.
Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
Dairy production fits two of our initiatives within ANR: healthy families and communities, sustainable food systems. The Program Team identifies this as a high priority position. Advances in technology have resulted in copious quantities of data generated. Average milk production per cow near 21,000 pounds of milk annually has been achieved through improved feed management and genetics. Future improvements will be incremental and require honing management skills. Access to data is not in short supply on most commercial farms. However, available time to manage and analyze data is in short supply and given the type and quantity of data in existence, not likely to be accomplished without significant analytical capabilities. The individual in this position would conduct research to provide “benchmarks across management areas to distill farm data into actionable information. “Specifically, there is a pressing need to create and provide dairy herd management information and decision support software that will enhance economic sustainability. The Dairy Management CE Specialist position aligns completely with the concerns of the 2007 McKinsey Report on challenges to future profitable growth and the consequent recommendations of the CA&ES response, “Keeping California’s Dairy Industry Globally Competitive.” The individual in this position would logically collaborate with Dairy, Agronomy, and Irrigation Advisors as well as Specialists, Clinicians and Researchers in Vet Med, and Researchers and Specialists in CAES (Plant and Environmental Sciences, LAWR, Animal Science, etc.).