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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

002 Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor

This position will 1) address statewide goals to develop research-based youth development programming to increase all youths’ leadership and career readiness with an emphasis to expand programming to underserved audiences. The Advisor will be responsible for conducting ongoing program needs assessments that will direct program development, implementation, and expansion and maintain fund development to support expanded programs while maintaining the high quality of existing programs. 2) This position requires a minimum of master’s degree in Youth Development, Human Development, Education, or related field with an emphasis in youth career readiness and leadership development, along with demonstrated, fund development, volunteer management experience and conflict management. Bilingual and bicultural skills are preferred. 3) This position will report to the SLO/SB County Director and support the state 4-H YDP program vision and direction. The advisor will provide leadership to the 4-HYDP staff (currently 5.8 FTE in 8 positions) serving the 46 club programs, a military club, a camp, and special 4-H programming in the two counties. These programs currently engage more than 2,500 youth in club programs, more than 600 adult volunteers, and provide over 20,000 additional opportunities for youth engagement and are supported by more than $1,000,000 annually (funds come from UC ANR, county support, foundations, contracts, grants, fundraising, sponsorships, programming fees, and individual donations).

Proposed Location/Housing

San Luis Obispo County

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties


Associated Documents



I am writing to support the creation of the 4-H Youth Development Advisor position in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. I currently collaborate with the Santa Barbara county 4-H program and have seen rapid changes and improvements in efforts to outreach to non-traditional 4-H clientele. These efforts will only continue to be successful if appropriate staffing, community assessment, evaluation, program development and fund development are made available. Currently, the YFC Advisor oversees the 4-H programs and she is stretched incredibly thin and is unable to sustain the level of oversight she currently provides. As the 4-H programs in SLO and SB counties continue to lead the way in striving to reach parity in affirmative action goals and outreach more academic oversight will be needed to ensure efforts are evidence-based and outcomes are adequately evaluated, documented and shared widely.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 1:51 PM by Shannon Klisch
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Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:00 PM by [Deleted]
This proposed position of an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor for SLO/SB Counties would strengthen and expand the local UCCE initiatives in SLO and SB counties. A full-time, dedicated Advisor for the 4-H Youth Development Program would offer continual support to current 4-HYDP staff, youth, volunteers, as well as the community as a whole. A devoted 4-HYDP Advisor would build cohesiveness among local clubs, bring innovative solutions, and provide dedicated programming to address the emerging needs of youth and volunteers. In addition, this position would allow the current advisor to focus on deepening local and state-wide program development and initiatives. There is also a strong desire from the Santa Barbara clientele to expand the MFP program; however, this expansion has been limited due to the lack of academic oversight for the required training. By having a committed Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor, they would be able to address programmatic gaps to fully strengthen and support the 4-HYDP in SLO/SB Counties.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:01 PM by Christine Nelson
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Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:01 PM by [Deleted]
In providing administrative program support to the 4-H YDP in San Luis Obispo County for the last 10 years, I have seen the impending changes that are on the horizon for the UC ANR Strategic Plan 2025 & USDA Diversity requirements by 2025 to increase our diversity outreach and non-traditional 4-H Community club models in San Luis Obispo County. The current YFC Advisor supports the CAL FRESH, Master Food Preserver and soon to be Jr. Master Gardener program in addition to the 4-H YDP and 4-H SLO Hikers programs and has re-structured our SLO County internal organization to assist her in overseeing the management and oversight of the 4-H YDP in SLO County. The current YFC Advisor oversees these many programs though out San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and has requested that a dedicated Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor be awarded in our county to support the largest 4-H Community Club Program in the State of CA in addition to these new non-traditional, diversity outreach goals that are set to meet the USDA goals in 2025.

The direction of the 4-H YDP in San Luis Obispo is changing and the current YFC Advisor is stretched thin with the many programs in these 2 counties in addition to her academic work and goals for her position as a YFC Advisor and by fulfilling this position will bring much needed academic and management support of the 4-H Community Club Program and non-traditional club programs in our county so that we may continue to flourish as a leader county in the 4-H YDP for UC ANR.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:56 PM by Denise Harris
I support the creation of the 4-H Youth Development Advisor position in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. I have been involved with the restructuring of the Santa Barbara county 4-H program as well as participating on the management board for the last 5 years and have seen impressed with the improvements in efforts to outreach to non-traditional 4-H members. The current YFC Advisor has too much on her plate and the workload could easily be delegated to this position to augment the academic and management support for the 4-H program in SB and SLO counties. Because SLO and SB counties are working to reach parity in affirmative action goals as well as the outreach efforts, additional support will be needed to ensure education, compliance, management and documentation are sustainable.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 5:17 PM by Carla Renard
As a member of the Expansions and Review Committee for 4-H in Santa Barbara County and as a community collaborator and member of a low income community, I am writing in support of the creation of the 4-H Youth Development Advisor position in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. I have seen firsthand the time demand on current Advisor. She has given an outstanding effort in her current role. However, as we move forward supporting the 4H Program recommendation to expand into nontraditional communities, the tasks at hand are massive. The current position will not be able to provide the level of support needed. The new position is needed in order to provide the guidance, time and effort to develop effective, functional, sustainable programs in the local targeted communities. In addition, the new position will be able to maintain the academic oversite, evaluative processes and eliminate programmatic gaps. This new position is very important to my community because it is the catalyst that will bring hope to the new generation. The opportunities that the 4H youth program brings are sometimes the only constructive and positive activities in the lives of many youth in my community. The alternatives are drugs, crime, gangs and violence. The new 4-H Youth Development Advisor position in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is not only important but critical in expanding high quality services to the nontraditional communities.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 11:05 AM by Fidel Villanueva
As past chairman of the 4-H Management Board in Santa Barbara County, current Fund Development Director, and a 4-H volunteer for 19 years, I have worked closely with both staff and volunteers from SB and SLO counties. I have seen many positive changes in the 4-H Youth Development Programs and also thoroughly understand the urgent need for expansion of existing and new programs to provide more opportunities for youth, especially in underserved communities. Fulfilling this need takes intensive resources. Current staff are already working at and beyond capacity to provide oversite and leadership of existing and new programs in both counties. Therefore, I am strongly in support of the creation of the 4-H Youth Development Advisor position in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 5:19 PM by Mary Thieleke Jackson
As the Emeritus 4-H YDA for SLO & SB Counties, I fully support the approval of the Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor Position (#002) for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Having served as the Advisor for over three decades, I believe that a dedicated position for the 4-H YD Program for the two counties will greatly enhance the program by allowing the Advisor to focus solely on the youth development program, rather than having a split assignment covering the large and dynamic 4-H YD Programs as well as the sizable CalFresh Nutrition Education and Master Food Preserver programs in both counties.

?The Area 4-H YD Advisor will be able to concentrate on building a more diverse program in both counties, and will also be able to increase leadership and career readiness for youth participating in the programs. The programs’ sizable youth and adult membership certainly warrants a 1.0 FTE Advisor to oversee the program, provide guidance and training for staff and provide leadership for research-based programming in the two counties.

In my opinion, no matter who the Advisor is, the current dual program assignment of the position is untenable over the long run and will not allow the Advisor to truly focus on reaching underrepresented youth and families. Moving forward with an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor Position at this time for San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties will be beneficial to the existing clientele as well as the potential clientele in both counties, and will certainly be commensurate with the financial support that UCCE is now receiving from both SLO & SB Counties. I very strongly support the creation of this position to fill gaps and emerging needs in UCCE programming in these two Central Coast counties.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 8:39 PM by Richard P. Enfield
As the 4-H Program Lead for San Luis Obispo County, I highly support the approval of an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County have some of the largest 4-H programs in the state of California, but we do not currently have a 4-H Advisor dedicated specifically to helping us support and grow our 4-H programming. With the development of new 4-H program delivery modes, and a vision of expanding and growing the 4-H program, there is a direct need to have an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor that would be able to help guide us to achieving our vision of what the 4-H program will look like in the future. Also, Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor would provide more academic guidance to current 4-H staff. In my opinion, the position is crucial to the continued growth of our counties, and to the 4-H programming as a whole.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:32 PM by Dagmar Derickson
As the Assistant Board Director of the 4-H Program Management Board in SLO county and an administrator at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I strongly support the approval of an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. After setting aggressive goals for new delivery modes aimed at embracing an increasingly diverse audience, this position will be critical to managing these programs and achieving these goals. Additionally, this position is crucial to grow the 4-H program towards addressing college and career readiness in all 4-H youth, particularly minorities.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:24 PM by Chris Wassenberg
The position of 4H YDP advisor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties is much needed and I strongly support this position approval. I am currently a Community Education Specialist with UC CalFresh and we have recently collaborated with 4-H under Youth, Families and Communities in the area of youth development. The impact that the collaborative reach has made with students in our programming has been amazing and empowering for the youth. Furthermore, I am a 4-H adult volunteer and a have been a science educator for over a decade and the engaging curriculum for youth and their families allow for rich and powerful learning experiences. The growth and expansion of 4-H in the schools both in-school and after school and to reach parity in under served populations requires a full time 4-H YDP advisor for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:35 PM by Lisa Paniagua
I am currently a 4H adult volunteer in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County with a focus on STEM education outreach in 4H. I am also a Professor in Electrical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. I am member of the SLO County County-Wide STEM committee and the State 4H Technology Leadership Team. I have led county - wide STEM projects for the last 8 years.

This very day I am working at a Cal Poly "Engineering Possibilities in College (EPIC)" summer camp. The Cal Poly EPIC summer camp targets providing awareness of engineering as a career possibility. The EPIC program targets under-represented groups who might be interested in STEM fields. I often wonder how we can take these 1-week summer camp encounters with under-represented groups and translate this into continued activities throughout the academic year. 4H is an ideal deliver method but we need to change the 4H delivery model a bit to make it more effective in delivering STEM content to these under-represented groups . I learned about the SPIN (SPecial INterest) model of 4H delivery. Here we can sign up folks through 4H and deliver county-level (or multiple county level ) STEM programming without going through the traditional once a month club meeting structure. We can form groups and provide curriculum specifically targeted at STEM and diverse membership. This is an exciting possibility but it will take extra resources to make this all possible.

I think having a dedicated San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara 4H YDP advisor position would be super helpful in accomplishing this STEM content initiative using the SPIN model. It will take quite a bit of leadership and volunteer recruiting to make this all possible. The existing 4H delivery models consume a lot of our present resources. Having a dedicated 2-county YDP advisor position would help make this transformation happen much more quickly and effectively. This is an exciting direction and I am willing to help make this happen.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:51 PM by Dennis Derickson
I am a former Santa Barbara County 4-H Member, Past SLO County 4-H Program Treasurer, I have been an Assistant Community Club Leader for over 5 years and a project leader for over 10 years. I currently serve on the Expansion and Review Committee.
Working with 4-H members in the southern part of San Luis Obispo County, I see on a regular basis how challenging the language barrier is. Especially during enrollment time. With a bilingual staff member, parents can call in and get ask questions if necessary. Currently Santa Barbara has a bilingual staff member who is available for events within their county.
If the parents are properly informed about the program, those youth could find an interest in a variety of projects 4-H offers thus keeping those youth out of trouble and active, while learning responsibility and accountability.
I strongly support a YDP Advisor in San Luis and Santa Barbara County.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:44 PM by Victoria A. Weatherly-Nilsen

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