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Strategic Initiative Leader Application


Everyone is encouraged to ask promising candidates to apply!

ANR academics are invited to apply for Strategic Initiative Leader positions, which play key roles in advocating, convening and communicating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. Given the evolving role of the UC ANR Strategic Initiatives (SI), the current SI Leaders have agreed that it would be beneficial to conduct an open search for the next set of SI Leaders from across the breadth of expertise of the division.

Responsibilities: SI Leaders play key roles in advocacy, convening, communicating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. See the Terms of Reference for Strategic Initiative Leaders for more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the position.

Open Positions: During the second half of 2018, two SI Leader positions are scheduled to rotate off, opening opportunities for others to take the lead for Healthy Families and Communities and Water. 

Who can Apply? Strategic Initiative Leader positions are filled by UC ANR academics, who are appointed by the Vice President on a rotating basis for three years, with a possibility of extension. The positions are open to all ANR academics, including Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists.

Current leaders: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases is currently led by Jim Farrar, Sustainable Food Systems by Deanne Meyer, Neil McRoberts, and David Lile leads Sustainable Natural Resources. Leaving are Doug Parker, who leads Water Quality, Quantity and Security, and Keith Nathaniel, who leads Healthy Families and Communities.

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 9. Applicants will be contacted for interviews in late November or early December. The new leaders are anticipated to start on Jan. 2, 2018.

Interview schedule: The target dates for zoom interviews are Monday Dec 10 (morning) and Friday Dec 14 (throughout the day).

If you have questions, contact Mark Bell, vice provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs

Applicant Information

Please answer each of the following 6 questions regarding your experience, contributions, and vision as it applies to the Strategic Initiative Leader position.
Keep each answer to 250 words or less.

Please attach a brief Resume below (1-2 pages max.)