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Academic Coordinator I - Climate Smart Agriculture – UC Merced
| University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources|
United States, California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road (Show on map)
|August 19, 2022|
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking the following UC Academic Coordinator.
Location Headquarters. UC Merced, 5200 N. Lake Rd. Merced CA 95343
Purpose. The Academic Coordinator (AC) will support program leadership of the project titled “Multifaceted Pathways to Climate Smart Agriculture through participator program development and delivery”, funded by the NIFA-USDA. The AC will serve as a point of contact and will facilitate, implement and communicate critical needs of diverse stakeholder groups including socially disadvantaged, small-scale, beginning and underserved agricultural stakeholders, large-scale farmers and ranchers, and technical service providers. The AC will work with stakeholders across the state and implement project programming through workshops and trainings, as well as by developing outreach materials such as curriculum and factsheets.. The AC will also assist program leadership in delivering and facilitating climate smart agriculture education for students. Depending on the project priorities, the AC will be expected to be flexible and assist project investigators in other components of the project as well.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Programmatic competence includes:
· Provide expertise in adult learning and extension education methods to coordinate and facilitate workshps and trainings, problem resolution, and administration of programs and activities related to the climate smart agriculture project
· Prepare high quality written materials including curriculum, factsheets, program and project impact statements, blog posts, progress reports, briefings, executive summaries, and brochures, quarterly newsletters, and posters and presentations
· Evaluate project related extension presentations and workshops, analyze results, and prepare periodic project impact reports
· Engage with stakeholders to identify critical needs
· Build relationships and leverage resources with key partners to enhance activities related to climate smart agriculture. These partners can include the stakeholders mentioned above, as well as state and federal agencies, campus-based academics, researchers, and Cooperative Extension academics
Statewide Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in UC Merced with the statewide responsibilities. This position will require some traveling to project workshops and meetings throughout the state.
Reporting Relationship: The Academic Coordinator is administratively responsible to the UC ANR Cooperative Extension Specialist based at UC Merced and Principal Investigator of this project.
Qualifications and Skills Required
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in the agricultural, environmental, or social sciences, with coursework or experience relevant to agricultural extension and sustainable agriculture is required at the time of appointment.
· Desire to learn about California agricultural and basic climate smart agriculture fundamentals
· Valid driver license required to fulfill job duties
· Expectation to be available to work onsite
· Willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion
· Ability to prepare and deliver communications to policy makers, funders, and other external stakeholders.
· Ability to secure and manage extramural funding.
· Prior experience working in an agricultural setting or working directly with farmers and ranchers.
· Experience communicating technical information to culturally diverse audiences.
· Experience in building partnerships and working with multidisciplinary teams.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and assist in implementing an outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
Skills Required: To be successful, Academic Coordinators require skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have sufficient agriculture and climate knowledge to synthesize and communicate key concepts drawn from different disciplines and be able to facilitate a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.
Demonstrated ability to prepare, deliver, and evaluate educational materials and extension programming.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and social media communication skills. Public speaking to diverse stakeholders is a routine part of this position.
Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.
Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/files/355229.pdf
About UC ANR
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California. We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. . UC ANR administers Statewide Programs and Initiatives (SWP/I’s) that focus research and extension on solving priority problems that engage ANR academics and UC faculty in integrated teams to work on complex issues requiring trans-disciplinary approaches; as well as UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in counties throughout the state..
Learn more about
· The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
Salary & Benefits
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-65)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 23, 2022– (open until filled)
Contact Tatiana Avoce for questions or further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of California Cooperative Extension