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University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 12/21/2016
Director, UCCE Ventura County and Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a director to provide leadership for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Ventura County and the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). In this leadership capacity, the incumbent will further develop the role and impact of HAREC and UCCE Ventura County to benefit the citizens of the County and the State.

The director will allocate, develop and/or manage resources to support University of California researchers and educators in conducting quality research and extension programs on County and statewide issues related to the sustainability of agricultural, natural and human resources.   In conjunction with the UCCE Ventura and HAREC business officer and HAREC superintendent, the director will administer personnel, staff development, budget, liaison activities, and physical facilities. The incumbent will maintain relationships with County of Ventura administration, outside agencies, governing bodies and community organizations and clientele; and provide and promote coordination and collaboration with University campus-based and County-based researchers to facilitate the successful delivery of research and extension programs.

The director will also develop and maintain an active research and extension program in a discipline related to the UC ANR strategic initiatives. 

Duties include:

  • Leadership: Provide vision, inspire, and motivate others with attitude and actions; sets a high standard for excellence; innovate and foster positive change; model and support a good team working environment; and encourage and is open to exploring new ideas and innovative changes, and provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for HAREC and UCCE Ventura County as well as other UC ANR programs.
  • Local Delivery of Statewide Programs: Represents UCCE and HAREC programs locally in professional manner; ensures clientele needs are assessed, supports the development of priority program goals to successfully meet clientele needs, in alignment with UC ANR’s statewide Strategic Vision and initiatives; oversees delivery of UC ANR statewide programs at the local level; works with staff to ensure that outcomes and impacts are measured and communicated; and interacts with UC ANR Program Teams, CE specialists and others within the research/extension network to develop, strengthen and expand the local delivery of statewide programs.
  • Thelma Hansen Fund Advisory Board: As Endowment Manager, Director is responsible for ensuring that expenditures are correct and in compliance with the terms of the endowment and University policy, and that income is expended and not accumulated within the restrictions of the endowment or University policy. Responsible for reporting use of the endowment funds annually. Responsible for cultivating Hansen Advisory Board which provides ANR Vice President with advice, consultation, information, and recommendations on the use of the funds. 
  • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
  • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
  • Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D., or other terminal degree, is required, in disciplines that have prepared the successful candidate to develop and sustain a successful research and extension program in a discipline related to at least one of the UC ANR strategic initiatives (Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, Healthy Families and Communities, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Natural Ecosystem, and/or Water Quality, Quantity and Security). Ideally, the discipline will be complementary to the disciplines of other UCCE academics and programs in Ventura County.  Experience in an applied research and/or extension program that is consistent with UC ANR, UCCE, and HAREC’s research and outreach emphasis is required. Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct group process is required.  Experience managing and evaluating human, financial and technical resources, and programs is required.  Ability to supervise and evaluate academics and staff employees is required.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Experience effectively managing and resolving conflict is highly desirable. 

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website:

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet to

1.  Cover Letter

2.  ANR Academic Application Form from the ANR website at:

Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).  Please do not send letters of reference.

3.  CV or Resume

4.  College Level Transcripts: Original transcripts are preferred, however, legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.  Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates.

Submission deadline is February 20, 2017.