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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 04/8/2016
Statewide Youth, Families and Communities (YFC) Director, Academic Administrator Series
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is seeking a Director for the Statewide Youth, Families, and Communities (YFC) Program to provide administrative leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H YDP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), as well as other ANR nutrition, family, and consumer science (NFCS), youth and community programs. 

The 4-H YDP is a statewide program focused on providing experiential learning experiences that develop leadership, citizenship, life skills, and supportive environments in which culturally diverse youth and adults are engaged to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.  EFNEP operates in selected counties to assist low-income youth and families with young children to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that change behavior necessary to choose nutritionally sound diets and improve nutritional welfare.  The Director works with two Associate Directors of Program and Policy (4-H YDP and NFCS) to provide innovative leadership and creativity in fostering interdisciplinary efforts, implementing and evaluating extension research-based programs, and developing and coordinating revenue generating opportunities in support of California youth, families and communities.  

Major Responsibilities:  The YFC Director will be expected to interact with UC ANR program teams, CE specialists, CE advisors, and others within the research/extension network and industry advisory groups to provide leadership in the development, strengthening, expansion, and sustainability of the local delivery of YFC programs. 

Some specific duties include:  

* Overseeing the development of policy, program guidance, outreach, educational curriculum and events; training and procedures for YFC research and extension programs; and coordinates statewide operations with county and national 4-H YD, nutrition, and family programs that address high priority Division issues.

* Providing leadership in extramural fund development; including revenue generation for grants, contracts, and fees and coordinates with the California 4-H Foundation and UC ANR Development Services in generating gifts and endowments.  Serving on the 4-H Foundation Advisory Board. 

* Overseeing the administration and management of the Statewide YFC Office, including budgets, financial monitoring, expenditures approval processes, program reporting, and staff recruitment and supervision.  Supervising the two Associate Directors and the YFC Business Office Manager.

* Developing and maintaining collaborations and networks with the UCD Department of Human and Community Development and Nutrition, UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute, and other UC campus departments and the University system that address the needs of California youth, families and communities.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all administrators. The YFC Director will ensure that outreach efforts to ensure non-discrimination in program identification and delivery, promote and encourage maximum participation of minorities, women, and other under-served groups; include outreach objectives as a component in planning, implementing, and evaluating program efforts; oversee outreach planning, outcomes and reporting is completed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a master's degree is required, other advanced degrees are strongly encouraged in Education, Youth, or Human Development, Psychology, Human Relations, Nutrition, Family Consumer Sciences or a related subject matter.  Demonstrated abilities and experience is required in: conducting youth, human, or community development or nutrition programs and research resulting in outcomes and a publication record;  managing complex budgets and extramural fund development; bringing together interdisciplinary teams to address convergent issues or problems; working with diverse audiences and external constituencies; communicating effectively and having excellent interpersonal skills, especially in difficult/sensitive situations; and directing programs requiring solutions related to cultural, social, technological, and economic issues. Knowledge and understanding of issues in nutrition, youth, human and community development that may be addressed through research and extension is critical. Knowledge and understanding of the Cooperative Extension system and the role of the land-grant mission in serving youth, family and community needs and having bi-lingual skills are highly desirable. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

Deadline to apply is May 27, 2016.