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University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 02/27/2017
Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension (CE) to provide leadership and advocacy for all University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) county-based academic programs. This is a senior programmatic leadership position responsible for guiding the county-based CE units, with the directors of each reporting directly to the Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension. This senior leader ensures that these entities are advancing the Division-wide program priorities through development and efficient deployment of resources.  

In addition, the Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension works cooperatively with the Executive Director of Human Resources (HR) and the Academic Human Resources Manager to ensure that academic HR activities adhere to UC systemwide policies and UC ANR practices. In this role, the senior leader will provide leadership for all academic HR activities including recruitment and hiring of academics, academic merit and promotion process, and academic training.

Major Responsibilities The Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension will provide leadership and advocacy for a unified UC ANR program with strong statewide, campus, and local presences.  This is a programmatic leadership position for Division research and outreach and serves as the administrative leader for county-based Cooperative Extension and academic HR. Other duties include: 

  • Providing leadership in the recruitment, selection, training, disciplinary actions, merits, promotions and evaluation processes of academic personnel.  Serving as chair of UC ANR Peer Review Committee. 
  • Collaborating closely with the Vice Provost of Statewide Programs and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of the Research and Extension Center System, as a team, to bring the broad array of activities and efforts within the Division into a cohesive integrated system.
  • Serving as a member of the UC ANR Program Council which advises the UC ANR Vice President on Division wide planning and delivery of programs as well as developing recommendations for allocation of Division resources.
  • Serving as UC ANR leadership liaison with UC ANR Academic Assembly Council.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: In addition to the administrative expectations listed above, all UC ANR academic administrator appointees are also responsible for performance in the areas of 1) professional competence and activity and 2) University and public service.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D., or other terminal degree, is required, in disciplines such as agriculture, natural resources or related human resources programs.  A minimum of five years of experience managing multi-disciplinary academic programs and the ability to analyze and interpret UC and Division policies and procedures is desirable. Experience in ANR Cooperative Extension or a similar UC structure is desirable. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language is desirable. Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct group process is required.  Ability to supervise and evaluate academics and staff employees is required.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  The position requires a high degree of complexity and autonomy.  Experience in leading a large complex organization is essential, including experience in management of multiple programs, personnel and budgets.  Incumbent must have demonstrated exceptional organizational, people, and decision making skills.  Extensive state and national travel is required.

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:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.