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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 06/6/2022
County Director, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Salary: 93,800 - 137,000

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County Director, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties

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About Us



The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) brings the power of University of California research and education to all 58 California counties. Through research and extension in agriculture, natural resources, economic growth, nutrition, and youth development, we work to improve the life of every Californian.


Collaborating to solve problems.


Connecting to serve communities.


For over 100 years, our advisors, specialists, faculty and staff have been committed to connecting Californians to their land grant university. We are highly collaborative and mission-driven to promote the health and well-being of people and places across the state. We are also trusted partners with hundreds of community organizations in addressing California’s most pressing challenges.

UC ANR 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.


Job Description



Position Summary:

The Area County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) programs in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Responsibilities include providing oversight of UCCE educational and applied research programs; providing direction and leadership to UCCE academic and support staff; maintaining effective communication within UC and county government; securing adequate UCCE county budgets; maintaining positive working relationships with partnering public and private agencies; and expanding collaborations and funding sources. The Area County Director will increase the visibility of UCCE by communicating the positive impacts and benefits realized by the citizens and workforce of the local counties, region and state through the activities and contributions of local UCCE programs.


UCCE is administered by the University of California, Division of Agriculture Natural Resources (UC ANR), who, in partnership with federal, state, local, and private resources, bridges the gap between local issues and the power of UC research through its agriculture, natural resources, youth development and nutrition programs. UCCE academics, staff, and volunteers live and work in the communities they serve, helping identify, respond to, and resolve local challenges with the backing of campus-based specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty. UC ANR connects Californians to UC, leading the way to science-based solutions.


The Director will provide transformational leadership that will serve as a model for UCCE throughout California and the U.S.


Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI):

In submitting your application packet, please pay particular attention to your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement. This statement is viewed very seriously as part of recruitment. Why? The University of California community values diversity which embraces inclusion, and honors excellence. Scholarship, research, creativity, innovation, and service flourish when all members of the community are welcomed, supported, and respected. UC ANR's mission and public statements continues to fulfill these values. UC ANR is committed to removing barriers preventing full expression of our potential and to reflecting the population of California in our academic personnel, especially those who have been systematically and historically underrepresented. Please submit a 1-page Statement of your Contributions to DEI showing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.


This position is a career appointment that is 100% fixed.


Annual Salary:

Min $93,800/year to Mid $137,000/year


Job Posting Close Date:

This job posting will close on 6/30/2022.







Key Responsibilities:



  • Provide vision, inspire and motivate others with attitude and actions, set a high standard for excellence, and support teamwork and a positive working environment. - Secure adequate funding and space provisions from each county in support of UCCE programs.
  • Cultivate relationships with new and existing partners, including counties, to obtain necessary resources to build new programs and expand UCCE's reach.
  • Work with UC ANR development officers to increase the number of donors and average gift value to augment funding supplied by counties and other sources.
  • Develop an organizational structure that optimizes the use of human resources and skills in the counties.
  • Participate in the development of vacancy announcements, recruitment, and retention of advisors and staff.
  • Provide oversight, direction, and leadership for UCCE educational and applied research programs.
  • Provide oversight for staff evaluations.
  • Understand and uniformly apply UC and county administrative policies.
  • Provide useful and timely feedback.
  • Take disciplinary action following UC and county procedures, if necessary.
  • Set and communicate reasonable deadlines to UCCE academics and staff for required reports and records.
  • Demonstrate and promote a commitment to Affirmative Action and diversity, equity, and inclusion within and through all UCCE programs.



  • Maintain effective communication within the University and county government, recognizing the unique attributes of each county and the relationship with UCCE.
  • Maintain and nurture positive working relationships with UCCE academics and staff.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with public and private agencies within all three counties.
  • Provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for UC ANR programs.
  • Represent UC as a resource and contact person to industry leaders, producers, academics in other institutions, and the general public.
  • Respond in a timely way to regulatory, state and federal agencies, external groups, industry organizations and the mass media on issues related to UC ANR.
  • Participate in regular County Director teleconferences and face-to-face meetings in Davis.
  • Conduct academic/staff meetings in each county on a regular schedule.


Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility:

  • Provide support, advice, and motivation for UCCE advisors and staff in all three counties.
  • Encourage multidisciplinary collaborations across UCCE programs.
  • Convene an Advisory Committee in each county consisting of local government, non-profits, non-government organizations, other key partners, and academics, as a sounding board for ideas and strategic planning.
  • Coordinate activities and programs with other County Directors as needed.


Professional Development and Lifelong Learning:

  • Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, UC ANR work group and program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.


Government Affairs:

  • Communicates needs, successes, and opportunities with Government Affairs staff. Collaborate with Government Affairs staff to build relations in state government.


Special Conditions of Employment:

Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.


Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.


As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.


  • Strong background and/or working knowledge of agriculture and/or natural resources, program management and Cooperative Extension, in more urbanized counties.
  • Understanding of the UC ANR mission.
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management expertise.
  • Proven conflict resolution expertise.
  • Experience managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience and proven track record in budget and financial management, facilities planning and administration and technology management.
  • Strategic planning, analytical, and program evaluation skills.
  • Advanced understanding of administrative operations, human resources management, and facilities planning.
  • Advanced leadership and/or management skills.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills that motivate and develop staff.
  • Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and teambuilding.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with elected officials.
  • Demonstrated political astuteness.

Preferred Skills:

  • Master's degree in public administration, human and organizational development, business administration or a related area and/or equivalent level of training and experience preferred. Individuals with training and experience in other fields such as agriculture, natural resources, community development, and sociology will also be considered.
  • Working knowledge of County governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Effective communication skills in Spanish or other languages is desirable.

Affirmative Actions



This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. If you have questions, please email the Human Resources Department.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.