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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Parlier/Five Points
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Posted: 06/6/2022
Director Kearney and WestSide REC
Salary: 85,800 - 125,200

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County Director, Kearney REC

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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 University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Director for our two Research and Extension Centers (KREC in Parlier and WSREC in Five Points, CA).


The successful Director will promote and support long-term success of these two centers by 1) providing leadership for planning, administrative supervision, and setting priorities for the centers; 2) establishing working relationships with research and extension personnel to support existing work at the centers; 3) developing new research partnerships to expand the number and scope of research and extension projects; and 4) acting as a liaison between the University of California and the San Joaquin Valley agricultural community. The Director will support both centers equally, to ensure joint success.


Major Responsibilities: Supporting both Centers equally, the Director will provide administrative leadership for the Centers, including development of plans and priorities for staff, facilities and budgets. As Director, the incumbent will oversee the budget, personnel, and facilities of the Centers, as well as support research and extension activities by the various scientists that utilize the Centers. The Director will strive to maximize the number of research and extension projects, expand funding and facilities, develop policies, increase the visibility of KREC and WSREC to commodity organizations; university, state and federal agencies; and the general public, and develop long-range plans for KREC and WSREC.


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 $85,800/year to Mid $125,200/year


Job Posting Close Date:

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


Key Responsibilities:


Research Resourcing and Planning:

  • Manages the Centers project proposal, review, and the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) process for approval of center research and outreach use; ensuring the appropriateness of proposed projects within the Centers’ mission and the Centers’ capacity (land, labor, and facilities) to accomplish the work requested.
  • Works with researchers at the Centers to determine needs and equitably allocates staff and resources for conducting applied research to test new technologies and practices.
  • Administers and manages facility operations, and works closely with individual researchers who utilize the center for their research and education programs; resolving issues.
  • Successfully secures resources and outside sources of support.


Facilities and Team:

  • Has overall supervisory responsibility for all 35+ career staff employees.
  • Supervises and ensure the efficient and sustainable operation and maintenance of KREC and WSREC facilities to support research and outreach.
    • This includes versight of buildings, grounds, agricultural land, equipment, and infrastructure along with construction projects, environmental health and safety, and toxic waste management matters.
  • Ensures facilities are equipped and administered in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations, University, and UC ANR policies.
  • Implements environmental health and safety programs as required by University policies and procedures, and federal, state, regional, and local laws and regulations to ensure a safe working environment.


Outreach and Public Relations:

  • Builds support locally and regionally for the Centers by increasing awareness of Center public value and engagement with local communities.
  • Develops and maintains liaisons and ensures representation of the program to influencers, partners, stakeholders, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Encourages collaborations among personnel from UC ANR, public sectors, private industry, and California State Universities.
  • Develops and coordinate Center staff to support field days, tours, meetings, and other Center-based education and extension activities in cooperation with both on-site and visiting academics.



  • Provides leadership to ensure implementation of the UC ANR Strategic Vision that seeks to optimize opportunities for conducting outstanding research and extension programs that meet the needs of Californians.
  • Provides vision and set a high standard for excellence by example; innovate and foster positive change; model and support a good team-working environment by following UC ANR Principles of Community; encourage new ideas and innovative changes; and provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for UC ANR programs.
  • Plans, directs and controls program budget(s) and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.
  • Provides leadership to maximize opportunities to bring together campus and county academics in research and extension teams. These teams will effectively compete for large, multidisciplinary, integrated grants that fully take advantage of the unique Kearney and West Side facilities.
  • Represents UC ANR in various University-wide administrative groups and organizations; assessing changes that may be beneficial in meeting researcher needs including expansion of projects and activities.
  • Provides leadership through a team approach engaging the Superintendents of Agriculture and Physical Plant, Office Manager, and Administrative Manager.
  • Understands and uniformly apply UC administrative policies; provide useful and timely feedback; if necessary take timely disciplinary action within UC procedures; and work with staff in advance of deadlines for required records and reports.


Strategic Planning:

  • Provides leadership and long-range planning and development at KREC/WSREC.


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.


  • Extensive agricultural research experience is required.
  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
  • Strong experience with fundraising or building partnerships (between academia, industry and / or governmental agencies).
  • Evidence of political astuteness through work with state agencies and government processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with faculty (including Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension personnel), public agencies, industry representatives, grower cooperators, and the public in general is essential.
  • Supervisory skills to motivate, mentor, and develop staff. Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and team building and working cooperatively. Proven conflict management experience.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to communicate with diverse clientele covering a range of agricultural commodity groups.
  • Experience and proven track record as an effective leader in the areas of budget and financial management, facilities planning and administration, and technology management.
  • Strategic planning, analytical, and program evaluation skills to effectively provide sound recommendations, continually examine systems.

Preferred Skills:

  • Masters / Ph.D. degree in an agricultural discipline (horticulture, crop production, agronomy, water/soil science, entomology, plant pathology, engineering) or a related area and/or equivalent level of training and experience preferred.
  • Experience in working on and/or managing a research and extension center or agricultural industry experience is highly desirable.
  • Cultural humility and skills to communicate effectively in a second language are 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.



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