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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 04/20/2021
Director, Sierra Foothill and Hopland Research and Extension Centers/Academic Programs Management Officer 5
Salary: $88,800/year - to Mid $130,900/year


Job ID: 17295

Location: HOPLAND

Takes leadership role in independently managing and developing a large, complex academic or research program of high visibility. Develops vision and establishes agenda to achieve position objectives. Oversees all elements of program administration. Collaborates across multiple research groups. Provides leadership in identifying outreach services. Formulates program strategies and goals, directs long-term planning, and develops practices and methods. Defines and implements communications effort in support of the overall program.

This career (renewable term), position’s focus is on recruitment of new research to the Sierra Foothill and Hopland Research and Extension Centers (REC) by increasing awareness of the RECs, assisting existing researchers in award success, and potentially conducting their own research as part of a larger team of researchers at SFREC and HREC.

Time commitment will be split equally between both locations. Physical location is flexible with the expectation that the successful applicant will spend time at both centers. Up to 60% travel may be required.

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

Salary - Min $88,800/year to Mid $130,900/year

Job Posting Close Date - This job posting will close on 05/06/2021.

Key Responsibilities:


Build Research Portfolios at SFREC and HREC

Promote opportunities throughout the UC system, to CSU colleagues, and other institutions

Networking with researchers to increase awareness about HREC and SFREC is a key function, with expectations of measurable increases in research facility utilization

Ensures the assessment and success of the program(s) effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.

Develops and maintains liaisons with relevant external boards, and ensures representation of the program to outside agencies, and the public.

Prepare progress and accomplishment reports including research activity and opportunity at the RECs.

Grant writing assistance, convening researcher teams may make up a component of the work


Collaborate with existing researchers and directors at both facilities.

Address research opportunities and obstacles, prioritizing research integrity, sound methodology and results, and strong research support service from the REC system

Strategic planning for investments

Serve as Chair for the Research Advisory Committee for both RECs


Identify and develop novel research and extension partnership opportunities for HREC and SFREC

Agency and industry

Educational institutions


Explore and identify opportunities to engage locals on relevant ongoing research and outreach

In coordination with the REC Directors and CES, partner with UC ANR programs and the local communities to engage the communities on research and outreach relevant to their needs

Facilitate citizen science opportunities at the RECs


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.


· M.S. in agriculture, ecology, or natural resources field with strong research experience

· Self-motivated, able to convene academics and make research connections.

· Leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies.

· Expert ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

· Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industry and / or governmental agencies.

· Expert interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.

· Expert negotiation skills.

· Strong funds development or grant experience.

Preferred Skills:

· PhD highly preferred

· Experience within UC system

Affirmative Action

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.

About Us

Since 1914 UC Cooperative Extension has been the bridge between local issues and innovative answers through the power of UC research.

Our advisors, specialists, faculty, and staff are committed to these principles:

• Connecting Californians to their University

• Being a leader to bring science-based solutions

• Providing information that is trustworthy and not biased

• Providing research that is practical to use

• Addressing the local concerns of communities

• Inviting the participation of all concerned stakeholders

• Serving where private industry cannot or will not

UC ANR's work makes a difference in the lives of all Californians.

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