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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 03/12/2021
Director Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Salary: TBD - TBD

Purpose: The Director will assume leadership for the Western IPM Center. The Director will provide creative vision and overall leadership of the Western IPM Center, with responsibility for its successful management and operations, including supervision of Western IPM Center staff. The Director will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify regional IPM need and objectives and formulate strategies to address important IPM issues. The Director will communicate with the WIPMC Advisory Committee and represent the Western IPM Center to other agencies at the state, regional, and national levels to identify opportunities for collaboration. The Director will oversee official responses to federal agency information requests that will be prepared by the Center’s regional Network Coordinators and other state contacts.

The Director combines a broad knowledge of integrated pest management and how it is used in agriculture, natural landscapes and community settings with demonstrated collegial management success and team-building skills. Education and training in IPM science are necessary to be a valuable contributor in identifying and promoting Western IPM needs and priorities. Strong leadership and management skills are necessary to build and lead teams of colleagues, collaborators and employees to achieve the Center’s vision of “A healthier West with fewer pests.”

The Western IPM Center is one of four regional IPM Centers providing regional coordination in IPM programming. The Western Region is comprised of thirteen western states and four American-affiliated Pacific Island territories. For more information about the Western IPM Center, visit the web site

Required Qualifications


· A minimum of a Master’s Degree is required in an appropriate discipline, and professional background in a major pest management field including entomology, plant pathology, weed science, nematology, vertebrate pest management, social science, economics and extension education.

· A minimum of four years’ experience leading or managing a program, obtaining and managing competitive grants, and supervising staff.

Preferred Qualifications

· An earned doctorate in an appropriate scientific discipline.

· Knowledge of the diverse agriculture in the Western U.S.

· Experience with federal grant sources.

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

Skills Required
Administrative Performance

· Provide programmatic leadership, administration, management and coordination for the Center.

· Manage budget, financial, personnel, and programmatic operations of the Center.

· Effectively administer USDA contracts (approximately $1.0 million annually), including local Center operational expenses and subcontracts to other institutions in the West.

  • Supervise 1-3 on-site staff and coordinate the activities of 1-3 remotely located Network Coordinators.

· Work with Western state IPM coordinators, university research and extension staff at western universities, commodity groups, tribal nations and state agencies responsible for agriculture and pest management.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

· Identify and prioritize regional and national IPM needs.

  • Formulate strategies to address identified priorities.

· Support USDA programs related to IPM.


· Evaluate or support evaluation of Center-supported programs; report accomplishments, results, and actual or potential future impacts to scientific and lay audiences.

  • Organize, lead and regularly communicate with Western IPM Center Advisory Committee.

· Coordinate Center information dissemination among IPM-related interests in the West and nationally

Professional Development & Lifelong Learning

  • Participate in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.
  • Participate in UC and ANR leadership, through work groups & program teams, committees, task forces and other formal or informal structures.
  • Serve the public by participating in activities of public agencies and organizations.

Reporting Relationship

The Western IPM Director reports administratively to the Director, UC Statewide IPM program.

Salary & Benefits

Beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator III rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Academic Coordinator III salary scale, please refer to the University of California website:

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor or CE Specialist with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.

This is not an academic career-track appointment. The Academic Coordinator position is grant funded and renewed based upon funding availability and satisfactory performance review of the candidate conducted by UC ANR. The initial term period is 12 months. Performance in this position is evaluated annually. The merit cycle for this position will be evaluated every three years. Upon completion of a successful review, you will be reappointed for another definite term appointment. Internal candidate(s) with an existing academic title may retain the appointment at 0% time.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:

About UC ANR

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.

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How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position 21-05).

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by April 18, 2021 in the UC Recruit system.


Contact Tatiana Avoce; email:

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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.