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The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Community Nutrition, Health, and Food Systems Advisor. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UC ANR UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. Our mission is to bring the power of the University of California directly to Californians through research, extension and education programs that support:
By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.
Location Headquarters: Contra Costa County, Concord, CA
Purpose. The Community Nutrition, Health, and Food Systems Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied problem-solving research program for the East Bay (including Contra Costa and Alameda counties).
The advisor will develop a program based on priority community needs within the broad areas of healthy lifestyles, nutrition security, preservation, and food access, including access to locally grown food. Of specific interest and importance are the programmatic areas of strengthening the connections between local farmers and consumers by expanding access to affordable nutritious food; improving community health by increasing consumer awareness and understanding about healthy food choices, local food production and food preservation opportunities; improving water and nutrition security; and promoting health equity.
The Community Nutrition, Health, and Food Systems Advisor will work with and provide a point of connection for county, state, community, nonprofits, schools, and other organizations to work together toward enhanced community health and resilience. The advisor’s applied research program will inform delivery of food, nutrition, and health strategies and assist policy efforts across two counties with potential throughout California. There is a growing interest in urban agriculture, a circular food economy, and addressing economic and health disparities related to food and food systems.
This position will also provide academic oversight for the UC CalFresh Healthy Living Program in Contra Costa County and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program in Alameda County.
The advisor will be part of the network of UC ANR Community Nutrition and Health Advisors that provide critical capacity, coordination, and science-based momentum for an accelerated approach to California’s health problems. As such, the advisor’s work will also connect with other UC ANR advisors, UC Campus-based specialists and faculty, the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute and with relevant UC ANR volunteer networks (e.g., UC Master Gardener, UC Master Food Preserver, and UC 4-H). UC ANR implements two large Federal Nutrition programs (CalFresh Healthy Living and EFNEP). These programs offer rich opportunities for collaboration. The advisor will be part of a state-wide advisory committee providing input on and seeking synergies around these and other Statewide programs.
Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and professionals across multi-sectors with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. The advisor will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
Counties of Responsibility: This position is focused on the East Bay, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. There is an opportunity to work collaboratively across counties as well as have some statewide collaborations, influence and impact.
Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for Contra Costa County. The CE advisor is programmatically responsible to the Statewide Community Nutrition and Health Director.
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in Public or Community Health, Nutrition or other closely related fields is required at the time of appointment.
To be successful, the CE advisor requires skills in the following area:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to community health and nutrition and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and may even need to change the focus of their work due to emerging community nutrition and health needs.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and humility, and to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.
Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
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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Salary: The salary range for this Cooperative Extension Advisor position is Assistant Rank, Step I ($71,200) to Step VI ($94,000). Step placement in the advisor series is based on applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf.
If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #23-05)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by June 19, 2023 – (open until filled)
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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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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.
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