Position Summary: The County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of Cooperative Extension programs in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, and the Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in Half Moon Bay, CA. This individual is the political and administrative leader for UCCE's four central Bay Area counties. Responsibilities include oversight of effective educational and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county Extension programs (50 FTE); maintaining effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county Extension budgets, and developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with all four counties. The incumbent will increase the visibility of UCCE by communicating the positive impacts and benefits realized by the citizens of the four central Bay Area Counties and the state of California through the activities and contributions of these units.
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. UC ANR's CE advisors, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.
The four Central Bay Area Counties offer a unique opportunity to re-invent cooperative extension for a diverse clientele that includes urban residents as well as the traditional agricultural extension clientele. The new Director will provide leadership in the transformation of cooperative extension that can serve as a model for other metropolitan areas in California and the U.S.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should be submitted under other attachment and include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your county programs.
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.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Overtime Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other 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.
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Provide vision, inspire and motivate others with attitude and actions, set a high standard for excellence, and support a good team working environment.
Work together with academics, staff and UC ANR leadership to develop a novel model for cooperative extension in the Bay area.
Work together with UC ANR leadership and the Elkus Ranch team to develop and implement a business plan and sustainable funding model for Elkus Ranch.
Cultivate relationships with new and existing partners that includes the County Government in order to obtain the resources to build new programs thus expanding UCCE's reach in the region.
Work with UC ANR development officers to increase the number of donors and average gift value to secure funding for county extension programs outside of support from county budgets.
Develop an organizational structure to optimize the use of human resources in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo, and Elkus Ranch.
Provide oversight of educational extension and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county extension programs Oversight of oversee merits, promotions, AEs and staff evaluations.
Understand and uniformly apply UC and County Administrative policies; provide useful and timely feedback; take timely disciplinary action within UC and County procedures, if necessary; and work with staff in advance of deadlines for required records and reports.
Demonstrate leadership toward Affirmative Action within CE promoting a culture of acceptance.
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Strong background and/or working knowledge of Cooperative Extension.
Working knowledge of Bay area governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
Evidence of political astuteness
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
Advanced understanding of administrative operations, human resources management, facilities planning, strategic planning within higher education or the public sector
Supervisory skills to motivate, mentor, and develop staff. Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and teambuilding and working cooperatively
Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management experience
Proven conflict management experience
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills Required
Master's degree in related area is encouraged and/or equivalent level of training and experience, though other advanced degrees are encouraged. Related disciplines could include: natural resources, community development, sociology, business administration, economics, political science, education, public health, or food systems.
Cultural humility and skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable
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