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SAREP Sustainable Supply Chain Coordinator at University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program - 16487

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SAREP Sustainable Supply Chain Coordinator
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
2801 Second St.
95618 Davis , CA ,
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Job Description: 

Under the general supervision of the Food & Society Coordinator and Director at the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), the Sustainable Supply Chain Analyst will work primarily within UC SAREP's Food & Society Research Initiative. The position is responsible for the design and implementation of both research and educational programming on topics related to community and regional food distribution systems and agricultural sustainability and viability. Key activities include:

1. Design and conduct research on food system trends, local markets and marketing, regional distribution and aggregation, institutional purchasing, and small farm viability and sustainability.

2. Design, carry out, and manage community education programs related, but not limited, to expanding access to markets for small/mid-scale and sustainable food producers, increasing access to locally grown and/or nutritious food for individuals and institutions, food safety training for farmers, food hubs, and values-based supply chain businesses.

3. Play a lead role coordinating the CA Food Hub Network, a peer-to-peer practitioner learning network hosted by UC SAREP

4. Contribute to the planning and development of new sustainable supply chain projects and research, including applying for federal and private grants to secure funding for continued research and educational programming.

5. Successfully interface with a wide-range of stakeholders and collaborators (NGOs, industry groups, policymakers), particularly with UC Cooperative Extension colleagues.

6. Serve as a community resource in the topical areas mentioned above; draft written reports and contribute to food and agricultural industry articles and articles for academic literature; present at professional and practitioner meetings and conferences based on research results.

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

Annual Salary:
Min: $58,500/year to Mid: $83,400/year

Job Posting Close Date:
Open Until Filled - First round of applications will be pulled on 9/23/2022.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Key Responsibilities:

Engage with food system stakeholders (farmers, food hubs, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consumers) and other research collaborators to identify research priorities.
Design and implement data collection procedures and protocols to ensure research goals are met efficiently and within budget.

Participate in the development of survey instruments and protocols.

Design and administer interviews and surveys, in both written and verbal formats, including drafting instructions for interviews and submitting to IRB.

Set up record-keeping systems, matrices and other monitoring systems for organizing and maintaining data, and tracking research progress.

Work independently and self-sufficiently to manage data collection activities.
Develop systems for organizing both qualitative and quantitative data to analyze, identify and report trends and monitor progress.

Oversee costs of multi-year projects and advise internal and external partners of required changes in project scope or other design issues.

Function as a lead with lower level staff and external partners; review staffing levels and make appropriate recommendations for staffing; play a key role in staff recruitment and training.

Prepare summary reports on outcomes and impacts and contribute to academic articles and provide presentations on findings at local, regional and national conferences and forums.
Prepare final written reports for funders and for publication/dissemination.

Foster partnerships with national, state and local organizations to develop and achieve research goals.

Develop and execute programming (including but not limited to bus tours, site tours, trainings, and workshops) and curriculum related, but not limited, to expanding market opportunities for farmers and/or increasing local/regional distribution channels.

Recruit, select and orient qualified program instructors, technical advisors and other outside content experts as needed.

Seek out and work collaboratively with UC Cooperative Extension colleagues in designing and implementing programming, including outreach strategies.

Design content to meet the education and training needs of farmers, particularly small/mid-scale, beginning and/or immigrant or historically under-represented farmer groups, or of organizations serving this audience.

Prepare materials, and make resources available via in person, email and web platforms. - Prepare and deliver presentations that are accessible to diverse stakeholders.

Synthesize resources, information and regulatory policies as relevant to enhancing farm and sustainable supply chain viability, with a particular focus on the above-mentioned farmer groups.

Identify and develop evaluation tools for educational programming.

Maintain record-keeping systems for participant follow-up and relationship-building.

Oversee and execute publicity, outreach, participant recruitment and partner involvement.

Oversee short-term and long-term budget planning process, including pre- and post-grant management.

Participate in long-range strategic planning for educational programming.

Contribute to UC SAREP's UC ANR reporting requirements based on ANR Public Value Statements and Condition Changes.

Design and develop new projects based on in-depth understanding of local, regional, and state food system and sustainable supply chain research priorities and educational needs.

Evaluate prospective program partnerships; identify and recruit project partners.

Develop and draft written project proposals, including project timelines, logic models, budgets and recommendations for appropriate staffing.

Education & Experience: 

Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience / training.
In-depth knowledge of research and programming within the field of sustainable food systems, regional food distribution, food hubs, small/mid-scale farm viability, and farmer education.
Knowledge of the information and programming needs of under-served agricultural constituencies in California, including new and beginning farmers, immigrant farmers, farmers of color, food hubs and farmer support networks.
Familiarity with models of local and regional food distribution, including food hub operations, challenges, needs.
Familiarity gathering, analyzing and summarizing both qualitative and quantitative data.
Thorough analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations; strong problem-solving skills.
Experience designing educational programming for small/mid-scale farmers and other food system stakeholders, including tours, single and multi-day workshops, networking events, and learning exchanges both in person and using online platforms.
Experience giving presentations to audiences ranging from farmers to food systems professionals to other researchers.
Experience monitoring and overseeing timelines, budgets and achievement of stated goals for concurrent projects; thorough knowledge of budget planning and management; ability to resolve problems and increase cooperation among individuals.
Experience using computer software programs, in particular Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Qualtrics for data collection and analysis, Zoom web conferencing, Proof hub for project management.
Experience in writing proposals and publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience).
Familiarity with organizations involved in sustainable food systems and regional distribution in California and nation-wide, including non-profits, universities, farmer training programs, food hubs, regional wholesale and retail buyers along the sustainable supply chain.

Experience developing and implementing research and programming for non-English speaking and/or non-literate audiences.
Experience accomplishing team-based research in sustainable agriculture.
Experience researching and analyzing complex information and/or problems to anticipate the information and communications needs of key stakeholders.
Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders. - Familiarity with university academic, governmental, and public aspects of the campus environment. - Familiarity with UC Cooperative Extension's mission and scope.
Familiarity with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), CA Cottage Food Law and other federal and state regulatory issues that impact agricultural producers.
Familiarity with university purchasing policies.

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