The Academic Coordinator will support the mission of the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program (SAREP), which “supports and conducts research and education on agriculture and food
systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of
life and equity in the state’s communities.” The Academic Coordinator works at the intersection of farming practices and food systems sustainability to meet the needs of diverse clientele groups in their efforts to design and build sustainable and resilient production and distribution models.
The Sustainable Food and Farming Coordinator will utilize applied knowledge from practitioners coupled with the latest science-based information on agricultural production practices, marketing and economic resilience, and social equity, to employ a whole-systems, community-based approach to:
- coordinate applied research and outreach initiatives
- create and maintain networks of partners within and beyond the university
- and work with SAREP team members and other partners on fundraising, administering grants, and targeting engagement and communication with multiple stakeholders.
Develop and implement effective applied research and educational programs in the Agriculture & Environment theme and the Sustainable Food Systems theme to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with SAREP’s Strategic Goals and UC ANR’s Strategic Vision. Key clientele groups include California-based farmers at all scales, farm and food system businesses, community-based organizations working in agriculture and food systems, food policy councils, other extension professionals, and government agencies.
Employ educational methods that are responsive to and respectful of clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation, particularly with respect to race, ethnicity and culture.
Establish and maintain networks and help connect external stakeholders with agricultural sustainability-related work within UC ANR and the UC system.
Provide leadership, coordination, and organizational support to the research, engagement and communication efforts within the Agriculture & Environment thematic area, the Food Systems thematic area and support the UC SAREP Director in leadership of the overall program. Model and support a good team working environment and remain open to exploring new ideas and innovative changes. Follow UC ANR policies as required to implement all program activities.
Understand and uniformly apply UC, governmental, and other external policies; provide useful and timely feedback; take timely disciplinary action within UC and state procedures, if necessary; and work with staff in advance of deadlines for required records and reports.
Successfully secure resources for this position, as well as funds for supplies, travel and subcontracts to carry out program goals. Under the general direction of SAREP Director or Associate Director, effectively manage and equitably allocate resources among programs and established priorities; monitor the use of resources and comply with all relevant policies. Oversee and administer grants and manage budgets and accounts in a way that promotes efficiency, effectiveness and accountability, by working with the SAREP team and UC ANR staff as needed to maintain account balances and ensure that funds are spent appropriately and according to the funders’ regulations. Ensure timely project reporting to extramural funders, as well as review of ledgers and effort certification on grants in which the position serves as a PI.
Education: A Master’s Degree in an appropriate field (community development, human ecology, geography, agricultural sciences, agricultural and resource economics, sociology/anthropology) is required at time appointment.
Learn more and apply at https://ucanr.edu/about/jobs/?jobnum=1842.
Apply by September 15, 2021 for full consideration.