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Sustainable Food and Farming Coordinator at University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (UC SAREP) - 13100

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Sustainable Food and Farming Coordinator
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (UC SAREP)
2801 2nd Street
95618 Davis , CA
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Job Description: 

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.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

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 Agriculture and Natural Resources' (ANR) 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 professional, 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.

Leadership: 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.

Administrative Policy: 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.

Budget: 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 Principal Investigator (PI).

Education & Experience: 

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 of appointment.

Specialty and/or professional experience must demonstrate capacity or potential to coordinate and implement team-based research and education programs consistent with the programmatic mission and values of UC SAREP and UC ANR.

Excellent organizational, project management and interpersonal skills, with expertise in an area relevant to contemporary issues in sustainable agriculture and food systems in California.

Expertise in managing information and knowledge from multiple sources, and in conducting collaborative outreach with community clientele, with attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Instructions: 

To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 15, 2021 (open until filled). Please go to to learn more and apply.

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Research & Science