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This position is headquartered in Davis, California. For instructions on application procedures and materials required, please click the above ‘Job Description’ link. Complete application packets require an academic application form, the link to which is and, cover letter, CV/Resume and all post-secondary education transcripts.
POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a Master Food Preserver (MFP)/Food Entrepreneurship Academic Coordinator I to develop and oversee an annual statewide plan that implements the priorities established by the current Nutrition Family and Consumer Science (NFCS) Strategic Plan. The academic coordinator will serve as a liaison between MFP and NFCS administration to assist with understanding and implementation of MFP, NFCS, UC and ANR policies and activities and coordinate with the Program Integration Coordinator, Strategic Initiative Leaders and Cooperative Extension (CE) advisors to establish program priorities while forging cross-initiative and interdisciplinary collaboration and program delivery. The incumbent will support the distribution of research-based information to MFPs, working with the appropriate CE specialists, CE advisors, and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and lead the continuing education of MFP program staff on advanced volunteer management and extension methods. In addition, the academic coordinator will supervise the MFP state office staff person and administer the continuing education opportunities in food safety and food preservation for MFPs.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR Academic Coordinator appointees are responsible for performance in the areas 1) coordination of academic programs, 2) professional competence and activity and 3) University and public service.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develops and oversees a strategic vision process to involve key stakeholders such as UCCE, community partnerships and UC affiliates.
- Serves as liaison between MFP and NFCS administration and volunteers to assist with understanding and implementation of MFP, NFCS, UC and ANR policies and activities.
- Represents and advocates for the statewide MFP program within the public and private sectors. Promotes local program awareness and understanding of the research efforts of UC.
- Coordinates with the Program Integration Coordinator, Strategic Initiative Leaders and MFP CE Advisors to establish program priorities and to forge cross-initiative and interdisciplinary collaboration and program delivery.
- Performs needs assessment to assess needs and opportunities for the MFP program and potential for UCCE Food Entrepreneurship programming.
- Oversees the distribution of research-based information to MFP volunteers through MFP coordinators, working with the appropriate CE specialists, CE advisors, and faculty.
- Administers the continuing education of MFP program staff on advanced volunteer management and extension methods. In addition, administers the continuing education opportunities in food safety, food preservation, teaching and extension methods for MFPs.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An earned Master’s degree or other advanced degree in Nutrition/ Food Science, Food Entrepreneurship, Food Safety, Culinary Skills/ Nutrition Education, Family and Consumer Sciences or other related field is required by the appointment start date. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience coordinating or managing an educational program and/or volunteer program required. Experience supervising others in either a paid or unpaid capacity required. Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), databases and web-based tools (calendar/documents and social media) is required. Ability to organize and prioritize activities to meet programmatic and fiscal work plans is required. Successful funds development experience required. Experience working independently and as a team member is required. Effective leadership, team building and decision-making skills and commitment to promoting a positive workplace is required. General knowledge of budgets and accounting desirable. Demonstrated interest and understanding of food product development from concept to consumption preferred. Experience with under-served populations and strategic planning preferred. Bilingual Spanish preferred.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator I rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Academic Coordinator salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: