Academic Coordinator for Research and Education The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Academic Coordinator for Research and Education
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) is accepting applications for an Academic Coordinator for Research and Education (R&E). Under the supervision of the CASFS Assistant Director, the R&E Coordinator will oversee the operation of the CASFS farm and gardens as living classrooms for research and education. The Coordinator will coordinate research, education, and public-service programs for academic, professional, and general public audiences at the farm and gardens, and manage the facilities.

Duties of the R&E Coordinator include consulting with CASFS staff, faculty, students, and researchers to design and implement research projects at the CASFS farm and gardens; develop curricula for educational activities at the farm and gardens; develop a public-service plan for farm and gardens visitors; host and lead tours of the farm and gardens; engage, support, and advise faculty and students in research, education, and public-service projects at the farm and gardens; coordinate the technical, logistical, and operational needs of training, education, and research projects at the farm and gardens; oversee all program and license agreements related to education, research, and public service activities that occur at the farm and gardens; write grant proposals to support education, research, and public service at the farm and gardens.

The R&E Coordinator will oversee planning, use, and maintenance of the CASFS farm and garden facilities. The selected candidate will work with CASFS staff to coordinate, prioritize and plan budget allocations for the operation, maintenance, and upgrade of the CASFS farm and gardens; develop protocols for facilities use, fees, and maintenance; set priorities in land use allocations and production goals; plan operational needs of research and education projects; oversee CASFS staff in all aspects of buildings and grounds maintenance; supervise the use of site maintenance equipment by CASFS staff, assistants, and apprentices; supervise routine maintenance of farm and gardens equipment including the irrigation system; coordinate disaster and health and safety plans for the CASFS farm and gardens; consult with campus offices on the maintenance of buildings, infrastructure, and roads at the CASFS farm and gardens; and plan and manage the use of farm and gardens office and multiple-use space. The R&E Coordinator will supervise the CASFS Field Production Manager.

RANK: Academic Coordinator I, 100% time (Fiscal Year)

SALARY: $50,628 – $55,464, commensurate with qualifications and experience; full UC benefits

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s or doctoral degree in education, agriculture, or a field related to the duties of the position. Well-developed knowledge of agroecological principles, organic farming systems, and sustainable food systems. Experience in education and research in sustainable food and agriculture systems. Ability and skills to manage the maintenance of farm and garden facilities. Excellent English-language verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated leadership, collaboration, and supervision skills; experience working with diverse groups of people. Experience designing and organizing workshops, seminars, conferences, and other educational activities. Experience writing research proposals and seeking funding. Experience with budgets and financial management.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to communicate in Spanish.

POSITION AVAILABLE: October 1, 2011. Appointment is for one year with potential for reappointment Should hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted. In addition, reappointment is contingent upon availability of funding.

TO APPLY: Electronic submission is preferred. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample of writing, and names and contact information of three references, by email to Please refer to Position T12-11 in your reply

Alternate mailing address: Dr. Jonathon Landeck CASFS Assistant Director
University of California Please refer to position #T12-11 in your reply
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
MAIL STOP: Community Studies Faculty Services

CLOSING DATE: All applications must be postmarked no later than September 26, 2011.

The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity . We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates , and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-5579.

If you need assistance due to a disability please contact the Academic Personnel Office at 499 Clark Kerr Hall (831) 459-5579. This position description is available in alternate formats, which may be requested from Academic Personnel at (831) 459-5579.


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