Director, Ventura County and Hansen Research and Extension Center Cooperative Extension Advisor

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by May
31, 2012 (open until filled).
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a University division with statewide delivery, is seeking a County and Research and Extension Center Director and Academic Cooperative Extension (CE) Advisor to provide leadership to Ventura County Cooperative Extension and the Hansen Research and Extension Center (Hansen REC) with a mission to sustain agriculture in Ventura County through research and education to benefit the community as a whole. ANR envisions a thriving California in 2025 where healthy people and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments are strengthened by a close partnership between the University of California and its research and extension programs and the people of the state. The University remains connected and committed to the people of California, who enjoy a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and economic success in a global economy. To read more about Us, visit the following web site: Director, Ventura County and Hansen Research and Extension Center Cooperative Extension Advisor

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Ventura County is one of the most geographically diverse counties in California. Its approximately 1,800 square miles feature snow‐capped mountains within view of the sparkling Pacific ocean and a chain of Channel Islands, vast areas of forestland, rugged hillsides and canyon areas, and a coastal plain ideal for cultivating fruit, vegetable and nursery crops year round. In an agricultural sense, Ventura County’s unique blend of soils, microclimates and physical attributes makes it one of the most agriculturally productive places on Earth. The county’s population is currently around 823,000. Unlike many other southern California counties, Ventura County has been able to sustain its agricultural industry despite pressures to urbanize, largely because of its innovative public policies regarding agriculture and open spaces.
The Hansen Research and Extension Center is located in Southern California 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Hansen REC is comprised of 27 acres 100 feet above sea level. It is one of nine agricultural research and extension centers operated by UC ANR. It provides land, labor, facilities and management for agricultural research and a location for public education efforts in agricultural matters relating to water, land use, pests, science literacy or economics and a variety of youth education and ecological concerns.
The UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County office (UCCE Ventura County), currently housed in a county‐owned facility, houses academic, program, research and administrative staff. Together, Hansen REC and UCCE Ventura County (in conjunction with extramural funding) comprise a single administrative, research and programmatic unit (within ANR referred to as a “multi‐entity partnership” or “MEP”). The Director will provide leadership for the MEP.

NATURE AND PURPOSE: Cooperative Extension and the Hansen REC are moving towards a single administrative, research and programmatic unit. Cooperative Extension provides staff who are responsible for providing opportunities for collaboration, integration and delivery of research and extension programs relevant to Ventura County and California. Hansen REC provides a location and support for this work. The Hansen Fund provides funding for some Cooperative Extension staff and for Hansen REC operations, as well as research and education programs. The Director position is a combined administrative and programmatic assignment in a discipline related to any of the following areas: water use, land use, agricultural pests, science literacy or economics, and horticulture. It is the intent of the position to develop, nurture and lead this new single unit into the future.
The Director will help allocate, develop and/or manage resources to the University of California researchers and educators to conduct quality research and extension programs on County and statewide issues related to the sustainability of agricultural, natural and human resources. As Director, the incumbent will administer personnel, staff development, budget, liaison activities, and physical facilities. The incumbent will maintain relationships with outside agencies, governing bodies and community organizations and clientele; provide and promote coordination and collaboration with University campus‐based and County‐based researchers to facilitate the successful delivery of research and educational programs.
As with all UC ANR Academics, the CE Advisor is expected to maintain academic program activities of research and extension relevant to the issues of the region, and to the overall goals of ANR’s strategic vision and the Hansen Fund. In a leadership capacity, the incumbent has responsibility to further develop the role and impact of Hansen REC and UC Cooperative Extension to benefit the citizens of the County and the State.
The successful candidate will provide leadership for research and extension in one of California’s most important agricultural regions. Specific aspects of duties include:

  •  Develop and conduct a Cooperative Extension education and research program that meets critical needs and builds the knowledge base in one of the disciplines represented.
  • Provide managerial leadership, expertise and direction including prioritization and
    exercising ultimate authority for allocation and approval of financial and human resources, long‐range facility planning and development, and space planning and allocation.
  •  Exercise hiring, disciplinary and termination authority of human resources.
  • Serve as an ex‐officio member of the Thelma Hansen Fund (Endowment) Advisory Board providing the ANR Vice President with advice, consultation, information, and
    recommendations on the use of the funds available annually to fulfill the purpose of the
    Thelma Hansen Fund.
  •  Advocate for Hansen REC and UCCE Ventura County, promoting research and collaboration of projects. Develop research funding for research projects and overall ANR and Hansen Fund mission and goals.
  • With input from the Hansen Advisory Board, efficiently utilize the income from the Hansen Fund for the purpose and goals of the endowment. This includes managing the Hansen Grant program and on‐site Research Projects Program.
  • Participate in regional and statewide ANR committees, program teams, workgroups and meetings to ensure strong linkages and effective communications between the REC system, ANR administration and appropriate UC campus departments.
  • Represent the University as a resource and contact person to industry leaders, producers, non‐University of California researchers and the general public. Maintain liaison and respond to regulatory, state and federal agencies, external groups, industry organizations and the mass media on issues related to research and education projects.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally‐funded research and education program; forge strong interactions with local County partners and clientele, as
well as UC colleagues; contribute to core research and extension goals established within
ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi‐disciplinary program in their field of

Evaluate clientele problems and needs for Extension programs. Clientele include all public and private land decision‐makers, farmers, growers, horticulturists, etc., professional service providers, private organizations, and public agencies associated with natural
resources management.
RELATIONSHIPS: The Director/Advisor reports to the ANR Director of the Research and
Extension Center System and Associate Director of Cooperative Extension and the Agriculture
Experiment Station. The incumbent will maintain communication and working relationships with CE Specialists and Advisors, Agricultural Experimental Station faculty and researchers, ANR Strategic Initiative Leaders and other colleagues.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UCANR affirmative action goals is expected of all advisors.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a Master’s degree is required though other advanced degrees are encouraged, with a background in a discipline related to water, land use, pests, science literacy or economics or a closely related field. Experience in conducting applied research and education programs is required. It is preferred that the incumbent has a current education/extension/research program consistent with ANR, UCCE and Hansen REC’s research and outreach emphasis. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience effectively managing and resolving conflict is highly desirable. Extension experience is desirable.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Advisor series, commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.
If the successful candidate is currently an ANR academic, the candidate will be offered the position as a lateral transfer, retaining their current rank, step, salary, and definite or indefinite status and receive an administrative stipend.
A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. ANR is part of UC’s Family‐Friendly Policies. A variety of health and dental insurance plans are available, with employer contributions to the premiums. In addition, the University provides basic life and disability insurance, which may be supplemented at group rates. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is provided. An excellent UC Retirement System is coordinated with social security, and optional annuity plans may supplement retirement. Automobile insurance is available. Sabbatical and study leaves are available. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:

INTERVIEWS: A search committee will ask Candidates to come to Ventura County, California for an interview and seminar presentation. Travel expenses for interviews will be reimbursed according to University of California policy.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet:
1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:
Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the
search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form
(a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone
numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
4. College Level Transcripts: Original transcripts preferred, however, legible photocopies
of original transcripts will be accepted. Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant. A Search Committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.


To submit your applicant packet or to request a UC ANR Academic Application form, contact:
Academic Recruiter
University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
225 Hopkins Road, DANR Building
Davis, CA 95616
Voice: (530) 752‐7532 FAX: (530) 752‐7785
E‐mail application Address:

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