Area Urban Ag Advisor/County Director

Area Urban Ag Advisor

Serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

and County Director for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Alameda, CA

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking an academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program to lead and expand agriculture as an integral part of urban growth, population change, land use, and public policies that enable productive use of urban land. The Area Urban Ag Advisor will address critical urban issues of sprawl, vacant city lots, public desire for safe local food, food insecurity and community livability.

Over the past decade, local governments have begun to explore programs that preserve agricultural land, and some are starting to support limited agricultural economic development efforts. Some county governments in the region have established agricultural advisory task forces and food councils to address urban agricultural issues. Several counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa, have amended zoning laws to allow for the expansion of direct marketing of agricultural products and associated value-added facilities. Some county governments, such as San Mateo and Contra Costa, are considering local food purchasing policies that require county departments to purchase food from local farmers.

Bay area consumers, many of whom take pride in their region and its unique quality of life, are advocating for the preservation of family farms, and many have embraced the idea of eating locally grown foods. This growing interest has created a number of issues and opportunities: the use of urban vacant land for farming, county/city zoning and planning policies, food-processing and distribution policies, food access and justice issues, and environmental and ecological food production. The Bay area interest in urban agriculture and sustainable food systems provides an ideal opportunity for conducting valuable research and extension.

The County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of Cooperative Extension programs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Responsibilities includes oversight of effective educational and research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county Extension programs; maintaining effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county Extension budgets, developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as agricultural, natural resource, and community economics and development, business and marketing development, and agricultural production science. An educational background and/or work experience in agricultural production, and food processing, land use policy development, and marketing and business planning is desirable. A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable. Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management is desirable.

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California’s website:  http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/1112/table28.pdf

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit http://ucanr.edu/jobs or contact Pam Tise at pdtise@ucanr.edu.   To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by May 5, 2013.  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Please refer to AP#13-03

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California’s website: http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/1112/table28.pdf

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit http://ucanr.edu/jobs or contact Pam Tise at pdtise@ucanr.edu.   To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by May 5, 2013.  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Please refer to AP#13-03

Alameda, California
2013-05-05
University of California Cooperative Extension
Pam Tise
pdtise@ucanr.edu


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