Vice Provost – Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs – University of California

Location Headquarters: UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, California

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by July 1, 2016 (open until filled)  

POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs to provide leadership and advocacy for a unified UC ANR program with strong statewide, campus, and local presences. This is a senior programmatic leadership position responsible for guiding academic programs, specifically the two UC ANR Institutes, five UC ANR Strategic Initiatives and nine UC ANR Statewide Programs. The incumbent serves as the administrative leader for these programs, with the Directors/Leaders of each reporting to the Vice Provost. This senior leader ensures that these entities are advancing the Division-wide program priorities through development and efficient deployment of resources.  

BACKGROUND: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. UC ANR’s CE advisors, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.

Our priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation are guided by the UC ANR Strategic Vision (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/). There are five strategic initiatives that UC ANR is currently focusing on: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystem (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (WQQS). The Strategic Plans for each strategic initiative can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The Vice Provost will provide leadership and advocacy for a unified ANR program with strong statewide, campus, and local presences. This is a programmatic leadership position for Division research and outreach and serves as the administrative leader for ANR Statewide Programs, Institutes and Strategic Initiatives.

Specific aspects of duties include:

  • Guiding academic programs, specifically the two UC ANR Institutes, five UC ANR Strategic Initiatives, and nine UC ANR Statewide Programs. Serve as the administrative leader for these programs, with the Directors/Leaders of each reporting to the Vice Provost. This senior leader ensures that these entities are advancing the Division wide program priorities through development and efficient deployment of resources. The Vice Provost will initiate and maintain enhanced communication and collaboration among programs.
  • Coordinating the Division’s participation in, and contributions to, the UC Presidential Initiatives; such as the Global Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UC-Mexico, and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives. They will insure that UC ANR is represented in appropriate activities and committees of the Presidential Initiatives as well as ensuring that UC ANR contributions are documented and recognized. More information about the UC Presidential Initiatives can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/initiatives/.
  • Serving as a member of the UC ANR Program Council which advises the UC ANR Vice President on Division wide planning and delivery of programs as well as developing recommendations for allocation of Division resources.
  • Collaborating closely with the Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension and the Director of the Research and Extension Center System, as a team, to bring the broad array of activities and efforts within the Division into a cohesive integrated system.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: In addition to the administrative expectations listed above, all UC ANR academic administrator appointees are also responsible for performance in the areas of 1) professional competence and activity and 2) University and public service.

Professional Competence: All UC ANR CE academic administrators are required to demonstrate professional competence in their administrative and/or programmatic areas. Professional competence includes participation in training activities to enhance professional development, such as administrative trainings, professional conferences, or workshops. Professional competence also includes activities that reflect professional standing within the administrative and/or programmatic area, such as presenting at conferences or workshops, holding offices in professional societies, invited presentations, or reviewing/editing publications.

University and Public Service: All UC ANR academic administrators are required to actively serve the University, as well as the public. University service may occur at the division, state, regional, national, or international level. Examples of potential University service activities include serving on division or university committees, serving on Western Region or National Cooperative Extension committees, or advocacy efforts. Public service involves activities and events in which the incumbent uses their professional expertise to benefit groups or efforts outside the University. Examples may include serving on external boards or councils, participating in community events, and leadership of non-University collaborative groups.

RELATIONSHIPS: The Vice Provost – Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs reports directly to the Associate Vice President of UC ANR.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all administrators. The Vice Provost will ensure that outreach efforts in program identification, development, planning and delivery provide equitable service to all ethnic and gender groups comprising potential clientele. The Vice Provost will oversee outreach planning and ensure that required documentation of outreach efforts, outcomes and reporting is completed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required, in disciplines related to agriculture, natural resources, or related human resources programs. A minimum of five years of experience managing multi-disciplinary academic programs and the ability to analyze and interpret UC and Division policies and procedures are desirable. Experience in the land grant system or a structure similar to UC is desirable. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable. Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct groups processes are required. Demonstrated ability to supervise academic and staff employees is required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The position requires a high degree of complexity and autonomy. Experience in leading a large complex organization is essential, including experience in management of multiple programs, personnel and budgets. Incumbent must have demonstrated exceptional organizational, people, and decision making skills. Extensive state and national travel is required.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/218498.pdf.

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Academic with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain a 0% appointment in the current CE academic title and the associated indefinite status within UC policy.

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. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following components of the Application Packet to ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication

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.

  1. CV or Resume
  2. College Level Transcripts: Only electronic transcripts or 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.

For information regarding this position, please contact:

University of California

ANR Academic Human Resources

Kim Ingram

(530) 750-1282

E-mail: ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu

Internet: http://www.ucanr.edu/jobs

PLEASE REFER TO POSITION NUMBER AP #16 – 03 IN ALL CORRESPONDENCE

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