Location Headquarters: Holtville, Imperial County, California
Position Number AP# 17-19
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Youth, Families and Communities advisor to focus on the intersection of community development related to youth and families, particularly as it relates to Latino youth and families living in the area served by UCCE Imperial County and the Desert Research and Extension Center (DREC). This includes relationships with communities in Mexico and neighboring counties with similar needs. The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor will implement a four-fold focus addressing community-building, entrepreneurial skills for innovative cross-disciplinary program development, information brokering, and community-based research. This position will provide academic oversight of community education and outreach program staff related to families and youth including the Desert Research and Extension Center FARM SMART Program, UC 4-H Youth Development (4-H YD) Program, and UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program. The CE advisor will provide leadership to these programs related to the broader sectors of community engagement, holistically addressing a healthy diverse community for youth and their families. The CE advisor will provide extension leadership with external stakeholders and lead community collaborative grant development linking with appropriate CE colleagues and other researchers.
Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant
Disseminate useful, science?based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation
Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
Develop collaborative teams with UC ANR colleagues, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR and clientele.
Supervise UC DREC FARM SMART program community education specialist as well as UC 4?H YD and UC CalFresh Nutrition Education staff. Provide academic oversight to ensure compliance with federal and ANR programmatic and fiscal policies.
A minimum of an earned master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in Child or Human Development, Community Development, Nutrition, Education or a closely related social science field is required by the appointment start date.
Education and/or coursework/experience in community economic development is preferred.
Experience working with Latino youth and their families is required.
Having a working knowledge of Latino culture, values and norms, particularly around views of family and community success, and experience collaborating and facilitating with diverse community members is also required.
Demonstrated bi-or multi-cultural abilities and/or skills are required.
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. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Applied research and extension experience is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate upon experience
This is a career track, full time, academic position, the beginning salary for which will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor rank, and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. Salary Table viewable at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/263860.pdf
The University of California offers an attractive benefits package described here: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/roadmaps/new-employee.html
About The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The University of California’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is an engine for problem solving. Serving as the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research, our more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to Californians.