Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Academic Coordinator II Climate-Smart Ag Coordinator AP# 21-46

County Location: Yolo County

Date Posted: December 10, 2021
Closing Date: January 30, 2022

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Location Headquarters: UCCE Yolo County Office, Woodland, CA

Purpose:  The Academic Coordinator (ACII) will be responsible for coordination and management of the California Institute for Water Resources’ (CIWR) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Program

As such, the Academic Coordinator will:

  • Supervise 10 Community Education Specialists (CESs) that are in county offices across the state.

Note: The CESs work with county Advisors to recruit growers in their region to adopt climate smart agricultural practices. The CESs assist growers with applying to the CDFA climate smart agriculture cost share programs. They then work with growers on project implementation, budgeting, invoicing, and reporting. The CESs also promote program practices through outreach, e.g. publications, demonstrations and workshops. 

  • Provide leadership, coordination, and organizational support; supervise the CESs, arrange training of the CESs. As time permits, the ACII will also recruit growers in their home region for the CDFA climate smart agriculture cost share programs.
  • Prepare the CDFA grant reports and proposal and budgets to continue funding of the program. Coordinate development of additional proposal for external funding.
  • Responsible for reviewing budgets, invoices, and tracking expenditures in a way that promotes efficiency, effectiveness and accountability as needed to maintain account balances and ensure that funds are spent appropriately and according to the funders’ regulations.
  • Provides technical support on irrigation system design and management to the entire CSA team.
  • Draft high quality written and attractive materials including: proposals and grant reports; program and project impact statements; reports, briefings, executive summaries, and brochures; quarterly newsletters; and posters and presentations.

Counties of Responsibility: The position will be providing support for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Program throughout the State of California.

Reporting Relationship: The Academic Coordinator serves under the administrative guidance of the Director of the California Institute of Water Resources.

Qualifications and Skills Required 

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a master's degree is required in agricultural, environmental or social sciences, or related areas at the time of employment.

Additional Requirements
  • Specific knowledge of irrigation systems design (including use of variable frequency drive pumps), management and maintenance is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Live within a daily commutable distance of the position headquarters.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license to drive a county or university-owned vehicle.
  • Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule, as needed.
Desired Experience
  • Knowledge of the power usage of such systems and the ability to use CDFA’s quantification methodology to estimate greenhouse gas savings from systems improvement is required.
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Extension.
  • Experience in successful Extension programming.
Skills Required   

To be successful, Academic Coordinators require skills in the following:

Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should understand key sustainability concepts and current issues affecting the sustainability of climate smart agriculture in California. The candidate will be comfortable working with collaborators across a broad range of academic disciplines and taking leadership in synthesizing and communicating key concepts drawn from different disciplines.


Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, interpersonal and information technology communication skills.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. 

Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.                                                                                                                                      

About UC ANR 

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.

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Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding the Academic Coordinator series salary scales, please refer to:

This definite term position is funded for two years, with the possibility of renewal.  The performance in the position will be evaluated annually.   The merit cycle for this position will be evaluated every two (2) years.  Continuation beyond the initial two years is contingent upon a review of continuing need and the availability of funding.    

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. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-46).

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 30, 2022 in the UC Recruit system.


Contact Alma Jackson; email:

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at as a resource.


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