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UCCE Area Director – Placer, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra Counties, Job ID 68712

County Locations: Nevada County, Placer County, Plumas County, Sierra County

Date Posted: May 7, 2024
Closing Date: Until Filled

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Position Summary:

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Area Director to provide leadership in support of applied research and outreach programs across Placer, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra counties. Our mission is to bring the resources and expertise of UC directly to Californians through research and education programs that support:

  • Sustainable, safe, and nutritious food production and delivery
  • Economic success in a global economy
  • A sustainable, healthy, and productive environment
  • Science literacy and youth development 

Purpose: The Area Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of UCCE programs in cooperation with county government in Placer, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra Counties.


  • Act as a liaison between UCCE and County Departments, Boards of Supervisors and County Administrative Officers as appropriate
    • Serve as UC liaison to the Placer, Plumas and Sierra County Agricultural Commissioners, and the Nevada County Community Development Agency for county budget, facility and resource allocation.   
      • Plumas -Sierra counties are one UC Cooperative Extension unit
    • Secure county budgets and resources that grow UCCE presence and efforts in the region
    • Build relationships and synergies to deploy UCCE research to address regional needs
    • Supervision and/or oversight of UC Cooperative Extension academics and staff in the region, including aligning UC ANR applied research and extension mission to address county needs and opportunities
  • Understand and communicate value of UCCE impact to county decision-makers, partners and others
  • Oversight and administration of UCCE educational and applied research programs
    • Hire and manage personnel
    • Provide support, direction and leadership to UCCE academic and staff employees
    • Mentor, manage and evaluate academic and staff personnel
    • Supervision of UC ANR and County employees and program volunteers
  • Maintain positive working relationships with partnering public and private agencies
  • Expand collaborations and funding sources, including donor development
  • Comply with University of California and county policies with an eye towards mitigating risk, liability and to business operations meet the highest standards of compliance

The Area Director oversees management of the physical plant and human resources. They will increase the visibility of UCCE through community engagement, including but not limited to, needs assessments, representing UC ANR in local and/or regional initiatives, participation in relevant policy development, and communicating the positive impacts and benefits realized by the citizens and workforce of the local counties, region and state from the activities and contributions of local UCCE programs.

UCCE is administered by the University of California, Division of Agriculture Natural Resources. UCCE brings the knowledge of University of California research through its agriculture, natural resources, youth development and nutrition programs to address local questions and to help solve local problems. UCCE academics, staff, and volunteers live and work in the communities they serve, helping identify, respond to, and resolve local challenges. UC ANR connects Californians to UC, leading the way to science-based solutions.

Location Headquarters: This position will be headquartered in a UC Cooperative Extension office in the region: Auburn, CA

This position is a career appointment that is 100% fixed.

Pay Scale: $107,200.00/year to $157,200.00/year 

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.

The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check. This is a designated position requiring a background check and may require fingerprinting due to the nature of the job responsibilities. UC ANR does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time.  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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