Director, Statewide Youth, Familes and Communities - University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources in Davis California

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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Davis, California 95618

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide programwith local development and delivery, is seeking a Director for the Statewide Youth, Families, and Communities (YFC) Program to provide administrative leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H YDP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), as well as other ANR nutrition, family, and consumer science (NFCS), youth and community programs.  The 4-H YDP is a statewide program focused on providing experiential learning experiences that develop leadership, citizenship, life skills, and supportive environments in which culturally diverse youth and adults are engaged to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.  EFNEP operates in selected counties to assist low-income youth and families with young children to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that change behavior necessary to choose nutritionally sound diets and improve nutritional welfare. 

The Director works with two Associate Directors of Program and Policy (4-H YDP and NFCS) to provide innovative leadership and creativity in fostering interdisciplinary efforts, implementing and evaluating extension research-based programs, and developing and coordinating revenue generating opportunities in support of California youth, families and communities.  

 CLASSIFICATION/RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position is in the Academic Administrator series.  The YFC Director will be expected to interact with UC ANR program teams, CE specialists, CE advisors, and others within the research/extension network and industry advisory groups to provide leadership in the development, strengthening, expansion, and sustainability of the local delivery of YFC programs.

 Major Responsibilities:  The YFC Director will be expected to interact with UC ANR program teams, CE specialists, CE advisors, and others within the research/extension network and industry advisory groups to provide leadership in the development, strengthening, expansion, and sustainability of the local delivery of YFC programs. 

 Specific aspects of duties include: 

  •  Develops and oversees an annual statewide YFC plan of work in conjunction with the UC ANR Leadership Team, county advisors and staff that complements the Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative priorities and identifies critical issues affecting California youth and families and develops strategies for an effective organizational response.
  • Oversees the development of policy, program guidance, outreach, educational curriculum and events; training and procedures for YFC research and extension programs; and coordinates statewide operations with county and national 4-H YD, nutrition, and family programs that address high priority Division issues.
    • Provides leadership in extramural fund development; including revenue generation for grants, contracts, and fees and coordinates with the California 4-H Foundation and UC ANR Development Services in generating gifts and endowments.  Serve on the 4-H Foundation Advisory Board.
    • Oversees the administration and management of the Statewide YFC Office, including budgets, financial monitoring, expenditures approval processes, program reporting, and staff recruitment and supervision.  Supervise the two Associate Directors and the YFC Business Office Manager.
      • Serves as liaison between the 4-H YDP, EFNEP, and other YFC programs and various stakeholders and represents the interests of these programs, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the University at large with diverse public and private sector.
      • Develops and maintains collaborations and networks with the UCD Department of Human and Community Development and Nutrition, UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute, and other UC campus departments and the University system that address the needs of California youth, families and communities.
        • Coordinates with Strategic Initiative Leaders and County Directors to establish program priorities to meet the needs of counties throughout the state and forge cross-county and interdisciplinary collaboration and program delivery.


A minimum of a master's degree is required, other advanced degrees are strongly encouraged in Education, Youth, or Human Development, Psychology, Human Relations, Nutrition, Family Consumer Sciences or a related subject matter.  Demonstrated abilities and experience is required in: conducting youth, human, or community development or nutrition programs and research resulting in outcomes and a publication record;  managing complex budgets and extramural fund development; bringing together interdisciplinary teams to address convergent issues or problems; working with diverse audiences and external constituencies; communicating effectively and having excellent interpersonal skills, especially in difficult/sensitive situations; and directing programs requiring solutions related to cultural, social, technological, and economic issues. Knowledge and understanding of issues in nutrition, youth, human and community development that may be addressed through research and extension is critical. Knowledge and understanding of the Cooperative Extension system and the role of the land-grant mission in serving youth, family and community needs and having bi-lingual skills are highly desirable. 

 For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit our website   To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by October 9, 2015 to  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Please refer to AP#15-25.


Keyword Phrases

  • Youth, Families and Communities
  • 4H
  • Leadership
  • Administrative
  • NFCS
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Writing Samples
Best if Apply By 10/9/2015