Vice Provost – Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs Academic Administrator - 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

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.  

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
  • 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.

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.

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.

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following components of the Application Packet to

1.   Cover Letter

2.   ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

      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.

3.   CV or Resume

4.    College Level Transcripts:  Only electronic transcripts or legible photocopies of original

       transcripts will be accepted.

Keyword Phrases

  • Academic Administrator
  • Sustainable Natural Ecosystems
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Water Quality, Quantity and Security
  • IPM
  • Healthy Families and Communities
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Academic Vice Presidents & Provosts
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 7/1/2016