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Academic Coordinator (Postharvest Technology Center)

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 19th, 2019

Last review date: Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Under direction, serve as Executive Director for the Postharvest Technology Center (PTC). The Academic Coordinator will provide leadership for researching content for, updating and maintaining the PTC web site, coordinate PTC outreach and extension programs including the Produce Professional Certificate Program, and manage short courses and workshops. Development of additional short courses is expected, as opportunities arise. The Academic Coordinator also oversees financial stewardship and budget forecasting, with assistance from a Department of Plant Sciences Financial Analyst. This person will interact with diverse faculty, staff, farm advisors, and external stakeholders of the PTC to manage and foster relationships, secure grants and coordinate applied research in postharvest physiology and technology.

I. Extension, research and outreach (45%)
In consultation with PTC faculty director, PTC members and stakeholders, determine interests and needs for PTC activities and services to the produce and related industries, and develop a strategic plan to meet such needs. Contribute to strategic development of new activities to expand and deepen the Center’s programming and outreach. Explore developing a research service model for postharvest industry stakeholders. Seek out up-to-date information on new research and technologies pertaining to advances in postharvest applications, and actively extend information through PTC platforms. Oversee and coordinate grant seeking, including research or extension proposal writing and reporting requirements, in collaboration with PTC faculty members (Cooperative Extension Specialists and UC faculty). Coordinate applied research in postharvest physiology and technology that serves PTC stakeholders. Maintain liaison and respond to the needs of industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to postharvest biology and technology. Contribute to PTC’s communications efforts including web-based communication, written materials and lecture delivery at PTC workshops. Professionally represent PTC through presentations/speaking engagements to share information about PTC with stakeholders and the public.

II. Administrative and Financial Management (45%) Lead, supervise and manage day to day activities of PTC staff to ensure implementation of current and future center activities including workshop organization, sales and distribution of publications, communication with stakeholders and PTC members, development and dissemination of PTC materials via the PTC website and social media platforms. Administer the Produce Professional Certificate Program. Write, edit and/or proofread technical content and outreach materials such as the Center’s E-newsletter, Produce Fact Sheets, Ask the Produce Docs pages, and other brochures, Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds and webinars. Work with Plant Sciences Department finance staff to manage resources and budget of the Center, and produce semi-annual financial reports and forecasting for the PTC Faculty Director. Create budgets for courses and other activities and identify income and expenses, assuring that these are appropriately accounted for and that all expenditures adhere to University policy and granting agency guidelines.

III. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
Participate in appropriate produce industry meetings, e.g. Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh, etc. Prepare information for presentations, teach at workshops, and attend seminars and meetings relevant to the mission of the PTC.

IV. University and Public Service (5%)
Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to postharvest biology and technology.

Qualifications: Master's in Agricultural Business and Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Business Administration and Management, Communication, or similar fields. Additional qualifications: experience managing/leading a program or team; excellent written and oral communication skills; advanced computer software skills, including Excel; finance and budget forecasting experience. Preferred Qualifications: knowledge of the U.S. produce industry; knowledge of plant science or postharvest science, ability to lift 45 pounds; ability to work extended hours periodically and travel overnight occasionally.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Term of Appointment: This position is initially available for 1 year with potential for extension.

Apply by Date: Open until filled. For full consideration, apply by Initial Review Date.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 6-8 required (contact information only)