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Academic Coordinator II,Assistant Director,CA Agribusiness Executive Seminar and Communications Director,Giannini Foundation...

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 29th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, May 21, 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, Jun 30, 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.


Academic Coordinator II, Assistant Director, California Agribusiness Executive Seminar (CAES ) and Communications Director, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics (GFAE)

Position Background:

The Assistant Director supports professional development for agribusiness executives through the CAES and the research and outreach missions of the GFAE and the UC faculty that comprise its membership. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director and Program Representative of the CAES. The CAES brings together California’s top agribusiness executives to discuss strategic issues and challenges facing agribusinesses in California in an ever-changing economic environment. The program objective is to motivate strategic thinking and improve participants’ ability to identify, address, and analyze opportunities and challenges facing their businesses.

The individual filling this position will also work with the Director of the GFAE to support the research and outreach missions of the Foundation and its members, who include University of California faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists in agricultural and resource economics on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses. The broad mission of the Foundation is to promote and support research and outreach activities in agricultural economics and rural development relevant to California.

Major Responsibilities:

Management, Program Administration, and Coordination - CAES (55% Effort)
The Assistant Director will oversee logistical planning for the CAES. In this capacity, this position will (i) monitor the CAES budget and financial activity and prepare financial reports; (ii) coordinate communications with case study and issue-paper writers; (iii) manage deadlines for case study and issue paper submission; (iv) edit case studies for accuracy; (v) oversee publication of case studies and issue papers; (vi) manage logistics for the seminar including scheduling, planning and event organization; (vii) develop communication plans for the seminar; (viii) oversee development of seminar apps, website and other electronic resources; (ix) design seminar materials, integrate case studies into branded template, aggregate materials into digital conference portfolio, and distribute to participants well in advance of the seminar; (x) design event evaluation methodology and compile and analyze results; engage in personal communications with potential seminar invitees; and (xi) prepare annual work plan and activity report.

This position supervises an AAII for the department of ARE and a Program Representative who provides administrative support for CAES and the GFAE outreach activities. As supervisor, this position is responsible for hiring, training, work assignments, performance management, and evaluation of the career staff employees.

ARE/Giannini Outreach Management (35%)
The Assistant Director will oversee outreach and publication activities for the GFAE. In this capacity, this position will work closely with the Foundation’s Director to plan conferences and events on issues of contemporary importance to California’s agriculture, natural resources, and environment. The position will assist the Director in planning program content, engaging speakers and panelists, and developing educational background materials for dissemination at the events/conferences. The Assistant Director will also supervise the Program Representative in managing all logistics relating to Foundation events and conferences.

The position will also work closely with individual faculty and CE specialists within the Foundation to plan outreach activities, including soliciting articles for Agricultural & Resource Economics Update, the bimonthly outreach publication of the Foundation; oversee development, production, and publication of outreach materials including the ARE Update; and oversee development and management of the websites of the Giannini Foundation and its affiliated academic departments.

Professional Competence (5% Effort)
The incumbent will keep abreast of developments in his/her primary areas of expertise. Such activity will include participating in professional societies, workshops, and conferences, and reviewing research proposals, manuscripts, and publications related to the areas of expertise.

Public and University Service (5% Effort)
The incumbent will establish and maintain liaisons with various California agricultural and agribusiness companies to develop long-term agribusiness-university partnerships that address leadership and best practices covering a wide array of business, economic, political, environmental and social issues relevant to executives in the California agricultural industry.

Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin after the Initial Review Date, May 21, 2020; open until filled. Interested persons should upload a cover letter, current vitae, statement of diversity and 5 letters of recommendation. Additional letters may be solicited later in the search process.


Basic qualifications

Master’s degree in agricultural economics, economics, communications, public policy, public administration, agribusiness, business, or other relevant degree, or a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics, economics, communications, public policy, public administration, agribusiness, business, or other relevant degree with a minimum of three years of experience in a position with significant writing, editing, and management of complex projects.

Additional qualifications

Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated expertise in technical editing
Familiarity with or experience in agriculture or agribusiness
Experience managing multiple complex projects simultaneously
Agricultural economics or economics coursework at the upper division level for candidates with Master’s in other fields

Preferred qualifications

Familiarity with or experience in California agriculture or agribusiness
Supervisory experience

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The Davis campus, third oldest in the ten-campus University of California system, offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The city of Davis is a progressive university town of 65,622 located in the Sacramento Valley, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 15 miles west of Sacramento, California’s capital.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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
  • 5-7 letters of reference required