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Academic Coordinator 1 - Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 19th, 2018
Last review date: November 9th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 2018
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 Director for Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center. The Fruit & Nut Research Center (FNRIC) is a physical and online portal for interaction between UC Agriculture and Natural Resources pomology farm advisors, industry stakeholders, and the research and educational resources of Plant Sciences and other UC Davis departments on issues related to Californian fruit and nut crops. The FNRIC consists of a team of UC Davis faculty/UCCE Specialists, ANR Pomology Farm Advisors, and several student assistants all of whom work in a concerted effort to advance production and delivery of technical information to improve fruit and nut production. Currently, the FNRIC is supported by proceeds from short courses organized and executed by the FNRIC staff, endowment funds, extramural grants, and funding from the Department of Plant Sciences.

The Academic Coordinator will provide leadership for researching content for and updating and maintaining the FNRIC web site, coordinating FNRIC outreach and extension programs and teaching/managing short courses and seminars. Development of additional short courses is expected, as opportunities arise. This person will interact with diverse faculty, staff, pomology farm advisors, and external stakeholders of the FNRIC to manage and foster relationships.
Positions Supervised: non-academic staff, student employees and interns.

I. Extension and outreach (60%)
Conduct research to seek out up-to-date information on new research and technologies pertaining to advances in development and management of Californian tree fruit and nut crops and actively extend information through FNRIC platforms. Engage in public outreach activities that include assisting the faculty in providing information to farm advisors, UC extension and the public. Participate in outreach activities the Plant Sciences Department Pomology Advisory Council, industry meetings, and field days. Collaborate with UC faculty, Cooperative Extension Specialists, and ANR farm advisors to review and update existing web pages and printed material, and develop new content. Prepare information for presentations about the FNRIC to workshops, industry meetings, courses, or visiting groups. Social media: develop timely FNRIC blog postings, and maintain and update the FNRIC presence on Facebook and YouTube. Respond to emails, phone calls and general questions from public regarding topics related to the mission of the FNRIC. Forward questions to appropriate Specialists, farm advisors or faculty as needed. Maintain regular contact with potential short course participants leading up to a course, answering questions via phone/email.

II. Administrative and Financial Management (30%)
Under general direction of faculty advisors, provide strong leadership for managing the two-week FNRIC Principles Short Course class, other short courses and workshops, and FNRIC related activities. Organize meetings, workshops, conferences and presentations on topics related to the mission of the FNRIC. Provide leadership for evaluating, maintaining and updating center resources, libraries and publications. Lead, supervise and manage FNRIC student interns and other potential part-time staff. Write, edit and/or proofread technical content and outreach materials such as web posted posters, brochures, biogs, and webinars. Update website content and ensure website accessibility for users. In cooperation with the FNRIC UC/ANR support staff, manage content and functionality of FNRIC interactive website models, repository libraries and libraries and add new content as it becomes available. Order and prepare merchandise for courses and events. Set up meetings/reserve rooms and manage meeting date polls as needed.
Work with Plant Sciences Department finance staff to manage the budget and finances of the FNRIC and make semi-annual financial reports to the FNRIC Advisory Board.

Ill. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
Contribute to writing reports, presenting results/teaching at outreach meetings, and communicating material via the web, posters, etc. Participate actively in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. Prepare information for presentations and teach at extension meetings and attend seminars and meetings relevant to the mission of the FNRIC.

IV. University and Public Service (5%)
The Academic Coordinator will be required to meet and make presentations to with visitors as requested. The Academic Coordinator is expected to take part in committees within the department, college, campus and other university entities as appropriate.

• Minimum of a Master's or higher degree in horticulture, plant science or related field.
• Knowledge and broad understanding of basic biological science in California fruit production and research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Working experience in the field of agricultural science.
• Organizational skills to prioritize functions and to work simultaneously and effectively with a number of ongoing activities.
• Demonstrated project management experience, including planning and coordinating logistics for publications, events, and web-based projects.
• Demonstrated interest and passion for pursuing a career in Pomology. Willingness to gain knowledge, training, and experience in pomology.
• Demonstrated skill to present information to a public audience and/or in a teaching environment; to facilitate short-courses, write reports and present results via outreach meetings, web postings, posters, webinars, and writing technical content and outreach materials.
• Experience with multiple ICT tools: video, blogging experience with multiple ICT tools: video, blogging, mobile phone applications, remote conferencing, etc.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and programming in Microsoft Access.
• Writing, editing and proofreading skills. Familiarity with design and formatting of printed materials such as posters and brochures.
• Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with academic members, farmers, farm advisors, researchers, staff, interest groups, and administrators.
• Skills to initiate work independently and be creative in furthering the goals and impact of the FNRIC.

Skill to speak and write a second language (especially Spanish) is desired.

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The position is initially available for 2 years with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds.

Job location

Davis, CA


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 - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
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