Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development

Davis, California
Commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications
Oct 18, 2017
Dec 17, 2017
Organization Type
University and College


University of California Cooperative Extension

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development

Academic Administrator Series

AP #17-26

LOCATION HEADQUARTERS: UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, California

SUBMISSION DATE: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by November 30, 2017. Those received after November 30, 2017 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (Open until filled)

POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California seeks a highly motivated individual with an exceptional academic record to serve as Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development for the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Through leadership, vision and strategy the successful applicant will advance academic excellence in research and Cooperative Extension. This senior programmatic leadership position provides oversight for academic hiring and the academic peer review process; will develop and deliver a mentoring program for new and advanced UC ANR academics; and sets direction for continuous improvement in increasing reach, enhancing impact, outstanding data collection and reporting. This senior leader will navigate the UC ANR system and support success of new academics; strategize best methods for interpretation and implementation of policy; and ensure consistency in policy implementation and treatment of academics.

The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development is a key member of a combined leadership team, including the Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs, Vice Provost of Research and Extension, and the Associate Vice President. This senior leader is the key contact with the Academic Assembly Council.

BACKGROUND: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California

Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. UC ANR's CE advisors, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.

Our priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation are guided by the UC ANR Strategic Vision ( There are five strategic initiatives that UC ANR is currently focusing on: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystem (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (WQQS). The Strategic Plans for each strategic initiative can be found at

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development will provide leadership and advocacy for a unified UC ANR program with strong statewide, campus, and local presences. This is a senior leadership position for UC ANR and works closely with Academic HR and Development, and Program Planning and Evaluation units.

Specific aspects of duties include:

• Performing critical functions to achieve the mission of UC ANR by promoting:

a. Responsiveness to clientele needs and issues of importance to California.

b. Integration of research and outreach efforts across counties, campuses and organizational units.

c. Teamwork and collaboration among Division members and cooperators.

d. Effective and efficient use of organizational resources.

e. Understanding of UC ANR programs by stakeholders.

• Providing leadership in the recruitment and selection of new hires.

• Developing training programs for academics to achieve excellence and provide necessary support by working closely with Academic HR, Program Planning and Evaluation professionals, and the senior leadership team.

• Serving as chair of UC ANR Peer Review Committee to oversee the merits, promotions and evaluation processes of academic personnel.

• Identifying and executing disciplinary actions, as needed.

• Collaborating closely with the Vice Provost of Statewide Programs and Strategic Initiatives and the Vice Provost of Research and Extension, as a team, to bring the broad array of activities and efforts within the Division into a cohesive integrated system.

• Serving as UC ANR leadership liaison with UC ANR Academic Assembly Council.

• 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.

• Promoting in all ways consistent with other responsibilities of the position and with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and University policies, the outreach goals established by the Division.

• Demonstrating leadership toward Affirmative Action within CE and promoting a culture of acceptance.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: 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.

Professional Competence: All UC ANR CE academic administrators are required to demonstrate professional competence in their administrative and/or programmatic areas. Professional competence includes participation in training activities to enhance professional development, such as administrative trainings, professional conferences, or workshops. Professional competence also includes activities that reflect professional standing within the administrative and/or programmatic area, such as presenting at conferences or workshops, holding offices in professional societies, invited presentations, or reviewing/editing publications.

University and Public Service: All UC ANR academic administrators are required to actively serve the University, as well as the public. University service may occur at the division, state, regional, national, or international level. Examples of potential University service activities include serving on division or university committees, serving on Western Region or National Cooperative Extension committees, or advocacy efforts. Public service involves activities and events in which the incumbent uses their professional expertise to benefit groups or efforts outside the University. Examples may include serving on external boards or councils, participating in community events, and leadership of non-University collaborative groups.

RELATIONSHIPS: The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development reports directly to the Associate Vice President of UC ANR.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: 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, prior to the appointment start date. Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct group process is required. Ability to supervise and evaluate academics and staff employees and foster an environment of inclusivity is required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. 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 is desirable. Experience in ANR Cooperative Extension or a similar UC structure is desirable. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language is desirable.

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.

A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website:

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE academic with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain a 0% appointment in the current CE academic title and the associated indefinite status within UC policy.

BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UCnet website at:

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must submit the following four 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 may 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. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

4. College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates.

Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.

A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.

For information regarding this position, please contact:

University of California

ANR Academic Human Resources

Kim Ingram

(530) 750-1282

E-mail Address:


Please refer to Position #17-26 in all correspondence

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.