UCCE Sonoma County
University of California
UCCE Sonoma County

Western Integrated Pest Management Center, Academic Coordinator III

Location: UC ANR - Davis

Date Posted: December 10, 2018
Closing Date: February 15, 2019

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This position is located in Davis, CA.

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a Director to assume leadership for its Western IPM Center within the UC Statewide IPM Program.  The Director will provide overall leadership of the Western IPM Center, with responsibility for its successful management and operations, including supervision of Western IPM Center staff. The Director will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify regional IPM need and objectives and formulate strategies to address important IPM issues. The Director will communicate with the WIPMC Advisory Committee and represent the Western IPM Center to other agencies at the state, regional, and national levels to identify opportunities for collaboration. The Director will oversee official responses to federal agency information requests that will be prepared by the Center’s regional Network Coordinators and other state contacts.

The Director combines a broad knowledge of integrated pest management and how it is used in agriculture, natural landscapes and community settings with demonstrated collegial management success and team-building skills. Education and training in IPM science are necessary to be a valuable contributor in identifying and promoting Western IPM needs and priorities. Strong leadership and management skills are necessary to build and lead teams of colleagues, collaborators and employees to achieve the Center’s vision of “A healthier West with fewer pests.”

Responsibilities include: 

  • Effectively administer USDA contracts (approximately $1.0 million annually), including local Center operational expenses and subcontracts to other institutions in the West.
  • Supervise 1-3 on-site staff and coordinate the activities of 1-3 remotely located Network Coordinators.
  • Work with western state IPM coordinators, university research and extension staff at western universities, commodity groups, tribal nations and state agencies responsible for agriculture and pest management.
  • Coordinate Center information dissemination among IPM-related interests in the west and nationally.


Required Qualifications:

This position focuses on Integrated Pest Management.

Administrative Performance

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree is required in an appropriate scientific discipline, and professional background in any of the following pest management fields; entomology, plant pathology, weed science, nematology, and vertebrate pest management.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience leading or managing a program, obtaining and managing competitive grants, and supervising staff.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

  • Experience in building collaborative efforts among diverse stakeholders.
  • Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.
  • The ability to effectively collaborate and work in teams.


  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in an appropriate scientific discipline.
  • Knowledge of the diverse agriculture in the Western U.S.
  • Experience with federal grant sources.

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator III rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Academic Coordinator salary scales, please refer to the University of California website:

This is not an academic career-track appointment.  The Academic Coordinator position is grant funded and renewed based upon funding availability and satisfactory performance review of the candidate conducted by UC ANR. The initial term period is 12 months. 

University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
133 Aviation Blvd Suite 109, Santa Rosa, CA 95403  Phone: 707.565.2621  Fax: 707.565.2623
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