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Director - Western Integrated Pest Management Center AP # 21-05

Location: UC ANR - Davis

Date Posted: March 2, 2021
Closing Date: April 18, 2021

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Position location - Davis, CA

The Director will assume leadership for the Western IPM Center.  The Director will provide creative vision and 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.”

The Western IPM Center is one of four regional IPM Centers providing regional coordination in IPM programming.  The Western Region is comprised of thirteen western states and four American-affiliated Pacific Island territories.  For more information about the Western IPM Center, visit the web site http://westernipm.org

Required Qualifications


  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree is required in an appropriate discipline, and professional background in a major pest management field including entomology, plant pathology, weed science, nematology, vertebrate pest management, social science, economics and extension education.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience leading or managing a program, obtaining and managing competitive grants, and supervising staff.

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 and Benefits

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 III salary scale, 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.

How to Apply:  If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position 21-05).  Application packets must be completed and submitted by April 18, 2021.  For questions, please contact Tatiana Avoce; email tavoce@ucanr.edu.