The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H YDP) is seeking a 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academic Coordinator with a focus on animal and agriculture science and natural resource education. The Academic Coordinator leads California’s STEM Initiative to develop, strengthen, and evaluate programmatic opportunities for California’s young people in the areas of science, engineering, and technology education. This position connects with the UC ANR initiative to increase youth scientific literacy in agriculture, nutrition, and natural resources.
The 4-H STEM Coordinator connects their work to the latest research on out-of-school time/informal science education, positive youth development and curriculum development and implementation. With significant focus on animal and agriculture science and natural resource education, specific academic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead statewide and participate in or lead national STEM curriculum and program development projects relative to animal and agriculture science and natural resource education.
Prepare culturally responsive educational materials and programs on animal and agriculture science and natural resource education for county, area and/or statewide educational activities with special emphasis in adapting activities, curriculum and programs that maintain youth from different backgrounds’ interest and enthusiasm.
Support animal and agriculture science and natural resource education 4-H STEM marketing, communication, and outreach activities. Identify and utilize methods to increase visibility and public relations for the 4-H STEM Initiative in multicultural settings.
Contribute to development of funding strategies and resource development for the 4-H STEM Initiative.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR Academic Coordinators are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) coordination of academic programs, 2) university service and public service, and 3) professional competence and professional activity.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all academic members. Compliance with affirmative action policies includes supporting outreach efforts to underserved and underrepresented audiences. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A minimum of a Master’s degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in education, youth or human development, or a related field.
Previous work in animal and agriculture science and natural resource education.
Experience developing and delivering science, engineering and technology with a focus on animal and agriculture science and natural resource education in out-of-school time programs to multicultural audiences.
Experience developing curriculum.
Experience or ability to demonstrate skills in program evaluation.
Experience with program planning and budget management.
Experience designing and implementing trainings for staff and/or volunteers.
Knowledge of basic technologies, including word processing, e?mail, PowerPoint, the Internet, etc.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience effectively managing and resolving conflict.
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
Ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Experience working collaboratively with a wide variety of multicultural stakeholders and developing productive partnerships.
Preferred Qualifications include:
Familiarity with 4-H youth programming.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Spanish.
Experience working with volunteers and providing leadership for volunteer groups.
Experience with the educational use of computers, the Internet, and other distance learning techniques.
Experience supervising staff.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: 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 of California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must submit electronically the following four components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
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. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants”. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than December 13, 2019.
Additional Salary Information: Beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding the Academic Coordinator salary scales, please refer to https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/306886.pdf
Internal Number: 19-09
About UC ANR
University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension (CE), 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.