Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Mateo – Regional Director, Administrative Manager I

The County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of Cooperative Extension programs in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, and the Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in Half Moon Bay, CA.  This individual is the political and administrative leader for UCCE’s four central Bay Area counties. Responsibilities include oversight of effective educational and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county Extension programs (50 FTE); maintaining effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county Extension budgets, and developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with all four counties. The incumbent will increase the visibility of UCCE by communicating the positive impacts and benefits realized by the citizens of the four central Bay Area Counties and the state of California through the activities and contributions of these units.

Location Headquarters:  Applicants may elect to be headquartered at any of the UCCE offices in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Mateo Counties, California



Provide vision, inspire and motivate others with attitude and actions, set a high standard for excellence, and support a good team working environment.

Work together with academics, staff and UC ANR leadership to develop a novel model for cooperative extension in the Bay area.

Work together with UC ANR leadership and the Elkus Ranch team to develop and implement a business plan and sustainable funding model for Elkus Ranch.

Cultivate relationships with new and existing partners that includes the County Government in order to obtain the resources to build new programs thus expanding UCCE’s reach in the region.

Work with UC ANR development officers to increase the number of donors and average gift value to secure funding for county extension programs outside of support from county budgets.

Develop an organizational structure to optimize the use of human resources in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo, and Elkus Ranch.

Provide oversight of educational extension and applied research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county extension programs Oversight of oversee merits, promotions, AEs and staff evaluations.

Understand and uniformly apply UC and County Administrative policies; provide useful and timely feedback; take timely disciplinary action within UC and County procedures, if necessary; and work with staff in advance of deadlines for required records and reports.

Demonstrate leadership toward Affirmative Action within CE promoting a culture of acceptance.


Maintain effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county extension budgets, developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with all four counties.

Provide active, ongoing advocacy and support for UC ANR programs.

Represents the University as a resource and contact person to industry leaders, producers, non-University of California academics and the general public. Responds to regulatory, state and federal agencies, external groups, industry organizations and the mass media on issues related to applied research and extension projects.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

Provide leadership and oversight of academic and support staff who deliver educational and research programs.

Convene an Advisory Committee made up of Bay area stakeholders, including policymakers from county and city government, NGOs, and academics, as a sounding board for ideas and strategic planning.

Coordinate with other County Directors, and participate in regular County Directors teleconferences and face-to-face meetings in Davis.

Professional Development & Lifelong Learning

Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.


An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all ANR staff. 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:


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Strong background and/or working knowledge of Cooperative Extension.
  • Working knowledge of Bay area governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Evidence of political astuteness
  • Experience and proven track record as an effective leader in the areas of, budget and financial management, facilities planning and administration and technology management
  • Strategic planning, analytical, and program evaluation skills to effectively provide sound recommendations, continually examine systems
  • Advanced understanding of administrative operations, human resources management, facilities planning, strategic planning within higher education or the public sector
  • Supervisory skills to motivate, mentor, and develop staff. Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and teambuilding and working cooperatively
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management experience
  • Proven conflict management experience
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related area is encouraged and/or equivalent level of training and experience, though other advanced degrees are encouraged. Related disciplines could include: natural resources, community development, sociology, business administration, economics, political science, education, public health, or food systems.
  • Cultural humility and skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable
  • Understanding of the UC ANR mission
  • HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must attach all of the following components of the Application Packet to be considered.

    Apply online:

    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity 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 county programs.
    4. Please do not send letters of reference.
  • For information regarding this position, please contact:

    ANR Human Resources

    Tatiana Avoce,

    University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

    Phone:  (530) 750-1277                  Internet:

    Please refer to Position County Director Bay Area in all correspondence