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Extension Professional II (Program Manager)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Extension and Outreach

Posting Number: req19692

Department: Maricopa County Office

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: Phoenix, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The newly established University of Arizona Center for Urban Smart Agriculture (CUSA) is seeking a Manager to its Extension Urban Agriculture Production, Small-Scale and Beginning Farmer Program (the Program). The Center and Program maintain focused statewide efforts on aspects related to small-scale and beginning farmers in urban settings. The Program is strategically focused on issue-driven challenges and opportunities prioritized by clientele and is well positioned to be competitive for funds regionally and nationally. The Program Manager is a full-time, in-person position located at the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension in Phoenix. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Center Director/Program Leader and team members to Deliver on CUSA's missions, objectives, and goals, as well as develop an effective Extension and applied research programs in Urban Agriculture Production relevant to small-scale and beginning farmers in Arizona. The focus will be to integrate problem-solving research and educational activities that improve the economic efficiency of food production systems while minimizing adverse environmental impacts, especially against the backdrop of a variable and changing climate, and conservation of our natural resources.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate efforts with established University of Arizona and multi-university teams to identify, prioritize, develop, implement, synthesis, and evaluate of extension and applied research programs based on locally identified needs of Urban Agriculture Production for small-scale and beginner Farmer.
  • Creatively apply own knowledge, skills, and experience in agriculture production/area of expertise to solve problems and deliver solutions for the end-users in collaboration with the Director, team members, relevant faculty in Cooperative Extension, CUSA, the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and other colleges and institutions.
  • Interact and supervise team members and students and communicate with outside/community agencies in facilitating the Center and program objectives. 
  • Engage the CUSA Director, CUSA Steering and Advisory Committees and relevant teams of faculty and staff to address Center and program priorities in Arizona and regionally.
  • Design experimental and field studies, conduct statistical analysis of collected data, write protocols, reports, publications, and publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and other venues. 
  • Travel and assist with research and extension aspects of projects that are conducted at remote sites, as necessary. Organize, develop, and assist in on-farm participatory research and demonstration in collaboration with the CUSA and program team members.
  • Organize, develop, and facilitate workshops, meetings, or conferences, including coordinates logistics, scheduling, and participant communications. 
  • Stimulate, lead, and participate in new and existing efforts to secure competitive funds including grant-writing, budgeting and reporting with assistance and input from the Center Director, CUSA Steering and Advisory Committees and other faculty and staff. 
  • Represent CUSA and the program interests at state, regional, and national venues as appropriate. 
  • Manage and assist in preparing an annual Center report, as well as all program and CUSA efforts at the University of Arizona and externally.
  • Develop, implement, deliver, and evaluate relevant Extension programs target audiences using diverse methods and media. 
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations for the urban agriculture production community and beginner farmers and in collaboration with the faculty and other staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to present and communicate in a manner appropriate for comprehension and use by a wide variety of diverse audiences; write for clear comprehension by both program clients and academicians; and collaborate productively with peers and professionals both within and outside the University system. 
  • Ability to work independently, to interact effectively and directly with stakeholders and team members, and to travel throughout the state and region. 
  • Ability to be responsive to changes in the competitive climate of grant-funding. 
  • Skilled in the use of computers and related technology, including but not limited to word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, statistic software. 

Physical Requirements
and Environmental Demands:

  • Employee is frequently required to lift/move/transport a certain amount of weight.
  • Employee may have to perform work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions.
  • Employee may have to experience high levels of noise, vibration, hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals in a work setting.
  • Employee may be exposed to atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, crops science, environmental sciences, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, weed science or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  •  Must have a valid driver's license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • * Master's degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, crops science, environmental sciences, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, weed science or related discipline.
  • * Experience with Cooperative Extension programming.
  • * Experience in grantsmanship.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $47,356 - $59,195

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Agriculture & Extension

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Vanessa Parra

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Finalists will need to provide 3 references upon request.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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