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University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources seeks Broadband Development & Utilization Advisor in Butte County

January 17, 2022

Position Title                                                                                                           
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Broadband Deployment and Utilization Advisor
 
Applied Research and Extension
Serving Butte, Tehama and Glenn Counties, California

 

Position Summary
Location Headquarters. Butte County, CA
The Broadband Deployment & Utilization Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address high priority needs and problems to increase community and economic development with an emphasis on the expansion of broadband adoption, implementation, policy, and evaluation.
 
The position will include a community and economic development component, working closely with regional economic development, academic, industry, and governmental organizations to promote regional prosperity through collaborative efforts. The advisor will work to support the advancing of rural broadband adoption, as well as other rural utility services (e.g., novel approaches to increase rural adoption of improved practices such as precision agriculture for farms). The advisor will take an active role in public outreach as the regional lead for broadband and rural utility expansion to support rural community resiliency in Butte and adjacent counties. High priority subject areas include the economics of rural broadband, broadband for the agriculture and rural healthcare sectors, new models for delivering broadband service, and expansion of broadband to unserved and underserved regional households.
 
This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California. Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships that link to work with organizations involved in broadband, agriculture, community development, and environmental justice, key community groups and other non-governmental organizations. The advisor will collaborate with CSU system academics and USDA-ARS researchers. The advisor will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
 
Counties of Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in Butte County and also serve Tehama and Glenn Counties.
 
Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for Butte County with input from the other UCCE County Directors in the coverage area.
 
Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in community development, agricultural economics, public policy, social studies, rural sociology, agribusiness, or related fields is required at the time of appointment.
 
Additional Requirements
• Valid driver license.
• Solid understanding of practical information technology application and needs in communities.
• Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
 
Desired Experience
• Educational and professional background in economic development
• Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development
• Experience in building partnerships with multidisciplinary teams
• Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
 
Skills Required
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following areas:
 
Technical Competence and Impact
  • The candidate should have a deep understanding of rural broadband access and utilization and the connection to telemedicine networks, distance learning and economic development opportunities. The candidate must be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.
 
Communication
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.
  • Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
  • Utilizes appropriate technologies to communicate effectively over a large, remote geographical area.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Due to the position’s location east of the Sierra Nevada range, the ability to plan, collaborate, and interact with clientele and colleagues in creative ways is essential. Creativity and flexibility will be required for success.
  • Aware of and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion while planning and implementing programs and applied research.

Lifelong Learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement — both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
 
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
 
About UC ANR
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California. We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.
 
Learn more about
UC ANR 
• DEI: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Affirmative: Further to the above, Advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action.
 
About the Eastern Sierra
California’s Eastern Sierra region is noted for its beautiful mountains, open space, and recreational opportunities. It is a land of stunning contrasts with both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous 48 states. Most land is owned by governmental entities which provides open, undeveloped spaces, but it also creates unique challenges to economic expansion and commercial services. Ridgecrest, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes are the main retail centers in the region, all linked by US Highway 395.
 
Bishop is located approximately 5 hours north of Los Angeles and 4 hours south of Reno, Nevada.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 
 
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
 
Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.
 
 
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-49)
 
 
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by
February 18, 2022 – (open until filled)
Questions? Contact Tatiana Avoce email: tavoce@ucanr.edu
 

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