Academic Coordinator
University of California Davis
United States

Academic Coordinator II - Global Engagement Office in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Job #JPF05445

Application Window

Open date: December 9, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Dec 23, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The Global Engagement Office (GEO) of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) facilitates the exchange of information and learning between UC Davis faculty, staff and students and international academic institutions, national and international programs and US development agencies in agriculture and the environment. Examples of work done by GEO include international institutional and individual capacity development through programs on university curriculum development, collaborative research, training and workshops for foreign ministries of higher education and agriculture and short term early- to mid-career enhancement.


Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.

The Academic Coordinator will provide critical and major technical assistance to programs funded primarily by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), US Agency for International Development and recently established collaboration between Tokyo University NODAI and UC Davis supported by a philanthropic gift. The gift received in $250,000 with additional $750,000 to establish an endowment that will be used to facilitate US-Japan exchanges and training in perpetuity. The GEO has been organizing at least 3-4 training for professionals supporting by USDA FAS annually. This year, GEO has organized several trainings including sustainable agriculture (mainly from Colombia), beer brewing (Brazil), food safety (Haiti and Ghana) and meat safety. In addition, GEO has been awarded the coordination of technical exchange program with Vietnam. In all instances faculty from various departments of CA&ES are engaged from inception to implementation.

The Academic Coordinator (AC) for training programs provides oversight and fundamental coordination to GEO programs primarily related to organizing training, international faculty internships and workshops. The AC conceptualizes, organizes, and participates in these programs to conduct 1) workshops, 2) technical field programs and 3) experiential learning for research and extension practitioners in both public and private enterprises. Because of the nature of this position the AC will report to the Associate Dean of Global Engagement. The incumbent is also expected to participate in university and professional service. Aspects of these programs may be conducted in the United States or abroad.


Development and Implementation of Training Programs (80%):

The AC is responsible for several agriculture training programs requested and funded by the USDA (and other donors) and developed in collaboration with foreign governments, NGOs and international donors. The incumbent is responsible for communicating with GEO staff members, USDA, and US Land Grant Universities (LGU). The incumbent will assess the needs of each request and draw upon the strengths of UC Davis and LGU faculty, staff, and others to bring specifically needed expertise to these programs.

These programs are managed by the AC in accordance with the general training objectives as outlined by the donor agency. It is expected that training programs will be conducted at UC Davis, private organizations and elsewhere with our LGU partners in the United States. Activities may include:

• Design, develop and deliver academic and technical training programs for the trainees, including courses, workshops, community and cultural exchanges, professional experiences and training materials both in the USA and abroad. Programs should reflect adult learning principles and match the skills and interest areas faculty within the University.
• Sourcing potential projects, identify relevant faculty and develop proposal for extramural funding.
• Instruct and manage the workshops/seminars, including the organization and delivering parts of the content of the courses.
• Co-develop program evaluation mechanisms with partners and faculty and manage reporting – both creating any program reports and leading other reporting such as communications and social media posts.
• Report to the Associate Dean and brief the GEO team during monthly meetings on all aspects of GEO training programs.
• Supervise students and staff to ensure that required logistics are appropriately arranged. These logistics include 1) the development of specific training program agendas and invitations to trainees, instructors, and speakers, 2) development of training materials (fact sheets, videos, bulletins), 3) development of technical field programs and others, 4) event logistics including housing and any emergency management that would arise (health and safety issues, immigration and legal)

Professional Competence (15%):

The AC will participate in nationally and internationally recognized scholarly activities related to international agricultural development and training. S/he must participate in internationally recognized workshops and meetings representing the CA&ES GEO. S/he will assimilate scholarly information, write reports, and present training results and impact assessments to the university, donor organizations and stakeholders.

University and Public Service (5%):

Participate in campus committees and in the community, as appropriate, representing the GEO and CA&ES.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Masters Degree in International Studies, Agriculture or related field. Degree must be awarded by start of position.

Preferred qualifications

Experience in leading agricultural training programs.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required
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Davis, CA

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