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Communication Coordinator at Agricultural Sustainability Institute

For full consideration, apply by 6/7/2018.


Under general supervision, responsible for improving awareness of Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) and its units, including the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and major initiatives and projects addressing key issues in sustainable agriculture and food systems. In collaboration with ASI staff, coordinate, plan, and implement ASI’s communications strategy for outreach, stakeholder engagement, and media/public relations; revise and maintain ASI program websites and outreach materials; develop a wide range of materials in various media; and promote media awareness of the institute and its units, major initiatives, and projects.

Interact with stakeholders through listening and responding to key audiences, and provide an indispensable science-based information resource for target audiences including farmers and ranchers, policymakers, non-profit organizations, agribusiness leaders (including processors, distributors, food retailers and institutional food service companies), students, media, consumers, and University of California collaborators (including colleagues in UC Cooperative Extension). Support efforts to integrate a social and racial equity focus into ASI’s programmatic work and communications.

Act as key member of ASI's core support team, offering coordination of communications activities for all ASI units, including leading work teams on communications projects, and supervising contract, temporary, and student communications positions.  



  • Develop and manage implementation of ASI's communications strategy, emphasizing collaboration with all ASI team members and advisory board members.
  • Position the ASI website as a portal for all media and communications by coordinating the revision, updating, and maintenance of website design and content in collaboration with ASI staff and IT team, ensuring alignment with UC Davis and UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) web standards.
  • Coordinate the development, production, and distribution of our monthly newsletter, reports, pamphlets, and brochures, in both paper and electronic forms, as appropriate. Ensure ASI’s materials are relevant and useful to key audiences and reflect our values and social justice commitment
  • Create strong brand identities for ASI and its units, ensuring appropriate alignment with UC ANR and UC Davis
  • Oversee crosscutting communications campaigns that brand ASI and SAREP as credible and innovative resources for farmers, researchers, extension professionals, food systems organizations and other key partners.
  • Develop and use video, photography, multi-media projects, and other interactive approaches to engage a variety of target audiences.
  • Produce and edit content for ASI’s newsletter, blog, website, reports and other educational materials.
  • Monitor, evaluate and interpret results of outreach and communication activities; including web traffic and stakeholder surveys



  • Liaise with campus, ANR & external communications professionals and resources to ensure effective collaboration between ASI, SAREP and partners.
  • Lead and coordinate the work of communication staff and service providers working on the initiatives of ASI and its units.  Assign work, train, motivate, and perform other related lead tasks.
  • Interview and recommend selection of applicants for ASI communications positions and for communication service providers.
  • Supervise the work of student assistants and communication interns.



  • Promote ASI events, activities, and publications using appropriate social media tools and stakeholder networks
  • Work with ASI programs to develop and implement audience engagement strategies
  • Respond to the needs of key stakeholders by connecting them with ASI resources and expertise
  • Support efforts to integrate a social and racial equity focus into ASI’s community engagement.
  • Organize collaborative engagement with stakeholders and outreach meetings and  other events with stakeholders across California



  • Coordinate media relations outreach about ASI and SAREP with the central staff in the college, ANR and Strategic Communications. Track successes, including placement of op-eds and articles in relevant publications. Prioritize appropriate strategies to maintain relationships with media partners.
  • Work in cooperation with ANR News & Information Outreach and UC Davis Strategic Communications to achieve goals of public information outreach. Collaborate with ANR and UC Davis to develop and distribute press releases, media advisories, news tips, and other specialized press information materials together with ASI staff and UC faculty.
  • Handle inquiries from the news media and public to ensure timely and effective reaction to communications opportunities.


  • Read, understand, and follow the UC Davis Principles of Community and ASI’s Operational Principles.
  • Contribute to, and assist in the implementation of, the ASI Strategic Plan
  • Ensure compliance with relevant ANR and UC Davis communications policies regarding publications, graphic standards, marketing, media relations, Web standards and the use of the university's name and trademarks, including PPM sections 310-40, 310-65 and 310-70, and the other communications policies referenced in those policies. Adhere to marketing and graphic standards in the UC Davis Identity Standards website (
  • Facilitate two-way communication with staff and internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Keep websites and all external communications materials up to date with appropriate information that aligns with ANR, CA&ES, and ASI’s strategies and priorities. Ensure materials are appropriately displayed at ASI.
  • Consult with director to confirm current priorities and align communications and programmatic goals
  • Be organized; anticipate demands facing programs; identify and self-assign the tasks needed to complete a goal
  • Develop effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students, CAES Dean's Office, Administrators, UC Cooperative Extension academics and staff, and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in College Commencement ceremonies.  


  • Experience developing and managing the implementation of a communications strategy including analyzing audience communication preferences; linking communications strategies to programmatic priorities; and leading, coordinating, and supporting a team for effective stakeholder communication and outreach.
  • Experience interpreting and translating complex concepts and academic and technical terminology into lay terms for a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience writing, editing and proofreading outreach materials using language appropriately and creatively, with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Experience researching and analyzing complex information and/or problems to anticipate and anticipate the information and communications needs of key stakeholders, including farmers and ranchers, extension professionals, and the policy community.
  • Interpersonal, public relations and communications skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals and work collaboratively on teams.
  • Experience organizing community engagement and outreach meetings with stakeholders
  • Organizational and project management skills to coordinate projects and people, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Proficiency with social media tools, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Experience planning and developing website content, including blogs
  • Experience producing, uploading, and managing multimedia packages and content for the web, print, and broadcast platforms.
  • Experience using computer software programs, including web content management systems (e.g., Plone or Site Farm), video and audio editing, photography, presentation, publishing and word processing.
  • Experience using journalistic forms, styles, standards, and techniques to effectively communicate information.
  • Experience responding to media and public inquiries.



  • Proficient in verbal and written Spanish 
  • Familiarity with traditional and alternative media forms with an understanding of stories that appeal to the media and how to work with a central team to promote those stories to the press.
  • Sufficient familiarity with graphic design to provide oversight of contracted services.
  • Experience developing and/or designing websites
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture  food systems, and UC Cooperative Extension
  • Familiarity with university academic, governmental, and public aspects of the campus environment Knowledge of philanthropy and development and its role in the advancement of a public university.


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Project Scientist at Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility 

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility (RRSAF) ( is a unique 300-acre living laboratory, part of UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), dedicated to the long-term study of irrigated and dryland agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. We measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability. Sustainability indicators include long-term trends in crop yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency (such as water or energy), soil biodiversity and environmental impacts. 

We are searching for a Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to research in sustainable agriculture, agroecology and/or soil science, as well as support the efforts of our diverse research team.

Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, including utilizing existing long-term data sets; ii) assisting in fund-raising and grant applications, and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Project Scientist, under the supervision of RRSAF Director and in collaboration with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities will include training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific techniques, as well as some supervision of students. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with our many collaborators and work with minimal supervision. 

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in agroecology, soil science, crop science, agricultural sciences, ecology or related field. Experience in conducting research projects, field experimental design, and proposal writing is required. Candidate should have a broad range of skills in techniques/instrumentation used in agricultural research, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.


  • A PhD Degree in Agricultural Science, Agroecology, Soil Science, Plant Science, Crop Science, Ecology or appropriate related field.
  • Experience in research projects and field experimental design involving agriculture, agroecology, soil science, and/or related subjects.
  • Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.



  • Potential to accomplish team-based research and education programs in sustainable agriculture.
  • Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders.
  • Expertise in statistical and graphing programs such as R, Sigmaplot.
  • Experience in writing both proposals and research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience) 
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.


SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by October 1, 2017. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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UC Davis
Davis, CA

(530) 752-3915