University of California seeks Nutrition Advisor

Posted on January 4, 2023
University of California seeks Nutrition Advisor
Position Title:
Community Health and Nutrition Advisor
Position Summary
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Community Health and Nutrition Advisor. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UC ANR UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California's reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.
Location Headquarters: San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA
Purpose. The Community Health and Nutrition Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied problem-solving research program for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties.
The advisor will develop a program based on priority community needs of the diverse populations of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, focusing on chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The Advisor will examine the intersection of health, food, and nutrition security across food systems as they relate to and impact human health. The Advisor will develop an extension education and applied problem-solving research program based on priority community needs and assets to address food, nutrition, and drinking water security, with access to physical activity opportunities and health equity. The Advisor will develop research and education programming that includes cultural awareness of the Latino and Hmong communities living in the three counties.
The Advisor will work with CE Specialists and Advisors, Nutrition Community Education Specialists, Master Food Preserver staff, and Community Health and Nutrition statewide program personnel. The Advisor will collaborate with colleagues in the Food Literacy and Healthy Lifestyles and California Communities Program Teams in support of the UC ANR Healthy Families and Communities and Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiatives.
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced communities and throughout California more broadly. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and professionals across multi-sectors with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. 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 the UCCE San Joaquin County, and serves Stanislaus and Madera Counties, , as well as some statewide collaborations, influence and impact.
Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for San Joaquin County. The CE advisor is programmatically responsible to the Statewide Community Nutrition and Health Director.


Qualification Requirements 
Education: A minimum of a Master's degree in Public or Community Health, Nutrition or other closely related fields is required at the time of appointment.
Additional Requirements
• A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.
• Experience and/or expertise in whole child health (physical, social-emotional) and/or social determinants of health (including healthcare, transportation, built environment, workforce development, public safety, nutrition security, climate health, etc.).
Skills Required
To be successful, the CE advisor requires skills in the following area:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to community health and nutrition and 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 may even need to change the focus of their work.
• Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.
• Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and humility, and ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.
• Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Lifelong Learning
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement. 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:
Desired Experience
• Expertise in community nutrition, health equity, and health education.
• Community based program experience, and interest in food systems and food security work.
• Experience and/or expertise in applying equity-driven values and approaches in racially and culturally diverse communities
understanding and experience with practices of inclusion.
• Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.
• Experience in successful Cooperative Extension programming or community development.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams, and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
Salary and Benefits:  The beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate's current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms
and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.
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 health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:
If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position 22-10)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by February 17, 2023 (open until filled)
Contact Mikyla Perez:
Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at as a resource.
University of California Cooperative Extension
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
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