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BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND UTILIZATION ADVISOR

University of California - Agriculture and Natural Resources

Location: Bishop, Inyo County, CA
Application Deadline: 2022-02-18

Broadband Deployment and Utilization Advisor

Applied Research and Extension

Serving Inyo, Mono & Northern Kern Counties, California

 

Position Overview

 The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.

Location Headquarters. Bishop, Inyo County, CA

Purpose. The Broadband Deployment/Utilization Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program around the intersection of rural broadband access and utilization and associated economic and community development opportunities.

The position will involve

  • Coordinating with local entities to develop and implement strategies for developing and deploying affordable, last mile broadband access
  • Assessing the impact of efficient rural broadband access in facilitating economic development and community resilience
  • Strengthening economic resilience by fostering innovation, a diverse business community, and advancing business planning through enhanced broadband access and utilization.

This position offers the opportunity to integrate and bring focus to the potential for rural broadband access to enhance local community development, provide access to telemedicine health networks, enhance distance learning, and enable more effective economic development in the region.

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 with residents, companies, local, state, and federal agencies, UC and CSU colleagues, and NGOs as well the variety of UC ANR programs and academics.  The advisor joins 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 Inyo County and serve Mono County as well as Ridgecrest and Inyokern in northeastern Kern County.

Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for Inyo and Mono counties with input from the Kern County UCCE Director in the coverage area. 

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in community and economic development, business, public health, public administration, GIS, information science, or related field is required at the time of appointment. 

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver license
  • Solid understanding of rural broadband access and utilization
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.

 Desired Experience

  • Experience in rural communities and natural resource-based economies
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development
  • Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan programs, manage teams, and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of telemedicine delivery and implementation

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

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 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf

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

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-55)

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

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

 

University of California Cooperative Extension

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