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PROGRAM POLICY ANALYST FOR UC AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Company: Acord (association For Cooperative Operations Rese
Location: Oakland
Posted on: May 13, 2022

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PROGRAM POLICY ANALYST FOR UC AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Location: Oakland
Job ID: 28131
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UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is the land-grant arm of the University of California that aims to connect the power of UC research in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, and youth development with local communities to improve the lives of all Californians. It is part of the national land-grant system that has such institutions in every state and territory. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators, even where there is no campus nearby. UC ANR is a highly complex organization, made up of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension, delivering programs in 58 counties, with academics on six campuses, nine research and extension centers stretching from Oregon to Mexico, and with approximately $300 million in funding.

The Program Planning and Evaluation (PPE) unit coordinates statewide program planning, accountability and reporting on behalf of the Associate Vice President for Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension programs.

PPE Functions

1. Provides analytical expertise and support for UC ANR program planning activities

2. Leads UC ANR organizational program accountability and reporting activities

3. Serves as a liaison to UC ANR's federal partner USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture

4. Develops and delivers evaluation capacity building training for UC ANR academics and program staff

5. Provides program development expertise and strategic coordination for ad hoc activities

PPE activities include: documenting UC ANR program impacts; coordinating strategic planning activities; supporting the Program Council, the Vice President's Council, and other special committees/groups; leading the statewide program/ institute reviews; and managing UC ANR program reporting systems.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Policy Analyst provides high-level analytical expertise in evaluating programs that fall under the purview of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President and Associate Vice President of Programs. This position is part of the Program Planning and Evaluation team and works collaboratively to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and write concise and compelling impact statements and stories for accountability reporting, strategic communication, and advocacy purposes. The specific portfolio of this analyst position focuses on impact assessment. Responsibilities include: identifying potential quantitative common measures for condition change or other impact indicators; complex data analysis; leading training in impact assessment; facilitating high-level meetings comprised of internal and external stakeholders; and managing ad hoc projects that arise from the UC President's Office, government partners, state agencies, industry, and UC academics, among others.

As a UC Program Policy Analyst, this position is responsible for complete development, oversight, coordination, implementation, analysis, and reporting of all assignments given. The incumbent uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices, policies and procedures; researches, analyzes, interprets, and develops solutions, and implements plans on a wide range of issues. It is essential that this position develops comprehensive action plans while meeting tight deadlines. Promotes, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

Responsibilities

40%

Impact Assessment: Provides leadership in and conducts impact assessments of UC ANR programmatic efforts, contributing to and expanding ongoing evaluation and communication of the public values. Identifies existing, credible datasets that can be analyzed to provide trend data relevant to UC ANR's contribution to public values. Conducts literature reviews and meta-analyses to identify potential common measures for UC ANR condition changes. Convenes diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to develop impact assessment designs, including identifying appropriate sampling approaches and impact indicators. Provides leadership in statewide implementation and analysis of the impact assessments and common measures evaluations. Contributes to the dissemination of quantified program outcomes and impacts.

25%

Evaluation Capacity Building: Contributes to UC ANR efforts to build evaluation capacity of academics and staff to evaluate programs using condition change indicators. Provides leadership for training particularly in quantitative analysis of condition change indicators including, but not limited to, the areas of return on investment, economic benefits, and community economic development. Provides training and technical assistance to individuals and programmatic clusters to quantitatively measure and convey the impact of their research and extension, to include potential impact, extrapolated change based on research, and actual measured condition changes. Helps develop processes and tools to measure collective condition change level outcomes.

25%

Reporting and Accountability: Works as part of the Program Planning and Evaluation team to analyze and communicate outcomes and other key metrics for annual reporting purposes including for mandated federal reporting, ANR's Annual Report products, county reports, etc. Provides process leadership for statewide program/institute reviews. Provides committee oversight, facilitation, and preparation and compilation of materials. Assists groups with identifying evaluation questions and developing evaluation plans. Designs and implements survey and evaluation tools, interprets data and generates complex analyses of quantitative and qualitative data from surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc. Drafts committee reports in collaboration with academics for use and consideration by UC leadership and external stakeholders.

10%

Ad Hoc Analytical Support for UC ANR Senior Leadership: Provides highly complex and in-depth analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies, and initiatives. Identifies needs for pertinent information from internal and external sources. Develops and implements methods of collecting and compiling such information for administrative uses. Provides analyses of data from multiple data sources working directly with all levels of managers to help guide polices and decision-making, including for resource allocation and organizational structure.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated and proven project/program management leadership capability for both short and long term projects; ability to lead and plan complex projects independently. High level ability and skill in 1) analyzing information, 2) identifying relevant issues, concerns, or data needs; 3) formulating alternatives for resolution or new program development, and 4) recommending alternative choices and implications for implementation. Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills to ensure effective communication with a wide audience (e.g., academics, government partners, industry, funding agencies and the general public). Must be able to write clearly and professionally. Demonstrated skills to effectively communicate with and support a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with academics, administrators, staff and external stakeholders. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to assess, develop, balance and prioritize competing priorities while maintaining a high level of professionalism and close attention to detail and accuracy of information. Demonstrated ability to utilize and manage complex relational databases involving data collected from multiple sources, and advanced expertise with software applications, including statistics software and Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    Education
    • Bachelor's degree in related area and a minimum of five years of relevant experience in an academic or research institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience related to impact assessment and program evaluation and/or other related fields. Advanced degree preferred.
      SPECIAL CONDITIONS
      • Maintain a work schedule during core business hours and provide additional time as needed to meet project deadlines or operational needs. Work flexible hours when required.
      • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this work is being performed remotely; however, the selected candidate will be required to report to work at least several days per week in Oakland, CA when onsite operations resume.
      • Must possess valid California Driver License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.
      • Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.
      • 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.
      • Travel outside of normal business hours.
        SALARY AND BENEFITS

        Salary: The recommended salary range is $95,000 to $100,000 , commensurate with experience.

        Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging

        ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

        HOW TO APPLY

        Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.

        APPLICATION REVIEW DATE

        The first review date for this job is February 14, 2022. The position will be open until filled.

        CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

        Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

        Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

        August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

        EEO STATEMENT

        The University of California, Office of the President, 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 or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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        To apply, visit https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucop/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=19&JobOpeningId=28131&PostingSeq=1 jeid-8af57a44fa267b429569e6ec6de73a1a





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