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2021 - Strategic Initiative Leader Application


Seeking new leader for the Water Strategic Initiative.

UC ANR academics are invited to apply for the Water Strategic Initiative (SI) leader - with the intent to start ASAP after January, 2022.


  • The SIs help us make connections.
  • They lead efforts to Unify, Communicate and Advocate for what we do. See UC ANR Strategic Initiatives for more.
  • SIs are increasingly leading discussion on critical topics important to the future of UC ANR – both the focus of our work and how we implement our work. 
  • They are decision making members of Program Council.

See the Terms of Reference for Strategic Initiative Leaders for more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the position.

Who can Apply? The positions are open to all UC ANR academics, including Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists as well as Academic coordinators and Administrators. Strategic Initiative leaders are appointed by the Associate Vice President on a rotating basis for three years, with the possibility of extension.

Current leaders: 

  • Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases is currently led by Jim Farrar,
  • Sustainable Food Systems by Deanne Meyer,
  • Sustainable Natural Ecosystems by David Lewis (transitioning from Water) and
  • Healthy Families & Communities by Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty.

Applications will be accepted until until the position is filled. Applicants will be contacted for interview. The new leaders are anticipated to start ASAP after Jan 2022.

If you have questions, contact Mark Bell, Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs or one of the Si leaders.

Applicant Information

Please answer each of the following 6 questions regarding your experience, contributions, and vision as it applies to the Strategic Initiative Leader position.
Keep each answer to 250 words or less.

Please attach a brief Resume below (1-2 pages max.)