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Food Innovation and Small Business Coordinator Academic Coordinator II Local Farm and Food Innovation (LFFI) (23-24)

County Locations: Fresno County, Kings County, Madera County, Merced County, Tulare County

Date Posted: November 7, 2023
Closing Date: February 24, 2024

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Position Overview

Location Headquarters: Fresno County


The Food Innovation and Small Business Coordinator will coordinate the efforts of the Local Farm and Food Innovation (LFFI) Farm to Market team to support and expand small-scale food businesses in Fresno and nearby counties. The Coordinator will work with project staff and community partners to provide technical assistance with product development, food safety, permitting, business planning, and marketing for value-added products, Cottage Foods enterprises, and small-scale processing. This position is an integral part of the LFFI Initiative, part of the Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation (F3) Project, offering a unique opportunity to drive positive change in the Central Valley region's food systems.  The Food Innovation and Small Business Coordinator will leverage their expertise in food science, food technology, community and economic development, business and/or food systems by supporting technological innovation and small business support for small scale farms, food businesses, and food processing enterprises.


Counties of Responsibility:  This position will be headquartered at the UCCE Fresno County Office, Fresno, CA, and will cover the following counties: Merced, Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings Counties.


Education: A minimum of a Master's degree in an appropriate field such as Food Science, Food Technology, Community and Economic Development, Food Systems, Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, or a related field is required at the time of appointment, in addition to a minimum of three years of professional experience.


Minimum and Required Qualifications

  • Experience in education, research, or industry for one or more of the following: food science, community development, food systems, or business planning.
  • Knowledge of business principles and business planning applicable to small food entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth within the food industry.
  • Ability to engage with small food producers, farms and community partners, understand their needs, and work collaboratively to achieve common goals is vital for success in this role.
  • Program coordination, evaluation experience and supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team in a complex and fast-paced environment.
  • Skilled at complex problem solving and competent with online tools for data tracking and collaboration.
  • This is not a remote position. The candidate must be available to be onsite.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in development of value-added products, small-scale processing technology, agri-food, food entrepreneurship or food-related projects preferred.
  • Previous experience working with initiatives aimed at promoting equity and inclusivity, especially within the food industry.
  • Knowledge of food-related regulations, especially at the local and regional levels.
  • Proficiency in one or more relevant languages in addition to English, such as Hmong and Spanish.
  • Administration experience within a university, agency, or similar institutional environment


Salary: The salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II series from Step 1- $78,342 up to Step 4 - $90,096 annually of the Academic Coordinator II, Fiscal Year Salary Table. The step placement in this series is based on experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding the Academic Coordinator series salary scales, please refer to: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/july-2023-acad-salary-scales/t36-ii.pdf


This appointment is a limited term appointment.  The merit cycle is every two years.   The performance in the position will be evaluated annually.  The position will be extended based on the continued need for the position, performance and availability of funding.


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 holidays. 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 #23-24)


Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by February 24, 2024.


Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

“Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring work authorization without need of employer sponsorship for the duration of the appointment period.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources