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Director of Education-The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation

21 Aug 2018 11:39 AM | Brittany Adams-Pope (Administrator)

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The Organization:

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation conducts world-class leadership development and other innovative experiential learning programs. It is the nation’s longest continuously running agricultural leadership program with an expanding range of leadership development opportunities to meet the diverse 21st century needs of California agriculture. The Foundation’s flagship program, the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP), has in excess of 1,300 alumni.

The educational components are delivered in collaboration with four university partners: University of California - Davis; California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo; California State Polytechnic University - Pomona; and California State University - Fresno. A faculty member from each campus works in coordination with the respective Dean of the College of Agriculture to facilitate seminar activities specific to the expertise of that campus. Campus Core Faculty members form the heart of the Education Team, which also includes the Director of Education (DOE) and two alumni of the program. This position is with the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which operates as a state and federal 501(c) 3 non-profit public benefit corporation, and is independent of the program and administrative structure of the partner universities.

Overview of Position:

The Director of Education (DOE) is responsible for the curriculum, in coordination with the four partner university deans, as established under an MOU, and for delivery of the leadership content presented in the campus and travel seminars. The DOE works closely with the Core Faculty from the campuses as well as the President of the Foundation. The collective education team is responsible to the Board of Directors through the President. As directed by the Board, the DOE is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Foundation to continue to deliver innovative and transformational leadership content that is challenging in order to improve the overall condition of agriculture in the state of California.

Rather than focusing on agricultural content, the CA Ag Leadership Program emphasis has been described as “leadership from the inside out”. That is to say there is a deliberate focus on self-awareness, social awareness, emotional intelligence and other content that relates to self-improvement and the “inner journey” of leadership development.

Under the general direction of the President, the DOE performs administrative leadership for a variety of activities that support the implementation of CALP and related programs including - but not limited to - recruitment, curriculum delivery and evaluation, organizing national and international travel seminars, and oversight of educational and administrative technology. This requires regular participation in planning and implementation activities and, as required, independent determination of methods to meet programmatic or administrative goals. The position will serve as a prime contact for the program and will manage relationships with outside entities or agencies and manage sensitive information and situations. The position may oversee day-to-day program operations and provide lead work direction to other professional or administrative staff.

Specific Job Tasks

  • Manage and advance the Foundation’s educational programs. Includes annual recruiting effort for next class fellows, including planning and on-site interviews (25%)
  • Support curriculum development, delivery and evaluation in partnership with the Core Faculty. (15%)
  • Design the national and international seminars. (20%)
  • Conduct and assess routine program evaluations. Design new tools as needed. (10%)
  • Work with the Program Coordinator, a staff support position, to ensure the logistics necessary to support the educational mission of the Foundation are in place. (10%)
  • In coordination with the president, work with stakeholders to ensure the educational programs meet Foundation mission (We grow leaders who make a difference), vision (To be a catalyst for a vibrant agricultural community) and purpose. (5%)
  • Ensure the appropriate technology is in place and functioning appropriately to support the mission of the Foundation and the vision of the program. (5%)
  • Assist the president in the preparation and monitoring of the educational programs budget. (5%)
  • Remain current in area of adult education and leadership theory through professional development. (5%)

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in the quality of his/her professional experience.


  • Minimum of a BA or BS degree. Preferable, but not required: advanced studies in leadership leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree
  • Work experience of ten years or more in an appropriate management position that demonstrates understanding of organizational behavior, demanding work and goal accountability.
  • Demonstrated innovation while working with minimal supervision in a highly collaborative and consultative environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people of different demographic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to engage and work effectively with stakeholders, including program participants and graduates, their family members, a board of directors, the partner university deans, alumni or stakeholder advisory councils, educational team, and program staff.
  • Experience with project and program management, including strong organizational, evaluative and time management skills.
  • A track record of fiscal responsibility and excellent budget management skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively statewide, nationally, and internationally and work outside of normal business hours, including weekends and evenings.

Preferred Candidate Attributes:

  • Demonstrated familiarity with the issues impacting society and agriculture, preferably in a context appropriate to California.
  • Knowledge of the literature in leadership development and with experience teaching and/or coaching using these basic principles.
  • Would be considered a model for what the program teaches, being open minded, humble and modeling leadership as service to others.
  • Experience with the process of teaching part-time adult learners engaged in a continuing education and developmental experience.
  • Effective teacher of leadership or related subject matter using instructional methodology beyond the lecture format including group facilitation, coaching/mentoring, and empowerment of self-directed learning.
  • The drive and enthusiasm necessary to attract new program participants.
  • Demonstrated willingness to proactively and collaboratively work to move programs in new directions.

Additional Information:

The position could be located in any partner university location, in Salinas (headquarters), or any acceptable in-state location as the candidate prefers.

The Foundation’s Terms and Conditions of Employment apply to this exempt position.

A current driver’s license and United States passport are required.

Salary Range: commensurate with education and experience.

Application Procedure

A completed application will consist of:

1] A cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in the position and presentation of the candidate’s experience and interests as it addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description.

2] A Curriculum Vitae summarizing the candidate’s education and working experiences including publications, grants or contracts related to these experiences.

3] The names, position titles, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s accomplishments and potential for success.

4] An example of a quantitative evaluation tool created by the candidate as a means for assessing the impact of an educational program.

The position is open until filled, but first consideration will be given to completed applications received before September 30, 2018. Early response is encouraged. We hope to have the successful candidate begin work no later than January 1, 2019.

Please address all nominations, inquiries, and requests for materials to:

Mr. Barry Bedwell, President
California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
P.O. Box 479
Salinas, CA 93902


CALP is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age, religion or veteran status.

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