Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development, Boulder County, Longmont, CO

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
$43,500 – 62,500
06 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
04 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Boulder County is located 28 miles northwest of Denver and is home to about 319,000 residents. The county embraces a variety of lifestyles and interests and works hard to build a sense of community and provide services that enhance residents’ quality of life. Boulder County employers and industries include Google, Bing, Amgen, the University of Colorado, large and small scale production agriculture, health care, electronics, software development, data storage, biotechnology, renewable energy, aerospace, natural and organic products, and outdoor recreation. Opportunities for youth and support for healthy families are county priorities. The county also features some of the most diverse natural landscapes and is known for its visionary use of open space. Boulder County government is committed to environmental, social, and economic sustainability that fosters a vibrant, healthy, and active community.

The Boulder County 4-H program involves 5,200 youth participants; 500 are participants in the 4-H club program, with the remainder involved in school enrichment and afterschool programs. There are 200 adult volunteers supporting the club program. Approximately 48,000 4-H aged youth live in the county and approximately 30% of youth are diverse. Visit http://extension.colostate.edu to learn more about Colorado State University Extension, and http://boulder.extension.colostate.edu/ to learn more about Boulder County Extension. For more information about Boulder County, see www.bouldercounty.org and to learn more about Longmont, go to www.city-data.com/city/Longmont-Colorado.html.

Position Summary

As a member of the 4-H Youth Development team, this individual will be responsible for the 4-H club program in the areas of family consumer science, general projects, shooting sports and leadership. They will also have primary responsibility for school enrichment, afterschool and outreach programs and will provide educational opportunities for the diverse youth in Boulder County. The individual in this position works as a member of the Boulder County Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Boulder County Extension director. The individual will work in partnership with other Boulder County 4-H staff members including the 4-H Extension agent – livestock, the 4-H program assistant and a 4-H support staff.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community (http://bit.ly/2loxmvE) that guide our
mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Required Job Qualifications

• Completed master’s degree, degree must be completed prior to beginning of employment. One degree must have been conferred in education, youth development, science, family consumer education, leadership, community engagement, or closely related field. While degrees may have been awarded in a number of different areas, course work and/or degrees must provide a broad and significant understanding of youth development.
• Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse youth and adult audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Demonstrated experience in audience needs identification, program development and evaluation.
• Demonstrated experience managing volunteers including recruitment, training, evaluation and recognition.
• Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
• Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Evidence of the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented programming environment.
• Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Bilingual (Spanish and English)
• Demonstrated experience facilitating interpersonal and public discussions and managing conflict.
• Evidence of the ability to create and implement guidelines, rules and policies.
• Experience working with advisory committees and/or focus groups.
• Demonstrated experience as a successful supervisor in a formal or non-formal position.
• Experience with cost recovery, grants or fundraisers that develop resources to support programming.
• Experience in marketing, promoting or creating public awareness of programs and opportunities including using social and mass media (e.g., TV, Internet Facebook, newspaper, etc.)

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

• Work as a member of the 4-H team to coordinate the Boulder County 4-H Youth Development school enrichment, afterschool and outreach programs, including development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting that supports the growth and development of life skills for youth and adult audiences.
• Coordinate and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming for diverse youth audiences.
• Recruit, supervise and guide AmeriCorps members, volunteers and interns in meeting specific program delivery and developmental goals.
• Provide leadership and support for the Boulder County 4-H shooting sports program, family and consumer science, general, and leadership programs.
• Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
• Seek out and manage external funding, personnel and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

• As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, diverse adult and youth volunteer-based program including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.
• Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, mid-management, and public education/information roles.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

• As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority youth development needs.
• Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools and other youth serving organizations, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 20%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday April 13, 2017. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
For questions regarding the application process, contact https://jobs.colostate.edu/help. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact JoAnn Powell, joann.powell@colostate.edu, 970-491-7887

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.