Extension Agent

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
13 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Douglas County is the best of both worlds—where the desire to serve others is met with a professional work environment and the resources needed to excel in your field. Douglas County is recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy and effective local governments in the United States where over 300,000 residents call home. Located south of Denver, the county is among the fastest growing communities in the United States for the past 30 years, luring professionals with an exceptional quality of life enhanced by diverse housing options, proximity to first-rate arts and cultural amenities, world-class sports franchises, and some of the best recreation opportunities in the world. The county provides unique opportunities for its residents to enjoy elements of a rural lifestyle while remaining in reasonable proximity to jobs, shopping, and a variety of activities and amenities typically found in urban and suburban communities.
Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. The direction Extension programming takes is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu. The Extension staff consists of the director, three agents (one horticulture/natural resources and two 4-H agents), two support staff, and seasonal 4-H and Fair staff. In 2015, 6,386 unique youth participated in the Douglas County 4-H program: 575 as 4-H club members, 78 in special projects, 45 as day campers, 5211 in 4-H School Enrichment and 550 in out of school programs. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners and communities in urban agriculture, ag appreciation, small farm operations and small acreage management.

Position Summary

This individual will have primary responsibility for leading the 4-H club program with specific responsibilities for shooting sports and the 4-H Livestock program including small animals. This individual may also contribute to 4-H youth outreach and urban agriculture/livestock programming for adult and community audiences as appropriate. Other members of the county 4-H team include a 4-H agent – outreach who has primary responsibility for Cloverbuds and the 4-H outreach program, and who also provides support for 4-H advisory groups and committees and family and consumer science and table top projects and activities; and an administrative assistant and several temporary summer staff. It is expected that duties may shift as staff skills and expertise are identified.
The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and the 4-H team and Extension office to provide an inclusive, diverse and experientially rich 4-H Youth Development program for Douglas County. This individual will work as a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and under the guidance and supervision of the Douglas County Extension director.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, animal sciences, youth development, or a closely related field. A master’s degree is preferred (see below) and an organizational expectation. A candidate who is hired without a completed master’s will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within five years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination.
  • Background, coursework, degree, or professional experience in livestock/animal sciences.
  • Five years’ background and/or professional experience in youth development programming.
  • Two years’ professional experience managing a volunteer program.
  • Experience assessing community needs/interests, planning and developing educational programs, effectively delivering programs and evaluating outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups to develop successful relationships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience resolving conflicts and facilitating interpersonal and public discussions.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing, delivering, and/or evaluating educational programs.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • 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

  • Background, coursework or professional experience in urban agriculture.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial experience; looks for opportunities to develop and leverage support and resources to enhance educational programs.
  • Experience working with advisory committees.
  • Experience working with the social media and web-based information and education delivery systems.
  • Bi-lingual English – Spanish.

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 and Evaluation Duty/Responsibility

  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership for planning, developing, delivering, and evaluating the Douglas County 4-H Youth Development club program, and reporting program outcomes to stakeholders that demonstrate the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with local partners, such as CALF, Douglas County and community and industry partners to support youth and urban agriculture – livestock programming efforts.
  • Work enthusiastically and cooperatively with the county, fairboard, volunteers, community and youth to implement the 4-H elements of the Douglas County Fair.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to support program development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues in the office, adjacent counties, the region and state to coordinate and share program delivery and expertise.
  • Support 4-H Youth Development outreach programming and urban agriculture – livestock programming for adult audiences in areas of expertise. Serve as a resource for urban livestock owners.
  • Participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and periodic activities requiring overnight stays.

*Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

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

  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership for active, ongoing, adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, management, and public education/information roles.
  • Create an environment that inspires volunteers to grow, serve, participate in and contribute to the development of youth, the 4-H and agriculture programs, community, self and others.

*Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

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

  • In partnership with the 4-H agent – outreach, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority 4-H and community youth development needs.
  • Foster effective communications with Colorado State University and Douglas County staff and colleagues, community leaders, agencies and institutions to enhance local youth development and urban livestock programming.
  • Work with the State 4-H office to ensure the Douglas County 4-H program complies with state policies and procedures and implements best practices.
  • 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 10% Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility

  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the 4-H team and program.
  • Seek out, develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts.

*Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10% Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday September 5, 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:
    • 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. Please don’t forget to upload at least 4 references with your application. References will not be contacted without previous approval from applicant.

For questions regarding the application process, contact https://jobs.colostate.edu/help. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887, 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.