Area Extension Agent - Family Consumer Science

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

The Southeast Area is composed of seven counties in southeastern Colorado (Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers). The seven counties have a combined population of over 55,000, with Bent having a population of 5688 residents. The 4-H program is made up of 3 clubs with 108 youth members and 11 adult leaders. County seat, Las Animas, hosts the oldest student council-sponsored event in the United States, Santa Fe Trail Days. This event is sponsored by the Las Animas High School Student Council each spring, with assistance from the Bent County Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. Bent County has a rich history that includes various historical sites. This position is located in Bent County, Las Animas, CO.

Agriculture is the economic base, primarily consisting of dryland and irrigation farming and livestock enterprises. Other employers in the counties include government, education, private correctional facility and local medical facilities. For more information about Southeast Area Extension, go to To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to

Position Summary

The office for this position is in Bent County, Las Animas, Colorado. The individual is a local representative of Colorado State University, is a member of a team of 9 professionals in the seven-county area, and works under the supervision of the Southeast Area Director. Programmatic efforts are to be coordinated with the other agents the Southeast Area. This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. The position will provide leadership, guidance, direction and educational program support to 4-H Youth Development, nutrition, food safety, financial management, health and wellness (family and consumer science) programs for both adult and youth audiences in Bent County.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree. Degree must be conferred in human nutrition, food safety, health and/or family resource and financial management or closely related field prior to beginning the position. A successful candidate with bachelor’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination.
  • Course work or prior experience as evidence of capacity to conduct effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Evidence of drive, initiative and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated use of facilitation skills in public settings, experience working in community engagement and/or community capacity building.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations that produce results.
  • 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

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Experience in audience needs identification and evaluating results of programs and projects, including development of appropriate evaluation instruments.
  • Experience in the management of educational programs.
  • Experience in effectively translating and communicating technical information to lay people.
  • Professional experience with/knowledge of Extension and the Land-Grant University System.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, and/or cost recovery efforts.
  • Ability to speak 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, Evaluation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Bent County’s 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of family and consumer science research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues. These venues include but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and report impacts of county-wide non-credit educational 4-H youth development programming and family and consumer science programming in Bent County.
  • Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic activities requiring overnight stays.
  • Work closely with other Extension staff in the area to assess needs, develop plans and identify resources for developing, organizing, implementing and evaluating the total 4-H program and family and consumer science program.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.

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

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Work collaboratively with the area agents in agriculture, livestock, horticulture, agronomy, family and consumer sciences and youth development to coordinate and deliver balanced and effective educational programming to sustain the people, agriculture, and the environment.
  • Build K-12 partnerships between CSU Extension and public schools throughout Bent Counties
  • Work closely with citizens, advisory and other groups, and local, state, and federal agencies in determining program needs and direction.
  • Work closely with the Bent County Fair Board and Superintendents preparing for the county fair, Bent County 4-H Council and Harvest Show committee.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Provide leadership and program assistance with other activities as assigned.

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

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Recruit and provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H volunteer leaders that will enable their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment over sustained periods of time.

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

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find and/or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, user fees, etc.) to help support county and programming efforts.
  • Provide supervision of the office administrative assistant, and help assure communication within the office and with county commissioners and other appropriate stakeholders.

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 Thursday September 7, 2017. Please submit the following to 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.
  • References – a minimum of 4 professional references are required to be included within your application. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

For questions regarding the application process, contact For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Williams Nobles, 719-545-1845 or

Conditions of Employment

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

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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.