Area Extension Agent

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
09 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 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 49,238, with Otero and Crowley having populations of 18,668 and 5354 respectively. Over one-third of the population is of Hispanic descent. There are 1.3 million acres in the two counties, of which 118,776 acres are cropped (over 70% irrigated). Some land is being converted back to dryland after being under irrigation for many years.

4-H enrollment in both Otero and Crowley County is 200 members with 48 leaders enrolled in 9 clubs. These members are located across both counties. Crowley County is made up of four towns, Ordway (the county seat), Crowley, Sugar City and Olney Springs. Otero County is host to La Junta (county seat), Rocky Ford, Swink, Cheraw, Manzanola and Fowler. Both counties have excellent school systems and offer a variety of retail services.

Agriculture is the primary industry in both counties. Crowley County is home to two prisons, one state and one private. Other major employers in the counties are government, education, healthcare, retail and manufacturing. A rich history is evident with Otero County hosting Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and the Santé Fe Historic Trail. For those who like the outdoors the Comanche National Grasslands offers hiking and biking opportunities. Crowley County hosts part of the TransAmerica Trail Bicycle Route. For more information about Crowley and Otero Counties visit their websites at: and

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Position Summary

This individual will provide leadership for the overall Extension family and consumer sciences program in Otero/ Crowley Counties and also provide support for regional and state programming efforts. This individual will be responsible for partnering with and working through a variety of county and community partners to assess needs, plan, coordinate, deliver and evaluate programming that meet local needs in human, family, and community development; family financial stability; food safety and preservation; nutrition, health, and wellness as they relate to individuals, families and communities. The agent is expected to contribute to and strengthen the overall Extension programs offered and to help build new audiences.

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 ( that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. Degree must be completed before beginning the position.
  • Minimum of one degree conferred in family and consumer science, family financial management, food science and nutrition, public health, food safety, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to distill technical and science-based information into educational materials for use by consumers, commercial entities, and producers.
  • 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.
  • Experience in audience needs identification, program development, delivery, and evaluation of results.
  • 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

  • Demonstrated expertise in food safety and home food preservation, and experience teaching one or both.
  • Course work, professional experience and/or background in food systems, on-farm food safety, farmers markets, cottage food production, and/or production agriculture.
  • Knowledge of and experience with conflict management.
  • Experience working with advisory committees, community coalitions and/or focus groups.
  • Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media and/or social media methods.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Ability to speak, write, and deliver programming in both English and 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

  • Provide leadership for an actively engaged family and consumer science program in Otero/Crowley Counties. Seek out and develop local relationships, identify priority programming opportunities and develop, deliver, facilitate, evaluate and report outcomes to stakeholders.
  • Actively work with local, area, and state food safety program teams and related Program and Reporting Units to develop, deliver and integrate food safety and food preservation education into programming for families, consumer and cottage food audiences, producers/growers, and/or commercial enterprises.
  • Develop, market, deliver and evaluate non-credit educational family and consumer sciences programming in response to locally identified needs in Otero/Crowley Counties.
  • Actively engage in community by developing relationships, facilitating programming, guiding conversations, promoting teamwork, and integrating university resources as appropriate to assist the community in addressing needs and interests. Maintain flexibility to address changing needs.
  • Actively participate on Extension program and reporting teams to help focus, develop and implement local, area/regional and statewide program efforts.
  • Collaborate with other Extension staff to incorporate family and consumer science, community engagement and other expertise into community program efforts.
  • Effectively communicate program direction, engagement and program outcomes to diverse county stakeholders. Develop means to ensure that programming compliments and supports the counties’ strategic plans.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as appropriate or required by the position.
  • 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 60% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Participate in, convene and/or facilitate focus groups, coalitions, advisory groups and diverse community groups to build community capacity and interdisciplinary programming.
  • Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measureable program outcomes.
  • Develop strong working relationships and coordinate resources, programming and research with other Colorado State University and Extension personnel/staff, community leaders, County government, agencies, and institutions to enhance program development, delivery, and evaluation and reporting.
  • Develop and partner in opportunities to generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) to help support programming efforts.

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

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment and Management Duty/Responsibility

Recruit, train and support volunteers to extend nutrition, food preservation and /or, food safety research based information and/or programs to consumers. Work to recognize and retain their services over time.
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 26, 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.
  • Please remember to include contact information for at least 4 references. References will not be contacted without notification to the applicant.
  • 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.

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Conditions of Employment

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

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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.