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

Logan County (pop. 22,000) is in Northeastern Colorado. Logan County has an agriculturally-based economy with dryland, irrigated and livestock enterprises. It is a trade center for a 60-mile radius. The county seat, Sterling, has a population of 14,000 and is about a two-hour drive northeast of Denver. Major employers include a state correctional facility, city and county government, school districts, Sterling Regional Medical Center, technology, manufacturing and agriculture related services. Sterling is home to Northeastern Junior College and the Colorado State University Regional Engagement Center. The county has strong support from volunteer and civic organizations. To learn more about Logan County, go to http://wwww.loganco.gov/. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to www.ext.colostate.edu.

Position Summary

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 agricultural programs in Logan County. This position will support the 4-H Youth Development Program in Logan County. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Logan County Extension Director.
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 bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources, animal science, range/livestock management, education, youth development or a closely related field prior to beginning the position. A successful candidate without a completed master’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 or evidence of capacity to conduct effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
  • 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 use of technology in managing and/or delivering 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

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to livestock production and marketing, animal nutrition, forages, rangeland management and/or reproductive physiology.
  • Experience with farm research or demonstration projects.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.
  • Interest or experience in providing livestock educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation and public issues education.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and 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

  • Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery to Logan County in response to locally identified needs in the livestock industry, and related issues and emerging enterprises to enhance current production practices.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate; this may take the form of delivering priority consumer or industry programming, representing CSUE on boards or in partnerships, or responding to atypical requests for information in specified area of expertise.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the total agriculture and 4-H livestock program.
  • Seek to offer new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
  • Work cooperatively with 4-H livestock agents to provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H /Youth livestock project leaders and/or members to ensure integration of current best management practices including meat quality assurance.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by Extension.

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

  • Develop relationships with the local livestock industry including producers, agencies and organizations across all species to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • 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 25% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • 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%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday September 28, 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.
  • 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.

For questions regarding the application process, contact https://jobs.colostate.edu/help. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Williams Nobles, 719-545-1845 or william.nobles@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact Bill Nobles 719-545-1845 william.nobles@colostate.edu

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.