Extension Director, Custer County

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Custer County, one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain landscapes, honors its rural, agricultural, mining, and western heritage, and seeks to connect its future with its past by protecting local values, preserving community assets. Custer County is located in south central Colorado with the Sangre de Cristo mountain range located in the western portion of the county and the Wet Mountains located in the eastern portion. About 66% of the county is National Forest or public lands. The elevation in the county ranges from 6,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level, and encompasses 740 square miles. Westcliffe, the county seat, has a population of 568, while adjoining Silver Cliff’s population is 587. Both are located in a large valley at an elevation of 7,888. The principal agricultural activity is cattle ranching and grass hay production. Home construction and real estate are the principal economic drivers in the county. Recreation is a rapidly growing business with both summer and winter activities. The retirement population is expanding rapidly with the county population of 4,255 doubling during the summer months. Many new people are moving into the county, resulting in a rapid growth of home sites of 5 to 35 acres. There are 4 active 4-H clubs with a total enrollment of 75 members and 14 adult volunteer leaders.
To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to extension.colostate.edu. To learn more, visit the Custer County website at http://www.custercountygov.com/ext.

Position Summary

The Custer County Director is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Peaks and Plains Regional Director. The director will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community development, and 4-H, focusing on Custer County and assisting in other counties as appropriate. This position will deliver educational programming throughout the community, build relationships and support for the Extension programming, and develop and deliver high quality programming that aligns with CSU, county, and stakeholders’ interests. The director will provide day to day administrative leadership for the Extension office.
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 (livestock, range, horticulture) or natural resources, 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 youth, adult and community audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change and/or obtain measurable 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 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 4-H 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

  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Custer 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 agriculture and natural resources 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide supervision of and support for local Master Gardeners and Native Plant Masters to ensure appropriate training and the transfer of research-based knowledge to interested parties.
  • 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 effectively share information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by CSU Extension leadership.

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

  • Work with local groups, extension advisory groups, and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community and maintain a close working relationship with the Custer County Board of County Commissioners.
  • Develop relationships with the local 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 20% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, locally appointed extension advisory groups, and other agencies/organizations (including Custer County FFA) to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Recruit and provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H/Master gardeners/NPM volunteer leaders that will enable their effectiveness in working with youth/adults 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 10% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback and formal evaluations for staff.
  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Custer County and support efforts to program across multiple counties.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county as well as with external partners and CSU.
  • Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $95,000 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.
  • Supervise one state classified position.

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 December 7, 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 professional references. References will not be contacted prior to notification to applicants.
  • 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 the Office of Equal Opportunity @ 970-491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact William 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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.