Area Extension Agent, Livestock

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Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
22 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Ref
50888
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Golden Plains Area is a partnership between Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Extension agents and program associates from the five offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado’s most progressive agricultural producers and related agencies. The Area’s predominate feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer accommodating deep well, center pivot irrigated crop production. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. Livestock production is a major economic influence with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) located here. The Area also has significant acres of dry land crops and rangeland. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities.

For more information regarding the Golden Plains Area Extension, go to http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/. For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, go to www.extension.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

The Extension Agent, Livestock, is a local representative of Colorado State University, serves as a member of an area team and works under the supervision of Golden Plains Area Extension Director. The individual will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of the livestock industry educational programs for adults and youth in the Golden Plains Area Counties. The individual will also work cooperatively with other Extension Agents, Specialists, University Faculty, researchers, and industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality livestock educational programming and information to benefit Coloradans.

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://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. Degree must have been conferred in animal science, livestock or a closely related field and demonstrate expertise in livestock production. Academic background should also include training in communications and the behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups, and staff, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers and other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals.
  • 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

  • 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, and 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 the Golden Plains Area in response to locally identified needs in the livestock industry, and related issues and emerging enterprises to enhance current production practices.
  • Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs as defined in cooperation with livestock industry partners to stimulate increased net profit while maintaining environmentally sound and safe food 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.
  • Work cooperatively with Area and 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 Coloradans.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $17,900 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.

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

Percentage Of Time 70% 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.
  • 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, and other agencies/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 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday November 21, 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 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 the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email OEO@colostate.edu. 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.

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 Associate Vice President for Human Capital, 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.