Extension Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Weld County is located in North Central Colorado. It is a county that transitions from the more rural and agricultural eastern plains to the more urban-metro areas of the Front Range. Greeley, the county seat, has a population of 103,990; total county population is 294,932. Ninety three percent of the population is White; Blacks, Native Americans, Asians and multiracial individuals are each represented in the population at about one and one-half percent. Greeley is home to the University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College. Weld County consistently ranks as the top producing agricultural county in Colorado and among the top ten agricultural counties in the nation in the value of agricultural products sold. Weld County’s club based 4-H program features 29 community clubs with over 900 members and 250 volunteer leaders. The Weld County Extension Staff consists of a Director; 4-H Agent; 4-H/Livestock Agent; Horticulture/Agriculture Agent; EFNEP Nutrition Educator, County Fair Coordinator, 4-H Events Coordinator, and three support staff. To learn more, visit the Weld County Extension website at www.weldextension.com and Colorado State University Extension at: www.extension.colostate.edu.

Position Summary

To work as a member of the Weld County Extension team providing leadership, guidance, organization, management and educational opportunities to youth audiences. This individual works as part of the 4-H team in Weld County working to extend the reach of Weld County 4-H to new audiences; and supporting existing 4-H programming.

The individual in this position works as a member of the Weld County Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Weld 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 that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in education, youth development, agriculture, or closely related field. Coursework should reflect an understanding of youth development. Degree must be conferred by start date.
  • Minimum of one year experience with youth development programs.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience working with volunteers, including recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, and recognition.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution and facilitation.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering programs.
  • Must have access to personal transportation and be able to travel when necessary.
  • 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

  • Knowledge of Extension and the land grant university system.
  • Knowledge and experience with 4-H.
  • Experience in audience needs identification, program development, and evaluating results of programs.
  • Experience in fund raising, grantsmanship, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to use social and mass media (Internet, Facebook, radio, newspapers).
  • 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 and conduct effective, educational, and results-oriented programs that support the growth and development of life skills among youth audiences, mainly through Agriculture and Natural Resource projects and programs.
  • Participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and occasional events requiring overnight stays.
  • Work as part of the local 4-H team to develop, implement, evaluate, and report impacts of county-wide non-credit educational programming in youth development.
  • Promote programming for diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Provide leadership for school enrichment, after-school, and outreach programs for youth.

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

  • Provide support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying priority 4-H and community youth development needs and addressing them through effective and innovative plans of work.
  • Seek internal and external partnerships, funding and resources to support programming efforts.
  • Develop strong working relationships and effective communications with local Extension Staff, University Staff, local schools, county departments, community leaders, agencies and other youth-serving organizations and institutions to enhance funding and implementation of local 4-H Youth Development programming.
  • Manage program and operating funds in compliance with University fiscal policies and reporting requirements.
  • 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

  • Provide leadership for active, ongoing, adult and youth volunteer development and engagement through volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to assume increasing leadership, management, and diverse public education/information roles; enhance the middle management level of volunteers to conduct 4-H programming through Weld County.
  • Provide oversight and supervision to volunteers.
  • With 4-H Agent, coordinate and provide support for AmeriCorps Service Member(s).

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

Percentage Of Time 20%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday November 30, 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 4 professional references. References will not be contacted without previous notice to 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 JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact JoAnn Powell, joann.powell@colostate.edu, 970-491-7887

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.