Extension Director & Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Jackson County, population 1,396, also known as North Park, is located in north central Colorado in a sub-alpine valley surrounded by several mountain ranges. The county comprises 1628 square miles and elevations range from 7,800 feet to 13,000 feet above sea level. Jackson County is officially designated a “Frontier” community being the fourth-least densely populated of 64 Colorado counties, averaging less than one person per square mile. The town of Walden, with 600 residents, is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county and is located at least 60 miles from any sizeable neighboring town. Jackson County is home to the headwaters of the North Platte River and is known as the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado. Highway 14 runs between Fort Collins and Walden along the Cache La Poudre Scenic Byway. 1,600 square miles of untouched mountain scenery and 65% public lands, provides abundant opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts.

The economy of Jackson County is agriculturally based along with a strong outdoor recreation component. Large ranches dominate the agricultural landscape alongside expanding oil and gas development and remnants of a once prosperous timber industry. We have a thriving cattle industry and ranches that produce some of the largest per acre quantity and highest quality grass hay in Colorado. During the past couple of decades, like other agricultural communities, many of our family owned ranches have sold to larger corporate businesses and this has notably changed the social and economic dynamics of Jackson County.

The 2016 census estimates note our Median Household Income of $41,240; ranking 44th compared to other Colorado counties. Our North Park School District is among Colorado’s smallest 36 schools with a 2016 Pre-K to 12th grade student membership of 192. 51% of these students were eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. Despite our size and economic status, the school district has been recognized as Accredited with Distinction several times with the high school recently receiving the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.

Position Summary

The County Director is responsible for managing the Extension budget for the county and supervising the office staff in the county Extension office. To provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in 4-H Youth Development, STEM, school enrichment, agriculture, and family and consumer science focusing on Jackson County and assisting other counties as appropriate. CSU Extension Agents throughout the state work as a team and share expertise. 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 Western Region Extension Director.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, education, youth development, natural resources, human development, social or behavioral sciences or a closely related field.
  • Training or experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs, including needs identification.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise an office, including budget management.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals an in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • 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

  • Successful professional experience in youth development, STEM livestock, range, home and production, horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigation, plant insects and diseases, and/or clean and renewable energy.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues.
  • Familiarity with small acreage management.
  • Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and advisory groups.
  • Experience in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of program/services among key community decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
  • Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
  • 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

  • Working directly with the community, identify and promote community-based needs for informal education; using the most appropriate educational methods including digital and on-line media, written materials, or live workshop formats develop and deliver, assess the community’s needs for informal education; develop and implement educational strategies, and measuring impact of education and programs. Share all programming developed with CSU Extension.
  • Manage and implement 4-H and youth development programs (school enrichment, STEM, etc.), including leadership development of adult leaders and youth, participation in out-of-county activities and support for the county fair and fair committee.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.

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 and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community; specific emphasis will be local and regional 4-H Youth, community groups and agriculture groups.
  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies and area non-profits and stakeholders.
  • Identify and build collaborations with other agencies and groups (public and private) to support them in addressing their priority needs.
  • Work with advisory groups, local leaders, and Extension agents in other counties, to assess informal education needs in the area, develop/revise plans of work, implement educational strategies, and measure and report programmatic impacts.
  • 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 opportunities and training for 4-H leaders, Master Food Safety volunteers and Master Gardeners that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over sustained periods of time.
  • 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% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Prepare and manage an office budget including support for cost recovery, resource development and revenue generation. Use entrepreneurial skills to find and/or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, user fees, etc.) to help support county and programming efforts.
  • Inspire, coach, provide developmental opportunities, supervision, performance evaluations and leadership for office administrative staff.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, CSU Office of Engagement, and in the county with external partners.

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

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. 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. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact C.J. Mucklow 970-846-2358 cj.mucklow@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.