Extension Director and Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Horticulture

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

Description of Work Unit

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.

Moffat County, located in the extreme Northwest corner of Colorado, is the second largest county geographically. Energy production (coal, oil, gas and electricity) and agriculture are major industries in the county. In 2010 there were 13,795 residents in the county. The county is 4,743 square miles, of which approximately 60% is government owned. Craig is the County seat with the other towns being Maybell and Dinosaur. Tourism is also a part of the economy with many popular sites including Dinosaur National Park, Browns Park, Routt National Forest and the Yampa River. The County historically is agriculture based with sheep and cattle being the major commodities. The geography can best be described as high desert with two major rivers, the Yampa and the Green, bordered on the east by forests. Hunting, fishing, hiking, off-road recreation, and wildlife viewing are common leisure activities. The 4-H program has approximately 230 members. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://www.extension.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

To provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in 4-H Youth Development, agriculture, and horticulture focusing on Moffat 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 bachelor’s degree. One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, education, youth development, natural resources, human development, social or behavioral sciences or closely related field.
  • A successful candidate without a completed master’s 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.
  • 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 and 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

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • 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 or training in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of programs/services among key community decision makers.
  • Ability to work effectively with the media (TV, radio, print and internet).
  • 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 for adult leaders and youth, participation in out-of-county activities, 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 to 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 Thursday March 1, 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.
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact CJ Mucklow at (970) 846-2358 or cj.mucklow@colostate.edu.

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.