Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science & 4-H Youth Development, Gunnison County

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

Description of Work Unit

Gunnison County is located in western Colorado and is vibrant vacation destination for outdoor enthusiast. The 2014 population estimate is 15,725 and the median household income is $52,332 with $58,433 being the state average. The median value of housing units is $329,500 with $236,200 being the state average. Major economic contributors are tourism, agriculture, education, and government. The communities in Gunnison County (Gunnison, Crested Butte, Crested Butte South, and Mount Crested Butte) have diverse economies, shopping opportunities and housing choices. The population is approximately 9 percent Hispanic. Gunnison County is primarily rural, with 85% public land. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, and include skiing, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, rafting and other activities typically associated with mountain areas in Colorado. The Extension office is located in the town of Gunnison. Gunnison offers easy access to a State Hwy, (Hwy 50) and has a regional airport, (Gunnison Crested Butte Regional Airport). To learn more about CSU Extension, go to ext.colostate.edu; for more about Gunnison County Extension go to: http://www.gunnison.colostate.edu.

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.

Position Summary

This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. This position provides leadership for the Family and Consumer Sciences program in Gunnison County, extensive support to the 4-H program, and provides support for regional and state programming in food safety, food preservation, nutrition and health, and financial management. This individual will also develop community relationships, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities for residents, the county and Extension.

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 Gunnison County Extension Director.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree. One degree must have been conferred in family and consumer sciences, food science and human nutrition, public health, food safety, financial resource management, human development, agriculture, youth development or closely related field. Course work and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of youth education or family and consumer sciences.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Leadership ability as demonstrated by professional experience and/or appointed/elected positions of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • 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.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues.
  • Experience working with non-profit agencies and the ability to form relationships and partnerships with these entities and a knowledge of lower income clientele.
  • Experience in needs identification, program development, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including contracting, donor development, grantsmanship, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Experience or training in promoting, marketing, or creating public awareness of program/services among key community decision-makers.
  • Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension, 4-H, and the land-grant university system.
  • Ability to speak, write, and deliver educational programming in 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

  • Facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address community and multi-county needs;
  • evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes.
  • Develop and delivery of valued programming; including website content, writing educational articles, extensive support to current 4-H livestock programming, managing donor appreciation and communications.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.
  • Engage with appropriate Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.

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

Percentage Of Time 50% 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.
  • Utilize effective communications, including websites, social media and local media, to recruit adult and youth program volunteers to extend the reach of Extension programming to the community.

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

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

Recognize and act upon opportunities to build relationships and connect community and university resources to achieve desired outcomes.
Promote engagement with diverse audiences.
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 25%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) coursework 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

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

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.