Extension Agent

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 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.

Las Animas County (pop. 15,500) was one of the original counties in Colorado. The county takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, originally called “El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en Purgatorio,” which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory.” It is the largest county in the State at 4,749 square miles. Trinidad, the County seat, is rich in western-frontier history, expansive mountain vistas, and abundant tourism attractions. Situated alongside the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains and the Purgatoire River, Trinidad’s origins date back to its early days as a trading post on the historic Santa Fe Trail.

The county still relies heavily on ranching as its main economic engine. Rural living is one of the attractions that has drawn many newcomers to the county in recent years. There is a rich history of Natural Resources and a boundless supply of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, biking, and hiking. The local economy that once was agriculture, and mineral extraction is transforming toward recreation, tourism, creative arts and retail services.

The county has strong support from volunteer and civic organizations. To learn more about Las Animas County, go to: http://www.lasanimascounty.net and to learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to: www.ext.colostate.edu.

Position Summary

This agent position is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Las Animas County Extension Director. The agent will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community and 4-H youth development. This position will deliver educational programming throughout the community, build relationships and support for Extension programming, develop and deliver high quality programming that aligns with county and stakeholder interests focusing on Las Animas County and assisting in other counties as appropriate.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree. Degree must have been conferred in agriculture, natural resources, animal science, range/livestock management, education, youth development or a closely related field prior to beginning the position.
  • A successful candidate without a completed master’s degree 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.
  • Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • 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 they face.
  • 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, livestock, range, home and production horticulture, natural resources, and community development.
  • Experience or coursework in agricultural business management, livestock production and marketing, animal nutrition, forages, rangeland management and/or reproductive physiology.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, 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.
  • 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 Las Animas County in response to locally identified needs in the livestock industry, horticulture, and other types of production related issues.
  • 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.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the total agriculture and 4-H livestock program.
  • Seek to offer new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
  • 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 Coloradoans.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by Extension.

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

  • 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.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • 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% 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.
  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for groups such as 4-H leaders and Colorado Master Gardeners to increase their effectiveness in working with youth/adults.

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

Percentage Of Time 15%

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Please submit the following 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 https://jobs.colostate.edu/help.

For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact William Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or wm.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

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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.