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

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado
Posted
01 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2018
Ref
54371
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

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

Research Professional Position No Posting Number 201800184AP Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range The starting salary will be $43,500 – $70,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience. Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/29/2018 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.

Fremont County took its name from famed western explorer Captain John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” who, along with his scout Kit Carson, mapped the territory in 1843. Fremont County is nestled along the Arkansas River Valley in south central Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and encompasses an area of 1,533 square miles and has a population of 47,426. Mild weather and beautiful landscapes make Fremont County a tourist attraction in all seasons. Towns such as Cañon City, Florence, Penrose and Cotopaxi reside within the County.

Cañon City is the county seat and has a rich historic downtown area with its mix of grand buildings and vibrant shops. The beauty of the Royal Gorge Bridge was built in 1929 and still going strong with rich history and spectacular views as well as the Arkansas River where river rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://www.ext.colostate.edu.

Position Summary

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

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. Degree must have been conferred in agriculture, education, youth development, natural resources, horticulture, or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of two years youth development and/or Extension experience.
  • Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • 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

  • Prior volunteer program management experience to manage a volunteer program.
  • Successful professional experience in youth development, livestock, range, home and production horticulture, and natural resources.
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges they face.
  • 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).

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

  • Work directly with the community to identify and promote community-based needs for informal education and measure impacts of these educational programs.
  • Seek to offer 4-H youth, leaders, and parents new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
  • 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.

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

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Work with local groups and individuals to enhance their ability to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community; specific emphasis will be local and regional 4-H Youth, community groups and agriculture/horticulture 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 Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Inspire, support, coach, supervise, and provide development opportunities, and formal evaluations for staff.
  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Fremont County and support efforts to programs across multiple counties.
  • 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.

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

  • 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 4-H leaders and Master Gardeners that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and adults
  • Build 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 29, 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:

o 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 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

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.

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Special Required Documentation

Optional Documents

  1. Official Transcripts