Extension Director and Agent

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Ref
54910
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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.

Morgan County (pop. 28,148) is located in Northeastern Colorado. Morgan County has an agriculturally based economy with dairy, irrigated, livestock and dry land enterprises. The county seat, Fort Morgan, has a population of over 11,315 and is about a 90-minute drive northeast of Denver. Major employers include a Cargill Meat Solutions, Walmart, Leprino Foods, Viaero, Colorado Plains Medical Center, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center and Western Sugar, technology, manufacturing and agriculture related services. Fort Morgan is home to the Morgan Community College. The county has strong support from volunteer and civic organizations. To learn more about Morgan County, go to www.colorado.gov/morgancounty.

Position Summary

The Morgan 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 to the 4-H Youth Development Program focusing on Morgan 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. One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, range/livestock management, animal science, education, youth development or a closely related field. Course work and/or experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of youth education.
  • Prior volunteer program management experience to manage a volunteer program.
  • Experience and 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

  • Successful professional experience in youth development, livestock, range, home and production horticulture, natural resources, and community development.
  • Experience in providing 4-H educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders.
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
  • 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

  • Assume responsibility and leadership for 4-H and youth development programming. Using any or all delivery modes, develop and implement an effective, educational, results-oriented 4-H Youth development program that supports the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences.
  • 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.
  • Provide vision and direction for the 4-H and youth outreach programs. Reach youth through school enrichment, after-school programs and joint programming with other youth serving organizations and schools.
  • Supervise AmeriCorps members. Working with collaborators for AmeriCorps placement, STEM curriculum development as needed and support for AmeriCorps members in completing requirements.

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

Percentage Of Time 40% 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 Morgan 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.
  • Build and support an environment of teamwork, civility and inclusion throughout the office and the Morgan County Extension Program.

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

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • 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.
  • Recognize and act upon opportunities to build relationships and connect community and university resources to achieve desired outcomes.
  • 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

  • Identify, recruit, train, supervise and recognize 4-H volunteers and leaders to increase their effectiveness in working with youth.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Support staff in the development and on-going implementation of volunteer programs including program development, risk management, conflict management, issue resolution and support for training and recognition.
  • 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%

Special Instructions to Applicants

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION

  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.

RESUMES

  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.

NOTES

  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from humanresources@colostate.edu. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu

DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office HR_Employment@mail.colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

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.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.