Extension Director, Montezuma County

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Ref
54632
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.
Montezuma County is located in the SW corner of Colorado and is the Colorado sector of the Four Corners. County population is around 28,000 with estimated growth of 30,000 by 2025. Land mass within the county is approximately 1/3 private, 1/3 tribal reservation, and 1/3 public. The economy is based on services, oil and gas development, agriculture, and tourism. There are three school districts: Cortez RE-1 with a pre-school, five elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school; Mancos RE-6 with a pre-school, an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school; and Dolores RE-4A with a pre-school, an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. There is also a Montessori school, a charter school, and an open high school. SW Colorado Community College, a division of Pueblo Community College, is also located here. Southwest Health Systems is the primary health care provider in the County with a hospital and several clinics. There are also private practice physicians available. The climate and topography are diverse, including mountains, canyons, and deserts. Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and San Juan National Forest are located in Montezuma County, as well as McPhee Reservoir, the second largest body of water in Colorado. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to: www.extension.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

The County director is responsible for managing the Extension budget for the county and supervising the office staff in the county Extension office. 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 Montezuma 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. Estimated workload is 50% 4-H Youth Development, 40% program development, and 10% community relations and office administration. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Western Region Extension Director.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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 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

  • Successful professional experience in youth development, STEM, livestock, range, home and production, horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigation, small acreage management, 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.
  • Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and advisory groups.
  • Experience in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of program/services among key community decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
  • 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

  • Work 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 measure 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%

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.