Extension State Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 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.

Colorado State University was established as the land-grant institution for the State of Colorado in 1870. Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world. Extension contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to: extension.colostate.edu. CSU is located in the city of Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000. Situated 65 miles north of Denver at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is a gateway to excellent skiing, hiking, fishing and biking. Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

The State 4-H Youth Development Office is located on campus in the Extension Office in University Square. The Extension State 4-H staff consists of the State Program Director, four 4-H Youth Development Specialists, a Data systems Specialist, the Foundation Director, a 4-H Military Agent, the International 4-H Exchange Coordinator and three support staff. 4-H grows young people with essential life skills like confidence, courage, resilience and curiosity who are empowered and prepared for life today and tomorrow. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into America’s largest youth development organization. Colorado 4-H enrollment surpassed 130,000 in 2017, serving youth and communities through school enrichment, special interest, after-school, camping, and club programs. 4-H Youth Development initiatives include Healthy Living, Science, Citizenship and Agriculture.

Position Summary

To provide leadership, guidance, organization, management, and educational opportunities to support volunteer development as part of the CSU Extension 4-H Youth Development team. This person may also be called upon to consult with or provide volunteer development training for other Extension staff and programs as appropriate. This individual is expected to possess expertise in principles of volunteer program management and positive youth development with application to participant safety, well-being and overall risk management.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the Colorado State 4-H Youth Development team housed on the CSU Campus, Fort Collins, to support the delivery of educational efforts across the state. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Director of 4-H Youth Development.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree required. Degree must be completed prior to beginning employment. Degree(s) may have been awarded in a number of different areas, but must provide a broad and significant understanding of youth development, education, adult education, and/or Extension education.
  • Professional experience working with volunteer and youth programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and evidence of drive and initiative.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge partnerships and to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Evidence of ability to manage conflict and evidence of effective problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in risk management and youth protection as it relates to programming.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse audiences; this may include persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, plan and implement events, workshops, trainings and programs.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and delivery of educational program.
  • Evidence of strong communication skills, both orally and written as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • 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

  • Degree or coursework in human development, adult development, education or closely related field.
  • Experience or course work in audience-needs identification, program development, experiential learning and program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in Extension 4-H Youth Development.
  • Experience in developing and managing financial support for educational programs.
  • Experience developing, recommending and evaluating program procedures.
  • 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

  • Provide statewide leadership for the 4-H Youth Development Volunteer Program.
  • Provide training and guidance to county staff in best practices of volunteer leadership and development.
  • Provide guidance to 4-H Youth Development staff related to risk management, youth protection and conflict management.
  • Develop resources and lead training on elements and best practices for positive youth development program delivery.
  • Provide guidance on IRS tax-exempt status, group exemption issues, state chartering and reporting issues for 4-H clubs and affiliated groups.
  • Work with CSU Human Resources on issues related to volunteer screening.
  • Lead and co-chair the 4-H Volunteer Leadership Work Team.
  • Provide leadership of Statewide Volunteer Training Program.
  • Implement the Plan of Work for Volunteer Leadership Development and evaluation of programs related to volunteers.

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

Percentage Of Time 45% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Establish strong working relationships with the State 4-H Team.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with agents, other specialists and campus faculty.
  • Work directly with 4-H volunteers who serve in State 4-H volunteer roles.
  • Build collaborative partnership within the CSU community and other agencies and organizations to support the 4 H Youth Development Program.
  • Serve as a member of regional and national teams to develop training and best practices for volunteer management and development.

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

Percentage Of Time 45% Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility

  • Evaluate and document expected results and impacts of educational programs.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Provide assistance with other duties as assigned.

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

Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • 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.


  • 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 (e.g.: 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
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  • 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 (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

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.