Extension Assistant Director, Douglas County

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

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Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with Douglas County, provides locally valued educational, youth development, and volunteer opportunities for residents in horticulture, small acreage, Master Gardener, and 4-H youth development. Douglas County Extension also uses their connections throughout the university and Extension system to link residents with information and educational opportunities in these and additional program areas such as natural resources, agriculture, family and consumer science, and energy.

Douglas and Arapahoe Counties are entering into a unique collaborative relationship to deliver high quality Extension programming to meet the current and future needs of the residents of both counties. This position is viewed as an entry level administrator position. The Extension Director – Arapahoe and Douglas Counties is responsible for the overall leadership and guidance of the joint Arapahoe and Douglas Counties’ program. It is expected the Director and Assistant Director will work together to ensure that both the joint and unique programming and administrative needs and interests of both counties are addressed. Each director will perform administrative responsibilities associated with their individual offices including inspiring staff to excel as both team members and individual performers, developing an inclusive and supportive work environment, developing and administering a budget, supervising local staff, building relationships, and creating visibility for Extension with internal and external audiences.

Position Summary

The Extension Assistant Director – Douglas County is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Extension Director – Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. The Assistant Director is also a representative of Douglas County and partners with numerous county departments and local organizations to address community interests and needs. Responsibilities of the Assistant Director position are similar to those of the head of an administrative unit. In addition to administration, the Assistant Director provides broad support to educational programming in areas of value to Douglas and Arapahoe Counties, in cooperation with Extension offices, staff and partners in Extension’s Front Range region and statewide.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. Degrees must be in disciplines that can contribute significantly to administrative and program responsibilities. Primary program areas include: horticulture, urban agriculture, natural resources, youth development, community engagement, STEM, food systems and entrepreneurial development.
  • Professional experience that demonstrates ability to manage and lead a complex office, including:
    • managing a significant budget.
    • supporting and managing a sizeable staff including selection, supervision, motivation and creation of an office environment that is inclusive.
    • establishing day-to-day operating procedures and policies that promote effective and efficient delivery of product and services.
    • developing working relationships with peers, staff, Douglas County departments and agencies, and the general public that are effective, inspire loyalty, excellence and integrity.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups: this includes the ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships, successfully manage conflict, and develop collaborative programs with internal and external partners.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Experience promoting, marketing, or creating public awareness of programs and services.
  • Experience engaging with a community and diverse partners to develop support for existing and new program efforts.
  • Ability to communicate: listening, teaching, public speaking, presentations, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Experience in audience needs identification, educational program development, delivery of programs including technology and program evaluation.
  • Evidence of leadership, drive and initiative.
  • Evidence of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • 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

  • Demonstrated experience in contracting, grantsmanship or 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 Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Prepare and manage a significant appropriated budget ($427,129). Work with staff and partners to generate additional program support through cost recovery, grants and contracts, and revenue generation.
  • Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback, and formal evaluations for a staff of five.
  • Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within Douglas County government; engage staff to do the same.
  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Douglas County and support efforts to program across multiple counties.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county, across Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, as well as with external partners.
  • Promote engagement with diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including outreach to underserved and underrepresented audiences.

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

Percentage Of Time 40% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

  • Cooperatively or individually, facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address community and multi-county needs, evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes.
  • Support staff in the development and delivery of valued programming.
  • Participate actively with appropriate Extension work-teams.
  • Work with staff to maximize volunteer experiences in current and new programs. Continually assess the role of volunteers and identify appropriate opportunities. Help prepare volunteers to assume roles requiring leadership, management and engagement with diverse audience. Support and work with staff in managing conflict and creating new roles.
  • Actively support the 4-H and horticulture programs through leadership or engagement with councils, project committees, volunteers, fair board, club activities, and outreach programming.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Percentage Of Time 40% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the Douglas County Managers office, Fair Executive Committee, Fair Board, Douglas County divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies and area non-profits and stakeholders. Work with these groups and the public to continually assess local conditions, identify priority needs, and set program direction.
  • Recognize and act upon opportunities to build relationships and connect community and university resources to achieve desired outcomes. Work with the Douglas County Collaboration campus to identify, develop and implement joint programs.
  • Convene a Douglas County Extension Advisory Committee to help guide the programming of the office in Douglas County and surrounding counties.
  • Facilitate communications and working relationships with Colorado State University administrators, departments and agencies, university-based specialists, and support personnel to enhance programming.

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

Percentage Of Time 20%

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 14, 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 be sure to include the contact information for 4 references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of applicants.
  • 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 the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu.
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887, joann.powell@colostate.edu.

Search Contact JoAnn Powell, joann.powell@colostate.edu, 970-491-7887

EEO Statement

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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.