Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and National Resources

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 2018
Ref
56922
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.
Elbert County is approximately 40 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. Average altitude is over 6,500 feet and features beautiful open space and mountain views. Terrain is mainly rolling plains and foothills with forested areas in the western portion. Population is approximately 24,000 with growth concentrated in the western side, while the eastern area remains rural. Diverse geography and population requires educational programming that addresses both suburban and rural issues. The county has numerous small acreage land holdings (under 40 acres), as well as many larger tracts in agricultural production. Agriculture consists primarily of equine, beef production, rangeland grazing, and dryland crops.

Elbert County sustains a strong base of 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers. Our supportive citizenry has resulted in 10% of the youth population enrolled in 4-H, an on-going Master Gardener volunteer program, an active advisory committee, and teamwork with our Board of County Commissioners and county departments. Additionally, Elbert County has active livestock associations, three conservation districts, and a USDA office that includes NRCS and FSA offices which historically engaged in Extension programming. Several quaint towns are home to historical buildings, local libraries, schools, and small businesses. The town of Kiowa is the county seat and the location of the county fairgrounds and Extension office. The county is uniquely rural while situated in the triangulation of three outlying areas including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Limon. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to: www.ext.colostate.edu

Position Summary

The Elbert County 4-H Youth Development and Natural Resources Agent is a local representative of Colorado State University, works under the supervision of the Elbert County Extension Director. The agent will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in, 4-H youth development and natural resources. This position will deliver educational programming throughout the community, build relationships and support for Extension programming, develop and deliver high quality programming that aligns with county and stakeholder interests focusing on Elbert County and assisting in other counties as appropriate.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed master’s degree. One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, education, youth development, natural resources, horticulture, or a closely related field.
  • Experience and coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges they face.
  • 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, natural resources, and community development.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • 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 for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Elbert County’s 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the natural resources and horticulture research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues. These venues include but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.

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

Percentage Of Time 60% Essential Duties

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 groups.
  • Develop working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, county manager, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses, and area non-profits and stakeholders.
  • Identify and build collaborations with other agencies and groups (public and private) to support them in addressing 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.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorship’s, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • 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 25% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for groups such as 4-H leaders and Colorado Master Gardeners to increase their effectiveness in working with youth/adults.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Build an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, CSU Office of Engagement, and in the county with external partners.
  • 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 groups such as 4-H leaders and Colorado Master Gardeners to increase their effectiveness in working with youth/adults.

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

Percentage Of Time 15%

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday July 3, 2018. Please submit the following 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:
    • 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 william.nobles@colostate.edu.

Search Contact Bill Nobles 719-545-1845 william.nobles@colostate.edu

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