Extension Director, Agriculture/Horticulture/Natural Resources

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 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.

Established in 1861, Park County is approximately 45 miles wide from east to west, and 60 miles long, encompassing 2,166 square miles. Within its borders are portions of three wilderness areas, two state parks, 12 state wildlife areas, and more territory above 9,000 feet than any other Colorado county. Federal lands comprise 51% of Park County’s landmass. State-owned lands account for about 8% and privately owned land for about 41%. It is about an hour and a half travel on state highways from Denver or Colorado Springs.
Most county offices, including the CSU Extension office, are located in the town of Fairplay, the county seat with a population of 700. The total population is approximately 17,381 residents.

Park County weather varies with over 300 sunny days per year, with summer days in the 70s and cool, crisp nights. In the winter, temperatures can fall well below zero with high winds that foster sudden white-outs. For more information please visit the Park County’s website at http://www.parkco.us

Position Summary

The Park 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 in, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community development, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences focusing on Park 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, education, youth development, natural resources, horticulture, human development, family consumer sciences or a closely related field.
  • Experience or 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 (STEM), livestock, range, home and production horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, and family consumer sciences.
  • 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).
  • Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation and public issues education.
  • Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
  • 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

  • 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.

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 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% Essential Duties

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

  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for groups such as 4-H leaders, Master Food Safety volunteers 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.

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

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Duties

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 Park 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.

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

Percentage Of Time 10% Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 19, 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 wm.nobles@colostate.edu.

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

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.