Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #06-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Livestock El Paso County, Colorado Springs, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Dec 20, 2018
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #06-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Livestock El Paso County, Colorado Springs, CO
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Location :
El Paso County, Colorado Springs, CO
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension 4-H Youth Development
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Salary range is $41,000 - $55,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Start Date:
None Stated
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 Universitys Principles of Community ( that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. El Paso County is a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities, and Colorados second most populous county with 699,232 residents. Two-thirds of the population live in Colorado Springs, home of the county seat and the Extension office. To learn more about El Paso County, go to Visit to learn more about El Paso County Extension or to learn more about CSU Extension.The El Paso County 4-H program enrolls 462 youth participants in 4-H clubs and 212 adult and youth volunteers who work with the 4-H Extension team to implement the El Paso County 4-H program. Two 4-H STEM AmeriCorps members provide STEM education in out-of-school time venues to underserved youth audiences. The El Paso County Extension office is staffed by a county director/horticulture agent; two 4-H agents; a family and consumer sciences agent; 2 support staff; two AmeriCorps members; and several county program coordinators. Both 4-H positions are currently vacant and searches are underway to fill each. Please explore both El Paso County 4-H positions (one livestock and the other leadership) and apply for one or both.PURPOSE OF POSITION: Colorado State University Extension and El Paso County are seeking a youth development professional with a proven track record of effective communication, volunteer management, building program capacity, creating innovative programming, and fostering positive working relationships with both internal and external partners and 4-H program participants. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University and El Paso County. As a member of the 4-H team, this individual will be responsible for supporting the overall 4-H program, its volunteers and advisory groups, and have specific responsibility for the livestock, horse, dog, and small animal project areas and committees. They will also have responsibility for incorporating agricultural literacy, STEM and workforce skills into their 4-H programming. This individual works in partnership with other El Paso County 4-H staff members and the 4-H and youth development community. This agent works under the supervision of the El Paso County Extension director and receives guidance and support from the State 4-H office.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional 4-H Youth Development
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 55% Work as a member of the 4-H team to coordinate the El Paso County 4-H youth development program including needs assessment, identifying program goals, program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting that supports the growth and development of life skills for both youth and adult audiences.Provide leadership and support for the El Paso County 4-H club livestock, horse, dog, and small animal projects and related project committees. As a member of the 4-H team, provides support and guidance for the 4-H leaders council, the 4-H youth council, and the Ambassador program.Support efforts to recruit youth and adults into the 4-H program including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audience. Work directly with and through volunteers and partners to incorporate ag literacy, STEM education, and development of workforce skills into 4-H programming.Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.In partnership with the El Paso County 4-H team, manage an annual budget of up to$15,000.Participate in professional development opportunities. Use a variety of education and information delivery modes, including social media, to enhance program and information availability and access.Provide information to local livestock producers and connect them with appropriate resources and programming as time allows. Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 25% As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership for active, ongoing, adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, guidance, evaluation, recognition, and support.Develop relationships with and provide leadership opportunities and training to 4-H adult leaders that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth, support positive youth development, positively impact program delivery, and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over time.Prepare youth and adult volunteers to take on increasing leadership, management, and diverse public education/information roles.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority local youth development needs.Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools, and other youth serving organizations including FFA, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery, and evaluation.Work with the El Paso County Fair Board and associated committees to represent 4-H program in regards to policy, procedures, and best practices in planning and implementing the El Paso County Fair.Work with the county, community partners, 4-Hers, and volunteers to implementation and participate in 4-H events and activities including state and local Fairs, 4-H Achievement Night, youth and adult leadership conferences, livestock weigh-ins and tagging, 4-H teams, shows, trainings, and orientations. This work will include weekends, evenings, and overnights.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:Completed bachelors degree required; masters preferred. Bachelors degree must be completed prior to beginning employment. A degree must have been conferred in animal sciences, equine, agriculture, agricultural education, youth development, or a closely related field. A successful candidate without a completed masters will be required to complete a masters degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment; failure to do so may result in termination. Colorado State University provides employees with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually; guidelines are available at: A completed masters degree adds $3000 to an employees base salary. Prior professional experience managing or delivering youth development programming.Demonstrated experience managing volunteers including recruitment, training, evaluation, and recognition.Degree, significant coursework or professional experience working with livestock, equine, or in the animal sciences industry.Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups, including the ability to develop working relationships, forge equitable and successful partnerships, facilitate group work/discussions, and manage conflicts among groups and individuals.Evidence of leadership, drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.Evidence of the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.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. Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual (Spanish and English). Completed masters degree.Demonstrated experience working with diverse youth and adult audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.Demonstrated experience in audience needs identification, program development, and evaluation.Evidence working with others to create and/or implement guidelines, rules, and policies. Experience working with advisory committees.Experience with cost recovery, grants, or fundraisers that develop resources to support programming. Experience in marketing, promoting, or creating public awareness of programs and opportunities including using social and mass media (e.g., TV, Internet, Facebook, newspaper, etc.).
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
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BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


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JoAnn Powell
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Please submit the following to to apply:ResumeCover letterTranscripts 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 note, contact information for 4 professional references will be requested of applicants should you move forward in the interview process. Special Required Documentation:oStatement (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 For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491- 7887 or Candidates moving forward in the process should be contacted within 15 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.