Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #19-19 Extension Director & Agent Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Apr 16, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #19-19 Extension Director & Agent Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development
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Extension 4-H Youth Development
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $72,000. 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. Rio Blanco County is in Northwest Colorado; it consists of two municipalities, Meeker the County seat and Rangely. It is rich in agriculture, natural resources, and outdoor recreation. It consists of 3,380 square miles which almost 75% is federally owned public lands. It has the White River flowing through it. Sheep, cattle, oil and gas are our biggest commodities with 85% of County revenue coming from the oil and gas industry.PURPOSE OF POSITION: Colorado State University Extension and Rio Blanco County are seeing an agriculture professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive agriculture, horticulture, natural resource and 4-H Youth Development program. The person will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in Rio Blanco County and assisting other counties as appropriate. The person will have a proven track record of developing and managing volunteers and building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Extension Agent will be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups. CSU Extension Agents throughout the state work as a team and share expertise. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Western Region Extension Director.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60% Work directly with the community to identify and promote community-based needs for informal education using the most appropriate educational methods including digital and online media, written materials, or live workshop formats to assess and address the communitys needs for informal education; develop and implement educational strategies and measure the impact of education and programs. Share all programming developed with CSU Extension.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 to support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.As part of the Rio Blanco Extension team, continue to develop and enhance an effective, educational, results-oriented 4-H Youth Development Program that supports the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences in a rural environment.Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research, and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.Identify resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, cost recovery fees, etc.) to enhance the program. Manage county, area, state and grant budget allocations where appropriate.Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic events requiring overnight stays.Develop a program helping local agriculture producers with grant funding opportunities.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%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.Help facilitate livestock production, range management, home and production horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigations, plant insects and diseases and/or clean and renewable energy.Promote programming for diverse audiences and 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.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 10% Provide leadership for adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, management, and public education/information delivery roles in support of the Colorado Master Gardener and Master Safety Food Advisor programs.Manage and implement 4-H and Youth Development programs (school enrichment, STEM, etc.), including leadership development for adult leaders and youth, participation in out-of-county activities, support for the county fair and fair committee.Provide leadership opportunities and training for all 4-H leaders that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over sustained periods of time.Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.Provide leadership and recruitment for volunteers for the Rio Blanco County Fair.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. One degree must be conferred in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, youth development, natural resources, human development, social or behavioral sciences or closely related field. A successful candidate without a completed masters degree will be required to complete a masters degree within five years from start of employment. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Director of Extension.Training or experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs, including needs identification.Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise an office, including budget management.Experience with program planning within a budget.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: Completed masters degree.Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials, technology and experience.Successful professional experience or education in one or more of these areas: youth development, STEM, livestock, range, home and production horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigation, plant insects and diseases, and clean and renewable energy.Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a team approach to county, regional and state programming.Three years of applicable professional experience.Demonstrated experience in the area of production agriculture, livestock, range, agronomy, soils, irrigation, horticulture, and natural resources.Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues.Familiarity with small acreage management.Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and advisory groups.Experience or training in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of programs/services among key community decision makers and the ability to work effectively with the media including TV, radio, print, and internet.Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
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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Contact :
Curtis Mucklow
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. 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 CJ Mucklow at (970) 241-3346 or moving forward in the process will be contacted within 15 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.