Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #16-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Livestock
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Apr 18, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #16-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
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Location :
Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
starting salary is $45,000. Starting salary will commensurate with education and experience to a maximum of $52,000.
Start Date:
None Stated
Douglas County to one of the five counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. Douglas County is recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy, and effective local governments in the United States where over 300,000 residences call home. Located south of Denver, its borders are within thirty minutes of Denvers city center to the north and twenty-five minutes from Colorado Springs to the south. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners, and communities in urban agriculture, horticulture, agricultural appreciation, small farm operations, and small acreage management. The 4-H and youth development program currently involves more than 500 youth in traditional 4-H clubs, more than 2400 youth participating in school enrichment and outreach activities, and 206 adult volunteers. Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. The direction Extension programming takes is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. The Extension staff consists of the director, four agents (one horticulture/small acreage agent and three 4-H youth development agents), two program coordinators (one for Colorado Master Gardeners and one for 4-H youth development), and an administrative assistant. To learn more about Douglas County visit the countys website at Visit the Douglas County Extension website at to find out more about the county 4-H program, and information about Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is available at 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.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Colorado State University Extension and Douglas County are hiring a 4-H youth development livestock agent with a proven track record of developing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating non-credit youth development programming. The agent works as a member of the local Extension 4-H team to provide inclusive and experientially rich programs in response to community needs. This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. The position will provide leadership, guidance, direction and educational program support to 4-H program, its youth and volunteers, and has primary responsibility for the 4-H club program in Douglas County including coordinating club development, overseeing club chartering process, and developing club leader educational training opportunities. The agent also has responsibility for livestock, equine, and small animal project areas and committees within the 4-H program. Assignments may be reallocated and/or shared in the future based on interest and 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. The team consists of three 4-H youth development agents (one livestock and two leadership), a 4-H program coordinator, an administrative assistant and the Extension director. This dynamic team works collaboratively to determine overall program responsibilities and opportunities based on staff expertise and areas of interest. The agent also works in partnership with the other 4-H agent to screen, train, and manage 4-H volunteers and oversees various 4-H councils and committees such as leaders council, youth council, the ambassador program, and project committees. The agent may also contribute to programming for adult and community audiences in areas of expertise. The agent is a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and works under the supervision of the Douglas County Extension director. The position also receives guidance, training, and support from the state 4-H office.Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50% As part of the Douglas County 4-H team, employ innovative strategies and technologies to develop, promote, deliver, and evaluate innovative and results-oriented 4-H programs that support the development of life and leadership skills for youth and adult audiences in a county which is both urban and rural.Provide primary leadership for the Douglas County 4-H club program including coordinating club development, overseeing club chartering process, and developing club leader educational training opportunities.Provide leadership and support for the 4-H program through a variety of 4-H club and project areas including: livestock, equine, and small animal projects and committees.In collaboration with the 4-H team, provide support and guidance to various 4-H councils and committees such as leaders council, youth council, the ambassador program, and specific project committees.Develop and deliver appropriate educational opportunities and information to 4-H youth, adult leaders, and general public to ensure dissemination of current best practices and legal requirements to 4-H youth and leaders. Encourage the adoption of research-based information in program development and decision-making.Use a variety of education and information delivery modes, including social media, to enhance program and information availability and access.Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.Promote programming for diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.Participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and occasional events requiring overnight stays.Report all program activities into the Colorado Planning and Reporting System (CPRS) and provide reports for the Douglas County quarterly report.Provide oversight of program financial resources (internal and external). Contribute to programming and activities for adult and community audiences as appropriate.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 40%Provide leadership and support for an active, ongoing, diverse adult and youth volunteer-based program including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, 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 volunteers to take on management, leadership, and education and training roles in support of 4-H youth development programs.Work directly with and through volunteers and partners to incorporate STEM education and development of workforce skills into 4-H programming.Provide oversight for the vetting and background check processes for potential volunteers.Create an environment that inspires volunteers to learn, serve, and contribute to the development of youth, community, and self.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 10% As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership to expand partnerships with youth development organizations, advisory councils, after-school initiatives, and other community groups as to collaboratively identify priority youth development and 4-H needs.Work with partners, planning committees, volunteers, and youth to ensure an appropriate and exemplary 4-H and Extension presence and participation at the Douglas County Fair, the National Western Stock Show, the Colorado State Fair, and other state and local 4-H events.Develop strong working relationships and effective communications with local Extension staff, university staff, Extension and State 4-H Office staff, local schools, Douglas County government and departments, local foundations, and other youth-serving organizations to enhance funding and implementation of youth development and 4-H programming.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 masters degree. One degree must have been conferred in education, animal sciences, agriculture, environmental science, natural science, youth development, non-profit management or a closely related field.Minimum 2 years professional experience and demonstrated ability in working with youth and youth organizations, including an understanding of positive youth development and youth program management.Degree, significant coursework, or professional experience working with livestock, equine, small animals, and/or related industries.Professional experience or training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.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.Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation and public issues education.Strong organizational skills: ability to work on multiple priorities; develop, track and implement projects, and meet timelines.Flexibility in scheduling; night and weekend work is required (able to be scheduled in advance).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.
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PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fundraising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.Demonstrated experience in audience needs identification, program development and evaluation.Experience marketing, promoting, or creating public awareness of programs and opportunities including using social and mass media (e.g., TV, Internet, Facebook, newspaper, etc.).Experience working with others to create and/or implement guidelines, rules, and policies.Experience working with advisory groups.Ability to speak Spanish.
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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: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain on Thursday, April 18, 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 Jacki Paone at (303) 271-6639 or Candidates 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.