Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #26-19 Extension Director & Agent 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture Lincoln County, Hugo, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jun 27, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #26-19 Extension Director & Agent 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture Lincoln County, Hugo, CO
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Location :
Hugo CO
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension 4-H Youth Development
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Starting salary range $45,000 $70,000 and 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. Lincoln County lies in the high plains portion of the Colorado Piedmont, including a part of the area known as the Arkansas Divide where the terrain is quite flat and ranges in elevation from 4,500 feet in the southeast to approximately 5,400 feet in the northwest. The population is 5,400 people in the communities of Arriba, Genoa, Hugo, Karval, and Limon. The total area of Lincoln County is 2,593 square miles of rolling prairie with several river valleys and numerous sand hills. The Limon community forms the intersection of Highways 24, 40/287, 71 and Interstate 70. Most of this agriculture-based county is in grass prairie, and dryland farm ground. The major economic agriculture commodities are beef production, both cow/calf and stocker enterprises, as well as small grains including wheat, millet, and sorghum. More recently, sunflower and corn production have been prevalent in the county. For more information about Lincoln County To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Lincoln County 4-H/Youth Development and Agriculture Agent is a local representative of Colorado State University. The agent will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in 4-H youth development, agriculture business, dry land cropping and Livestock/Range. 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 Lincoln County and assisting in other counties as appropriate. The office for this position is in Lincoln County, Hugo Colorado.Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50% Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Lincoln Countys 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program. Seek to offer new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program. Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery to Lincoln County in response to locally identified needs in the agriculture and livestock industries.Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate; this may take the form of delivering priority consumer or industry programming, representing CSUE on boards or in partnerships, or responding to atypical requests for information in specified area of expertise.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. Provide leadership, in collaboration with other agents, to multi-county 4-H activities in the Region.Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by Extension.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%Develop relationships with the local agriculture and livestock industries including producers, agencies and organizations to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness.Work collaboratively with agents in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, livestock, Family and Consumer Sciences, agriculture business management, and youth development to coordinate and deliver balanced and effective educational programming to sustain the people, agriculture, and the environment.Build partnerships between CSU Extension and external community organizations including K-12 public schools throughout Lincoln County.Work with other youth serving organizations and agencies to help provide a comprehensive youth development program.Develop working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses, and area non-profits and stakeholders.Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, 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.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 20% 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 to increase their effectiveness in working with youth/adults. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Administration and Supervision: 10% 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 Lincoln 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.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:Completed masters degree. One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, agriculture business management, animal science, range/livestock management, education, youth development or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise an office, including budget management.Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.Experience and demonstrated ability in working with 4-H youth and clubs, including understanding of youth development and youth program management.Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups, ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.Demonstrated leadership ability.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.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: Successful professional experience in youth development, agriculture, agriculture business management, livestock, and range management.Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to livestock production and marketing, animal nutrition, forages, and rangeland management. 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. Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.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).
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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Contact :
William Nobles
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 27, 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 Bill Nobles at (719) 545-1845 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.