Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #27-19 Extension Regional Specialist Diversity and Engagement Front Range Region, Denver Office, Denver, CO
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Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jul 18, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #27-19 Extension Regional Specialist Diversity and Engagement Front Range Region, Denver Office, Denver, CO
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Full Time
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Salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
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None Stated
This is a Diversity Initiative hire and a NEW, permanently funded, position. This position will have a primary role in assisting Extension as it further develops relationships and education opportunities with the Latinx residents and communities of Colorado including the Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicanx communities.This position will focus on building relationships, developing trust and supporting culturally appropriate Extension learning opportunities for underserved youth and adult audiences. The position is expected to work collegially and collaboratively with other university and Extension staff who are also focused on engaging underrepresented audiences, especially the Latinx community. This position is expected to support skill building among Extension staffers, model culturally responsive engagement with diverse audiences, and help build a foundation of trust in Extension as a valued resource. This position will have the resources and support of Colorado State University and Extension to draw on as well as the rich diversity of Colorado, our communities and people to engage. Approximately 1 in 5 Front Range community members (805,363 total) identify as Latinx.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.Colorado State University Extensions (CSUE) Front Range Region is comprised of 12 counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld) that run along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains along the I-25 corridor. The region is home to 85% of the states population (5.5 million total) and 80% of the states jobs. While the region is mostly metro, urban and suburban, it is also known for its strong ties to value added and production agriculture. The region also serves as a regional hub for high tech and technology transfer, finance, higher education, entrepreneurial activity, and healthcare. Extension works with and through our county partners, organizations, and communities to deliver programming that addresses important and emerging local issues. The region boasts a diverse population in terms of background, race and ethnicity (33%), education, socioeconomics, family status, and other facets of diversity. Racial and ethnic diversity is projected to grow to almost 50% by 2050. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, visit:
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Front Range Region is looking for an engagement catalyst to support and enhance our work with the Latinx community including the Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicanx communities and other historically underserved communities. This individual will facilitate internal and external conversations, build relationships and trust, deliver educational programs in one or more Extension program areas (subject areas are listed under job qualifications), and be a trainer, coach, and partner to support the success of Extension staff in working with diverse audiences. This individual will assess how the region currently engages with underserved audiences, develop strategies, implement initiatives, and evaluate and alter approaches toward success. This individual will build on and enhance Extensions current efforts, develop new efforts, and guide our engagement opportunities such that new audiences become Extension audiences. Likewise, this individual will work with Extension and communities to identify audiences and their interests, marketing and outreach needs, training and coaching opportunities, resource development, and delivery and evaluation options. It is expected that the first audience this position will engage is new and long-term Mexican, Mexican American, and Spanish-speaking community members.This individual works in partnership with the Front Range Extension staff, Extension specialists and university faculty, the CSUE Diversity Catalyst Team, and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity. They will also work collaboratively with the 4-H Youth Development - Engagement and Expansion Specialist to support and enhance one anothers work.Community Scholar, Relationship and Trust Builder: 50%Engage with Extension, staff and colleagues to understand Extension, its mission and values, programs and outcomes. Identify opportunities to enhance inclusion and work with the organization to operationalize.Explore and engage with Front Range communities to understand their needs and interests and determine potential/best ways to engage. Identify initial and subsequent audiences / communities to develop relationships with. Develop and promote culturally appropriate programming that is inclusive of youth and adult audiences that are diverse and/or underserved; assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.Build a network of diversity and engagement colleagues/supporters to champion efforts in in local communities.Actively engage the Latinx community including Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicanx community to find innovative Extension partnerships.Actively participate in position related professional development activities.Serve as a resource to Extension Staff regarding cultures and community engagement. Develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts, including grant writing.Participate in evening and weekend events, and occasional events requiring overnight stays.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Educator and Facilitator; Coach and Diversity Champion: 50%Develop, deliver and evaluate culturally appropriate, Extension based, educational opportunities for diverse and Spanish language audiences. Use programs as opportunities for Extension staff to gain experience and confidence in program delivery.Identify internal staff training, mentoring and coaching needs. Work with Extension to develop, deliver and evaluate train-the-trainer experiences, workshops, programs, or activities to enhance cultural competency and the engagement skills of Extension staff. Support dual language educational programs as appropriate to audience.Develop guides, factsheets, educational programs and materials that support programming efforts.Support an environment of teamwork and collaboration around diversity and engagement. 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. Candidates with a masters degree in progress may be considered but the degree must be completed by the hire date. One degree must be awarded in a discipline that supports Extensions programming efforts, such as: education; agriculture; natural resources; family and consumer sciences; nutrition, food safety and health; individual, family and community well being; human and family development; community development and engagement; youth development; animal health; energy; food systems; horticulture or a closely related field.A minimum of 5 years professional experience that demonstrates the ability to establish and grow relationships with underserved and diverse audiences resulting in educational opportunities and measurable outcomes. A minimum of 3 years of professional experience engaging with a Latinx community including Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicanx audiences.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.Experience leading train-the-trainer workshops and providing coaching and mentoring to develop skill sets among internal staff or others.Ability to work effectively as a member of a team to affect change and obtain desired outcomes.Evidence of drive, initiative and leadership.Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with diverse audiences as a relationship builder, educator, trainer, and coach. Bilingual and bi-literate fluent in both English and Spanish.Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.Must have 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 :
A minimum of 5 years professional experience that demonstrates the ability to establish and grow relationships with underserved and diverse audiences resulting in educational opportunities and measurable outcomes. A minimum of 3 years of professional experience engaging with a Latinx community including Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicanx audiences.Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs.Experience in community backgrounding, audience needs identification, program development, and evaluation.
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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APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday July 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 JoAnn Powell (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.