Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #18-19 Extension Program Associate 4-H Youth Development/Leadership Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jul 23, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #18-19 Extension Program Associate 4-H Youth Development/Leadership Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
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Location :
Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension 4-H Youth Development
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $50,500. 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.Colorado State University Extension in partnership with Douglas County provides locally valued educational, youth development, and volunteer opportunities for residents in horticulture, small acreage, Master Gardener, and 4-H youth development. Douglas County Extension also uses their connections throughout the university and Extension system to link residents with information and educational opportunities in these and additional program areas such as natural resources, urban agriculture, agricultural appreciation, family and consumer science, community engagement, food systems, and energy.The 4-H youth development program currently involves more than 500 youth in 4-H clubs, more than 2400 youth participating in school enrichment and outreach activities, and 206 adult volunteers. Visit the Douglas County Extension website at to find out more about the countys 4-H program and visit to learn more about Colorado State University Extension. To learn more about Douglas County visit:
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-leadership program associate with a proven track record of coordinating, promoting, delivering, and evaluating non-credit youth development programming. The position works as a member of the Extension 4-H team to provide inclusive and experientially rich programs in response to community needs.The program associate is responsible for supporting the overall 4-H program, its youth and volunteers, and has primary responsibility for coordinating new 4-H school enrichment and outreach programs in family consumer sciences, agricultural literacy, and leadership. The program associate also has responsibility for general, family and consumer sciences, and leadership project areas and committees within the 4-H program. This individual will work regularly with other Extension agents and program associates across program and county lines, with program teams and the State 4-H office. Flexibility in scheduling; night, weekend, and overnight work (able to be scheduled in advance) is required. Assignments may be reallocated and/or shared in the future based on interest and expertise.The team consists of two 4-H youth development agents (one livestock and one leadership), one program associate, two administrative assistants, and the Extension director. This dynamic team works collaboratively to determine overall program responsibilities and opportunities. The program associate also works in partnership with 4-H agents 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 specific project committees. The position may also contribute to programming for adult and community audiences in areas of expertise. The program associate 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.ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIESProgram Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50% As part of the Douglas County 4-H team, employ innovative strategies and technologies to coordinate, 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.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.Provide leadership in the delivery of new 4-H school enrichment and outreach programs in family consumer sciences, agricultural literacy, and leadership, including training volunteers or teachers to deliver programming, providing content expertise, and/or delivering programs directly.Provide leadership and support for the Douglas County 4-H program through a variety of 4-H club and projects areas including: general, family consumer sciences, and leadership 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.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 and round tables to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.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 information for Douglas County reports.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: 35% As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, ongoing, diverse adult and youth volunteer-based program including volunteer recruitment, selection, background checks, 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; and incorporate STEM education and development of workforce skills into 4-H programming.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: 15%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 bachelors degree. Degree must have been conferred in education, animal sciences, agriculture, environmental science, natural science, youth development, family and consumer sciences, leadership, 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 background in family consumer sciences, agricultural literacy, leadership, and/or related industries.Prior experience, training, or capacity to lead volunteers and manage a volunteer program.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: 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 staff, volunteers, advisory groups, county partners, partner organizations, local government staff, or other professionals.Demonstrated leadership ability; evidence of drive and initiative.Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation, writing, and use of technology as demonstrated through application materials and experience.Strong organizational skills: ability to work on multiple priorities; develop, track and implement projects, and meet timelines.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.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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APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 23, 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 Julia Hurdelbrink at (303) 637-8108 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.