Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #34-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Family & Consumer Science Chaffee County, Salida, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Aug 20, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #34-19 Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development/Family & Consumer Science Chaffee County, Salida, CO
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Location :
Salida CO
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension 4-H Youth Development
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Starting salary will be in the range of $42,000 $60,000 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.Chaffee County, located near the center of Colorado, has a population of about 19,825 (2018 data), growing at an annual rate of about 2.0 percent. Only 20% of the land base is privately owned. Salida, the county seat, has a population of about 5,856 (2018 data). Elevation ranges from 7,000 to over 14,000 ft. Tourism is the primary source of income (services and retail trade are two of the three largest industries). Rafting on the Arkansas River, skiing at Monarch, fishing, big game hunting, camping and sightseeing bring tourists to the county. Beef and hay production are the two main enterprises in production agriculture but have been declining in recent years. Many new people are moving into the county, resulting in a rapid growth of home sites of 5 to 50 acres. Per capita personal income, at $53,800 in 2018, was slightly below the national median of $57.7K. Chaffee County increased jobs by 17.4% over the past 5 years, outpacing the national trend of 8.2% by 9.4%. The 4-H program is active with 120 members and 35 volunteer leaders in seven clubs. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to:
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Colorado State University Extension and Chaffee County are seeking a 4-H Youth Development / Family and Consumer Science professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive youth development, Family and Consumer Science program. The person will have a proven record of accomplishment of developing and managing volunteers, building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. Duties include providing leadership, guidance, direction and assistance in the implementation of the overall family and consumer science and the 4-H and youth development program. The individual in this position works as a member of the local Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University and Chaffee County. This individual works under the supervision of the Chaffee County Extension Director, with guidance and input from the State 4-H office.Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60% Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Chaffee 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.To develop and enhance an effective, educational, family and consumer science program that supports the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences in a rural environment.Deliver family and consumer science research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues including but not limited to workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers.Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and periodic activities requiring overnight stays. Actively engage with other 4-H and FCS Extension teams across counties and the state to plan, deliver, and evaluate programs; actively participate in and report to the 4-H and FCS Program Reporting Units.Collaborate with committees and councils to develop and maintain policies and procedures related to local programming.Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradans. Provide leadership, in collaboration with other agents, to multi-county 4-H activities within the Peaks and Plains 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 strong working relationships with local Extension staff, the State 4-H office and specialists, university staff, local schools, city and county departments, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance local youth development programming.Work with other youth serving organizations and agencies to help provide a comprehensive youth development program.Support family and consumer science, 4-H groups or committees related to the annual County Fair, including maintaining a relationship and presence with the Fair Committee. 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 for adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support. Prepare volunteers to take on mid-manager, leadership, education, and information delivery roles in support of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Science programs.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
Completed bachelors degree. Degree must have been conferred in family and consumer science, agriculture, horticulture, education, recreation, youth development, non-profit management, behavioral sciences or a closely related field. A successful candidate without a completed masters will be required to complete a masters degree relevant to their Extension position within five years from the start of employment. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Director of Extension. Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.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.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: Completed masters degree; relevant to the position.Training or experience in geriatrics, family financial budgeting and management, and nutrition (food preparation and handling safety).Experience in the recruitment, training and management of volunteers.Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education, social media). Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs. 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). Ability to speak Spanish.
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 :
William Nobles
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Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, August 20, 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 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.