Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, Arapahoe County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Oct 08, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #38-19 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, Arapahoe County
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Location :
Centennial, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $45,000-$62,500. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience; not to exceed $62,500.
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. Arapahoe County has a rich, vibrant history and the distinction of being Colorado's first county. The county spans 850 square miles and is a land of contrast. The western part of the county is mostly urban with residential, retail, office and industrial areas, while the eastern portion is relatively rural, Arapahoe County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners and communities in urban agriculture, agricultural appreciation, small farm operations and small acreage management. Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Arapahoe 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. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to The Extension staff in Arapahoe County consists of the director; three agents (one family and consumer science, one horticulture, and this 4-H agent position); three program coordinators (one community development, one 4-H outreach, and one 4-H); a horticulture assistant/Master Gardener program coordinator; a horticulture assistant; an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program educator; an administrative assistant; and 4-H administrative staff. To learn more, visit the Arapahoe County website at Also reference for programs specific to the Arapahoe County Extension office.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: This position provides leadership, guidance, direction and educational programming to support the 4-H youth development program in Arapahoe County. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Arapahoe County Extension director; they also work as a member of the Arapahoe County Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. As part of the 4-H team, this individual will lead and direct a diverse and inclusive 4-H youth development program in Arapahoe County. In addition to providing leadership for the program, the agent will have programmatic responsibility for several areas including 4-H, livestock, animal science, equine, and general projects including shooting sports. Once this position is filled, members of the 4-H team will work collaboratively to identify expertise and determine areas of program and project responsibility. Arapahoe Countys goal is to make 4-H the program of choice among youth and adults, seeking opportunities for personal development, engagement, community building, fun, and success. Additional members of the 4-H team include a 4-H program coordinator, a 4-H outreach program coordinator, and a 4-H administrative assistant. This individual will work regularly with other Extension agents across program and county lines, with program teams and the State 4-H Office.ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 35% As the leader of the 4-H youth development team, develop and enhance the delivery of an effective, educational, results-oriented 4-H youth development program that supports the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences.Provide leadership for the 4-H livestock, equine, small animal and general projects including Shooting Sports. Support and deliver appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H youth and adult leaders to ensure integration of current best practices, legal requirements, and meat quality assurance into 4-H livestock programs. (Other 4-H youth development staff currently provide support for general and consumer science projects, community youth development and school enrichment; this may be renegotiated in the future based on interest and expertise.)Serve as a resource for agriculture, natural resources and livestock education for the county, producers and small acreage audiences.Promote programming for diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.Actively participate in Extension program teams 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.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 25% Provide leadership for active, ongoing, adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, management, and diverse public education/information roles; participate in creating a middle management level of volunteers to conduct programming throughout Arapahoe County.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%Provide leadership and support to engage a broad range of stakeholders through 4-H advisory and program committees, collaboration with the county fair and fairgrounds staff, local collaborations, county fair leadership committees, and others in the work of identifying priority 4-H and youth development needs.Seek internal and external partnerships, funding and resources to support programming efforts.Develop strong working relationships and effective communications with local Extension staff, university staff, local schools, county departments, community leaders, agencies and other youth-serving organizations and institutions to enhance funding and implementation of local 4-H youth development programming.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Administration and Supervision: 20%As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and direction for the Arapahoe County 4-H program.Provide leadership for the 4-H Youth Development program and staff in Arapahoe County.Manage program and operating funds in compliance with university and/or Arapahoe County fiscal policies and reporting requirements as appropriate.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 master's degree. At least one degree must be completed in agriculture education, agriculture, animal sciences, equine sciences or a closely related field. Minimum one year professional youth development experience.Degree, significant coursework, professional experience, or background working with animal / equine science related programs and livestock and/or equine handling experience.Minimum one year professional volunteer program management experience.Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations, and to work effectively as a member of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team.Prior experience working with diverse audiences and a commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning. Evidence of drive, initiative, and leadership. Must be a self-starter.Ability to communicate (speaking and writing skills) and use of technology, as demonstrated through application materials and experience in teaching, public speaking, managing and/or delivering educational programs, and/or working as part of a group or team.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: Experience managing conflict, mediating outcomes, and facilitating group discussion/decision making.Experience in audience needs identification, program development, evaluating, and reporting results of programs.Successful experience developing financial support for educational programs: grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery.Experience marketing, promoting, or creating public awareness of programs and opportunities.Demonstrated ability to use social and mass media (TV, Internet, Facebook, radio, newspapers).Experience with Shooting Sports programming for youth and/or adult audiences.Bilingual English and 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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Contact :
JoAnn Powell
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-7887
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, October 8, 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 at (970) 491-7887 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.