Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Director and Agent, Natural Resources, Horticulture, and Energy, Gilpin County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Oct 29, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #39-19 Extension Director and Agent, Natural Resources, Horticulture, and Energy, Gilpin County, Black Hawk, CO
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Location :
Black Hawk, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $47,500 - $70,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and education.
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. Gilpin County is located in the mountains west of the Denver Metropolitan area. The county is rural in feel and rich in scenic beauty. Urban amenities such as grocery stores, doctors, banks, and other stores are 30 minutes away. Central City is the county seat in this 150 square mile county. A majority of the approximately 6,000 residents live in the eastern half of the county; the western half of the county is primarily Forest Service land. The Gilpin County Extension office is located seven miles to the north of Black Hawk on the county fairgrounds campus. According to a recent survey, Gilpin County residents enjoy a very high quality of life. Extension is one of the most highly rated services in the county. Colorado State University Extension and Gilpin County work cooperatively to develop and engage the community in locally driven programming enhanced by partners, campus and community-based expertise, and resources. The staff of Gilpin County Extension consists of this director/agent position, a part-time administrative staff, and a part-time 4-H STEM program associate. Gilpin County Extension works cooperatively with agents from other counties to deliver programming and provide access to research-based information and expertise in horticulture, agriculture, natural resources, youth development, energy, community development, and family and consumer sciences. Visit to learn more about Colorado State University Extension or to learn more about Gilpin County Extension.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: This person provides leadership for the overall Extension program in Gilpin County. The individual represents both Gilpin County and Colorado State University throughout the community, builds relationships and support for Extension programming, and develops and delivers high quality programming that aligns with county and stakeholder interests. In addition to providing administrative leadership for the office (inclusive work environment, budget, staff development and supervision), this person provides leadership for programming in natural resources, horticulture, emergency preparedness, energy; and supports other program areas. This person is also the noxious weed manager for the county. This individual works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University and Gilpin County. Gilpin County Extension operates as a unit within Gilpin County government where the county manager serves as Extensions liaison. The Gilpin County Extension Director works under the guidance and supervision of the CSU Extension Front Range Regional Director. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 75% Develop, deliver, and evaluate research-based educational programming in natural resources, including weed science, mountain horticulture, renewable energy, and forest health to meet county needs for both youth and adult audiences. Consult with Extension faculty and staff, Extension work teams, university faculty and staff, and other experts in the development of educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works. Periodically share progress and outcomes with stakeholders. Actively participate in the environmental horticulture, natural resources, and energy PRUs at the county and state levels, as appropriate. Assist in developing or reviewing curriculum, development of teaching tools and demonstration projects. Participate in professional development opportunities to further the expertise in these teams. Act as the county weed manager to survey and map weeds, work cooperatively with the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, provide supervision and direction to contractors for County ROW control, and provide information and educational programming in weed science to the public, including website information on weeds specific to Gilpin County. Manage the Colorado Master Gardener program for Gilpin County and provide leadership for adult and youth volunteer development and engagement through volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support. Promote programming for diverse audiences and 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. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 15% Provide input on local county situation and trends. Work with community groups, county/state agencies, local leaders, Extension advisory committees, the regional director, county partners, and other Extension professionals to address county needs. Create awareness of Extension, programs and impacts and CSUs partnership with Gilpin County throughout the community and within local government. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Administration and Supervision: 10% Provide administrative leadership and direction for the Gilpin County Extension office. This includes working with staff, advisory committees, board of county commissioners, the county manager, county departments, community agencies, and other entities. Lead in the identification of goals and in assuring Extension programs produce measurable results in the county. Inspire, coach, provide developmental opportunities, supervision, performance evaluations and leadership for permanent staff; interns, and short-term employment opportunities as appropriate. Build and support an environment of teamwork, civility, and inclusion throughout the office and the Gilpin County Extension programs. Prepare and manage office budget including support for cost recovery, resource development grants, contracts and revenue generation to support 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 natural resources, horticulture, forestry, environmental sciences, agriculture, or a closely related field. Ability and willingness to use personal and group communication skills to connect and successfully work with individuals and internal and external partners and to bring quality educational delivery, public speaking/presentation and writing skills to their day-to-day work and engagement. Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes. Experience promoting, marketing, and/or creating public awareness of programs and services among key community decision makers and throughout a community. Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs. Knowledge/experience with noxious weed ID and management. 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: Familiarity with mountain horticulture including native plants, wildlife, and forestry issues. Prior supervisory, budget, and office leadership experience. Successful experience developing financial support for educational programs: grant writing, fund raising, contracting, and cost recovery. Prior volunteer program management experience or capacity to manage a volunteer program. Experience in audience needs identification, program development, and evaluating results of programs. Degree or substantial coursework in youth development, energy, food safety and/or family and consumer sciences. 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 :
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 29, 2019. Please submit the following to to apply: Resume, Cover letter, Transcripts 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: Statement (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 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.