Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Director and Agent, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, Jackson County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Oct 31, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #43-19 Extension Director and Agent, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, Jackson County, Walden, CO
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Location :
Walden, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $72,000. 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. Jackson County, population 1,396, also known as North Park, is located in north-central Colorado in a sub-alpine valley surrounded by several mountain ranges. The county comprises 1628 square miles and elevations range from 7,800 feet to 13,000 feet above sea level. Jackson County is officially designated a Frontier community being the fourth-least densely populated of 64 Colorado counties, averaging less than one person per square mile. The town of Walden, with 600 residents, is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county and is located at least 60 miles from any sizeable neighboring town. Jackson County is home to the headwaters of the North Platte River and is known as the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado. Highway 14 runs between Fort Collins and Walden along the Cache La Poudre Scenic Byway. With1,600 square miles of untouched mountain scenery and 65% public lands, there are abundant opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. The economy of Jackson County is agriculturally based along with a robust outdoor recreation component. Large ranches dominate the agricultural landscape alongside expanding oil and gas development and remnants of a once prosperous timber industry. We have a thriving cattle industry and ranches that produce some of the largest per acre quantity and highest quality grass hay in Colorado. During the past couple of decades, like other agricultural communities, many of our family-owned ranches have sold to larger corporate businesses, and this has notably changed the social and economic dynamics of Jackson County. The 2016 census estimates note our Median Household Income of $41,240; ranking 44th compared to other Colorado counties. Our North Park School District is among Colorados smallest 36 schools with a 2016 Pre-K to 12th-grade student membership of 192. 51% of these students were eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. Despite our size and economic status, the school district has been recognized as Accredited with Distinction several times with the high school recently receiving the Governors Distinguished Improvement Award.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Colorado State University Extension and Jackson County are seeking an agriculture professional with the experience and skills to lead diverse and inclusive agriculture, horticulture, natural resource, and 4-H Youth Development programs. The person will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in Jackson County and assisting other counties as appropriate. The person will have a proven track record of developing and managing volunteers and building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Extension Agent will be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups. CSU Extension Agents throughout the state work as a team and share expertise. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Western Region Extension Director. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60% Work directly with the community to identify and promote community-based needs for informal education using the most appropriate educational methods including digital and online media, written materials, or live workshop formats to assess and address the communitys needs for informal education; develop and implement educational strategies and measure the impact of education and programs. Share all programming developed with CSU Extension. Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide. Provide program and information delivery to support colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate. As part of the Jackson Extension team, continue to develop and enhance 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 in a rural environment. Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research, and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations. Identify resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, cost recovery fees, etc.) to enhance the program. Manage county, area, state, and grant budget allocations where appropriate. Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic events requiring overnight stays. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20% Work with local groups and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community; specific emphasis will be local and regional 4-H Youth, community groups, and agriculture groups. Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies, and area non-profits and stakeholders. Identify and build collaborations with other agencies and groups (public and private) to support them in addressing their priority needs. Work with advisory groups, local leaders, and Extension agents in other counties, to assess informal education needs in the area, develop/revise plans of work, implement educational strategies, and measure and report programmatic impacts. 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: 10% Provide leadership opportunities and training for all 4-H leaders that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over sustained periods of time. Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery, and evaluation. Provide leadership and recruitment for volunteers for the Jackson County Fair. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Administration and Supervision: 10% Prepare and manage an office budget, including support for cost recovery, resource development, and revenue generation. Use entrepreneurial skills to find and/or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, user fees, etc.) to help support county and programming efforts. Inspire, coach, provide developmental opportunities, supervision, performance evaluations, and leadership for office administrative staff. Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, CSU Office of Engagement, and in the county with external partners. Abide by all Jackson County Human Resource and Budget office requirements. Provide leadership and supervision for the Colorado Master Gardener, Master Food Safety Advisor, and 4-H leaders and volunteers. Provide leadership and supervision for superintendents for the Jackson County Fair, including but not limited to training for Fair entry. 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. The degree must be conferred in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, youth development, natural resources, human development, social or behavioral sciences or closely related field. A successful candidate without a completed masters degree will be required to complete a masters degree 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. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise an office, including budget management. Training or experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs, including needs identification. Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience. Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes. 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. Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations. Successful professional experience or education in one or more of these areas: youth development, STEM, livestock, range, home and production horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigation, plant insects and diseases, and clean and renewable energy. Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a team approach to county, regional and state programming. Demonstrated experience in the area of production agriculture, livestock, range, agronomy, soils, irrigation, horticulture, and natural resources. Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues. Familiarity with small acreage management. Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and advisory groups. Experience or training in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of programs/services among key community decision-makers and the ability to work effectively with the media including TV, radio, print, and internet. Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
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 :
CJ Mucklow
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 241-3346
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, October 31, 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 CJ Mucklow at (970) 241-3346 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.