Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science, Kit Carson County, Golden Plains Area
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Mar 03, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #09-20 Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science, Kit Carson County, Golden Plains Area, Burlington, CO
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Location :
Burlington, CO
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Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 $45,000 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. The Golden Plains Area is a partnership between Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Kit Carson county is located in east central Colorado and is traversed by I70 and highways 385 and 59. Burlington is the county seat, located 150 miles east of the front range cities of Denver and Colorado Springs via I70 and highway 24. Kit Carson County is home to 7,163 people with five school districts organized across the county. The population is 78 percent white and 19 percent Hispanic or Latino with 12 percent speaking Spanish at home. The county 4-H program serves 190 youth. The program has nine 4-H clubs and 86 adult volunteer leaders supporting youth projects and activities, ten of which support FCS related projects. Extension agents and program associates from the five offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado's most progressive agricultural producers, families and community related agencies. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. The Area's predominate feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer accommodating deep well, center pivot irrigated crop production and livestock production. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities. For more information about the Golden Plains Area Extension, go to: For more information about Extension at Colorado State University, go to: Colorado State University provides employees with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually; guidelines are available at:
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Extension Agent is a local representative of Colorado State University, serves as a member of an area team and works under the supervision of Golden Plains Area Extension Director. The individual will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of Family and Consumer Science educational programs for adults and youth in the Golden Plains Area Counties. The individual will also work cooperatively with other Extension Agents, Specialists, University Faculty, researchers, and industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality educational programming and information to benefit Coloradoans. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60% Provide 4-H youth development leadership and general resource support, as part of the 4-H team, for family and consumer science, school enrichment and outreach programs for youth. Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery to the Golden Plains Area in response to locally identified needs in youth development, family and consumer sciences and emerging enterprises to enhance current opportunities for families. Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate; this may take the form of delivering priority consumer or industry programming, representing CSUE on boards or in partnerships, or responding to atypical requests for information in specified area of expertise. Work cooperatively with Area and 4-H agents to provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H /Youth project leaders and/or members to ensure integration of current best management practices. Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation. Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans. 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 relationships with the local community partners including agencies and organizations across all service providers to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness. Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes. Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery. Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $10,000 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation. 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% Recruit, train and support volunteers to extend nutrition, food preservation and /or, food safety research-based information and/or programs to consumers. Work to recognize and retain their services over time. 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 programs. 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 conferred prior to start of employment. One degree must have been conferred in youth development, family and consumer sciences related program area (human nutrition, food safety, human development, financial management, community development, health and exercise science), education, public health or closely related field. Course work must provide a broad understanding of family and consumer sciences topics and programming areas. 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 Vice President of Engagement and Extension. Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups, and staff, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with clients and other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals. Demonstrated leadership ability. Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes. 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. 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 relevant to the position. Successful professional experience in youth development, family and consumer science topic areas, human development and/or education. Experience in community development and/or facilitation. Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education). Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs. Experience in providing family and consumer science educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders. Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution and public issues education. Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts).
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


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Contact :
Dennis Kaan
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 345-2287
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Please submit the following to to apply: Resume. Cover letter. Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number. Special Required Documentation - Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable Required and Preferred Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately. All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. 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 Dennis Kaan at (970) 345-2287 or email