Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Director and Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Huerfano County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Mar 26, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #07-20 Extension Director and Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Huerfano County, Walsenburg, CO
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Location :
Walsenburg, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The starting salary will be in the range of $45,000 $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. Huerfano County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado. The county, whose name is pronounced locally as WAR-fuh-no, was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. The county has a combined population of over 6,500. Industries providing employment are educational, health and social services (28.3%), arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (13.5%), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (13.4%), and construction (12.3%). The City of Walsenburg is a Statutory City that is the county seat and the most populous city of Huerfano County. The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is located two miles (3 km) west of Walsenburg on US 160, opposite the entrance to Lathrop State Park. Inside the building, there is a state-operated veterans home and a community hospital that serves the area. There are three 4-H clubs, with 55 participating youth and five leaders. There are three elementary, two middle and two high schools in the area and 16% of the population is below 18. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Huerfano County Director is a local representative of Colorado State University, works under the supervision of the Peaks and Plains Regional Director and will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community development and 4-H focusing on Huerfano County and assisting in other counties as appropriate. This position will deliver educational programming throughout the community, build relationships, support for Extension programming, develop, and deliver high quality programming that aligns with CSU, county and stakeholder interests. As well as providing administrative leadership for the Extension office. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50% Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Huerfano Countys 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program. Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of agriculture and natural resources research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues. These venues include but not limited to workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers. 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. Provide supervision of and support for local Master Gardeners and Native Plant Masters to ensure appropriate training and the transfer of research-based knowledge to interested parties. 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 effectively share information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans. Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by CSU Extension leadership. 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, extension advisory groups, and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community and maintain a close working relationship with the Huerfano County Board of County Commissioners. Develop relationships with the local industry and stakeholders including producers, agencies and organizations across all species to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness. 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, locally appointed extension advisory groups, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation. Recruit and provide leadership opportunities and training for leaders such as 4-H/Master Gardeners/NPM volunteers that will enable their effectiveness in working with youth/adults and retain their commitment over sustained periods. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Administration and Supervision: 10% Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback and formal evaluations for staff. Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Huerfano County and support program efforts across multiple counties. Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, county, external partners and CSU. Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $41,000 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation. Supervise one county employee. 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 agriculture, animal science, natural sciences, youth development, education, agricultural education or a closely related field. Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences. Demonstrated leadership ability. Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain measurable desired outcomes. Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them. 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: Successful professional experience in youth development, livestock, range and weed management, natural resources, and community development. 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. Skill in the recruitment, training and management of volunteers. Interest or experience in providing 4-H educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders. 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 (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 :
Bill Nobles
Phone Number with Area Code :
(719) 545-1845
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, March 26, 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 Bill Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or