Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Director, City and County of Denver
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Apr 28, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #12-20 Extension Director, City and County of Denver, CO
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Location :
Denver, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
Starting salary range for this position is $55,000 -$90,000 as appropriate for education and experience.
Start Date:
None Stated
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. We encourage application from people of all backgrounds and abilities and invite you to review Colorado State Universitys Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service, and engagement. ( Denver is located 12 miles east of the Rocky Mountain foothills and at a mile-high elevation. Over 700,000 residents call Denver home with another two and a half million residing in the 10-county metro area. The city celebrates diverse cultures, western history, and a rich ethnic heritage through many events, communities, fairs, and festivals. The Denver Public School System has 207 schools and 93,000 students; three-quarters of students identify as racially diverse, 65% participate in free and reduced lunch programs, and 36% are Spanish-speaking. Denver International Airport, Light Rail, and ground transportation systems link much of Denver whose park system is unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and the City and County of Denver (Denver) work cooperatively to engage communities in research-based programming that is attuned to Denver and enhanced by partners, and campus- and community-based expertise and resources. Extension program areas include community and leadership development, environmental horticulture, youth development, health and wellness, nutrition and food safety, natural resources, food systems, urban agriculture, and energy. Denver Extension is housed in Denvers Department of Parks and Recreation; the director of natural resources serves as Denvers liaison to CSUE. Denver Extension staff includes this director position, an assistant director/horticulture agent, two 4-H agents, two Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) educators, a Master Gardener coordinator/fiscal manager, a part-time support staff, and several AmeriCorps members and interns. To learn more, visit Denver Extension at; or Denver at or CSUE at
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: CSUE and Denver are seeking a dynamic leader with the experience and skills to represent Extension in Denver, build effective partnerships, and lead staff in the strategic delivery of research-based educational programs and services attuned to the city. The person will have a record of success in creating and operationalizing a strategic vision; managing administrative functions; developing and growing priority relationships; generating resources; and fostering a climate of inclusion among staff, volunteers, partners, and community. The director will be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups verbally, in writing, through presentations, collaborative projects, facilitation, marketing and social media, and educational programming. This individual will promote, represent, and build strong connections for Extension in Denver and support staff in doing the same. The director must also be an effective leader of change and demonstrate both openness and flexibility as CSU Extension is currently reinvigorating its mission and reviewing its organizational structure, which may change regional alignment and reporting lines. The directoras a representative of Colorado State Universityis supervised by the CSUE Front Range Region director and maintains a strong working relationship with the City and County of Denver. The Denver Extension director is responsible for overall office administration, personnel, programming, and climate. They foster both internal and external collaboration and teamwork; direct budget, provide fiscal management and support revenue generation. The director supervises the assistant director/horticulture agent and two 4-H youth development agents in addition to providing program guidance. The assistant director/horticulture agent provides day-to-day supervision for the EFNEP program and staff, horticulture and Master Gardener programs and staff, and temporary office staff. The assistant director role (30% time) is funded through 4/30/2021; without new funding, the assistant director duties will revert to the director position and the horticulture agent will resume full-time horticulture responsibilities. The director will also develop, deliver, and/or coordinate educational programming that allows Denver, Extension, and Colorado State University to cooperatively address local needs and share information; and collaborate across county lines with other Denver metro counties and external partners to provide education and conduct research. The director will also collaborate with the CSU Office of Engagement and Extension, SPUR [the CSU National Western Center Initiative (], and other CSU and City and County of Denver initiatives. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Administration and Supervision: 40% Provide administrative and program leadership to strategically deliver Extension educational programs in Denver that are aligned with CSUE opportunities, Denvers priorities, and the needs of the community. Program leadership requires collaboration and support for programming efforts that reach across organizations, community, county and regional lines, and program areas. Develop the annual Denver Extension plan of work, evaluate efforts, and report impacts to stakeholders. Develop and grow the budget to support program and office functions. Work with the CSU Extension and Denver to effectively manage resources, identify opportunities, and fill fiscal gaps. Promote engagement with diverse and underrepresented audiences, and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies. Develop and maintain an office environment based on CSUs Principles of Community. Engage staff regularly to inspire innovation, collaboration, and a supportive and inclusive work environment. Participate actively in the hiring and onboarding of staff; provide supervision, guidance, evaluation, and professional development opportunities for the staff; and build an environment of teamwork, innovation, and collaboration. Promote and actively represent CSU Extension and programming to internal and external audiences. Provide supervision, support, and guidance to the assistant director/horticulture agent. Assistant director duties include: 1) Daily managing the office budget. 2) Providing day-to-day supervision, performance evaluations, and leadership for the Master Gardener coordinator, interns, and non-student hourly staff. 3) Assisting in building and supporting an environment of teamwork, civility, and inclusion in the office and within Extension programs. 4) Developing working relationships with Denver departments and personnel, CSU, CSU Extension staff, and local advisory groups. 5) Preparing and providing information and reports to stakeholders, as appropriate. 6) Implementing processes and procedures as required by CSU, Extension, the City and County of Denver, partners, and grantors. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Extension Programming and Community Engagement: 30% Cooperatively or individually facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address Denver needs and interests; evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes. Support staff in the development and delivery of their programming. Work with CSU faculty and staff, Extension specialists, and agents by actively participating on at least one work team. Explore opportunities to collaborate with SPUR (the CSU National Western Center Initiative) and CSU Hubs to develop programming across county and regional lines. Explore innovative program and grant-funded opportunities that support engagement, community building, Citizen Science, urban/rural connectivity, the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension, and other opportunities, as appropriate. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 30% Build, maintain, and manage strong working relationships with internal and external partners to accomplish strategic initiatives, engage underrepresented and diverse audiences, and cultivate new and continuing funding sources to support programming. Facilitate communication and working relationships with Colorado State University administration, departments, specialists, faculty, and staff to support and enhance programming. Work with a local Extension advisory committees, the City and County of Denver, community leaders, nonprofits, and external partners to continually assess community conditions, needs, opportunities, and emerging issues. 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 be awarded in an area that supports Extension programming (youth development, food systems, health and wellness, agriculture, horticulture, health and wellness, nutrition and food safety, natural resources, energy, community and/or leadership development, or a related degree that can significantly contribute to programming). Professional experience managing and leading a complex office, including: developing and managing a budget including resource generation (fees, grants, or contracts); supervising a staff including selection, motivation, professional growth, evaluation, and support; establishing SOPs that promote effective delivery of products and services; creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming office environment; and developing strong working relationships with people, organizations, and communities that are effective and inspire loyalty, excellence, and integrity. Two years professional experience that demonstrates the ability to develop relationships with and invest in community, build capacity, leverage resources, and successfully deliver programming to underserved or underrepresented audiences. Demonstrated professional communication skills including writing, teaching, public speaking/presentation, data interpretation for diverse audiences, and the successful use of technology to manage office functions and/or support program management and delivery. Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; and the ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations in an urban setting. Evidence of drive, initiative, and leadership. Demonstrated proficiency in conflict management, and group and community facilitation. Must have a valid drivers license, the ability to obtain a drivers license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. Experience in audience needs identification, educational program development, and the delivery of programs, program evaluation, and impact reporting. Experience promoting, marketing, or creating public awareness for programs and/or services through mass and social media. Ability to create, generate support, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives. Experience leading advisory committees, focus groups, or boards of directors.
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 :
JoAnn Powell
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-2806
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 28, 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 JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-2806 or