Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Southeast Area, Prowers County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jun 23, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #11-20 Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Southeast Area, Prowers County, Lamar, CO
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Location :
Lamar, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 $60,000. 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. The Southeast Area is composed of seven counties in southeastern Colorado (Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers). The seven counties have a combined population of over 55,000, with Prowers having a population of 11,955 residents. The 4-H program is made up of 9 clubs with 155 youth members and 33 adult leaders. The position will also serve as the lead after-school and in-school programming in Bent County. Bent County is adjacent to Prowers and has a population of 5690 residents. Agriculture is the economic base primarily consisting of dryland and irrigation farming. Other employers in the counties include government, education and local medical facilities. For more information about Southeast Area Extension, go to To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually. PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Area Extension Agent will provide leadership, guidance, direction and implementation of Colorado State University Extension 4-H Youth Development in Prowers County. This individual will work cooperatively with the local community to keep abreast of priority community needs and provide appropriate support, facilitation and linkages to university resources. The person will work in a unified manner and coordinate with Extension staff in the Southeast Area, Peaks and Plains Region, and at Colorado State University. The office for this position is in Prowers County, Lamar Colorado. The individual is a local representative of Colorado State University, is a member of a team of 9 professionals in the seven-county area and works under the supervision of the Southeast Area Director. Programmatic efforts are to be coordinated with the other agents the Southeast Area and in the other seven counties when needed.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 40% Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Prowers Countys 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program. 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. Develop, implement, evaluate and report impacts of county-wide non-credit educational 4-H youth development programming in Prowers and Bent Counties primarily, and in coordination with other Southeast Area staff and counties. Promote youth development through in-school and after-school efforts in Prowers and Bent Counties. Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic activities requiring overnight stays. Work closely with other Extension staff in the area to assess needs, develop plans and identify resources for developing, organizing, implementing and evaluating the total 4-H program. Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 30% Work collaboratively with the area agents in agriculture, livestock, horticulture, agronomy, family and consumer sciences and youth development to coordinate and deliver balanced and effective educational programming to sustain the people, agriculture, and the environment. Build K-12 partnerships between CSU Extension and public schools throughout Prowers and Bent Counties. Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences. Work with other youth serving organizations and agencies to help provide a comprehensive youth development program. Work closely with citizens, advisory and other groups, and local, state, and federal agencies in determining program needs and direction. Work closely with the Sand and Sage Round-Up Fair Board and Superintendents preparing for the county fair, The Holly Gateway Fair Board, Prowers Livestock Committee, Prowers County Horse Committee and the Prowers County 4-H Foundation and associated events. Provide leadership and program assistance with other activities as assigned.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 20% Recruit and provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H volunteer leaders that will enable their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment over sustained periods of time. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Administration and Supervision: 10% Use entrepreneurial skills to find and/or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, user fees, etc.) to help support county and programming efforts. Manage a significant budget ($6,500 non-appropriated) including support for cost recovery, revenue generation and grants (~$10,000). Provide supervision of the office administrative assistant and help assure communication within the office and with county commissioners and other appropriate stakeholders. 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. Degree must be conferred in agriculture and natural resources, animal science, education, youth development or a 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 Vice President of Engagement and Extension. Course work or prior experience or evidence of capacity to conduct effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences. Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter. Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes. Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience. Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations. 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: Completed Masters degree. Experience in audience needs identification and evaluating results of programs and projects, including development of appropriate evaluation instruments. Experience in the management of educational programs. Experience in effectively translating and communicating technical information to lay people. Professional experience with/knowledge of Extension and the Land-Grant University System. Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, and/or cost recovery efforts. Ability to Speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University 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 history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also 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 :
Bruce Fickenscher
Phone Number with Area Code :
(719) 688-3043
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Please submit the following 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 Bruce Fickenscher at (719) 688-3043 or