Position Summary

Descriptive Title

20-21 Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development STEM and K-12, State 4-H Office, Fort Collins, CO

Salary and Other Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

Position Description

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 University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 170,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year.

The State 4-H Youth Development Office is located on CSU’s campus in the Extension Administration Office in the University Square Building. 4-H grows young people with essential life skills like confidence, courage, resiliency, and curiosity who are empowered and prepared for life today and tomorrow. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into America’s largest youth development organization. Colorado 4-H serves youth and communities through school enrichment, special interest, after-school, camping, and club programs. 4-H Youth Development mission areas include Healthy Living, STEM and Agriculture, Civic Engagement and Leadership. To learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program visit http://co4h.colostate.edu/.


The Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development provides leadership, guidance, organization, management, and educational opportunities within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and K-12 (after-school and school enrichment) program areas as part of the CSU Extension 4-H Youth Development team to ensure that the 4-H mission and vision are achieved. This person will be responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of educational programs and curriculum. The individual in this position will work as a member of the Colorado State 4-H Program team to support the delivery of educational efforts across the state under the guidance of the State 4-H Director.


Program Leadership, Management and Evaluation: 50%

  • Provide statewide leadership and strategic planning for STEM and K-12 programming across all delivery modes.
  • Provide leadership for the 4-H program area STEM and K-12 work teams to support statewide program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts.
  • Serve on the CSU Extension 4-H STEM AmeriCorps Program Leadership Team providing guidance and expertise in 4-H Youth Development program evaluation, data collection, and reporting.
  • Provide leadership on positive youth development, experiential learning, essential elements of youth development, and other frameworks for effective 4-H program delivery.
  • Deliver informal teaching materials, seminars, workshops, meetings, and demonstrations to targeted audiences (adults and youth) and develop resources for STEM Maker trailer and STEM kits.
  • Develop STEM-related curricula for informational and educational purposes.
  • Evaluate and document expected results and statewide impacts of educational programs on targeted audiences.
  • Develop and implement a plan of work based on identified needs that will lead to improved quality of living for youth and adults, including diverse, minority and underserved communities.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 40%

  • Build collaborative relationships within the CSU community and other agencies and organizations in the STEM and K-12 fields to advance these educational efforts.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Extension agents, 4-H specialists, and campus faculty, to plan, execute, and evaluate educational programs at county and state levels in STEM and afterschool.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Colorado Afterschool Partnership.
  • Serve as Colorado 4-H STEM liaison to 4-H National Headquarters.
  • Serve as the Colorado 4-H Afterschool Programs liaison to 4-H National Headquarters.
  • Collaborate with CSU and community partners on grants, contracts, and other funding to support STEM and afterschool programs.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Administration: 10%

  • Responsible for identifying opportunities, applying for, and managing program-related grants made available and awarded through various sources including National 4-H Council. Includes grant writing, serving as principal investigator, managing budgets, and providing guidance/supervision of staff working directly on grant duties.
  • Responsible for STEM account and related grant funds housed with the Colorado 4-H Foundation.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • One degree must be conferred in education or related field demonstrating a broad and significant understanding of youth development, education, and/or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in related field such as hands on education in STEM, agriculture and/or other related subject areas; experience in building formal and/or informal educational programs, program delivery and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups, ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations, and to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and evidence of drive and initiative.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.


  • Extension and/or 4-H youth development experience.
  • Experience delivering educational programs in an after-school or other out-of-school setting.
  • Experience working in a K-12 public school setting and knowledge of K-12 educational standards.
  • Successful experience developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting or cost recovery efforts.
  • Experience in personnel and program management.
  • Experience or course work in audience needs identification, program development, experiential learning and evaluating results of programs.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.


Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.


Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.


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.


For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, July 26, 2021. 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 oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Jonathan Vrabec at (719) 520-7682 or Jonathan.Vrabec@colostate.edu.

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Contact Name

Jonathan Vrabec

Contact Email


Contact Phone

(719) 520-7682