Position Summary

Descriptive Title

40-22 Extension Regional Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Western Region, Grand Junction, CO

Salary and Other Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is $47,500-$72,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

Position Description

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsible 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. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins.

For more than 100 years, CSU Extension has been working with Colorado residents to improve profitability and sustainability of their agricultural businesses, enhance healthy choices, and augment community and personal well-being. CSU Extension provides national, research-based information and programming on a wide array of topics including 4-H youth development; individual, family, and community well-being; nutrition, food safety, and health; natural resources and water; and the agricultural areas of cropping systems, food systems, and livestock and range. CSU Extension is also a trusted resource for building and strengthening Colorado communities and leading discussions and initiatives on critical issues identified by our stakeholders.

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Agriculture, Civic Engagement and Leadership. To learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit http://co4h.colostate.edu/.


APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, May 16, 2022. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu 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 Darrin Parmenter at 970-759-4369 or darrin.parmenter@colostate.edu.



Based out of the Western Regional office in Grand Junction, the Extension Regional Specialist for 4-H Youth Development provides guidance, support, and educational opportunities for county and regional programs in the areas of 4-H and K-12 (after-school and school enrichment) youth development. Examples of 4-H programs would be: livestock, shooting sports, and STEM and K-12 (after-school and school enrichment) program areas. This position is part of the CSU Extension 4-H Youth Development team with the goal to ensure that the 4-H mission and vision are achieved in the Western Region. 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 throughout the region under the guidance of the State 4-H Director, State 4-H Specialists and supervision of the Extension Regional Director of the Western Region.



Program Leadership, Management, and Evaluation: 50%

  • Provide regional leadership and strategic planning for 4-H and K-12 programming across all delivery modes.
  • Serve as a resource to implement Common Measures throughout the Western Region or other evaluation tools as implemented by Colorado 4-H.
  • Deliver informal teaching materials, seminars, workshops, meetings, and demonstrations to targeted audiences (county agents, adults and youth) and develop resources for county program success.
  • Develop and implement regional programming based off regional Community Needs Assessment and 4-H issue canvases.

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 4-H 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, regional and state levels in livestock, shooting sports, and STEM and after-school programs.
  • Collaborate with CSU and community partners on grants, contracts, and other funding to support STEM and after-school programs.

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


Administration: 10%

  • Responsible for identifying various potential funding opportunities including but not limited to grant writing, serving as principal investigator, managing budgets, and providing guidance/supervision of staff working directly on grant duties.
  • Assist with welcoming and onboarding of new 4-H Agents in the first month of service including making connections to work teams, etc.

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


SALARY:  The starting salary range for this position is $47,500-$72,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.



  • Completed Master’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in agricultural sciences, youth development, recreation, social sciences, education or a closely related field.
  • At least five (5) years of professional 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.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • 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, fundraising, contracting or cost recovery efforts.
  • Livestock exhibition and/or youth shooting sports experience
  • Experience in personnel and program management.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish).



BENEFITS: 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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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 Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.


The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.


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.
Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/103408