Position Summary

Descriptive Title

01-22 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Garfield County, Rifle, CO

Salary and Other Benefits

The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $56,000. Starting salary 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.

Garfield County is located in western Colorado and is experiencing a steady population and economic growth. According to the 2020 Census population, Garfield County has 61,685 residents, with 25% of the population under 18 years of age. The communities in Garfield County (Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Battlement Mesa and Parachute) have diverse economies, shopping opportunities, and housing choices. Garfield County is primarily rural, with 60% public land. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound and include hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, skiing, and other activities typically associated with Colorado. The Extension office is in the town of Rifle. Rifle offers easy access to a major interstate highway (I-70) and is within a one-hour drive time of the Grand Junction airport. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/. For more information about the Garfield County Extension, go to https://garfield.extension.colostate.edu/.

Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, December 5, 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 Carla Farrand at (970) 319-9377 or Carla.Farrand@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

Colorado State University Extension and Garfield County are seeking a youth development professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive youth development program. The person will have a proven track record of developing and managing volunteers, building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Extension Agent will be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups. The individual in this position provides leadership, guidance, and management to the 4-H youth development program in Garfield County and serves as part of the 4-H and youth development team in Garfield County. They work as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual will work under the programmatic guidance of the State 4-H Office and will regularly collaborate with other Extension staff across program and county lines as well as actively participate on State 4-H teams and committees.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation, and Reporting: 50%

  • Provide leadership and support for all Garfield County 4-H programming. Cooperate with other 4-H Agents in the Northwest Region (Eagle, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson, Summit, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties) for regional programming.
  • Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Actively participate in the MQA program, project area, and 4-H Council – member training.
  • Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%

  • Actively participate in the Garfield County Fairboard, Garfield County Shooting Sports Council, Garfield Horse Advisory Committee, Garfield County Outdoors, and the Livestock Marketing Committee.
  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority youth development needs.
  • Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools, and other youth-serving organizations, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • 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: 15%

  • As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, diverse adult, and youth volunteer-based program, including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, mid-management, and public education/information roles.

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

Administration and Supervision: 10%

  • No direct supervision of administrative staff but works extensively in the guidance of administrative staff in 4-H issues.
  • May seasonally supervise 4-H intern.

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

SALARY:

The salary range for this position is $42,000 – $56,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must have been conferred in agricultural sciences, youth development, Extension education or a closely related field.
  • A successful candidate without a completed master’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree within five years from the start of employment. The degree process must be initiated with 12 months of the hire date. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Vice President of Engagement and Extension.
  • Experience in working with youth, youth organizations, individual volunteers, and volunteers groups; ability to build and maintain successful partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • 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 driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Experience planning educational events, fundraising, grantsmanship, and working in teams.
  • Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media, and/or social media methods.
  • 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/95530

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Carla Farrand

Contact Email

Carla.Farrand@colostate.edu

Contact Phone

(970) 319-9377