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Logan County (pop. 22,000) is in Northeastern Colorado. Logan County has an agriculturally based economy with dryland, irrigated and livestock enterprises. It is a trade center for a 60-mile radius. The county seat, Sterling, has a population of 14,000 and is about a two-hour drive northeast of Denver. Major employers include a state correctional facility, city and county government, school districts, Sterling Regional Medical Center, technology, manufacturing and agriculture related services. Sterling is home to the Northeastern Junior College and the Colorado State University Regional Engagement Center. The county has strong support from volunteer and civic organizations. To learn more about Logan County, go to http://www.loganco.gov/. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to https://extension.colostate.edu/.

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, March 29, 2021. 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.

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PURPOSE OF POSITION
Colorado State University Extension and Logan County are seeking a professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive family and consumer science and youth development programs. This individual will be responsible for partnering with and working through a variety of county and community partners to assess needs, plan, coordinate, deliver and evaluate programming to meet local needs in human, family, and community development; family financial stability; food safety and preservation; nutrition, health, and wellness as they relate to youth, individuals, families, and communities. The person will have a proven record of accomplishment of developing and managing volunteers, building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The individual in this position works as a member of the local Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University and the County. This individual works under the supervision of the County Extension Director.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60%

  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the County’s FCS/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.
  • To develop and enhance an effective, educational, family and consumer science program that supports the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences in a rural environment.
  • Deliver family and consumer science research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues including but not limited to workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers.
  • Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and periodic activities requiring overnight stays.
  • Actively engage with other FCS and 4-H Extension teams across counties and the state to plan, deliver, and evaluate programs; actively participate in and report to the FCS and 4-H Program Reporting Units.
  • Collaborate with committees and councils to develop and maintain policies and procedures related to local programming.
  • Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Provide leadership, in collaboration with other agents, to multi-county 4-H activities within the Northeast Region.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by Extension.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Develop strong working relationships with local Extension staff, the State 4-H office and specialists, university staff, local schools, city and county departments, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance local youth development programming.
  • Work with other youth serving organizations and agencies to help provide a comprehensive youth development program.
  • Support family and consumer science, 4-H groups or committees related to the annual County Fair, including maintaining a relationship and presence with the Fairboard.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • 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: 20%

  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Provide leadership for adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to take on mid-manager, leadership, education, and information delivery roles in support of Family and Consumer Science and 4-H youth development programs.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $47,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:           

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in family and consumer sciences related program area (human nutrition, food safety, human development, financial management, community development, health and exercise science), youth development, education, public health or closely related field. Course work must provide a broad understanding of family and consumer sciences topics and programming areas.
  • 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. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Vice President of Engagement and Extension.
  • Experience or coursework in conducting educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of drive, initiative, and leadership skills.
  • 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 relevant to the position.
  • Training or experience in geriatrics, family financial budgeting and management, and nutrition (food preparation and handling safety).
  • Course work, professional experience and/or background in food systems, on-farm food safety, farmers markets, cottage food production, and/or production agriculture.
  • Experience in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education, social media).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation, and public issues education.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts).
  • Ability to speak 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.