Job Vacancy #10-21

Area Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
Southeast Area, Bent County, Las Animas, CO

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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 49,000, with Bent having a population of 5,800 residents. The 4-H program is made up of 2 clubs with 108 youth members and 11 adult leaders. The Bent County seat, Las Animas, hosts the oldest student council-sponsored event in the United States, Santa Fe Trail Days. This event is sponsored by the Las Animas High School Student Council each spring, with assistance from the Bent County Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. Bent County has a rich history that includes various historical sites.

Agriculture is the economic base, primarily consisting of dryland and irrigation farming and livestock enterprises. Other employers in the counties include government, education, private correctional facility and local medical facilities. For more information about Southeast Area Extension, go to http://sea.extension.colostate.edu/. 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, April 5, 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.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Lacey Taylor at (719) 767-5716 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PURPOSE OF POSITION
This position will provide leadership, guidance, direction and educational program support to 4-H Youth Development, nutrition, food safety, financial management, health and wellness (family and consumer science), programs for both adult and youth audiences in Bent County and the Southeast Area. The individual in this position works as a member of a team of nine professionals in the seven-county area and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This position is located in Bent County, Las Animas, Colorado. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Extension Regional Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50%

  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of Bent County’s 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of family and consumer science research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues. These venues include but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, and volunteers.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and report impacts of county-wide non-credit educational 4-H youth development programming and family and consumer science programming in Bent County.
  • 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 and family and consumer science 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: 25%

  • 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 of the area communities.
  • Build K-12 partnerships between CSU Extension and public schools throughout Bent County.
  • Work closely with citizens, advisory and other groups, and local, state, and federal agencies in determining program needs and direction.
  • Work closely with the Bent County Fair Board and Superintendents preparing for the county fair, Bent County 4-H Council and Harvest Show committee.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • 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: 15%

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.
  • Course work or prior experience conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated use of facilitation skills in public settings, experience working in community engagement and/or community capacity building.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse audiences; this includes but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in English and 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.

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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.

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/84905