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Larimer County, Fort Collins, CO
Deadline: July 13, 2017

Larimer County is the ninth largest county in Colorado at 2640 square miles, and the sixth largest county in population with over 340,000 residents. Located in north central Colorado, Larimer County is a county of contrasts ranging from the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park in the west to foothills and plains along the Interstate 25 corridor. The majority of the population resides in Fort Collins and Loveland. There are three school districts in the county. The median household income is $75,800. There is a commitment to preserving agriculture, its heritage, and open space in an urbanizing county. Larimer County offers a variety of attractive residential choices, excellent schools, parks, greenbelts and trail systems, recreation, cultural opportunities, and an inviting quality of life. Fort Collins is home to the Colorado State University campus. The sixteen Extension staff members consist of the Director, seven Extension agents including (agriculture/natural resources, horticulture, 4-H youth development and food safety), several coordinators, an EFNEP community educator and supervisor, and support staff. To learn more, visit the Larimer County website at or the Larimer County Extension website at  To learn more about CSU Extension, visit:

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday July 13, 2017. Please submit the following to to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
  • Special Required Documentation:
    • Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.

For questions regarding the application process, contact For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887,

PURPOSE OF POSITION: This position will be responsible for an appropriated budget (program, travel, operating, staff, etc.) of approximately $580,000, and a substantial non-appropriated account for program reinvestment. In addition, they are responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Larimer County Extension office. They work under the general supervision of the Front Range Region Director who they may consult with if questions arise. The person will have a record of success managing administrative functions including budget, personnel, programming, day-to-day office operations and fostering both internal and external collaborations and teamwork. The Director will also be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups verbally, in writing, through presentations, collaborative projects and educational programming. This individual will promote, represent, and build connections for Extension in Larimer County and support staff and stakeholders in doing the same.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: This individual will work as a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and under the guidance and supervision of the Regional Extension director. The successful candidate will:

Administration and Supervision

  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Larimer County and support efforts to program across multiple counties.
  • Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback and formal evaluations for staff.
  • Prepare and manage a significant budget ($580,000) including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.
  • Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within Larimer County government; engage staff to do the same.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county as well as with external partners; provide; facilitate opportunities and conversations, manage conflict and support engaged work.
  • Promote engagement with diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships

  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the Larimer County Administrative team, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies and area non-profits and stakeholders.
  • Work with these groups and the public to continually assess local conditions, identify priority needs, and set program direction.
  • Recognize and act upon opportunities to build relationships and connect community and university resources to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Facilitate communications and working relationships with Colorado State University administrators, departments and agencies, University-based specialists and support personnel to enhance programming.

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address community and multi-county needs; evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes.
  • Support staff in the development and delivery of valued programming.
  • Engage with appropriate Extension work-teams.

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management

  • Support staff in the development and on-going implementation of volunteer programs including program development, risk management, conflict management, issue resolution and support for training and recognition.
  • Manage and support open class county fair superintendents.

SALARY: Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience, not to exceed $80,000.


  • Completed master’s degree. Degree may be in a variety of disciplines, including business, community development, Extension education, youth development, agricultural sciences, social sciences, family and consumer sciences, Public Health or related degree that can significantly contribute to administrative and/or program responsibilities.
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience managing and leading a complex office, including: developing and managing a significant budget,supporting and managing a sizeable staff including selection, supervision, motivation and creation of an office environment that is inclusive, establishing day-to-day operating procedures and policies that promote effective and efficient delivery of product and services, developing working relationships with peers, staff, other departments and agencies, and the general public that are effective, and inspire loyalty, excellence and integrity.
  • Experience in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of programs and services.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse youth and adult audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement.
  • Experience in audience needs identification, educational program development, delivery of programs including technology and program evaluation.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in conflict management, group or public facilitation and negotiation.
  • 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.


  • Demonstrated experience in contracting, grantsmanship or cost recovery efforts.
  • Prior Extension experience.
  • Bilingual, English and Spanish.

BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave.  Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at:

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. 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.

Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at: