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#01-21 – Area Extension Agent, Agriculture Marketing and Small Acreage Management   arrow

Tri River Area, Montrose County, Montrose, CO
Deadline: January 19, 2021

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The Tri River Area (TRA) is a four-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. This position is based in Montrose County. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000, and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 with the county office housed in the Montrose office. Mesa County has a population of approximately 150,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000, and the county office is in Delta. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://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 Tuesday, January 19, 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 oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Douglas Dean at (970) 244-1840 or Douglas.Dean@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

This position develops, markets, and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Tri River Area Extension Director.

The position will provide leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in livestock, pasture, range crop, soil, and weed sciences in the Tri River Area. This will include work with conventional crops, specialty crops, and pastures. Programs must include attention to irrigation and farm efficiency through new and established technologies including pesticides, with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability.

This position will also provide leadership and support for agricultural enterprises through professional assistance with marketing and development of business plans. The program will service a wide audience of agricultural entrepreneurs ranging from new farmers to owners and operators of maturing agricultural businesses. The individual will provide marketing and business development through one-on-one assistance as well as seminars and networking opportunities designed to enhance the economic viability of all Tri River Area agricultural enterprises.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 75%

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery in response to identified needs in crop, soil, and weed sciences. This includes traditional agronomic practices and organic practices.
  • Work with agriculture producers to implement best management practices in conventional and specialty crops. This may include research and demonstration studies on cooperating farms and at the CSU Research Centers in cooperation with the manager and researchers.
  • Provide training and resources to agricultural producers and assist with developing marketing plans.
  • Be a conduit to a wide range of marketing resources via CSU, industry outlets, and specialty marketing networks and initiatives.
  • Research what products are marketable and can be locally produced.
  • Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.
  • Work effectively with mass media (TV, web, internet, radio, newspapers).
  • Commit to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, other departments and agencies, and the general public that inspires loyalty, excellence, and integrity.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts for TRA.
  • Support and build relationships with applicable agriculture and marketing groups, committees and organizations.
  • Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes.
  • Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within TRA.
  • Seek out, develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts.
  • 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.

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $42,000 – $60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in agricultural sciences, agricultural marketing, business, economics, natural resources, Extension education or a closely related field. Educational background must include the behavioral sciences.
  • 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 and professional experience must provide an understanding of production agriculture and agricultural marketing.
  • 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.
  • 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 in one of the fields above.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn of livestock, irrigated crop production, dryland production, soil fertility, weed management, pastures, and plant identification.
  • Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Experience or knowledge of innovative agricultural practices such as agro tourism, specialty crops and specialty markets, value-added processing, product marketing, and other strategies that support profitability and sustainability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, web, internet, radio, newspapers).
  • Experience creating, presenting, and organizing educational conferences, seminars, and workshops.
  • Ability to speak 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: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/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.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

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/82401