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#11-21 – Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Civic Engagement and Curriculum   arrow

State 4-H Office, Fort Collins, CO
Deadline: April 27, 2021

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.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 170,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year.

The State 4-H Youth Development Office is located on CSU’s campus in the Extension Administration Office in the University Square Building. 4-H grows young people with essential life skills like confidence, courage, resiliency, and curiosity, who are empowered and prepared for life today and tomorrow. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into America’s largest youth development organization. Colorado 4-H enrollment surpasses 100,000 youth annually and serves youth and communities through school enrichment, special interest, after-school, camping, and club programs. 4-H Youth Development mission areas include Healthy Living, STEM and Agriculture, Civic Engagement and Leadership. To learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Please submit the following to 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 For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Julia Hurdelbrink at (303) 637-8108 or


The Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Civic Engagement and Curriculum will provide innovative leadership and direction developing and delivering 4-H Civic Engagement programs that empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. This will include community engagement, civil education, service, and personal development programming. This person will also provide leadership for identifying, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum for outreach and priority programs as identified on the national and state level. These curriculum and program resources will be adaptable for use in community-based 4-H clubs, schools, home-school programs and community partnership programs such as those in out-of-school time and with other youth serving organizations. The individual in this position will work as a member of the Colorado State 4-H Youth Development Team to lead and support the delivery of educational efforts across the state.


Program Leadership Management and Evaluation: 50%

  • Provide leadership for identifying, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum and programs for use in a variety of settings and organizations.
  • Provide leadership for outreach and statewide priority programs including the mission areas of civic engagement and leadership, healthy living, and science.
  • Work as a member of the state team to develop and deliver training and workshops related to frameworks for effective 4-H Youth Development program delivery for agents, volunteers, teachers, and other community partners.
  • Provide leadership and direction for 4-H project literature including identification, development, training, implementation, evaluation, and revisions.
  • Provide leadership for the 4-H Curriculum and Outreach Work Team to support statewide development, delivery, and evaluation efforts.
  • Provide leadership for program development for teens through youth-adult partnerships.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 40%

  • Build collaborative relationships within the CSU community and with other agencies and organizations to advance educational efforts through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Extension agents, specialists, and campus faculty to plan, execute and evaluate educational programs at county and state levels.
  • Coordinate and direct outreach efforts to new groups including those identified as priority Champion Groups of youth audience in Colorado.
  • Work collaboratively to provide leadership and direction for school enrichment, after school and out of school programs.

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

Administration: 10%

  • Responsible for applying for and delivering program-related grants made available and awarded through various sources including National 4-H Council. Includes grant writing, serving as principle investigator, managing budgets, and providing guidance/supervision of staff working on grant duties.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in education, youth development, communications, community development or a closely related field.
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in curriculum development, youth development, educational design, non-formal education, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and use of technology in program design and development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate team building, group planning and interaction working with both adult and youth audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups, ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations, and to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • 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.


  • Successful experience developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fundraising, contracting and cost recovery efforts.
  • Experience delivering educational programs in an after-school or other out-of- school setting.
  • Experience working in a K-12 school setting.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering 4-H programming in a professional setting.
  • Knowledge of K-12 educational standards.
  • 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.

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,

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