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#15-21 – Extension Director   arrow

Jefferson County, Golden, CO
Deadline: June 15, 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.

Inspired by its land-grant heritage, CSU is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service, and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world.

Jefferson County is one of the five counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County, is now a thriving suburban, business, industrial and residential community interspersed with small farms, urban agriculture, and ranchettes. It’s located where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains with some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. Outdoor lovers have three national forests and two state parks to choose from as well as a vibrant Open Space parks system. To learn more, visit the Extension Jefferson County website at or the Colorado State University Extension website at:

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 15, 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 Tim Aston at (303) 738-7907 or


Colorado State University Extension and Jefferson County are seeking a proven leader with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and high-functioning staff in the strategic delivery of quality educational programs and services attuned to Jefferson County. 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 Jefferson County and support staff and stakeholders in doing the same.


Administration and Supervision: 60%

  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Jefferson 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 ($900,000) including cost recovery and revenue generation.
  • Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within Jefferson 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; facilitate opportunities and conversations, manage conflict and support engaged work.
  • Implement policies and procedures of Colorado State University and Jefferson County; maintain required records.
  • Lead and support recruitment and hiring of agent and other Extension positions within the area/county, including state and local Extension interview processes, in cooperation with County Commissioners, Open Space and Parks Director, Advisory Committee, Regional Director and Extension administration.
  • Promote engagement with diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Serve as liaison with Jefferson County, particularly with the Parks Department, serving as a Jefferson County Division Director within the Parks Department.

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

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 15%

  • 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.
  • Ensure that broad involvement, ongoing program planning, benchmarking of progress and needs assessment through the Strategic Plan is conducted.
  • Engage with appropriate Extension work-teams.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 15%

  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the Jefferson County Administrative leadership, 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.
  • 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: 10%

  • 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.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $58,000 – $72,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • 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.
  • Experience in effectively managing complex and sometimes competing governmental priorities including planning and reporting strategic initiatives.
  • 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: 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