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#20-20 – Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock   arrow

Larimer County, Fort Collins, CO
Deadline: December 7, 2020

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Larimer County is the ninth-largest county at 2,640 square miles and the sixth-largest county in population with over 328,000 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 $72,227. 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. Larimer County has a vigorous housing market for purchases and rentals. To learn more, visit the Larimer County website at www.larimer.org.

The Larimer County 4-H program has the largest 4-H club program in Colorado, with 1100 members. An additional 5,000 members participate in 4-H outreach programs. Three hundred and seventy-five adult volunteers support the club program. The Larimer County Extension office includes fourteen staff members [a director; eight agents including this position (agriculture/natural resources, horticulture, family and consumer science, 4-H youth development; and food safety); and several coordinators, community educators, and support staff. Members of the 4-H team along with this position include a 4-H youth development agent – leadership; a 4-H youth development agent – STEM & AmeriCorps; a 4-H program coordinator; a part time youth development intern; two 4-H STEM AmeriCorps members; and a 4-H administrative assistant. To learn more, visit the Larimer County Extension website at http://larimer.extension.colostate.edu. To learn more about CSU Extension, visit http://extension.colostate.edu.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, December 7, 2020. 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 Sam Lowry at (970) 491-6225 or sam.lowry@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

This position provides leadership, guidance, direction, and educational programming to support the 4-H youth development program in Larimer County. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Larimer County Extension director; they also work as a member of the Larimer County Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University.

As part of the 4-H team, this individual will lead and direct a diverse and inclusive 4-H youth development program in Larimer County. In addition to providing leadership for the program, the agent will have programmatic responsibility for several areas, including 4-H, livestock, animal science, general projects, and shooting sports. Once this position is filled, members of the 4-H team will work collaboratively to identify expertise and determine program and project responsibility areas. Larimer County’s goal is to make 4-H the program of choice among youth and adults seeking opportunities for personal development, engagement, community building, fun, and success. This individual will regularly work with other Extension agents across program and county lines, program teams, and the State 4-H office.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 40%

  • Develop and enhance the delivery of an effective, educational, results-oriented 4-H youth development program that supports the development and growth of life skills among youth and adult audiences.
  • Promote inclusive programming for diverse audiences and ensure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies, including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Actively participate in Extension program teams to provide positive youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Provide leadership for 4-H livestock including meat quality assurance, equine, small animal, general projects, and shooting sports. Support and deliver appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H youth and adult leaders to ensure integration of current best practices and legal requirements.
  • Support 4-H youth at county fair by planning and implementing educational opportunities and events.
  • Participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and events requiring the occasional overnight stay.

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

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 25%

  • Provide leadership for active, ongoing adult volunteer development and engagement through recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to assume increasing leadership, management, and a variety of educational/informational roles; enhance the level of volunteers to conduct 4-H programming through Larimer County.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Provide leadership and support to engage internal and external stakeholders to identify priority 4-H youth development needs.
  • Seek internal and external partnerships, funding, and resources to support programming efforts.
  • Develop strong working relationships and effective communications with local Extension staff, university staff, local schools, county departments, community leaders, agencies, and other youth-serving organizations and institutions to enhance funding and implementation of local 4-H youth development programming.

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

Administration and Supervision: 15%

  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and direction for the Larimer County 4-H program.
  • Supervise and guide programming efforts of the 4-H program coordinator and part-time interns.
  • Manage program and operating funds in compliance with university and/or Larimer County fiscal policies and reporting requirements as appropriate.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $45,000 – $60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Degree must be completed in education, youth development, non-profit management, animal sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Degree, significant coursework, professional experience, or background working with animal science-related programs and livestock handling. Minimum two years professional positive youth development experience.
  • Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations; and demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team across program areas as needed.
  • Minimum one-year professional volunteer program management experience utilizing methods of effective conflict resolution, mediation, and group facilitation.
  • Ability to communicate (speaking and writing skills) as demonstrated through application materials and demonstrated use of technology in communicating, managing, and delivering educational programs in person and remotely.
  • Experience in audience needs identification, and program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • 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:

  • Successful experience developing financial support for educational programs: grant writing, fundraising, contracting, or cost recovery.
  • Demonstrated use of video, social and mass media (Internet, Facebook, YouTube, radio, newspapers) to promote, market, and create public awareness of programs and opportunities.
  • Experience with shooting sports programming for youth and/or adult audiences.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in 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: 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/81252