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4-H Youth Development and Agriculture, Moffat County, Craig, CO

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Moffat County, located in the extreme Northwest corner of Colorado, is the second-largest county geographically. Energy production (coal, oil, gas and electricity) and agriculture are major industries in the county. According to US Census, in 2019, there were 13,283 residents in the county. The county is 4,743 square miles, of which approximately 60% is government owned. Craig is the county seat with the other towns being Maybell and Dinosaur. Tourism is also a part of the economy with many popular sites, including Dinosaur National Park, Browns Park, Routt National Forest, and the Yampa River. The county historically is agriculture based, with sheep and cattle being the major commodities. The geography can best be described as high desert with two major rivers, the Yampa and the Green, bordered on the east by forests. Hunting, fishing, hiking, off-road recreation, and wildlife viewing are common leisure activities. The 4-H program has approximately 230 members. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://www.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 Monday, September 13, 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 CJ Mucklow at (970) 846-2358 or cj.mucklow@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Extension Director and Agent provides leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in 4-H Youth Development, STEM, school enrichment, agriculture, and family and consumer science focusing on Moffat County and assisting other counties as appropriate. CSU Extension Agents throughout the state work as a team and share expertise. 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 Extension Regional Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60%

  • Working directly with the community, identify and promote community-based needs for informal education; using the most appropriate educational methods including digital and on-line media, written materials, or live workshop formats develop and deliver, assess the community’s needs for informal education; develop and implement educational strategies, and measuring impact of education and programs. Share all programming developed with CSU Extension.
  • Manage and implement 4-H and Youth Development programs (school enrichment, STEM, etc.), including leadership development for adult leaders and youth, participation in out-of-county activities, support for the county fair and fair committee.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Provide program and information delivery to support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Work with local groups and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community; specific emphasis will be local and regional 4-H Youth, community groups and agriculture groups.
  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, county divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies and area non-profits and stakeholders.
  • Identify and build collaborations with other agencies and groups (public and private) to support them in addressing their priority needs.
  • Work with advisory groups, local leaders, and Extension agents in other counties, to assess informal education needs in the area, develop/revise plans of work, implement educational strategies, and measure and report programmatic impacts.
  • 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%

  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H leaders, Master Food Safety volunteers and Master Gardeners that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over sustained periods of time.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.

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

Administration and Supervision: 10%

  • Prepare and manage an office budget including support for cost recovery, resource development and revenue generation. Use entrepreneurial skills to find and/or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, user fees, etc.) to help support county and programming efforts.
  • Inspire, coach, provide developmental opportunities, supervision, performance evaluations and leadership for office administrative staff.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, CSU Office of Engagement & Extension, and in the county with external partners.

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

SALARY: Starting salary range for this position will be $42,000 – $72,000 and will commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • 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. The degree process must be initiated within 12 months of the hire date. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Vice President of Engagement and Extension.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise an office, including budget management.
  • Training or experience in youth development, STEM, livestock, home and production horticulture, natural resources, agronomy, soils, irrigation, plant insects and diseases, small acreage management, and/or clean and renewable energy.
  • Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and advisory groups.
  • Experience or training in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of programs/services among key community decision makers.
  • Ability to work effectively with the media (TV, radio, print and internet).
  • Ability to speak 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. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

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/91930