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Job Vacancy #12-22 Extension Director, Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO   arrow

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.

Douglas County is the best of both worlds—where the desire to serve others is met with a professional work environment and the resources needed to excel in your field. Douglas County is recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy, and effective local governments in the United States where over 300,000 residents call home. Located south of Denver, the county is among the fastest growing communities in the nation for the past 30 years, luring professionals with an exceptional quality of life enhanced by diverse housing options, proximity to first-rate arts and cultural amenities, world-class sports franchises, and some of the best recreation opportunities in the world. The county provides unique opportunities for its residents to enjoy elements of a rural lifestyle while remaining in reasonable proximity to jobs, shopping, and a variety of activities and amenities typically found in urban and suburban communities.

Colorado State University Extension and Douglas County work cooperatively to develop and engage the community in locally driven programming enhanced by partners, campus and community-based expertise and resources. The staff of Douglas County Extension consists of a director, four agents (three 4-H youth development; and one horticulture), two program coordinators (one Master Gardener; one 4-H), and one support staff. The director will manage a county budget of approximately $430,000 and non-appropriated program budget. Douglas works cooperatively with agents from other county to deliver programming and provide access to research-based information and expertise in horticulture/small acreage, natural resources, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, youth development, and leadership. Visit to learn more about Colorado State University Extension, or to learn more about Douglas County Extension.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, January 31, 2022. 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 Katie Dunker at (970) 305-0530 or


Colorado State University Extension and Douglas County are seeking a leader with the experience and skills to lead diverse and high-functioning staff members in the strategic delivery of quality educational programs and services attuned to Douglas County. The person will have a proven record of managing administrative functions including budget, personnel, programming, day-to-day office operations, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Extension 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 Douglas County and support staff and stakeholders in doing the same.

The Douglas County Extension Director is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Front Range Regional Director. The Extension Director is also a representative of Douglas County and partners with many different county departments to address local interests and needs. Responsibilities of the Extension Director’s position are similar to those of the head of an administrative unit. In addition to administration, the candidate will provide broad support to educational programming in areas of value to both county, individually, and/or in cooperation with other Extension staff.


Administration and Supervision: 50%

  • Prepare and manage the Douglas County Extension budget ($430,000), and lead and support staff in cost recovery  and revenue generation efforts, including but not limited to securing grants, contracts, and in-kind resources to support county and area-wide educational programs.
  • Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback and formal evaluations for the Douglas County Extension staff.
  • Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within Douglas County government; engage staff to do the same.
  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Douglas County; collaborate and support programming efforts that reach across county lines.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county as well as with external partners.
  • Develop marketing and communications plans, and lead county team in implementation.
  • Coaches, assists, and advise agents in the county who are responsible for statewide programs such as Master Gardener and 4-H.
  • In addition, this individual will work under the programmatic guidance of the State Office to support 4-H staff, Master Gardener staff and other program staff within Douglas County. Collaborating as appropriate with other County and State 4-H programs in Colorado is imperative to success.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 35%

  • Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager’s Office and staff, Fair Executive Committee, county divisions, Extension and external 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.

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

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

  • Cooperatively or individually 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.
  • Engage with Extension specialists and agents through work teams to develop and deliver educational programming that addresses needs locally, across multiple counties, and throughout the state.
  • Promote engagement with diverse audiences and 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 $52,500 – $72,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in a discipline that can contribute significantly to administrative and program responsibilities.
  • Professional experience that demonstrates ability to manage and lead 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.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations and to manage both internal and external conflicts.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • 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.


  • Experience in audience needs identification, educational program development, delivery of programs including technology and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or deep understanding of Extension in communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in contracting, grantsmanship, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Experience promoting, marketing, and/or creating public awareness of programs and services among key community decision-makers and throughout a community.
  • 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.

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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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 Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

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