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Job Vacancy # 30 – 21 Extension Specialist, Social Justice and Community Development City and County of Denver, Colorado   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.

Denver is located 12 miles east of the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains and is 155 square miles. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because of its 5,280’ elevation. Denver has 693,060 residents with nearly three million living in the surrounding 10-county metropolitan area. There are 199 schools located within the Denver Public School system. Denver International Airport, Light Rail, and transportation systems link the greater Denver area. Denver is home to diverse cultures and celebrates its rich ethnic heritage through numerous festivals and activities. Denver’s parks system is unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West with nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland.

Colorado State University Extension and the City and County of Denver (Denver) work cooperatively to engage the community in locally-driven programming enhanced by partners, campus, and community-based expertise and resources. Denver Extension operates as a unit in Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation; the Director of Natural Resources serves as Denver’s liaison to CSU Extension. The office staff includes a director position, two 4-H youth development agents, one social justice and community development specialist, one Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) educator, a Master Gardener coordinator who is also the fiscal manager for the office, one part-time support staff, and a number of AmeriCorps members, and interns. To learn more, please visit the websites for the City of Denver, Denver Extension, and Colorado State University Extension.

Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, November 1, 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 Dan Goldhamer at (720) 913-5273 or


Under the supervision of the Denver Extension Director, this individual will serve as a key leader within the Denver Extension office. This position will help guide Denver Extension’s efforts in working with communities that face discrimination. Potential actions towards this goal include using an equity and social justice framework to identify audiences and their interests, designing and implementing marketing and outreach needs, internal Denver Extension staff training and coaching, conducting externally focused training for partner organizations and community members, and refining program delivery and program evaluation methods.

Lastly, this position will provide leadership, guidance, direction and educational opportunities in an Extension programmatic area of need for the city and county of Denver. The topics of this programing could include but is not limited to community and economic development, natural resources and environmental justice, and/or food systems work.


Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 70%

  • Perform internal staff training and coaching for Denver Extension staff around JEDI, cultural competencies, and delivering programing rooted in the CSU Principles of Community and equity.
  • Evaluate current standard operating procedures around communication, finances, and partner development. Co-create with staff new ways of doing business that removes systemic barriers to accessing Extension programing and resources.
  • Facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming on the topics of JEDI, cultural companies, and educational programing rooted in social justice.
  • Facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming on one or multiple priority program topics including but not limited to natural resources, community economic development and food systems.
  • Evaluate programing efforts and report educational outcomes.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 30%

  • Organize Extension specific and attend community meetings and to serve as a key individual for engagement with historically marginalized residents, community needs assessment, community integration, and program implementation with an equity-forward approach to Denver Extension programing.
  • 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: Starting salary range for this position will be $42,000 – $72,000 and will commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must be conferred in education, agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, nutrition, food safety and health; individual, family and community wellbeing; human and family development; community development and engagement; youth development; animal health; energy; food systems; horticulture; or a closely related field.
  • 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.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience that demonstrates the ability to establish and grow relationships with communities that face discrimination resulting in measurable outcomes.
  • Professional experience with a systems-based approach to DEI initiatives.
  • Experience providing coaching and mentoring to internal and external audiences.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs.
  • 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/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