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Job Vacancy 32-21, Program Coordinator Expanded Rural Engagement, Fort Collins, 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 Board of Governors-approved Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles as well as our Principles of Community, which together inform our teaching, research, service, and engagement.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution committed to a 150-year-old mission of access to higher education for the citizens of Colorado and to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 171,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year.

The Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE) was organized in 2006 to advance CSU’s engagement and outreach missions. OEE includes CSU Extension, CSU Extended Campus (including CSU Online), the Colorado Water Center, and a variety of vibrant programs that engage the teaching, research, extension, and service missions of Colorado State University. The Vice President for Engagement and Extension (VPEE) is the principal administrative, academic, and fiscal officer for these divisions, reports to the CSU President, and works closely with the Provost/Executive Vice President. These divisions work collaboratively across all Colleges and offices on campus, and have strong engagement programs throughout Colorado, the Western US and globally. At any given time, OEE’s divisions include over 400 employees. The total of budgets for all divisions is approximately $85 million. OEE is one of the most institutionally comprehensive commitments to engagement and outreach among all land-grant and other universities. Propelled by OEE’s leadership, nationally CSU is a Carnegie Engaged University (2008, 2014), is a member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, is an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (2016), and is highly ranked for its online degree programs. Annually, CSU Extended Campus garners enrollments of over 10,000 learners and CSU Extension delivers approximately 500,000 educational contacts. The OEE office is in the University Square building on Fort Collins campus. To learn more about Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Please submit the following 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 Jill Garber at (303) 921-7155 or


The OEE Program Coordinator is responsible for leading the coordination of multiple projects simultaneously. As part of the Colorado State University expanded rural engagement to increase impact in rural communities, the Program Coordinator will work to support the advancement of initiative goals: 1) Accessible Education; 2) Improved Health; 3) Vibrant Communities; 4) Thriving Economy. The individual in this role will provide facilitation, track progress, and support reporting and evaluation of these expanded program investments. Additional projects include support of the Extension Internship Program, including oversight of the advisory committee and facilitating the application process and other duties as assigned.

The individual in this position must be able to perform work and solve problems independently while being able to take direction from multiple partners and stakeholders and manage team cohesion across academic fields. 


Program Facilitation, Planning and Tracking: 50%

  • Establishes, manages, and maintains internal and external relationships to retain expertise and resources to promote and deliver Extension programs and services.
  • Schedule, plan and coordinate meetings with project teams, stakeholders, advisory committees and others involved in program efforts. This may include arranging for virtual participation and/or travel to various locations in the State.
  • Track progress on project goals, collect and organize relevant data, and work with project leads to establish and update timelines.
  • Provide processes to facilitate active communication flow between program participants, volunteers, stakeholders, partners, and faculty/staff. Include maintaining community partner contact lists and prepare communications for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Partner with OEE Communications to announce events and opportunities for engagement, including drafting content for online channels including social media and websites.
  • Coordinate annual Extension Internship application process, assist with mentorship placement agreements and process onboarding paperwork.
  • Facilitate expenditure requests and track project expenses.

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

Reporting and Evaluation: 40%

  • Assist with determining timeline for periodic updates.
  • Assist in establishing and executing tools to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Design and disseminate Extension Internship annual report.
  • Coordinate internship evaluations and compile summary statistics.
  • Report on progress to identified performance metrics related to rural initiative goals.
  • Draft updates and presentations for use with internal and external audiences, including as examples CSU leadership, OEE organization, and in community meetings.

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

Supervision & Other Duties: 10%

  • Evaluate project needs and opportunities for utilizing student and non-student hourly employees to meet aims.
  • Oversee hiring and supervising hourly employees and/or interns.
  • Other project as assigned may include similar work in emergency preparedness or other Extension program involving rural engagement.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $43,000-$49,500. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Three years or more experience coordinating projects on behalf of complex teams.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including experience working with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Teams.
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • 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.


  • Strong cultural competencies for working with rural communities throughout the State.
  • Three years or more of professional experience working with tracking programs and outcomes and working with county offices and with community leaders.
  • Experience working with Qualtrics or other web-based statistics program.
  • Project management certification or professional project management experience.
  • Ability to communicate and build capacities through public speaking/presentations, innovative pedagogical methods, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, and in groups, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with local nonprofits, direct service providers, and civil service offices.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.

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