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Colorado State University 03-21 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Montrose & Ouray Counties, Tri River Area in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title 03-21 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Montrose & Ouray Counties, Tri River Area

Position Location Montrose, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202100134AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Project/Prgm Mngmt I

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $56,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Employee Benefits

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Desired Start Date 05/01/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/08/2021

Description of Work Unit

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 (http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

The Tri River Area (TRA) is a four-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. This position is based in Montrose County. Mesa County has a population of approximately 150,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000, and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000, and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 with the county office housed in the Montrose office. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities, including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/.

Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege (http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/study-privilege.html) with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually.

Position Summary

To provide leadership, guidance and management to the 4-H youth development program in Montrose and Ouray Counties, and serve as part of the 4-H Youth Development team in the Tri-River Area. To facilitate communication between diverse groups who support the 4-H program and encourage volunteer leadership development opportunities for both youth and adults involved in the 4-H program. The 4-H program currently has 220 youth participants and 45 volunteers. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Tri-River Area Extension Director.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.

  • Degree must be conferred in youth development, education, social sciences, agriculture or natural sciences, 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. 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.

  • Experience in working with youth and youth organizations, including knowledge of youth development programs and volunteer boards.

  • Experience with livestock (horses, cattle, swine, sheep, etc).

  • Personal and/or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

  • Experience in developing financial support for educational programs including, fundraising, contracting, donor development, grantsmanship, or cost recovery.

  • Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media, and/or social media methods.

  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.

  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) speaking ability, including proficiency in conversational Spanish.

    Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

Duty/Responsibility

• Provide leadership and support for all Montrose and Ouray County 4-H programming.
• This individual will work under the programmatic guidance of the State 4-H office and will regularly collaborate with other Extension agents across program and county lines and actively participate on state 4-H work team(s). • Actively participate in all County-level 4-H program events. • Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts. • Work collectively to develop, implement, evaluate and report impacts of countywide non-credit educational programming in youth development for youth and adult audiences. • Develop and conduct effective educational programs that support the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences; train others to effectively deliver programming and to support the development of youth and adult participants. • Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic activities requiring overnight stays. • Identify resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, cost recovery fees, etc.) to enhance the program. Manage county, area, state and grant budget allocations where appropriate. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 50%

Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships

Duty/Responsibility

• Actively participate on all Montrose and Ouray 4-H volunteer committees. • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority youth development needs. • Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools, and other youth serving organizations, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation. • Promote programming for diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences. • Develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 25%

Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management

Duty/Responsibility

• As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, diverse adult, and youth volunteer-based program, including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support. • Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, mid-management, and public education/information roles. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 15%

Job Duty Category Supervision and Management

Duty/Responsibility

• Provide supervision, management and training of 4-H volunteers to assist with youth programming. • No direct supervision of administrative staff but works extensively in the guidance of administrative staff in 4-H issues. • May supervise 4-H intern if an intern is hired. • Provide leadership and program assistance with other duties as assigned. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, March 8, 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 oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Eric McPhail at (970) 641-7627 or Eric.McPhail@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact Eric McPhail, (970) 641-7627 or eric.mcphail@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

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 (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) 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 Policy Statement

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.

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Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Special Required Documentation

    Optional Documents

  • Official Transcripts

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