Job Openings

Area Director Natural Resources

Colorado State University Extension

Location: Southeast Area, Otero County, Rocky Ford, CO
Application Deadline: 2022-08-08

Area Director Natural Resources
Southeast Area, Otero County, Rocky Ford, CO

Job Vacancy #63-22

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.

The Southeast Area (SEA) is a partnership between Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties. Extension agents from the seven offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado’s most progressive agricultural producers and related agencies. The seven counties have combined population of over 49,000. This position will be housed in Rocky Ford, Colorado. Rocky Ford, the county seat of Otero County, has a population of 4000. The position will be working primarily with farmers and ranchers in the seven counties. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. Combined land mass of the seven counties is 6.6 million acres, 2.76 million acres used for crop production and the remainder primarily for range and livestock production with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) located here. Geography is mixed from relatively flat sandy plains to Pinon/Juniper Canyons. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities. The position is located in Rocky Ford in Otero County.

For more information regarding the Southeast Area Extension, go to https://sea.extension.colostate.edu/. For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, August 8, 2022. 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 Joy Akey at (970) 332-4151 or Joy.Akey@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Southeast Area Director provides leadership and oversees the partnership and delivery of diverse Extension programming between Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties. The SEA director formulates, directs, and evaluates organizational practices for the SEA. The SEA director supervises and motivates employees, which promotes and maintains effective working relationships between peers, Extension staff, stakeholders and the public.

The Southeast Area Director is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Southern Regional Director. When possible, the SEA director will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in community development, agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer science and 4-H Youth Development focusing in the Southeast Area. In addition to programmatic responsibilities, the individual will carry out the duties and responsibilities associated with providing broad leadership for all program areas offered by CSU. This position may include administrative responsibilities in neighboring counties.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Administration and Supervision: 50%

  • Negotiate annual appropriated budget with Southeast Area Boards of County Commissioners totaling $216,000.
  • Day-to-day management of Area appropriated budget and non-appropriated budget of $36,000.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews with Southeast Area agents and program associates that the position supervises. This position currently supervises eight fulltime equivalent administrative professional positions and eight fulltime equivalent county employed support staff.
  • Contribute to recruitment and hiring of agent and program associate positions within the Southeast Area. Work with seven Boards of County Commissioners or county administration to fill vacant support staff positions.
  • Work to effectively onboard and mentor new agents and program associates in the Southeast Area.
  • Develop effective working relationships with Boards of County Commissioners and stakeholders.
  • Work with agents in program areas to coordinate and effectively communicate with advisory boards. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation, and Reporting: 25%

  • Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming in the area of expertise, which may include, but is not limited to, sustainable community development.
  • Maintain a high level of proficiency in sustainable community development practices and application in rural southeastern Colorado.
  • Maintain a working level of proficiency in livestock and natural resource practices and agricultural economics of livestock and natural resource systems management.
  • Maintain a working level of proficiency in Youth Development program management and presentation to age- appropriate audiences.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and clientele groups, including advisory boards.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
  • Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Seek out and manage external funding sources to support programming efforts including grants and contracts, and practice cost recovery.
  • Identify audience needs, develop programs and evaluate short and long-term program impacts. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%

  • Develop effective working relationships with community groups, including local and regional community development entities. Perform as a collegial member of CSU Extension.
  • Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes.
  • Work with people as individuals, and groups, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with clients, other professionals, and organizations to accomplish goals.
  • 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 $65,600-$97,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Degree may be in a variety of disciplines, including natural resources, agricultural sciences, community development, Extension education, youth development, or related degree that can significantly contribute to administrative and/or program responsibilities.
  • Minimum 3 years professional experience managing and leading 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.
    • developing working relationships with peers, staff, other departments and agencies, and the general public that are effective, inspire loyalty, excellence and integrity.
  • 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:

  • Ability to speak Spanish.
  • Successful professional experience in chosen degree field.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a team approach to county, regional, and statewide Extension programming.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation, and public issues education.
  • Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues.
  • Experience in effectively translating and communicating technical information to lay people.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change and obtain desired outcomes.

BENEFITS: Colorado State University (CSU) 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/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

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, titleix@colostate.edu.

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, oeo@colostate.edu.

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, oeo@colostate.edu.

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.

 
  Text Box: 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/108098