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AREA EXTENSION AGENT 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Colorado State University Extension

Location: San Luis Valley Area, Monte Vista, CO
Application Deadline: 2022-06-03

Job Vacancy 48-22

Area Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development

San Luis Valley Area, Monte Vista, CO

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The San Luis Valley Area (SLV) is composed of six counties in south central Colorado (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache), with the SLV Extension office located in Monte Vista, Colorado. The staff of the SLV Extension consists of an Area Director/Agriculture Agent, a Family & Consumer Science Agent, two 4-H Agents, and an Administrative Assistant. The six counties have a combined population of about 47,185 people, with Alamosa and Rio Grande counties having the greater populations of approximately 16,233 and 11,216 respectively. Combined, the six counties encompass 8,204 square miles. Approximately thirty-five percent of the population in the SLV is in poverty. The SLV is located between two scenic mountain ranges (Sangre de Cristo to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west). The area is a high mountain valley, with the valley floor at 7,000 ft. elevation. San Luis Valley is rich with outdoor opportunities that include hiking, mountain bicycling, mountain sports, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, off road trails, snowmobiling, hot springs, historic mining district with trails, vintage steam excursion train, and the Sandhill Crane Festival. The region is abundant with campgrounds including federal, state, and local sites. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, two wildlife refuges, and multiple wetlands all reside in the SLV. Adams State University and Trinidad Junior College both have campuses in the valley.

The SLV is heavily agricultural, producing both crops (potatoes, small grains, and alfalfa) and livestock (cattle, sheep, yaks, elk, goats, llamas, bees, fish, and an alligator farm). The counties comprising the San Luis Valley have 550,000 acres which are cultivated, with approximately 300,000 acres under center pivot. Irrigated acreage includes 57,000 acres of potatoes, 82,000 acres of grain, and 257,000 acres of alfalfa and grass hay. Primary crops include potatoes, spring barley and wheat, alfalfa and grass hay, and varying acreage of spinach, lettuce, carrots, quinoa, and canola. There is much land used for rangeland livestock grazing, however, cropping-livestock interactions are becoming more popular.

There is an increasing interest in oilseed crops.

There are 14 school districts in the Valley; and the 4-H club program has 15 clubs, with an enrollment of about 284 youth and 46 adult leaders in the six counties. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to https://extension.colostate.edu/.

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Friday, June 3, 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 Robin Young at (970) 264-5931 or robin.young@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

Colorado State University and the San Luis Valley are hiring a 4-H Youth Development Agent who is passionate about helping youth recognize their opportunities beyond high school, create goals, and achieve their dreams.

This specific 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent position is a full-time position working with youth in the schools and the Juntos 4-H program throughout the San Luis Valley Area. The Juntos 4-H is a proven program that has been implemented in 13 states. Colorado is now the 14th state to introduce this program. The Juntos 4-H program encourages middle school & high school students from underrepresented populations as well as students that are 1st generation college seekers to complete a high school education and explore the possibilities of a post-secondary education or training. This agent will be among the first in Colorado to pioneer this program.

The agent works as a member of the local Extension 4-H team to provide inclusive and experientially rich programs in response to community needs. The agent is expected to employ broad outreach efforts to engage with and meet the needs of the area’s unique and varied communities. Initiatives include working with Latino and Indigenous youth and should have a cultural understanding of both groups.

The 4-H Youth Development Agent with a proven track record of developing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating non- credit, positive youth development programming.

This person works under the general supervision of the Area Extension Director for the San Luis Valley Area. They will be accountable to and work under the administrative and programmatic guidance of the State 4-H Office. The position regularly collaborates with other Extension 4-H agents across program and county lines and actively participates on state work teams and committees.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50%

  • Coordinate planning for Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development (PYD) programs with Juntos 4-H State Office Specialist and Area/County 4-H agents.
  • Co-deliver Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs with trained community partners.
  • Evaluate Area Juntos 4-H programs and other positive youth development programs.
  • Report evaluation findings of Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs to Juntos 4-H State Office Specialist & supervisor.
  • Promote Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs via introductory meetings at schools, networking with community partners, and working with existing youth clubs.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 35%

  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Initiate meetings with area and community partners to inform them about Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs.
  • Develop partnerships with area and community entities to support the sustainability of Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs.

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

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 15%

  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers so they can assist in implementing Juntos 4-H and other positive youth development programs.
  • 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.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $42,000-$72,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must be conferred in education, public health, social sciences, public relations, agricultural sciences, agricultural education, youth development 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement/advocacy.
  • Demonstrated experience working with underserved communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and utilize county and community resources.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish with ability to effectively communicate in both languages.
  • Two years’ experience (professional, volunteer, etc.) working with youth in underserved communities.
  • Extension and/or 4-H youth development experience.
  • Working knowledge of postsecondary education options.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as demonstrated by participation in relevant training, persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for DEI outcomes.

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. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

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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.

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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.

 
   

Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/104248