Job Openings

EXTENSION DIRECTOR

Colorado State University Extension

Location: CUSTER COUNTY, WESTCLIFFE, CO
Application Deadline: 2022-07-31

Extension Director
Custer County, Westcliffe, CO
Job Vacancy #64-22

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Custer County, one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain landscapes, honors its rural, agricultural, mining, and western heritage, and seeks to connect its future with its past by protecting local values, preserving community assets. Custer County is located in south central Colorado with the Sangre de Cristo mountain range located in the western portion of the county and the Wet Mountains located in the eastern portion. About 66% of the county is National Forest or public lands. The elevation in the county ranges from 6,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level, and encompasses 740 square miles.

Westcliffe, the county seat, has a population of 568, while adjoining Silver Cliff’s population is 587. Both are located in a large valley at an elevation of 7,888. The principal agricultural activity is cattle ranching and grass hay production. Home construction and real estate are the principal economic drivers in the county. Recreation is a rapidly growing business with both summer and winter activities. The retirement population is expanding rapidly with the county population of 4,255 doubling during the summer months. Many new people are moving into the county, resulting in a rapid growth of home sites of 5 to 35 acres. There are 4 active 4-H clubs with a total enrollment of 75 members and 14 adult volunteer leaders. To lean more, visit Colorado State University Extension at http://extension.colostate.edu.

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 Sunday, July 31, 2022. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript(s) 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 Kurt Jones at (719) 539-6447 or kurt.jones@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Custer County Director is a local representative of Colorado State University, works under the supervision of the Mountain Region Director and will provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community development and 4-H focusing on Custer County and assisting in other counties as appropriate. This position will deliver educational programming throughout the community, build relationships and support for Extension programming and develop and deliver high quality programming that aligns with CSU, county, and stakeholder interests. As well as providing administrative leadership for the Extension office.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation, and Reporting: 60%

  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of Custer County’s 4-H program involving youth and leaders to ensure an active and growing program.
  • Assume responsibility for overall planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of agriculture and natural resources research based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues. These venues include but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, webinars, radio programs/podcasts, and volunteers.
  • Seek to offer new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
  • Provide supervision of and support for local Master Gardeners and Native Plant Masters to ensure appropriate training and the transfer of research-based knowledge to interested parties.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research, and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities, and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Use technology and media resources to effectively share information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned by CSU Extension leadership. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Work with local groups, extension advisory groups, and individuals to enhance their abilities to identify, prioritize, and address the needs of their community and maintain a close working relationship with the Custer County Board of County Commissioners.
  • Develop relationships with the local industry and stakeholders including producers, agencies, and organizations across all species to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • 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.

Volunteer Recruitment, Development, and Management: 10%

  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, locally appointed extension advisory groups, and other agencies/organizations (including Custer County FFA) to enhance strong program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Recruit and provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H/Master Gardeners/NPM volunteer leaders that will enable their effectiveness in working with youth/adults and retain their commitment over sustained periods of time.

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

Administration and Supervision: 10%

  • Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback and formal evaluations for staff.
  • Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Custer County and support program efforts across multiple counties.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, county, external partners, and CSU.
  • Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $95,000 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.
  • Supervise one County support position.

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

SALARY: The starting salary will be in the range of $55,000 – $97,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must be conferred in agriculture (livestock, range, weed science), natural resources, 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 with 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.
  • Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
  • Evidence of leadership, drive, and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • 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.
  • Successful professional experience in youth development, livestock, range and weed management, natural resources, and community development.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Interest or experience in providing 4-H educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation, and public issues education.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts).

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/108113