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Colorado State University Extension
4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Location: Custer County, Westcliffe, CO

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Brief Description: Job Vacancy #36-18
Extension Director
4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Custer County, Westcliffe, CO

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.

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 learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to To learn more, visit the Custer County website at:

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Please submit the following to to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Please note, contact information for 4 professional references will be requested of applicants should you move forward in the interview process.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
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 William Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or

Candidates moving forward in the process will be contacted within 15 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Custer County Director is a local representative of Colorado State University, works under the supervision of the Peaks and Plains Regional 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.

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, radio programs, 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.

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 state classified 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 $41,000 – $60,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

• Completed bachelor’s degree in agriculture (livestock, range, weed science) and natural resources, education, youth development, or a closely related field prior to beginning the position. A successful candidate without a completed master’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination.
• Experience or coursework in conducting effective educational programs for both youth and adult audiences.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Experience working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to change or obtain desired outcomes.
• Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
• Evidence of 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.

• 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.
• Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.
• 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: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at:

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. 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 is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at

#36-18 Deadline: 11:59 pm Mountain Time 10/04/2018

Application Deadline: 10/04/2018

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Senior Resource Educator, Livestock - Troy, NY

Location: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Washington Counties

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Brief Description: CCE of Albany County is seeking full time educator to serve as a team member on the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program (CAAHP) team, which serves Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Washington Counties.

The educator plans, designs, implements and evaluates educational and applied research programs for livestock producers including (but not limited to): beef, sheep and swine production. Identify emerging areas in the livestock industry and address high priority emerging areas (examples of emerging areas could include aspects of alternative fiber production such as llama and alpaca farming). Conduct Extension education programs utilizing a variety of informal education methodologies. Make connections between Cornell and other land grant/research institutions and livestock producers in the six-county region. Utilize a commodity program development committee comprised of diverse individuals from the region to set the direction of educational and applied research programs and to focus the impact of the educator. The educator holding this position will also assist with the design and implementation of the advisory structure for the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. Develop alternate areas of expertise based on program needs in the region, interest, and abilities. Provide regional leadership and technical backup in one of the following areas: outreach and media contact; water quality relative to livestock production, animal welfare, food safety or other areas as defined by the management team. This position will require the use of multiple delivery methods and the individual employed must have the ability to manage multiple projects.

Required qualifications include but are not limited to the following: Master's Degree in a field appropriate to the position including animal husbandry and a minimum of two years progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional experience in education in an academic or industry setting. Demonstrated ability to develop, initiate, implement, teach, and evaluate informal adult and youth educational programs to address diverse audiences.

All applications must be received on-line by September 27, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs. To apply and for further details:

This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $50,000 annually. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including: 21 Vacation days, 12 Sick days and 3 Personal days annually – plenty of time for work/life balance, 12 Paid Holidays annually, NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance), NYS Retirement and much more. This position is employed by CCE of Albany County, but works out of CCE of Rensselaer County in Troy, NY.

NYS Capital Region – a great place to live & work.
Located in the upper Hudson Valley, the Capital District of New York State is within a few hours’ drive of New York City, Boston and Montreal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 09/27/2018

Position announcements on the NACAA website are available by contacting Scott Hawbaker, NACAA Executive Director at (217)794-3700, or email . Costs associated with postings are 30 days - $100, 60 days - $150 or 90 days $200. Payment can be made via credit card or Purchase Orders.