03-18 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Jefferson County

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title 03-18 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Jefferson County
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201700976AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 43500-60000
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled No
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/11/2018
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.

Jefferson County is one of the five counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County is now a thriving suburban, business, industrial and residential community interspersed with small farms, urban agriculture and ranchettes. It’s located where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains with some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. Outdoor lovers have three national forests and two state parks to choose from as well as a vibrant Open Space parks system. To learn more, visit the Jefferson County website at http://jeffco.extension.colostate.edu/ or the Colorado State University Extension website at: extension.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. The position will provide leadership, guidance, direction and educational program support to the 4-H Youth Development Program in Jefferson County. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county 4-H team within the Extension office and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Jefferson County Extension Director.

The 4-H Youth Development Agent will work within a team consisting of another 4-H Youth Development Agent, 4-H Mentoring Program Coordinator, 4-H Camp Coordinator, 4-H Assistant and County Extension Director. This dynamic team will work collaboratively to determine areas of expertise and local responsibilities. The areas of focus within the Jefferson County 4-H program are: equine, livestock, small animals, shooting sports, Cloverbuds, general projects, school enrichment, after-school, outreach and volunteer development. Jefferson County 4-H is a very innovative and family centered environment focusing on teaching our members and leaders well beyond their involvement in our program.

Required Job Qualifications

• Completed master’s degree required. Candidates with a master’s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but the degree must be completed by hire date. Bachelor and/or master’s required in agriculture, education, youth development, non-profit management, community engagement, volunteer management, human development, natural resources or a closely related field.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience (professional or volunteer) that demonstrates the ability to work with youth and youth organizations, including an understanding of youth development and youth program management.
• Background experience, coursework or training in the recruitment, training and management of volunteers, including conflict management.
• Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Knowledge or experience in audience needs identification, program development, and evaluating results of programs.
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a team to affect change and obtain desired outcomes.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build relationships with people as individuals and in groups, and the ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
• Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter and willing to learn.
• 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.
• Strong organizational skills: ability to multitask; manage a number of projects simultaneously; and develop, track and implement projects and meet timelines.
• Must have 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

• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting or cost recovery efforts.
• Experience in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness of program/services among key community decision-makers.
• Ability to speak Spanish.

Diversity Statement

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

Essential Duties

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

• As part of the 4-H team, plan, organize, implement and evaluate assigned components of the Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development Programs that support the growth and development of life skills for youth and adult audiences. This requires working in concert with the 4-H team to carry out 4-H activities such as the Jefferson County Fair & Festival, Open House, and the annual 4-H Achievement Night.
• As part of the 4-H team, identify and define program areas of interest and expertise, and allocate responsibilities among the team. Jefferson County 4-H offers programming in livestock, equine, small animal, shooting sports, general projects, Cloverbuds, school enrichment, after-school, outreach and volunteer development.
• Provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H youth and adult leaders to ensure integration of current best management practices for all program areas.
• In concert with the 4-H team, chaperone and support leadership activities for Jefferson County 4-H members including Leadership Development Conference, Colorado Leadership Camp, Youth Fest, Metro to Mountain, State 4-H Conference, State Fair, County Judging Teams and Quiz Bowl Teams and their activities. Many of these are overnight camps with 4-Hers from across Colorado.
• Actively participate in one or more Extension program and reporting units to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.
• Actively participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of changes within discipline areas.
• Serve as a resource for program areas of expertise to the general public as well as 4-H members and leaders.
• 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, including grant writing.
• Participate in evening and weekend events, and occasional events requiring overnight stays.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 50%
Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management:

• As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, ongoing, diverse adult and youth volunteer-based program including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.
• Provide leadership opportunities and training for 4-H leaders that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over sustained periods of time, developing middle management level volunteers to conduct and support programming.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 30%
Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision

• Promote and represent Extension and 4-H youth development programming throughout the community and within Jefferson County Government.
• Support an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, particularly within the 4-H team.
• Seek out, develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts.
• As part of the 4-H team recruit and train a Summer 4-H Intern.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%
Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships

• As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through a variety of 4-H advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying priority 4-H and youth development needs.
• Support 4-H groups or committees related to the annual Jefferson County Fair & Festival, working with the 4-H team to coordinate efforts with the Fairgrounds staff and other staff and volunteers connected to the event.
• Support and build relationships with groups or committees working with 4-H youth including a few 501©3 organizations.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday January 11, 2018. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu 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 remember to include contact information for at least 4 professional references. References will not be contacted prior to notification to applicants.
• 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 @ 970-491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Irene Shonle (303) 582-9106 or irene.shonle@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel
Search Contact Irene Shonle; irene.shonle@colostate.edu
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Special Required Documentation
Optional Documents
  1. Official Transcripts