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Postdoctoral Fellows - Open Pool
Colorado State University in Grand Junction, Colorado
Date Posted 01/14/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details
Working Title 09-22 Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Mesa County, Tri River Area
Position Location Grand Junction, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202101552AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Project/Prgm Mngmt I
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $65,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Employee 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/ .
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/24/2022
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 that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service, and engagement. 
The Tri River Area (TRA) is a multi-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. Mesa County has a population of approximately 155,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000 and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000 and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 with the county office housed in the Montrose office. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.
To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/ . For more information about the Tri River Area Extension, go to https://tra.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.
Position Summary
Colorado State University Extension and Mesa County are seeking a youth development professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive youth development program. The person will have a proven track record of developing and managing volunteers, building program capacity, creating innovative programming opportunities, and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Extension Agent will be an effective communicator with the experience and skills to engage with a variety of people and groups. The individual in this position provides leadership, guidance, and management to the 4-H youth development program in Mesa County and serves as part of the 4-H and youth development team in the Tri River Area works. They work as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must have been conferred in agricultural sciences, youth development, Extension education 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 in working with youth and youth organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of budget management and experience with revenue generation (user fees, grants, fundraising).
  • 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.
  • Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Experience planning educational events, fundraising, grantsmanship, and working in teams .
  • Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media, and/or social media methods.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish).
Diversity Statement
Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Provide leadership and support for all Mesa County 4-H programming. Cooperate with other 4-H Agents in the Tri River Area (Delta, Montrose, and Ouray county 4-H programs).
  • Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Actively participate in the MQA program, project area, and 4-H Council – member training.
  • Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Percentage Of Time 50%
Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships
  • Actively participate in the Mesa County Fairboard, Mesa County 4-H Foundation, and the Livestock Marketing Committee.
  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority youth development needs.
  • Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools, and other youth serving organizations, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • 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.
Percentage Of Time 25%
Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management
  • 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.
  • Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, mid-management, and public education/information roles.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Percentage Of Time 15%
Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision
  • No direct supervision of administrative staff but works extensively in the guidance of administrative staff in 4-H issues.
  • May seasonally supervise 4-H intern.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, January 24, 2022. Please submit the following 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 Eric McPhail at (970) 641-1260 or Eric.McPhail@colostate.edu .
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel
Search Contact Eric McPhail, 970-641-7627 or eric.mcphail@colostate.edu
EEO Statement
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 Policy Statement
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.

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