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[New Job Vacancy] 29-22 Area Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, San Luis Valley Area job in Colorado State University, (Monte Vista, CO) – Jobs in Monte Vista, CO

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Job Opening details:-
Company Name :-
Colorado State University
Position Name :-
29-22 Area Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, San Luis Valley Area
Company Location :-
Monte Vista, CO
Job Category :
 Education jobs

Full Job Description :-
Position Location

Monte Vista, CO

Research Professional Position


Posting Number


Position Type

Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title

Prof/Indiv Contrib III

Number of Vacancies


Work Hours/Week


Proposed Annual Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $45,000-$72,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

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: &

Desired Start Date


Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on


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 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 full-time office team will include 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 Mountains 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.

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.

Agriculture is the Valley’s primary economic base, consisting of both farming and ranching. The wide variety of SLV ag products include potatoes, barley, wheat, alfalfa and grass hay, carrots, spinach, lettuce, quinoa, canola, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, bees, fish, and an alligator farm. In addition to an Extension Office, Colorado State University also has an Agricultural Research Center in the Valley. Other employers in the Valley include entities working in government, education, energy, transportation, and local medical facilities. For more information about San Luis Valley, go to San Luis Valley Extension – Providing trusted, practical education to help you solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to

Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually.

Position Summary

San Luis Valley Area Extension agents deliver community education which fosters healthy youth and families, prosperous farms, ranches and businesses, and strong, resilient, proud communities.

This specific, Family Consumer Science Agent position is a very important full-time position which can have a significant impact on the health and well being of families in the San Luis Valley.

The Area Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Science (FCS) is a local representative of Colorado State University and the San Luis Valley Area and will have a proven track record of developing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating non-credit programming for individuals and families. The agent works as a member of the local Extension 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. This person works under the general supervision of the Area Extension Director for the San Luis Valley Area. The position regularly collaborates with other Extension FCS Agents across program and county lines and actively participates on state work teams and committees.

This individual will provide leadership for the overall Extension FCS program in the San Luis Valley Counties and provide support for regional and state programming efforts. This individual will be responsible for partnering with and working through a variety of county and community partners to assess needs, plan, coordinate, deliver and evaluate programming that meet local needs in health and wellness; human, family, and community development; family financial stability; food safety and preservation; and nutrition as they relate to individuals, families and communities. The agent is expected to contribute to and strengthen the overall Extension programs offered and to help build new audiences.

Required Job Qualifications

Completed master’s degree.
Degree must have been conferred in family & consumer science, family financial management, food science and nutrition, public health, food safety, or a closely related field.
Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
Ability to distill technical and science-based information into educational materials for use by consumers, commercial entities, and producers.
Demonstrated use of facilitation skills in public settings, experience working in community engagement, and/or community capacity building.
Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
Demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse audiences; this may include but is not limited to persistent effort, intentional programming, community engagement, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity, equity, & inclusion outcomes.
Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
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

Course work, professional experience, and/or background in health & wellness education, financial management, or human/family development.
Course work, professional experience and/or background in food systems, on-farm food safety, farmers markets, cottage food production, and/or production agriculture.
Demonstrated expertise in food safety & home food preservation, and experience teaching one or both.
Knowledge of and experience with conflict management.
Experience working with advisory committees, community coalitions, and/or focus groups.
Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media, and/or social media methods.
Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
Bilingual and biliterate, including delivering programming in both English and 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 for an actively engaged family and consumer science program in the San Luis Valley Area. Seek out and develop local relationships, identify priority programming opportunities, and develop, deliver, facilitate, evaluate, and report outcomes to stakeholders.
Actively work with local, area, and state health & wellness, financial management, and food safety program teams, related Program and Reporting Units, and local entities to develop, deliver and integrate health & wellness, family financial management, nutrition, food safety and food preservation education into programming for families, consumer and cottage food audiences, producers/growers, and/or commercial enterprises.
Develop, market, deliver and evaluate non-credit educational family and consumer sciences programming in response to locally identified needs in San Luis Valley Area.
Actively engage in community by developing relationships, facilitating programming, guiding conversations, promoting teamwork, and integrating university resources as appropriate to assist the community in addressing needs and interests. Maintain flexibility to address changing needs.
Actively participate on Extension program and reporting teams to help focus, develop, and implement local, area/regional, and statewide program efforts.
Collaborate with other Extension staff to incorporate family and consumer science, community engagement and other expertise into community program efforts, included to but not limited to 4-H/Youth programming.
Effectively communicate program direction, engagement, and program outcomes to diverse county stakeholders. Develop means to ensure that programming compliments and supports the area counties’ strategic plans.
Participate in professional development opportunities as appropriate or required by the position.

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

Percentage Of Time


Job Duty Category

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships


Participate in, convene and/or facilitate focus groups, coalitions, advisory groups, and diverse community groups to build community capacity and interdisciplinary programming.
Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes.
Develop strong working relationships and coordinate resources, programming and research with other Colorado State University and Extension personnel/staff, community leaders, County government, agencies, and institutions to enhance program development, delivery, and evaluation and reporting.
Develop and partner in opportunities to generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) to help support programming efforts.
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


Job Duty Category

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management


Recruit, train, and support volunteers to extend health & wellness, nutrition, food preservation and /or, food safety research-based information and/or programs to consumers. Work to recognize and retain their services over time.

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

Percentage Of Time


Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all
materials must be
no later
than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.Please submit the following to apply:

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 For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Laura Griffin, Pueblo County FCS Agent and search committee chair at 719-583-6566 or

Conditions of Employment

Valid Driver’s License, Travel, Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

Laura Griffin at 719-583-6566 or

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,

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,

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,

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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