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#39-18 Colorado State University Extension

Colorado State University Extension
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-4040
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Job Vacancy #39-18

Assistant Director, Professional Development

State Extension Administration Office

Fort Collins, 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 (http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.


                Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research and outreach. Extension is a major component of the university’s outreach organization serving 63 of Colorado’s 64 counties. Extension’s total annual budget of approximately $28 million supports approximately 325 extension specialists, agents, administrators, and staff. Through its county, state and federal partnership Extension currently focuses its efforts in: nutrition, food safety, and health; 4-H youth development; community and economic development; natural resources; cropping systems; energy; environmental horticulture; family and consumer science; food systems; and livestock and range. Working closely with local and state advisory groups to determine local program needs and direction, Extension draws on the resources of 13 different departments in five colleges to provide non-credit educational programs based on research-generated knowledge. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu.

                The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 156,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year. The office for this position is in the State Extension Administration Office in the University Square building located at 1311 South College Avenue in Fort Collins.


APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, December 13, 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 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 oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu.


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 Assistant Director of Professional Development provides leadership and management responsibilities for all aspects of professional development for Colorado State University Extension and plays a key role in advancing strategic initiatives that impact organizational development. The Assistant Director of Professional Development will report to the Assistant Vice President for Engagement and Deputy Director of Extension and will serve as a member of the Director of Extension’s Administrative Council. In addition, this position, in coordination with the Assistant Director for Human Resources, will provide support for the Human Resources management of Extension.


Leadership of Professional Development (55%)

  • Supports Extension statewide by identifying staff needs and contributing to the design, development, delivery and assessment of new and existing employee professional development opportunities for all Extension staff.
  • Uses the Extension strategic plan goals and related action steps to aid in the development of professional development opportunities.
  • Provides leadership and oversight of onboarding Extension’s new staff. Manages and serves as the instructor of the CSU Extension Online New Staff Orientation (NSO) program, which includes notifying new staff, monitoring participation, responding to questions/deadlines and verifying new staff complete the online orientation in a timely manner. Update online course design/content as needed. Schedules and leads the on-campus New Staff Orientation program. Determines timing of campus NSO, invites new staff, monitors participation, and determines program content and presenters.
  • Provides leadership and oversight of the annual Extension Forum. Works with Program Leadership Team (PLT) leadership and Forum committee to plan, deliver and evaluate annual Forum event.
  • Provides support for Extension’s diversity efforts relating to organizational environment; employment, including recruitment and hiring procedures and decisions; retention; and culturally appropriate support and connections. This person will serve as the HR liaison to the CSU Extension Diversity Catalyst Team.
  • Collaborates with CSU’s Office of Training and Organizational Development (TOD) to identify and market personal and professional growth opportunities for CSU Extension staff.
  • Serves as Colorado’s liaison to the Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) Program. Coordinates Colorado’s participation in WELD.
  • Leads the CSU Extension mentorship program including mentor training, support and evaluation.
  • Supports and assists in the growth of the internship program as resources become available.
  • Provides counsel and advice to all Extension employees (in 64 counties across Colorado and campus-based employees) regarding professional development policies and procedures. Manages non-regional professional development funds.

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


Extension Strategic Initiatives Contributions (35%)

  • Assists in the advancement of initiatives identified during the Extension strategic planning process that are related to organizational development.
  • Collaborates with and contributes to committees, task forces and working groups on strategic areas related to organizational development, such as organizational structure, salary and benefits, recruiting and retention, recognizing and rewarding excellence, and reporting.
  • In collaboration with other Extension leadership, provides updates, priorities, next steps and redesigns of the Extension strategic plan to ensure continual advancement of the goals and actions as developed throughout the organization, especially those related to organizational development.

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


Extension Human Resources Assistance (10%)

  • Supports human resource development across Extension.
  • Supports employment processes and recruitment activities in collaboration with the Extension Assistant Director of Human Resources.
  • Supports Extension’s implementation, oversight and operation of the central TMS system. Function as a TMS subject matter expert (with the Assistant Director of Human Resources).
  • When needed, serves as EO Coordinator for Extension searches.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Directors of HR and Fiscal and the Deputy Director of Extension on the policies and direction for Extension human resources functions for approval by the Director of Extension and Vice President of Engagement.

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


SALARY:Starting salary range for this position will be $75,000-$90,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.


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: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.


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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/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. The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407. The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.


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 https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/62280



  • Completed master’s degree in organizational development/behavior, education, industrial organizational psychology, human resources, business or closely related field.
  • Minimum of three years of training and organizational development experience.
  • Ability to communicate as demonstrated through application materials and experience, in teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups and staff, and ability to forge equitable partnerships with other professionals and organizations to accomplish team goals as indicated by experience and references.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • General computer literacy.
  • 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.



  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Professional experience in higher education, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
  • Training and/or organizational development-related certifications.
  • Experience with online/virtual training and related technologies.


Posted: 2018-11-13 Expires: 2018-12-13

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