Assistant Vice President for Engagement and Extension, and Deputy Director of CSU Extension

Colorado State University
Colorado, United States
$190,000.00 - $220,000.00
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE) was organized in 2006 to advance CSU’s engagement and outreach missions.

For more than 100 years, CSU Extension has been working with Colorado residents to improve profitability and sustainability of their agricultural businesses, enhance healthy choices, and augment community and personal well-being. CSU Extension provides national, research-based information and programming on a wide array of topics including 4-H youth development; individual, family, and community well-being; nutrition, food safety, and health; natural resources and water; and the agricultural areas of cropping systems, food systems, and livestock and range. CSU Extension is also a trusted resource for building and strengthening Colorado communities and leading discussions and initiatives on critical issues identified by our stakeholders.

CSU Extension has a campus staff of over 60, approximately 90 campus faculty, and a field workforce of over 200 faculty and staff around the state working through regional centers and offices cooperatively established with county governments. Another 17,000 volunteers and community partners make CSU Extension possible. CSU Extension is administered by Colorado State University in cooperative partnerships with CSU’s eight colleges; the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies; Colorado state agencies and municipalities; and dozens of nonprofit organizations. CSU Extension is supported by cooperative arrangements with nearly all of Colorado’s 64 counties through appropriations, facilities, staff, and other support.

In addition to CSU Extension, OEE includes CSU Extended Campus (including CSU Online), the Colorado Water Center, and a variety of vibrant programs that engage the teaching, research, extension, and service missions of Colorado State University. The Vice President for Engagement and Extension (VPEE) is the principal administrative, academic, and fiscal officer for these divisions, reports to the CSU President, and works closely with the Provost/Executive Vice President. These divisions work collaboratively across all Colleges and offices on campus, and have strong engagement programs throughout Colorado, the Western US and globally. At any given time, OEE’s divisions include over 400 employees. The total of budgets for all divisions is approximately $85 million. OEE is one of the most institutionally comprehensive commitments to engagement and outreach among all land-grant and other universities. Propelled by OEE’s leadership, nationally CSU is a Carnegie Engaged University (2008, 2014), is a member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, is an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (2016), and is highly ranked for its online degree programs. Annually, CSU Extended Campus garners enrollments of over 10,000 learners and CSU Extension delivers approximately 500,000 educational contacts.

Colorado State University, a prestigious Carnegie Doctoral Research (Very High) University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins.

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.

Proposed Annual Salary Range:
$190,000 - $220,000

Position Summary:
As a key member of the Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE) executive leadership team, the Assistant Vice President for Engagement and Extension and Deputy Director of Extension (AVP) fulfills two roles for Colorado State University (CSU): first, day-to-day leadership of CSU Extension, and second, institution-wide strategic leadership centered on the scholarship of engagement.

First, as Deputy Director of CSU Extension, the AVP provides leadership and oversight for the academic administration of CSU Extension on the Fort Collins campus and in cooperation with counties and other partners across the state of Colorado. With the Vice President for Engagement and Extension (VPEE) serving as the state-designated Director of Extension, the AVP develops strategy, staffing, and budget plans and proposals to implement an innovative and impactful Extension system that addresses local needs and state priorities, while growing fiscal health. Working collaboratively with the provost and college deans, and through Extension regional and program leaders, the AVP has primary responsibility for academic leadership for on-campus and off-campus Extension faculty and their educational programs and services. The AVP is a key contact for collaborative work with faculty, centers, and divisions of CSU that provide engaged programs and services, particularly the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Colorado State Forest Service. Throughout Colorado, the Western region, the national Cooperative Extension Service system, and internationally, the AVP may represent CSU and the VPEE with various professional associations and be a recognized leader in promoting and advancing the Extension mission with stakeholders and learners.

Second, the AVP serves as an advocate for and an advisor to the VPEE on a broad array of engagement opportunities. In advancing OEE’s strategic goals, the AVP integrates these goals with CSU’s institutional missions of research/discovery and teaching/learning. The AVP advances the scholarship of engagement relative to research, teaching, and service on campus and across the state. This includes encouraging and catalyzing engagement and extension among CSU faculty, staff, and students and in maintaining the university’s designation as a Carnegie Engaged University. The AVP may also serve in campus-wide roles at the request of the President or others. Further, working collaboratively with the deans and through the CSU Extended Campus leaders, the AVP provides campus-wide leadership for the development, delivery, and improvement of non-credit continuing, professional, and lifelong education.

The AVP reports directly to the VPEE and represents OEE initiatives and priorities in working with and advancing engagement, extension, and outreach goals within the University’s colleges and divisions. To best serve the changing demographics of stakeholders across Colorado and beyond, the AVP works with the VPEE to advance the diversity and inclusion strategic plans for OEE and CSU Extension. Within OEE, the AVP works closely with the Assistant Vice President for Engagement and Extension and Executive Director of CSU Extended Campus, the Director of the Colorado Water Center, leaders of shared services units, and OEE central staff.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree
  • Credentials and qualifications for a faculty appointment in a department of CSU, with expertise in a discipline relevant to the educational programs and services of CSU Extension
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with teams and organizations in the development, delivery, and improvement of educational programs and services to meet individual, organization, industry, or community needs
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills for diverse public, technical, academic, policy, and other audiences and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies for fiscal and personnel prioritization and development
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully engaging historically underserved communities
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion, as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes
  • Extensive administrative leadership experience in the following areas of working in or partnering with higher education administration:
    • hiring and leading and developing staff
    • managing a significant budget, with expectations for raising revenue
    • leading teams and managing complex projects
  • 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:

  • Prior faculty experience in extension or engagement, with tenure, at the rank of Professor
  • Progressively responsible experience managing multiple cross-functional teams
  • Experience in the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university, and/or a working understanding of university Extension with experience in the administration of university- community engaged scholarship, engagement programming, or extended education
  • A working understanding of or experience engaging in issues related to the primary program areas of Extension including agricultural systems; water and natural resources; community and economic development; youth development; and/or healthy living
  • Robust experience and leadership in the development and implementation of engaged scholarship in research, teaching, and/or service
  • Higher education leadership experience, particularly related to Extension administration, faculty governance, and/or grant development and administration
  • Experience working in university international engagement initiatives
  • Advanced skills in strategic planning, systems thinking, improvement science, change management, performance measurement, quality management, or similar processes for organizational improvement

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:
People and Program Management

  • Accountable leader for implementation of the CSU Extension budget, operations, and programmatic strategy through the division’s operational units and teams
  • Organizes work units and work flow for fulfilling division’s objectives
  • Provides supervision and direction for the division’s directors and senior leaders
  • Develops division plans for staffing, development, and performance management
  • Assures relevant policies, procedures, and reporting are followed throughout division

Strategic Leadership 25%

  • In consultation with the VPEE and OEE leadership, provides strategic leadership of the day-to- day administration of CSU Extension
  • Integrates information from multiple functions and departments to inform strategy for OEE generally and CSU Extension specifically in line with CSU, OEE, and Extension missions and goals related to engaged scholarship and extension programs and services
  • Resolves complex issues with long-term impact through development of division policies, operational processes, and resource development and allocation strategies
  • Leads reviews, analyses, and evaluation of division operations and outcomes to identify strategic opportunities for growth and improvement

Campus and Community Engagement 25%

  • Represents OEE and CSU Extension in collaborations with colleges, divisions, and offices throughout CSU
  • Represents OEE and CSU Extension in partnerships with professional organizations, government agencies, and stakeholder organizations

For full consideration, all material must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on Monday, April 19, 2021. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter detailing how you meet all applicable “required” and “preferred” job qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.
  • Minimum of three references including one reference of a person whom you currently or have recently supervised.

 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. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the applicant.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the position and the search, please contact Lise Youngblade at

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 Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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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