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Rural Community Outreach Specialist

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$45,000.00 - $54,000.00
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Full Time
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Department Information

The University makes available a broad array of credit and non-credit courses, seminars and workshops through the Division of Extended Studies. Some programs are offered on campus and off-campus sites and some are offered through distance modalities including online and correspondence programs.
 A primary aim of the Division of Extended Studies is to provide courses to part-time students.  A variety of educational methods—classroom instruction, correspondence courses, on-line courses, conferences, workshops and seminars—are utilized to expand educational access and meet the needs of students at convenient times and settings. Students may earn academic credit toward a degree, study for career advancement, or pursue cultural and avocational interests.

Description of Job


As part of the mission of the CSU Pueblo mission, this position will be focused directly on the needs and program growth of the rural communities in Colorado, specifically focusing energies and efforts in the southern Colorado region. This position will assist in outreach and program growth on the front range, especially related to CSU System or CSU FC Extension collaborations.    This position will be doing outreach for a variety of access options: in-person, online, hybrid, short course and other avenues for enrollment that meet the needs of these rural areas, including building educational opportunities that support workforce development. This position will serve as the primary contact for collaborations that involve community college partnerships, and building alliances and dual enrollment opportunities in these rural areas. This position will provide the Dean of Extended Studies opportunities for growth and coordinate possible efforts across county lines that lead to enrollment, and support the needs of rural communities.
 The position holder does not have to reside in Pueblo County, but must make efforts to connect to the different campuses (main and satellite), as well as travel across the state of Colorado as necessary to build and enhance education and workforce partnerships.

Primary Duties

  • High School Partnership Support – Build partnerships with rural community high schools, and high school activities (4-H, FBLA, FFA), assist in providing support for dual enrollment opportunities through the high school programs operation in Extended Studies. Provide direct support to high school students needing admissions and enrollment concerns. Provide admission and advising support to students.
  • Outreach and Marketing—Recommend and participate in educational fairs, professional associations and community outreach activities designed to generate enrollment growth for assigned programs. Coordinate where appropriate with CSU System and CSU FC Extension Offices for programming and partnerships that build horizontal and vertical integrations for higher education.
  • Rural Community Workforce Development— Identify and locate space for degree offerings that support workforce development needs in a rural community. Develop partners, and identify support structures for third party billing and streamlined enrollment processes. The position holder should be knowledgeable of multiple modalities for degree completion, and evaluate the optimal formula for degree completion, including in-person (place-based education), online, synchronous zoom with multiple locations or independent study. Use problem solving as key strategy for building growth partnerships.
  • Rural Community College Collaboration and Coordination – Identify areas for 4-year completion needs and assist in the development and coordination efforts associated with 4-year collaborations. Knowledgeable about the state-wide articulation agreements and able to solve problems and coordinate with faculty partners on both sides to design potential education partnerships.
  • Education Partnership Support and Maintenance - Support new and ongoing state, federal and industry focused partnerships to build (DOC, YOS, PEDCO, Dept. of Agriculture, SBDC) education opportunities, either through certificates, non-credit and/or certificate and/or degree-seeking opportunities.
  • Division and University Affairs - Participates in Division and University affairs remotely (when possible) and throughout the region of residence that enhance the assigned programs’ performance and quality profile. Ensures that the advising process and marketing materials conform to relevant university and state policies, procedures and accreditation practices. Works collaboratively and effectively with department chairs and admissions, records and financial aid staff to assist students with academic processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and enterprise information systems
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Knowledge of regional accreditation and higher education regulatory processes
  • Knowledge and professional experience in a rural community
  • Knowledge of college admissions, advising, enrollment, and financial aid procedures
  • Experience in adult and traditional education programs
  • Professional experience in designing and supporting collaborative partnerships

This is a grant funded position, renewable annually, based on budgetary approvals and renewal of Vision Program grant funding. 


Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 

  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.

Applications submitted without the required attachments above or an application not completed in its entirety will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
 CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  
 Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
 At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical Insurance and Prescription Drugs 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefit Plan 
  • Basic Term Life Insurance 
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • Travel Accident Insurance 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness and Accident Insurance 
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Annual & Sick Leave 
  • Retirement Plans
  •  About Pueblo, Colorado 
     The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
     CSU Pueblo 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 (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
     The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
    It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
     In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 
     Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.


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