State Fair Director of Agriculture and Competitive Exhibits
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State Fair Director of Agriculture and Competitive Exhibits

Salary $2,456.31-$3,595.38 biweekly Location Pueblo, CO
Job Type Full Time Department Department of Agriculture
Job Number BAA-00320-11092020
Closing 11/30/2020 5:00 PM Mountain

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Agriculture is a part of all our lives. As an employee of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), you would be working in an agency that affects every person in the state because when you eat, wear clothes, or drive a car--you are part of agriculture. The primary goals of CDA are to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe and high-quality food supply; protect consumers; and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. Colorado's food and agriculture industry generated $47 billion of economic activity in 2019 and supports nearly 5% of the state's workforce. CDA is proud to be a part of such an important industry.
Description of Job
Position duties
Position supervises all Livestock, Horse, General Entry, Fine Arts and Small Animal competition. Defines goals and lead strategies developed by the all competitive exhibit programs. Provides oversight for the Junior Livestock Sale and Competitive Exhibits committees. Oversees the process of contracting with judges, superintendents, suppliers, and vendors for all competition programs. Creates and works within a substantial operating budget in an efficient and cost-effective manner without compromising the integrity of the service provided. Responds to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints and new developments. Evaluates program performance outcomes to measure success and intended impact with the Colorado State Fair's Broadest Ends Statement as metric of success.

Position manages, coordinates and/or supervises all agriculture educational programs. Performs as a liaison of agriculture and fairs industries, both regionally and nationally. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with agriculture industry partners in order to ensure that the agriculture and youth education events are meeting their needs. Oversees volunteer programs in support of agriculture education and competitive exhibit activities. Evaluates program performance outcomes to measure success and intended impact. Defines goals and lead strategies developed by the program. Serves as a key member of the team, contributing to overall institutional growth and development.

Position attends and represents the Colorado State Fair 4-H statewide Horse and Livestock meetings. Manages Memorandum of Understanding with 4-H for all the competitions that they manage. Works with operations staff to prepare exhibit areas for 4-H and FFAs use and recommends improvements to equipment and facilities. Works with 4-H and FFA leaders to develop new competitions and review existing ones. Works with public information officer to highlight 4-H and FFA during the annual Fair.

Position creates and works within a substantial operating budget in an efficient and cost-effective manner without compromising the integrity of the service provided. Tracks programs revenues and expenses and provide updates to General Manager. Ensures that budget/accounting information is accurate and reconciled with the accounting department.

Position assists Sales & Rental Coordinator with Livestock and Horse facility rentals and coordination of Livestock and Horse events on the fairgrounds. Coordinates with event services, gate/security, box office, parking, credentials and other departments as needed to ensure event success. Communicates event information to other departments, Public Information Officer, and general public as needed to relay any potential parking or logistical issues that may affect them. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures. Coordinates with rental calendar manager and provides up to date information to staff and public. Determines rental prices based on approved rental rates or builds custom proposals with General Manager approval. Provides final event costs after each event to the accounting department so an accurate profit and loss statement can be completed and rental fees can be re-evaluated as necessary.

Position exercises formal supervision of two (2) FTE Administrator III positions by initiating the hiring process, selecting employees, assigning and reviewing work, developing performance plan, evaluating performance, establishing schedule, approving leave and initiating corrective and disciplinary actions and resolving formal grievances. Recruits, hires, contracts, trains, and counsels program employees. Develops and directs staff ensuring the delivery of services that support the business operations of the Program. Provides direction and training necessary to ensure that staff is knowledgeable and up-to-date in their respective job skills and duties. Prepares and reviews performance evaluations of staff to achieve maximum performance. This includes setting performance goals and expectations, and evaluating the performance of direct reports; coaching and mentoring to improve and enhance performance; specifying program objectives and measuring and evaluating program outcomes; and obtaining and managing resources as needed. Manages conflict and employee relations in a constructive manner; handling administrative employee/management issues; assessing staffing needs based on department goals and budget; oversees the allocation of human and financial resources; and identifies cost-effective approaches to improving the quality of services and operations within the office.

Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Applicants must be a current resident of the State of Colorado at the time application is submitted to be eligible for this position.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree business, agriculture, or field directly related to the duties of this position, AND three years full time experience program management of large scale events. Part time experience will be pro-rated. Education transcripts that include the date the degree was conferred are required to be attached to your application at the time your application is submitted.

Substitutions
Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred qualifications (make sure to include the details of this experience on your application)
  • Budget management experience
  • Supervisory experience of 2 or more full time staff
  • Experience managing educational exhibits
  • Experience managing agricultural and/or livestock show competitions and judgingcompetitions
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry principles and experience with 4-H and FFA
  • Excellent problem solving and decisionmaking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and consensus building skills with a focus on customer service
  • Must be able to work long hours when required – which might include evenings and weekends.
  • Proficient skill using MS Office Suite applications
Please submit the following:
* Online application (completed fully) describing how you meet the minimum qualifications.
* OR If you are not able to submit an online application, a paper application is available at this link: PDF State Paper Application (Download PDF reader). Paper applications must be received (either by US mail or email to Ruth.Strauss@state.co.us by the closing date and time of the application period listed on this announcement.
* A copy of your DD214 (if applicable)
*A copy of your education transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
* Answers to the supplemental questions - If you need more writing room you may submit it as an attachment to your application.

Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at spb.colorado.gov.

A standard appeal form is available at: spb.colorado.gov. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Supplemental Information
Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received. Therefore, it is very important that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

All applications that are received by the closing date of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement by a Human Resources Specialist. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may proceed to the next step. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
The Department of Agriculture is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Mary Hunt, at mary.hunt@state.co.us or call 303-869-9006.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.
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