Director of Education – Colorado State University SPUR Campus

Denver, CO • Full-Time • Master’s Degree Required

ABOUT THE POSITION: The CSU Spur Team is seeking its newest member—a Director of Education—for its soon-to-be built campus at the National Western Center. The Director of Education will be responsible for creating and implementing new programs to engage K-12 and life-long learners visiting the Spur campus. The Director of Education will use an entrepreneurial approach to grow both formal and informal education programs at the Spur campus--these programs need to inspire youth to tackle global problems around food, water, and health, and connect them with educational pathways to further their impact. The Director of Education will have a unique opportunity to join a great team, working to build programs at the CSU Spur campus. This position will create more detail around CSU’s existing Spur Education strategic plan, develop new collaborations, grow existing partnerships, and build a team to implement a suite of educational programs. The Spur campus will have a particular focus on K-12 programs, but will also serve professionals and campus visitors of any age. ABOUT THE CSU SPUR CAMPUS AT THE NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER: The CSU System, along with its partners, will stand up three buildings focused on water, food and agriculture, animal health, and sustainability at Spur at the National Western Center (NWC). Within the Spur buildings, CSU will conduct research and convene experts from around the globe; students of all ages will engage with science and have opportunities for exploratory learning, transforming their thinking about food, water, and health and the careers available in these fields; and partners will join in programming the space and bring evolving content to the year-round campus. Our education programs will capture the imagination, spark curiosity, and go beyond traditional educational programs. Construction on the CSU buildings begins in Q1 2020, with anticipated opening in 2022. The Spur campus is a project of the CSU System, which is comprised of three campuses: CSU in Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global. Learn more at and at


  • Working with the CSU Spur team to stand up K-12 educational programs, including developing programs in advance of the campus opening (in 2021/22).

  • Working with the CSU Spur team to build and manage a team that will provide experiential education opportunities for K-12 students and the general public in the three CSU Spur buildings.

  • Working closely with K-12 school districts to ensure the Spur educational opportunities align with teacher and student needs and interests.

  • Collaborating with Denver Water, Dumb Friends League, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado, the Western Stock Show Association, National Western Center Authority, and other partners to create unique educational content, both specific to the Spur campus and throughout the National Western Center site.

  • Working closely with teams from around the CSU System to develop new content at the intersections of food, water, and health.

  • Collaborating with the CSU Fort Collins School of Education to leverage existing teacher training and K-12 programs to enhance Spur K-12 and teacher professional development programs.

  • Using a variety of technologies to enhance student learning in the formal, informal, and non-formal (e.g., 4H and after school programs).

  • Overseeing marketing campaigns to encourage statewide participation in the programming at NWC CSU buildings.

  • Monitoring and evaluating Spur education programs and sharing data internally and externally.

  • Managing the budget that supports education programming.

  • Representing the CSU System in meetings and public places. The role will include some evenings, weekends, and some travel.


  • Master’s Degree in science, education, business, agriculture or related field.

  • At least 10 years of experience in related field such as STEM, environmental, agricultural, and/or other hands-on education; program development; program monitoring and evaluation, etc.

  • Experience building formal and/or informal K-12 and public experiential learning programs.

  • Demonstrated experience building and managing a team.

  • Project and budget management skills and experience.

  • Skills in written and verbal communication with stakeholders, rural and urban audiences, potential partners, the public, visitors to the CSU buildings, and donors.

  • Program monitoring and evaluation experience.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a driver’s license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

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