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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Administrative/Business/Professional, Research/Scientific

Working/Functional Title

Capacity Building Specialist

Position Summary

The System exChange Team at Michigan State University is looking for a Community Capacity-Building Specialist to join our team in the promotion of transformative community systems change. The Capacity Building Specialist will take on a leadership role in designing and implementing innovative capacity building interventions and supports including: developing and delivering in person and online training content that can engage diverse stakeholders and sectors in understanding and promoting community systems change; creating implementation support materials, tools, and processes; and  coaching and technical assistance supports to a diversity of stakeholders. The System exChange team works with communities around the world who are addressing a range of social problems including poverty, health inequities, obesity, poor school performance/outcomes, housing instability, school readiness, and food instability, just to name a few.

The System exChange applies the ABLe Change Framework in its systems change effort. This framework is based on the premise that communities can achieve transformative, equitable results when they: make local system and community conditions the intentional targets of their change initiatives; pursue the effective implementation of system change efforts; and build a community engagement infrastructure that supports real-time learning and action across diverse stakeholders and sectors including the active inclusion of the most vulnerable populations within a community.  For more information, visit

Responsibilities include: 

  1. 40%: Design Systems Change Training and Interventions
    • Collaborate with team in developing innovative in-person and online training materials, tools, and capacity-building supports to promote community systems change. 
  2. 35%: Support Systems Change Capacity-Building
    • Provide coaching and consultation for communities engaged in systems change efforts.
    • Develop implementation supports, tools and processes.
    • Develop and support online learning platforms. 
  3. 15%:  Deliver Systems Change Training and Interventions
    • Deliver in-person and online training's and webinars. 
  4. 10%: Conduct Research to Support Best Practices
    • Review systems change best practices & interventions to inform training design and case studies.
    • Contribute to publications and conference presentations related to community systems change efforts.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in related field; such as in public health, social work, community psychology, organizational change, instructional design, or related fields.  
  • At least five years of experience post-degree providing community systems change capacity building with experience designing capacity building efforts in at least two of the following areas: systems change; community change; collective impact organizational change; community engagement; participatory action research; equity; health promotion, intervention or prevention; social determinants of health; community-level interventions and policies.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Experience designing and delivering training to community-based organizations and coalitions
  • Strong facilitation and group process skills
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Experience creating or supporting e-learning platforms
  • Successful experience working in collaboration with diverse groups of people to promote changes in communities and other systems
  • Experience implementing place-based, systems change, or environmental approaches for addressing health disparities, community development, economic equity, or systems of care for children and families

Required Application Materials

Submit letter of interest, CV, writing sample, and 3 professional references 

Special Instructions

Location for this position is negotiable, though some travel to Michigan is required.

Review of applications will begin on December 19, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


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