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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 749232
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 62
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Health And Nutrition 10058946
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: 40400.00
Location: Lake, Mason, Muskegon
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Health Care Support, Advising/Counseling, Extension Program Associate-EXPA, MSU Extension- EXPA, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Health Program Instructor

Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:


  • We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
  • We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
  • We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
  • We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
  • Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.


As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute this position provides leadership and oversight of local programs, clients, and participants, related to MSU Extension’s rural family and youth immunization project and as part of the Health and Nutrition Institute.

As a team member on the rural family and youth immunization education project, you will oversee and ensure local program/project promotion and expansion activities and assist with data gathering for collective impact evaluation efforts. You will work in conjunction with your supervisor, youth and family health program instructors, program participants, and community partners to attain both short-term and long-term goals and objectives. Through your supervising educator, you will work in concert with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute and/or work team(s) to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of work team, Institute, and grantors.

You will serve as health program instructor for the rural family and youth immunization education project, and you will identify appropriate, existing materials and messaging, and implement various outreach efforts through indirect means like digital advertisements, social media, print mailings, videos, newspapers, and radio for immunization education. You will utilize materials that are available from communication toolkits at the state and national level, such as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) via the Governor’s Protect Michigan Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, as well as those generated from this grant project. Additionally, you will have the ability to help create new materials using science-based information from state and national resources (i.e., CDC, MDHHS) and tailor messages to audiences and communities that are the focus of outreach campaigns. Your work will include placing consistent, science-based information about vaccinations in all MSU Extension county and district offices, as well as making available to all MSU Extension offices digital materials for support staff who maintain and administer county websites and social media pages or accounts. 

Through your work to implement a strategic communications campaign for adults in the state of Michigan, you will have access to utilize existing mailing lists from MSU Extension’s past program participants and current partners to circulate educational materials designed to increase awareness and understanding, and ultimately inform COVID-19 vaccine and other childhood immunization decision-making among Michigan communities. Working together in primarily rural communities you will collaborate with youth and family health program instructors whose primary focus is youth audiences. You will attend various and related local program meetings or committee meetings, as well as community planning activities, as appropriate.

There will be space available for this position to work from the MSU Extension offices located in Lake, Mason, or Muskegon County.

This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding. At this time, funding is expected to be available through June 2024.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and carry out programs that focus on immunization educational programming and public health outreach.
  • Operate somewhat independently, with minimal supervision, ensuring that program delivery follows prescribed guidelines and meets the goals for reaching specific audiences.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Health and Nutrition Institute.
  • Create, promote, and represent MSU Extension in activities, meetings, etc. in a manner that reflects collegial connection with the community, the research and knowledge of the University, and the goodwill of MSU Extension.
  • Understand and support the Health and Nutrition Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a special emphasis on reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class, and other human differences in rural, suburban, and urban communities, and where applicable, increasing programmatic delivery and participation in urban centers.
  • Initiate efforts to expand MSU Extension programs to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities, and other differences.
  • Ensure that diverse audiences are reached through traditional and newly developed programs.
  • Provide information and opportunities for learning through the use of technology, mass media, group meetings, workshops, and individual contacts.
  • Collaborate with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute work teams.
  • Provide expertise and information to clientele related to immunization education.
  • Plan, organize, and implement programs that are relevant to grant deliverables.
  • Work to identify and remove barriers from participation in MSU Extension programs.
  • Attend various and related local program meetings or committee meetings, as well as community planning activities, as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in a variety of professional development opportunities to attain and retain program knowledge and delivery skills.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in program management and delivery in public health, community health, communications, human health science, psychology, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, humanities, human development and family studies, social work, or related field.
  • Combination of education and specific, relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills, and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural, and economic diversity of the target population served.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.).
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience developing content on social media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and/or SnapChat.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

  • Current resume/CV.
  • Cover letter.
  • Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding. At this time, funding is expected to be available through June 2024.

Work Hours

Generally 40 hours Monday through Friday, with some nights and weekends needed.

Description of End Date

12 months. This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based on continued funding.

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