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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Health And Nutrition 10058946
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Clinton, East Lansing, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee, Washtenaw
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Research/Scientific, Advising/Counseling, MSU Extension- EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Immunization Health Extension Specialist

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 (HNI), this position provides statewide leadership and expertise in immunization health educational programming and completes research and program evaluation on immunization health program messaging and content, as well as immunization educational media campaigns designed for rural youth and adults. This position is part of a leadership team for the Michigan Vaccine Project and will serve as a content specialist and have evaluation and project manager roles. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and community groups, working with faculty, specialists, educators, and instructors.

In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to immunization health as part of the Michigan Vaccine Project. You will ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media (video/audio), social media, engagement via conversations, written articles, and data reports. You will work with project team members who will implement strategies in local communities. You will prepare and present workshops and trainings and work in concert with medical professions that have expertise in immunization health with whom you can coordinate educational events for the public.

Through your leadership, you will oversee statewide implementation of the Michigan Vaccine Project activities alongside the grant leadership team. You will co-produce health outreach materials that include messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with Health and Nutrition Institute messaging for MSU Extension. MSU Extension programming is delivered in-person, virtually, and through self-paced courses online and you will assist with data collection and reporting activities for the Michigan Vaccine Project.


Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include local county health departments and the state department of Health and Human Services. Your role includes summarizing and analyzing data collected from the project on program activities, audiences reached, partnerships, and knowledge gained as a result of educational programs. Additionally, you will serve as a liaison to the MSU Physician Peer Education Project on Immunizations (PPEPI) as a way to become familiar with physician peer educators and other MSU Extension programming efforts on immunization education with healthcare professionals.


Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the campus of Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan.


This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.


Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing people in Michigan.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the HNI.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles.
  • Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
  • In concert with the MSU Extension grant leadership team, work with federal, state, and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners, and Extension staff.
  • Understand and support the Health and Nutrition Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and Civil Rights, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and 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.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant updates, as well as promotion of current and future scheduled activities.
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the Institute, and work teams.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Public Health, Health Sciences, Health S

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Public Health, Health Sciences, Health S

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to public health, health sciences, health services, health communications, global health, or related field must be earned by date of hire.
  • Familiarity with immunization health topics (e.g., vaccination rates, vaccine hesitancy research, immunology).
  • Experience in contract and grant project management, including collection of data and the reporting of results or impacts.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • 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 experience working with and through healthcare professionals and healthcare settings.
  • 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.
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
  • Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
  • Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications, and overall management.
  • Ability to 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.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to public health, or related field.
  • 3-years’ experience in program delivery, teaching, or demonstrated ability and skill in health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years, preferred).
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.

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 position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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