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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Health And Nutrition 10058946
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Chippewa
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Extension Program Associate-EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, MSU Extension- EXPA, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Tribal Health Extension Educator

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension and the Health and Nutrition Institute, this position provides local and statewide educational health programming leadership and expertise in tribal communities with a focus on those communities located within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including the counties of Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette and Schoolcraft. Health program topics include diabetes and other chronic disease prevention and self-management, mental health and stress reduction, and nutrition (e.g., food sovereignty, food as medicine).

In this position, you will assesses community health needs, implement evidence-based programs, design and evaluate educational programming based on applied research and program evaluation methods, and ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, presentations and written articles. Utilizing your experience, you will also serve as an informational resource to tribal communities, MSU Extension partners and MSU Extension staff.

This position will work from the MSU Extension office located in Chippewa County.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs for disease prevention/management, social-emotional health, and nutrition in tribal communities.
  • Communicate and interact with stakeholder groups, including tribal elders and tribal leadership, to assess the needs of clientele and communities and to develop effective programming.
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as create a schedule of current and future activities.
  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension, the Health and Nutrition Institute, and this partnership among Bay Mills Indian Community / Bay Mills Community College.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles and products.
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the Health and Nutrition Institute, and the work team aligned with.
  • Work 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 characteristics.
  • Understand and implements Civil Rights, diversity, equity and inclusion policies and procedures. 
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Required Degree

Masters -Public Health, Health Science, Nutrition

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to public health, health science, nutrition, dietetics, counseling, nursing or a related health field of study, by date of hire.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • Experience with marketing and promotion of educational programs.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft 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.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights, diversity, equity and inclusion principles and compliance standards.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis within local and surrounding communities, as well as occasional long distance travel outside the assigned area, in order to perform the duties 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

  • 3-years of experience in Extension, or health education program delivery, or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
  • Experience working in tribal communities preferred.
  • Record of successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.

Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV

Cover letter

Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) current or prior supervisors

Special Instructions

This 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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