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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 751979
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Financial/Accounting, Operations Services, Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

MSU’s Rehabilitation Counseling programs are partnering with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to create new pathways for individuals with disabilities from marginalized groups—particularly those from underrepresented racial groups—to pursue high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine, entitled Project STEMM UP.  

We are seeking a Project Manager to join the team and contribute to a U.S. Department of Education funded multi-year, multi-site project, starting January 2022. The project team includes Dr. Connie Sung, principal investigator, Dr. Gloria Lee, co-principal investigator, Drs. Hung Jen Kuo, Emre Umucu, Beatrice Lee, co-investigators, staff researchers, postdoctoral research associates, operational staff, affiliated faculty, and graduate assistants. This position will be renewed annually and can be renewed for up to 5 years.  

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture our team endeavors to cultivate.  This includes providing opportunities and access for all people which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background. 


Duties and responsibilities:  

  • Managing all project-related activities and monitoring progress and expenses of the project; 

  • Developing project materials and preparing related documentations with the team; 

  • Organizing and communicating information with the team and relevant groups in a timely manner; 

  • Coordinating and scheduling team meetings, training, assessment and interventions within and outside of the team, including community stakeholders; 

  • Ensuring project protocol compliance and improving the quality assurance of project procedures; 

  • Reaching out to the community and business partners to promote and recruit for the project; 

  • Collaborating with different groups of individuals, including project directors, investigators, staff researchers, postdoctoral research associates, operational staff, affiliated faculty, graduate assistants, and community stakeholders (rehabilitation counselors, individuals with disabilities and families, and employers); 

  • Attending regular meetings to keep up-to-date of the overall flow of the project; 

  • Providing training and mentoring to project staff and graduate assistants in administration of needs assessment protocols and implementation of interventions. 

  • Performing related work as assigned and appropriate based on the specific interests and expertise of the selected candidate. 


The Project Manager will oversee staff and graduate assistants of the team to ensure all project progress. We are seeking a person who is excited to be a member of an interdisciplinary, dynamic and motivated group, and who is driven by a desire to produce high-quality and practical products aimed at driving improvements for individuals with disabilities. The position, which include benefits, is fixed term annual, 100% time position beginning January 1, 2022 with the potential for renewals in the College of Education.  




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 Degree

Masters -rehabilitation, counseling, disability studies

Minimum Requirements

  • A master’s degree in rehabilitation, counseling, disability studies, education, allied health, social work, social science or related field; 

  • 2-3 years of professional experience in grant/project management; 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products; 

  • Extreme attention to detail and strong organizational and management skills; 

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; 

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external team members;  

  • Ability to manage multiple project tasks and competing priorities while maintaining flexibility; 

  • Willing to travel across the state and be flexible with working hours. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Project management, including developing and maintaining project timelines with contingency plans, coordinating the work of others and ensuring project deliverables are met to a high standard for quality and accuracy; 

  • Knowledge or interest in partner-orientated rehabilitation research; 

  • Experience working in career counseling and related areas; 

  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities from marginalized groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities/low socio-economic status/rural areas); 

  • Experience with data collection and analysis activities across a large team; 

  • Experience in communication/marketing and community outreach; 

  • Experience presenting research products to a wide variety of audiences. 

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should send: 1) a letter of application stating qualifications for and reasons for interest in this position; 2) current resume or curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and contact information for three references. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

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

Applicants must apply online at: Please reference posting number to apply. Questions can be directed to Connie Sung at 

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Department Statement

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) at Michigan State University is committed to the study of human learning and development across the life span. CEPSE faculty and students bring an important array of conceptual, technical and therapeutic perspectives to the study of learning in a wide variety of contexts.

The Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies programs at MSU include the nation’s top-ranked graduate programs and faculty members conducting research to improve lives for people with disabilities from the local to the international level.

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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