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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: Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Van Buren
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

SW MI Supv. and Staff Dev. Educator

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 leadership to MSU Extension Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) program and paraprofessional staff in counties within MSU Extension District 13, including Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and community groups, working with faculty, specialists, and educators for overall advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele.


In this position, you will lead efforts related to the recruitment and initial onboarding of new paraprofessional staff and will oversee continuing education and development for existing paraprofessional staff. You will learn grant compliance requirements, approved curriculum, and policy, system, and environmental change strategies to allow you to effectively coach staff in implementing appropriate nutrition and physical activity education. Through your leadership, you will be responsible for guiding and coaching staff as they implement and evaluate the multiple Supplemental Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Education (SNAP-Ed) approaches, including direct and indirect education and policy, system, and environmental change efforts within the community. You will coach, mentor, train and provide technical support to staff in their programming efforts and will ensure the needs and goals of the Health and Nutrition Institute, MSU Extension, and grantors are met through support and management of the programming staff, including evaluation of staff to ensure requirements and objectives of the programming and appropriate use of grant funds, are met. In this supervising role, you will be expected to hold your staff accountable to the program requirements and deliverables and will be responsible for assisting with special projects related to the SNAP-Ed and/or EFNEP grants.


Through your supervising role, you will meet with each staff member individually, at least once per month and will conduct program observations at least two times per year. Additionally, you will be expected to engage with your entire team of programming staff at least once per quarter and you will encourage and provide coaching for internal staff teams to work collaboratively on projects that will advance grant goals.


You will ensure dissemination of research-based curricula and information and will serve as an information resource for Extension personnel and clientele. Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will support and collaborate with programming staff to explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that empower Michigan’s limited resource adults, families and youth to gain crucial knowledge about nutrition and healthy foods, increase their daily physical activity, and reduce their food insecurity. You will work with staff and identify community partners to implement policy, systems, and environmental change opportunities. You will provide policy, systems, and environmental change coaching with partners in the community, and will provide direct and indirect education when necessary. You will also develop and produce nutrition and physical activity outreach materials with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Institute messaging.


Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups to ensure that programming with individuals and groups meets the needs of the clientele and is in alignment with funder and/or MSU Extension Institute expectations. You will also meet regularly with other supervising and staff development educators and will actively participate as part of the Nutrition and Physical Activity team.


Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Kalamazoo MSU Extension office located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


This position may be eligible to utilize a flexible environment, however, there is an expectation to work from a MSU Extension county office. The needs, responsibilities, and opportunities of an individual’s position and office location drive the ability and amount of work-location flexibility.


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


Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Actively support and coach staff to identify, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs of the assigned community, and support 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 Health and Nutrition Institute.
  • 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.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, programs, and a schedule of current and future 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 Health and Nutrition Institute, and work teams.
  • Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
  • In concert with the MSU Extension work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and identify effective programming.
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners, and Extension staff.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director and Associate 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 -Human Resources/Staff Development/Mgmt,

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in field of study related to human resources/staff development and/or management, nutrition, health promotion, kinesiology, exercise science, or public health must be earned by date of hire.
  • Experience in supervising, coaching, training, and/or mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational 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.
  • Ability to create and carry out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Qualtrics, 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
  • 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

  • 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational 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.
  • Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.
  • 1-year demonstrated ability to manage staff remotely.

Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV.

Cover letter.

Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.

Special Instructions

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


Starting salary $56,100/year, commensurate with education and experience.


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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