Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

Job no: 845720
Position type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Location: Alpena, Detroit, Flint, Gaylord, Marquette, Oakland, Pontiac, Port Huron, Traverse City, Wayne
Division/Equivalent: College Of Education
School/Unit: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

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Working/Functional Title

Career Pathway Coordinator

Position Summary

MSU’s Rehabilitation Counseling programs are partnering with the Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) 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 Career Pathway Coordinator to join the team and contribute to a U.S. Department of Education funded multi-year, multi-site project, starting March 2023. 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 up to September 2026.

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:

  • Collaborating with MRS to obtain pertinent educational, social, medical, psychological, and vocational data relative to the customer with disabilities;
  • Assessing customer’s needs and conducting intake and screening assessments based on social cognitive career theory (SCCT);
  • Providing specific recommendations for supplemental SCCT-related services and coordinating with MRS to ensure alignment with customer’s individual plan for employment;
  • Providing counseling and guidance and other SCCT intervention programming pertaining to customer’s individual plan for employment;
  • Collaborating with MRS and assisting with the coordination of SCCT-related and community services to help customers reach the objectives in their individual plan for employment;
  • Identifying potential internship placement that matches customers’ career interests and goals in STEMM occupations;
  • Collaborating with MRS and assisting with the coordination of job development services for placement-ready customers, including job-seeking skills training and developing job leads;
  • Recommending specific elements for MRS to consider when identifying post-employment services necessary to maintain suitable employment for customers;
  • Partnering with Business Network Division consultants to create STEMM-related employment opportunities for customers;
  • Partnering with Business Network Division consultants to provide training and support to employers in supporting their hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities from racial/ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups;
  • Collaborating with MRS to update customers’ progress and address concerns as they arise;
  • Recordkeeping that is compliant with established policies and procedures;
  • Assisting in the development of STEMM-related community resources;
  • Providing input and feedback throughout the development and implementation of the project;
  • Collaborating closely with customer’s respective rehabilitation counselors;
  • 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 trainings pertaining to working with individuals with disabilities from racial/ethnic minority and other marginalized groups;
  • Attending regular meetings to keep up-to-date of the overall flow of the project;
  • Providing training and supervision to operational staff and graduate assistants in development and implementation of the professional development, training and coaching;
  • Performing related work as assigned and appropriate based on the specific interests and expertise of the selected candidate.


The Career Pathway Coordinator will partner and coordinate with MRS personnel to carry out a range of professional rehabilitation counseling services, including vocational guidance, physical restoration, training and placement of persons with disabilities, particularly those from underserved populations. 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 March 1, 2023 with the potential for renewals in the College of Education.


Location: Varied depending on the assigned regions: 1) Wayne (Livonia, Monroe, Taylor, Wayne) 2) Oakland- Pontiac and Oak Park); 3) Detroit Renaissance (Fort Street, Grand River, Mack, Porter, Hamtramck); 4) Eastern (Flint, Port Huron); 5) Northern (Alpena, Traverse, Gaylord); 6) Marquette.


Qualified candidates who possess express knowledge of region, stakeholders, and have existing relationships in the community are preferred.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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 -Couns., Rehab, Psych., Spec. Ed or related

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • A master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation, education, psychology, social work, or related fields;
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience providing services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Highly motivated, self-directed and attention to detail;
  • Have strong organizational, management and problem-solving 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

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities from marginalized populations (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, rural areas, etc);
  • Experience in providing counseling in vocational and/or education settings;
  • Experience in providing rehabilitation services coordination.
  • Qualified candidates who possess express knowledge of region, stakeholders, and have existing relationships in the community are preferred.


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; 3) the names and contact information for three references; 4) region preferred for job location and or/residence.  

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: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply online at: http://careers.msu.edu. Please reference posting xxxxx. Review of applications will begin on 2/14/2023 and the position will remain open until filled. Questions can be directed to Dr. Gloria Lee at leekalai@msu.edu or (517) 432-3623.

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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.

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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