As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute, this position provides local and statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with community behavioral health programming with a focus in the farm stress initiatives. Community behavior health deals with system changes, policies, and environmental changes of communities and institutions. Community behavior health also includes interdisciplinary perspectives. This position may collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups and work with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, direct education and written articles; and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. Goals of the MSU Extension Community Behavioral Health program area includes being responsive to mental health and substance use needs across the state and promoting behavioral health literacy within Extension and across Michigan communities. Behavioral health literacy means knowledge about mental health and substance use issues, knowledge and promotion of available resources to help, how to communicate with someone experiencing mental health or substance use issues, and lessening stigma. Given recent financial stresses in agricultural markets, MSU Extension has developed two Farm Stress Management programs and corresponding materials to help farmers and those who work with farmers learn techniques to manage stress and access resources. This position will be based out of one of the MSU Extension offices located in district 6 that includes Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford.
Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs for farm stress programs.
Communicate and interact with community partners to evaluate the needs of clientele.
Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff.
Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Health and Nutrition Institute.
Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.
Develop and use appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Health and Nutrition Institute and the work group 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 differences.
Understand and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.
Masters -human development, family studies, psych
Doctorate -human development, family studies, psych
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to human development, family studies, psychology, sociology, public health, or related field must be earned 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/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 principles and compliance standards.
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.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
Demonstrated 3-years’ experience in Extension or community based program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to human development, family studies, psychology, sociology, public health, or related field.
Experience working with community-based health education programs.
Experience interfacing with public around mental health topics.
Experience in agriculture, personally or professionally.
Required Application Materials
Applicants are asked to submit a current resume/CV, cover letter and four (4) professional references that include at least two prior or current supervisors.
This is a full time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.
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