Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 765887
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: Education/Training, Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Global Project Manager

Position Summary

We are seeking a Managing Director to join the research team and contribute to a multiple federally funded projects, including a U.S. Department of Education funded multi-year, multi-site project 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.

This position will start in August 2022 and will be renewed annually for a minimum of 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;
  • Managing strategic partnerships with other districts and agencies across the state/nation;
  • Performing office operations and managing various administrative functions (HR, space allocation, budget);
  • Providing direct supervision over project staff and individual and group meetings;
  • Performing fundraising and financial management;
  • Developing project materials and preparing related documentations with the team;
  • Organizing and communicating information with the team and relevant groups in a timely manner;
  • Ensuring project compliance and improving the quality assurance of project procedures;
  • Supporting account set up and leading post-award activities and ensuring grant timelines/goals;
  • Leading strategic planning for the team and individual members;
  • Leading budget reviews, monitoring budget forecast, grant spending and re-budgeting;
  • Collaborating with other project managers/coordinators to conduct all project meetings to review pending projects, team goals/timeline;
  • Managing product delivery and preparation of project reports to funders, partners, and the public to maximize use and impact;
  • Managing creation of branding materials for publicizing work and raising visibility;
  • Building and maintaining relationships and trust with community stakeholders;
  • Performing related work as assigned and appropriate based on the specific interests and expertise of the selected candidate.

The Managing Director 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 August 1, 2022 with the potential for renewals in the College of Education.

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.

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.

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

Doctorate -Rehabilitation, counseling, psychology

Minimum Requirements
  • A doctoral degree in rehabilitation, counseling, psychology, disability studies, education, allied health, social work, social science or related field;
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in grant/project management;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products;
  • Highly motivated, self-directed and extreme 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
  • 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 special education and 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; 3) two samples of scholarly writing; and 4) the names and contact information for three references.

Together-we-will StatementThe 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 765887. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. Questions can be directed to Shannon Aydukovic at [email protected] or 517-432-9101.



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.

Advertised: Mar 17, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 17, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

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Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

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The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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