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Extension Program Instructor

Michigan State University
Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana
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Job Details

Job no: 815485
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 62
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Children And Youth 10058941
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: 40400.00
Location: Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Health Care Support, Advising/Counseling, Extension Program Associate-EXPA, MSU Extension- EXPA, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

4-H Health & Wellness Program Instructor

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 Children and Youth Institute (CYI) this position provides leadership and oversight of local programs, clients, and participants, related to MSU Extension’s healthy living and emotional wellness education program area to provide teen mental health first aid education in local schools.

    As a member of the Youth and teen Mental Health First Aid program team, you will oversee and ensure program/project promotion and expansion activities, assist with training and data gathering for impact evaluation efforts. You will work in conjunction with your supervisor, CYI Educators who program in Youth Mental Health First Aid, 4-H Program Coordinators, and school and community partners to attain both short-term and long-term goals and objectives for the Students, Teachers, Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program. Through your supervising educator, you will work in concert with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute and/or work team(s) to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of work team, Institute, and grantors.

    As a team member of the STOP School Violence grant, you will work in collaboration with your supervisor, and CYI Leadership, to support the creation of teen mental health training and mental health support programs for identified schools. You will be responsible for training 10th or 11th graders in teen mental health first aid, planning a graduation or commencement ceremony to acknowledge students who complete the training, developing a mental health referral system for youth in need or in crisis, identify mental health education campaigns and resources for schools and communities to increase knowledge and decrease stigma. You will work in concert with the CYI Healthy Living Committee, and the Leadership, Civic, and Cultural Engagement work teams to implement mental health first aid and youth-adult partnership education initiatives to support schools and students. Through this process, you will prepare local youth ambassadors to become role models who work with other youth in the area of youth mental health.

    You will provide support for partner schools to host school-based community youth mental health wellness summits, including launching a statewide teen mental health well-being summit and grow statewide awareness and support for teens. You will also support communities in developing local action and sustainability plans and resources and train mental health first aiders to extend their school-based mental health wellness supports. Examples of supports may include greater access to healthy activities for youth, building awareness of signs of mental health crisis, creating, or maintaining community coalitions that also work on mental health issues, etc.

    In this role, you will facilitate the trainings to teach teens in grades in 10th or 11th grade on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in themselves and peers. You will also work with a mental health professional or school counselor/social worker who will be on site during training times. In training, you will present and lead conversations related to Teen Mental Health First Aid such as: common signs and symptoms of mental health, substance use challenges, suicide, bullying, talking about mental health issues like mental illness and seeking help from a responsible and trusted adult. You will work to deliver Teen Mental Health First Aid through a variety of deliver methods such as face-to-face in-person lesson or in a blended form such as online lessons and/or video conferences.

    Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Mason or Newaygo County MSU Extension office. Coverage area will include Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties.

    This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding. At this time, grant funding is anticipated to be available through September 2025.

    Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and deliver programs that focus on Teen Mental Health First Aid.
  • Operate somewhat independently, with minimal supervision, ensuring that program delivery follows prescribed guidelines and meets the goals for reaching specific audiences according to the grant.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally.
  • Develop community relationships and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Children and Youth Institute.
  • Understand and support the Children and Youth Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with an emphasis on reaching diverse populations. This includes but is 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.
  • Initiate efforts to expand MSU Extension programs 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.
  • Collaborate with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute work teams.
  • Provide expertise and information to clientele related to program area.
  • Plan, organize and implement programs that are relevant to program area and meet the needs of local residents.
  • Work to identify and remove barriers from participation in MSU Extension programs.
  • Attend various and related local program meetings or committee meetings, as well as community planning activities, as appropriate.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.
  • Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in program management and delivery in youth development, education, public health, community health, human health science, psychology, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, humanities, human development and family studies, social work, counseling, or related field.
  • Combination of education and specific, relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.).
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
  • Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience developing content on social media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and SnapChat.
  • Desired background or knowledge in public and mental health principles.
  • Become trained in Teen Mental Health First Aid.
  • 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 Application Materials
  • Current resume/CV.
  • Cover letter.
  • Four (4) professional references including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors.
  • 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: Instructions

    This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding. At this time, funding is expected to be available through September 2025.

    Work Hours

    Generally 40 hours Monday through Friday, with some nights and weekends needed.

    Description of End Date

    This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding. At this time, grant funding is anticipated to be available through September 2025.


    Advertised: Sep 28, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Oct 25, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


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