The University of Michigan School of Public Health began its pursuit of a healthier world in 1941. Ranked among the top public health schools in the country, Michigan Public Health educates and trains more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students each year. Our interdisciplinary strength empowers us to develop innovative solutions to complex health challenges. We pursue a healthier, more equitable world through education, research and action. We strive to recruit staff members who demonstrate a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all that interact and engage with us and our activities.
Michigan Public Health is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading schools of public health. We confer BA, BS, MPH, MHSA, MS and PhD degrees. We offer residential, executive, and online degree programs. We are composed of six graduate departments, one undergraduate program, a unique joined degree with the School of Information (Health Informatics), and an online MPH degree program.
Within the Office for Student Engagement and Practice, the position will support the programs and activities for Public Health Practice and will report to the Director of Public Health Practice. Public Health Practice builds and nurtures individual, community, and organizational capacity for improved health and greater health equity. It has three priority areas of activity: student engagement, public health workforce development, and community engagement. Collaboration with external partners on mutually beneficial activities is essential for enhancing student learning, developing and growing the existing workforce, and promoting community development. Additionally, Public Health Practice provides technical assistance for members of the Michigan public health community.
The Manager of Practice Programs develops and implements activities and programs within Public Health Practice with emphasis on student engagement activities. Public health practice student engagement opportunities foster experiential learning to prepare students for entry into the workforce and contribute to the degree requirements of MPH students. These activities include the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), an interdisciplinary student group designed to create experiences and opportunities for students to apply classroom theory to address public health challenges and develop solutions in partnership with communities. Other activities include service projects, developing and supporting opportunities for practice engagement in School of Public Health classes and managing a Public Health Perspectives speaker series.
Manage all aspects of Public Health Practice student engagement programming, including: conceptualizing projects, developing work plans with partners and students, leading working and informational meetings, identifying deadlines and deliverables, allocating appropriate financial resources and personnel effort to support the projects, and ensuring projects reach completion.
Develop and operationalize a program plan for expanding practice-based learning activities to undergraduate and online students.
Conduct student needs assessments to inform the annual Public Health Practice work plan. Collect and analyze data, synthesize results, and develop recommendations for future programming.
Cultivate relationships with domestic and international partners to develop and implement mutually beneficial projects that build community capacity and advance student learning.
Working with faculty and staff, develop and operationalize technical assistance strategies to incorporate public health practice in curricular and co-curricular activities for students.
Identify and secure appropriate practitioners and subject matter experts for speaker series.
Develop a program budget and monitor expenditures.
Execute an evaluation plan that includes establishing goals and objectives, collecting data, making conclusions, and producing reports for school leadership, including data related to accreditation requirements.
Hire and supervise student temporary staff.
Identify external funding opportunities to support student public health practice initiatives and write grant proposals.
Student preparation and support
Work regularly with students to review and edit project deliverables to assure partners of a high-quality project.
Develop and assess co-curricular and extra-curricular applied practice experience requirements.
Develop and lead trainings for PHAST students to prepare them for fieldwork.
Develop and lead activities to support post-activity student reflection opportunities.
Work with the school’s Marketing and Communications team on program communications.
Develop and disseminate course/program communication. Participate in local recruitment activities.
Act as a spokesperson/liaison for the Public Health Action Support Team and Public Health Practice within and outside the University.
Design and execute a communications plan that fosters the engagement, recruitment, and selection of diverse students for program activities.
Participate in the development of conference presentations, abstracts, technical reports, manuscripts, and white papers.
Travel, including overnight travel, is required periodically to support student field experiences, as well as attend conferences and meetings with partners.
Bachelor’s degree in public health or in the health and social sciences and a minimum of 2 years work experience in program design, implementation and management
Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated capacity to communicate and interact effectively with students individually, and within group settings. The position requires independent decision-making. An ability to assess and organize information and determine effective courses of action is critical.
High-level skills in written and oral communication are required, as are administrative and organizational skills.
Demonstrated commitment to enhancing students’ educational experiences, and a general understanding of the disciplines in public health.
Experience with collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data for evaluation purposes.
Domestic and international travel at least 2-3 times a year for trips of one to two weeks.
Master’s degree in public health or related field or 3 years relevant experience working with public health programs or students.
Experience working with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds will be highly beneficial.
Demonstrated experience writing grants to support programs.
Michigan Public Health is seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. The Manager of Practice Programs must be able to establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students and community partners and to embrace diversity in the university and in the larger community.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.