Project Director - Systems Change Research & Intervention

Apr 03, 2017

Project Director - Systems Change Research and Intervention

We are seeking to hire a Project Director to join our systems change research and intervention team in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. This team, led by Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman, conducts research and evaluation to better understand how to transform community systems to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable populations. The team also provides training and technical assistance to support communities in their transformative systems change pursuits. Overall, the work of the System exChange team at Michigan State University focuses on improving education, health, and economic outcomes for children, youth and families by creating more responsive community systems, targeting social determinants of health, and pursuing equity in opportunities and outcomes.

The MSU team approaches systems change using a model based on the premise that communities can achieve transformative results when they: make local system and community conditions the intentional targets of their change initiatives; pursue the effective implementation of their efforts; and build a community engagement infrastructure that supports real-time learning and action across diverse stakeholders and sectors. For more information, visit

The primary responsibility of the project director will be to oversee and facilitate the operation of community change research and evaluation projects. This role requires a strong background in: evaluation; community collaboration and engagement of diverse stakeholders; knowledge in community systems change, systems thinking, and implementation science; ability to provide capacity-building training and consultation to local community partners; ability to write and communicate with a variety of audiences.

The Project Director will be in charge of: hiring and supervising staff; planning, coordinating, and assisting with evaluation and research efforts; assisting with project grant applications, feedback reports, and manuscript writing; creating and tracking grant budgets; coordinating efforts across multiple partner organizations. Opportunities to design and conduct training and technical assistance are also available.

Required Education/Experience/Skills: A Master's degree in a public health, public policy, health psychology, community psychology or related field along with intersectional studies, research, and academic interests in health disparities in the United States; health promotion, intervention or prevention; social determinants of health; and community-level health interventions and policies or related fields will be considered. Experienced in either qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis. Proficient in Microsoft Office products.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills: PhD in public health, public policy, health psychology, community psychology or related field, plus 3-5 years’ experience in public health, public policy, health psychology, community psychology or related fields

Apply for this position online at: (Posting closes 4/11/17)

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