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Title:                          Project Coordinator – Health Equity

                      $28.84 – $36.05 / Posted thru:  8-19-22

                      Limited term through 1 year (extension possible)


Location:                  Remote/Virtual – Must Be a Michigan Resident  


Purpose:  The Health Equity Project Coordinator will provide oversight of the Regional Health Equity Councils.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is collaborating with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to fund Community-level organizations with established connections for addressing COVID-19, health equity, and the Social Determinants of health to function as a backbone organization (BBOs). The BBOs will support the formation of Regional Health Equity Councils made up of community organizations serving populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. BBOs will support their regional health equity council in accomplishing five key goals:

  • A reduction in COVID-19 disparities in impacted communities specifically among Michigan’s five racial and ethnic minority populations.
  • Planned reduction of community identified priority risk factors.
  • Development and implementation of practices and policies to promote equity and reduce health disparities.
  • Equitable distribution and efficient use of resources to support affected communities, including organizations, and community leaders, both existing and emerging.
  • Community driven, not agency driven, decision making and priority setting. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day operations and coordinate with MPHI and funded organizations for project implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to contracted organizations and oversee data and communication needs.
  • Work with the Office of Equity and Minority (OEMH) Grant Manager to develop and maintain a mechanism for programmatic and fiscal monitoring of funded contractors, including providing recommendations for corrective action(s), where necessary.
  • Support the BBOs in establishing and cultivating each Regional Health Equity Council with a focus on promoting equity, community driven priority setting, and efforts towards sustainability.
  • Develop reports as required by funder and/or OEMH Leadership.
  • Consult with grantees related to reporting requirements and timelines; ensuring timely receipt of grantee reports; review of grantee reports; and providing grant related updates to the OEMH Leader/Project Director and MDHHS administration, upon request. 
  • Oversee the day-to-day work and operations of the Regional Health Equity Councils in collaboration with other project staff.
  • Direct and participate in the establishment, administration, and evaluation of Regional Health Equity Council programs or services.
  • Direct and participate in the development, interpretation, evaluation, and recommendation of policies, procedures, rules, and regulations for the effective operation of the Regional Health Equity Councils.
  • Maintain a database of all grant submissions inclusive of both pre and post award requirements.
  • Maintain a mechanism for programmatic and fiscal monitoring of funded contractors and subcontractors.
  • Maintain records, prepare reports, and compose correspondence relative to the Regional Health Equity Councils.
  • Serve as liaison/primary contact for stakeholders of the Regional Health Equity Councils.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to Regional Health Equity Councils and other stakeholders related to health equity and cultural competency.
  • Establish and maintain positive, strong, credible, professional, and interpersonal relationships with all parties relevant to OEMH/Race Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI)/MDHHS projects.
  • Remain current on literature in key programmatic areas.
  • Always represent the best interests of MDHHS and MPHI.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Education:   Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Public or Business Administration or relevant health or social related field is required.  Master’s degree preferred.


Experience:  4 years of professional experience post bachelor’s degree in an equivalent position of this type.  Two years of contract management, fiscal oversight and/or program development and implementation experience.  Two years of content expertise in Equity & Cultural Competency preferred.


Important Skills and Characteristics: 

  • Ability to work at the community level with diverse groups of people, concerning often sensitive topics.
  • Experience providing consultation across multiple sectors – e.g., education, health systems, private business, non-profit social service organizations, faith-based organizations.
  • Commitment to equity and serving under resourced populations.
  • Requires independent judgment and a high level of initiative and accountability.
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communications.
  • Complete work in timely manner and manage multiple tasks at one time with minimal or no supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles of administrative management, including budgeting techniques, office procedures, and reporting.
  • Knowledge of the initiation, development, accomplishment, and evaluation of public programs or services.
  • Ability to organize, evaluate, and present information effectively.
  • Ability to maintain favorable public relations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and familiarity with email/internet browser software.


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:  OEMH staff currently work remotely on a permanent basis. Hybrid options are available. Some in-person meetings and site visits. Routine physical activities: standing, sitting for prolonged periods of time at a computer, walking, reaching, and bending. Occasional physical activities:  stooping, lifting, and carrying. Requires valid vehicle operator’s license where needed to perform duties of the position. Frequent deadlines. In-state travel for training and/or meetings and out-of-state travel for responsibilities related to funding and duties.


Responsibility for the Work of Others:  No assigned responsibility.


IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS:  This position directly impacts the quality of products, and the performance of project teams. Competent performance in this position has a substantial impact on the integrity and professional reputation of OEMH including meeting the needs of stakeholders in a timely manner and maintaining professional relationships.  #LI-Remote




Contact Person/Group                                                  Frequency                           Purpose

OEMH Grant Manager                         Weekly                     Direction/Planning

OEMH Leader/Program Director      As Needed             Direction/Planning

OEMH/REDI Staff                                    As Needed             Collaboration/Service delivery

Clients/funders                                        As Needed              Development/ Service delivery


“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Non-Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”


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