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NEW! Assistant Project Director for Immunization Education


Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE)

Assistant Project Director for Immunization Education

Position Description

This project is a collaborative effort among the Extension Committee on Policy (ECOP), eXtension, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It grew out of efforts undertaken by the ECOP Health Innovation Task Force. eXtension anticipates receiving funding for Immunization Education efforts.  Key Extension leaders on this project are Dr. Roger Rennekamp, Dr. Michelle Rodgers, Dr. Caroline Henney, Ms. Ali Mitchell Dunigan and Dr. Chris Geith.  This project will allow CDC and the Cooperative Extension System to address health disparities among rural and other underserved communities by facilitating discussions at the community level to address barriers and concerns about COVID-19, flu and other adult vaccinations  It is designed to help increase connections and communication between the community and health care practices, as well as increase accessibility and acceptability of local vaccination clinics and opportunities with the goal to and mobilize communities to implement public health programs to reduce health disparities, especially in rural areas. The four broad areas of emphasis for this project are:

  • A National Assessment
    • Lead continuous data collection through a national assessment of current activities, locations and delivery of extension immunization education, community dialogue, and the cooperative delivery of immunization clinics resulting in regular updates and reports.  Timeline:   Throughout the project
  • Vaccinate with Confidence National Campaign
  • Work with all 112 LGUs who are eligible to apply for funding to support their customization and deployment of the Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign. The package includes materials from the CDC, professional development offerings by the Vaccinate with Confidence technical assistance team available to all LGU’s and funding. LGU’s will complete a standardized and simple online application organized around a rubric to ensure funding priorities, such as serving underserved audiences and collecting standard data.  This information will be built into an application form briefly requiring a description of their planned implementation and their planned budget. 
  • Work with eXtension Foundation to offer an Impact Collaborative Summit to develop opportunities for immunization education and clinics utilizing Extension resources, staff and locations as well as their partnerships with local health education resources, staff and immunization locations.  This Summit will help potential pilot recipients incubate and plan to accelerate opportunities for immunization education in rural and underserved communities.   Timeline:  April 2021.
  • Implement immunization education and clinic pilots, community dialogues, and the cooperative delivery of immunization clinics. Timeline:  May 2021-March 2023.
    • Pilots will test out immunization education programs, community dialogue frameworks, and clinic models in rural and underserved communities that will include data collection and use of common metrics for reporting..
    • A non-research report of what is learned will be created and shared with the Cooperative Extension System and collaborative leaders of this project. This report is to be a brief report and summary of the pilots from the pilot leaders.

This project is seeking a part time (approximately .4 FTE) assistant project director who will work collaboratively with the Project Director and the Operational Manager at Extension Foundation to implement health promotion strategies for the Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign and the Immunization Education pilots.  This will be a two year buyout from a land grant university.   The Extension Foundation will serve as the principal investigator for the project and will serve as a backbone for the project efforts.  The Assistant Project Director, the Project Director and the Operational Manager will work collaboratively together to lead this project.  This position will deal with the day-to-day efforts for promoting the two main foci of the project.  The Assistant Director will report to the Project  Director.  The Assistant Project Director for this project will:

Provide leadership for media campaigns and immunization education pilots:

  • Provide expertise and coordination working with LGUs to encourage, recruit and assist them in the customization and deployment of the Vaccinate with Confidence campaign and the Immunization education pilots
  • Work with the LGUs as they implement the Vaccinate with Confidence  campaign and the Immunization Education pilots  to ensure local success and impact
  • Offer different forms of professional development and other resources as needed throughout the project to support the Vaccinate with Confidence campaign funding  available to the 112 LGU’s and the separate funding for  selected pilot projects
  • Assist LGUs to provide reports using the Immunization education dashboard in development
  • Connect and coordinate successful LGU pilot applicants with the Vaccinate with the  Confidence Technical Assistance (Market Research Firm) service provider as appropriate
  • Work with the team developing the innovation collaboration event and support pilot projects in the design of their projects and in the deployment of their work to insure successful implementation , evaluation and reporting
  • Provide feedback and reports (quarterly and final). 

This position will collaborate with the EXCITE grant team by:

  • Work with EXF Communications to learn and lead engagement within the system in reporting the assessment tool and dashboard.
  • Serve on the Impact Collaborative Design Team.
  • Participate in the selection of pilot projects.
  • Work collaboratively with Extension operations manager who will handle the operations of the effort.
  • Serve on the project advisory and planning team committees as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with the 1890 and 1994 Engagement Coordinator/s.
  • Work collaboratively with the Evaluation Firm and the Market Research Firm.
  • Participate and engage in the Connect Extension group.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Project Director and Operations Manager.
  • This position will work remotely.  Knowledge and experience with virtual work and computer skills are needed for this position.

The projected timeline for this position is  April 1, 2021 through March 30, 2022: (dependent upon project funding)

March 5, 2021 until filled Accept letters of interest and resumes

April 1, 2021 Start date for Assistant Project Director and

April 1, 2021 Official start for the Project

If there are questions, please contact Project Director, Dr. Michelle Rodgers, PhD, Associate Dean and Director, University of Delaware, Mobile 302-635-4306.

Persons interested in this position should apply here:

Contact Brenna Kotar, Extension Foundation at with questions pertaining to the application. 

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