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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Health Coaches (HCs) for the CHECK-D study collaborate, virtually, with intervention practices located around southeast Michigan to provide Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Nutrition counseling to adults with chronic kidney disease (stages 3-5). Counseling is provided telephonically to patients using software developed at the University of Michigan.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


  • Administer baseline surveys, building motivation in patients to reach specific health behavior goals. Each counseling session is about one hour in length. 
  • Document concise counseling notes that are disseminated to providers.
  • Collaborate with a team of researchers and other HCs to reach study goals. 
  • Participate in staff meetings (1-hour each month) and MI skills sessions when scheduled (2-4 times a year). These are led by U-M researcher and professor, Dr. Ken Resnicow. 
  • Adhere to Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Federal regulations as documented. 
  • Provide high quality MI counseling as scored by the MI Supervisor. 
  • Communicate clearly and tactfully with patients, physicians, and research staff. 
  • Efficiently utilize a web-based study portal designed to record research information and counseling data.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Able to work independently without direct supervision. This position is 100% remote.

Required Qualifications*

  • Fluency in English 
  • Experience with counseling, patient-facing care, in a health-care setting. We are open to Registered Dietitians, psychologists, social workers, etc. (State licensure is not a requirement.)
  • Must have a computer with reliable internet access.
  • Must have access to phone.
  • Have flexible availability to work 5-15 hours during the days, evenings and weekends. HCs make their own schedules that they enter into the web-based study portal.
  • Experience in MI highly preferred 
  • Experience working with an IRB and research projects highly preferred.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.