Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities with Michigan Fitness

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is a nonprofit located in Old Town Lansing. Our mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting healthy eating and active living.


Safe Routes to School Operations Coordinator

FTE: 1.0 FTE

EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. in Planning, Community Development, Education or related fields. Master’s degree preferred. Experience may substitute for degree requirement.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

DESCRIPTION: In cooperation with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), coordinate operational side of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding application development and award process. Provide technical assistance, outreach, application support, and training to increase walking, bicycling, and rolling to school for Michigan schools and communities interested in developing a SRTS program. Develop and implement surveys and database management tools to identify and meet information needs. Maintain program website and develop monthly newsletter.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to:

By U.S. Mail to: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Attn. Meg Thomas Ackerman, Operations Coordinator II, P.O. Box 27187, Lansing, MI 48909

And by e-mail to: Indicate ‘Operations Coordinator II’ in the subject line


Responsibilities include:

Operations coordination:

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of SRTS funding application and award systems, procedures, and communications in cooperation with MDOT.
  • Maintain SRTS funding award data, revisions, and spreadsheets, and assist state agency with SRTS information systems.
  • Identify SRTS technical assistance and information needs and coordinate the completion of projects to respond to needs, including action planning needs.
  • Work as a member of the SRTS team to achieve team goals and objectives and to assist local and regional SRTS initiatives in all phases of SRTS planning and SRTS funding application completion.
  • Participate in the review of funding applications, including application review meetings.
  • Participate in or lead staff related-committees.
  • Maintain and track inventories of SRTS materials and provide materials when requested. Conduct SRTS trainings and presentations.
  • Maintain SRTS website.
  • Manage SRTS survey process.
  • Create and distribute monthly e-newsletter to coalition members and schools.
  • Provide interface with national organization regarding award data and surveys.


Regional support:

  • Work closely with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in designated region and provide technical assistance to them or any of their constituents.
  • Provide technical assistance to school/community applicants who are in the process of developing action plans and federal funding applications based on their data gathering and action plans.
  • Conduct site visits and meetings with teams as requested to help them develop the most competitive applications possible, and to better understand the needs of the school/community.
  • Additionally, make recommendations of solutions for their application.
  • Actively seek out schools/communities ready to complete federal funding applications.
  • Participate in walk/bike to school day events annually.
  • Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the organization’s discretion.


  • Thorough knowledge of the Safe Routes to School movement and Michigan’s program.
  • Demonstrated skill in providing hands-on technical assistance.
  • Experience implementing surveys and utilizing results for program improvement.
  • Demonstrated success with community engagement.
  • Communication excellence (e.g., interpersonal, written, oral, presentation).
  • Proven experience in managing grant application systems, procedures and communications.
  • Depth of knowledge in Microsoft Excel; experience with Word, Access, PowerPoint, and website maintenance, along with social media channels
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving track record
  • Ability to achieve set goals in a fast-paced, self-starting, and productivity-focused work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to be successful in a team environment and to foster a team atmosphere.


Must be able to Sit at desk for extended periods of time. Continuously operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier. Periodically drive to various sites throughout the State of Michigan (up to 50% at times). Lift various pieces of equipment, weighing individually up to 47 lbs., in and out of vehicle. Traverse up to two miles while leading a walking or biking audit. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance. The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 8, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is identified

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position description describes the position currently available and is not intended to be an employment contract. The Michigan Fitness Foundation reserves the right to modify the duties or position description at any time.



Evaluation Specialist

FTE: 1.0 FTE

EDUCATION: Advanced degree in a health, education, social science, biostatistics or evaluation field.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience, starting at $70,000 annually

DESCRIPTION: The Evaluation Specialist will join a dynamic and progressive team to oversee the evaluation efforts of Michigan Fitness Foundation to address the programming goals and objectives to improve lives and strengthen communities by helping people eat healthfully and be physically active.


  • Provide evaluation and statistical analysis leadership that includes overall support for internal projects and external contracts.
  • Independently or as part of a team conduct and participate in relationship building, training, compliance oversight, direct program evaluation and communication of outcomes.
  • Independently conduct reporting, analysis and communication tasks using standard equipment.
  • Participate in report, publication and grant writing and other projects as assigned.
  • Supervision of staff and oversight of projects as assigned.
  • Travel independently both in state and out-of-state.


  • Comprehensive content expertise in program evaluation including design, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, primary and secondary data analysis, meta-analysis and data management.
  • Advanced degree in a health, education, social science, or evaluation field required.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree preferred.
  • Ability to conduct multiple data analysis projects within a single period of performance.
  • Five or more years experience in evaluation of large projects with increasing levels of responsibilities, preferably in the public heath realm.
  • Exhibit professional and collaborative leadership skills.
  • Robust knowledge of statistical analysis and associated software tools.


Must be able to:

  • Constantly operate a computer and other standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners.
  • Frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.

Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of current, valid auto insurance coverage.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please send a cover letter, resume or vita, and references to:

By U.S. Mail to: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Attn: Marci Scott, Ph.D., R.D.N., P.O. Box 27187, Lansing, MI 48909

And by e-mail to: Please use subject line: Specialist position

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position description describes the position currently available and is not intended to be an employment contract. The Michigan Fitness Foundation reserves the right to modify the duties or position description at any time. This position is located in Lansing, Michigan and is considered exempt per the Fair Labor Standards Act.