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.

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AmeriCorps Planning Grant Coordinator

FTE: 1.0 (80 hours per two week pay period)

SALARY: Between $42,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience

DESCRIPTION: The AmeriCorps Planning Grant Coordinator will plan for a successful Safe Routes to Health initiative in up to six counties in Michigan. This one-year planning program is a partnership with Michigan Fitness Foundation(MFF) and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) and the Michigan Community Service Commission. The Safe Routes to Health initiative will leverage current physical activity and healthy food assets to grow more extensive relationships in communities such that all residents will have increased access to resources to enhance and maintain health. The initial candidate counties have been chosen based on a confluence of factors which include presence of trails, partnerships, health risks (especially those faced by vulnerable residents), and high prevalence of low-income communities and residents. MFF and MTGA have a strong history of facilitating community engagement and evaluating community engagement as a programming outcome. This program will benefit from mentoring and consultation with seasoned MFF and MTGA staff facilitators, programmers and evaluators.

The core premise of the Safe Routes to Health Initiative is to engage communities which have an existing network of trails to connect vulnerable individuals, families and groups living in rural and underserved communities with the resources they need to overcome challenges pertaining to physical activity and healthy food access. Initial one-year planning grant surveys and preparation will focus on underserved areas with high obesity rates in Michigan; Berrien, Chippewa, Genesee, Muskegon, Newaygo and Wayne counties. No AmeriCorps members will be needed to execute this planning grant.

Serving in a non-profit as an AmeriCorps Planning Grant Coordinator is an intensive experience that meets our state’s critical needs in education, health, fitness and the environment. AmeriCorps programs focus on work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. More information can be found at www.americorps.gov.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Authentically communicate the goals of the planning grant as informed by best practices, evidence, and case studies from various disciplines
  • Attend required trainings
  • Establish communications protocols and conducts status updates with team
  • Conduct network mapping and outreach strategies to build relationships with potential stakeholders
  • Gather information from multiple individuals in regions
  • Create timeline/work plan to identify key milestones
  • Identify risks and information gaps associated with program implementation
  • Identify and collaborate with key personnel needed to support program implementation
  • Identify public/private partnerships which might be leveraged to implement a community’s vision without duplicating or supplanting local resources or initiatives
  • Use quantitative data (e.g. from government agencies) and qualitative data (e.g. community histories and resident focus group transcripts) to craft compelling “stories” and “narratives” about a place which engage all community members in a health-promoting vision unique to their community while incorporating best practices from various fields
  • Review evaluation results to ensure that proposed programming is informed by the evaluation, appropriate, and measurable
  • Develop a work plan to adhere to all grant-related tasks
  • Provide accurate and timely results
  • With communications team support, develop and implement website, marketing and media plan
  • Develop training materials based on needs of communities and partners
  • Develop final program manual

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize work and be effective in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with interruptions, adapt to change, and respond quickly to last minute requests and changes to calendars, schedules and/or travel
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, make appropriate adjustments to work flow, demonstrate initiative and problem solve
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into an existing community
  • Conceptual ability with strong attention to detail, accuracy, follow-through, and dependability
  • Effective intervention design, strategic planning and program development experience
  • Intermediate-level proficiency or above in a variety of software applications including Microsoft Office Suite; WordPress skills a plus
  • Ability to establish effective work relationships across all levels
  • Experience working in a customer service oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • AmeriCorps experience a plus
  • At least a B.A. or B.S. in community development, health promotion, education, urban planning, or related fields

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Work in a physical environment, both inside and outside, with irregular heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.
  • Work in a typical office environment with telephones, interruptions, and background noises.
  • Continuously operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier.
  • Sit at desk for extended periods of time.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.
  • Provide proof of valid auto insurance.
  • 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 on paved and unpaved terrain.
  • Facilitate large or small group in-person meetings in a community setting.

 

LOCATION: Lansing, Michigan with travel to and within the target counties

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2017. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and references to Mr. Will Connors at wconnors (at) michiganfitness (dot) org, using “AmeriCorps Planning Grant” in the subject line.

REQUIRED PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING: Under the Serve America Act, the law requires state and national service programs to conduct all three of the following on individuals serving vulnerable populations:

  • A National Sex Offender Public Registry check
  • State criminal registry check
  • FBI fingerprint check

Any applicant who does not consent to a criminal registry check is ineligible.

APPOINTMENT START DATE: As soon as possible after October 1, 2017

APPOINTMENT END DATE: September 30, 2018

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.

 


 

Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator

FTE: 1.0 (80 hours per two week pay period)

EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. in community development, health promotion, education, urban planning, or related fields. Master’s degree preferred.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DESCRIPTION: Develop, plan, and coordinate state-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming initiatives. Work with applicant communities to develop SRTS programming that fits their needs. Coordinate, develop, and provide SRTS training. Coordinate and deliver regional SRTS action planning and application development, technical assistance, training and outreach to increase walking, bicycling, and rolling to school with a focus on underserved communities. Assist with subcontractor reporting and record keeping, and develop procedures and materials as needed. Position is exempt and reports to Director of Safe Routes to School.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Responsibilities include:

  • Program coordination:
    • Provide leadership and deliver SR2S technical assistance and outreach to underserved communities, including action planning assistance.
    • Provide technical assistance to school/community applicants that results in high-quality, measurable non-infrastructure programming.
    • Review of evaluation results to ensure that programming is appropriate, measurable, and that evaluation informs future programming initiatives.
    • Monitor program evaluations to ensure that schools are completing them completely and on a timely basis.
    • Conduct technical assistance site visits as requested to help schools/communities to build capacity and develop successful non-infrastructure programming initiatives, and to provide support to mini-grant programming award recipients.
    • Coordinate and develop Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure funding award progress reports and records, in cooperation with Contracts Coordinator. Review progress reports as part of the grant administration/invoice payment process.
    • Maintain and track inventories of SR2S materials and provide materials when requested.
    • As a part of the team, conduct SR2S trainings and presentations.
  • Regional support:
    • 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.
    • Participate in quarterly Safe Routes to School grant review process. Conduct any site visits necessary to understand and convey the needs of the school.
    • Work closely with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in designated region and provide technical assistance to them or any of their constituents.
  • Training:
    • Develop training materials based on needs of schools, communities, parents, and partners.
    • Coordinate with peers to provide on-site, regional, and webinar training.
  • Walk to School/Bike to School Day coordination:
    • Develop and implement plan to register schools for Walk or Bike to School Days.
    • Develop and implement plan to communicate with schools through a variety of media to maintain awareness and enthusiasm for the event, and to impel school/student participation.
    • Along with the communications team, develop and implement media plan.
    • Coordinate the ordering of supplies and shipping of packets with Walk/Bike to School Day administrative assistant.
    • Develop final report of event.
    • Participate in Walk/Bike to School Day events annually.
  • Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the organization’s discretion.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Safe Routes to School movement and Michigan’s program.
  • Demonstrated skill in providing hands-on technical assistance.
  • Demonstrated success with community engagement.
  • 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.
  • Communication excellence (i.e., interpersonal, written, oral, presentation).
  • Proven leadership in developing and implementing successful community projects, including projects in underserved communities.
  • Depth of knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • 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.
    • Work in usual office working conditions where noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, interruptions, and background noises.
  • 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: September 8, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references by email to: MTAckerman (at) michiganfitness (dot) org

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.