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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POSITION: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in community development, health promotion, education, urban planning, or related fields. Master’s Degree in public health related-field, or management or human /public services strongly preferred. AmeriCorps program management experience preferred.

DESCRIPTION: Michigan Fitness Foundation is dedicated to inspiring active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership. The AmeriCorps Safe Routes to Health at the Michigan Fitness Foundation (SR2H) will connect citizens in underserved areas to multigenerational health, wellness, and physical activity resources.

This position will provide statewide AmeriCorps program monitoring, coordinate recruitment and training services, and assist with the technical aspects, evaluation, and program development for the AmeriCorps Safe Routes to Health at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. Under the direction of the Vice President of Health Programs and with the support of MFF staff program and grant experts, The Program Coordinator will supervise 20 part-time AmeriCorps members and oversee training and volunteer recruitment to help members implement seven program components that comprehensively support health, wellness, and physical activity behaviors.

The Program Coordinator position begins September 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2019 with possibility for renewal.

Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission and Corporation for National and Community Service. The AmeriCorps Safe Routes to Health program is a federally grant-funded program.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ensure that project requirements and objectives are met on a timely basis
  • Oversee the planning and site implementation of 7 program components -- Food Navigators at Farmers Markets; Community Festivals & Events; Fresh Conversations; Health through Literacy; Coooking Matters at the Store; Get Outside: Trails, Parks, & the Great Outdoors; Recreation Sampler: Rec-Connect™.
  • Serve as principal liaison to members, site hosts, Michigan Fitness Foundation and MCSC for day-to-day program implementation and any related issues
  • Directly and remotely supervise 20 part-time AmeriCorps members in Benton Harbor, Newaygo, Muskegon Heights, Detroit’s east side, and Sault Ste. Marie
  • Oversee the members’ scheduling, payroll, recruitment, and all associated training programs for SR2H activities with the support of MFF staff
  • Oversee OnCorps online reporting program; set up authorized users, monitor data entry, provide technical assistance to members, and site supervisors as needed, and approve program data
  • Review, write, edit and finalize SR2H training materials
  • Maintain all AmeriCorps member and volunteer records, and service activity documentation according to federal requirements and MFF policy and procedures
  • Work with the MFF evaluator to support all evaluation activities including compiling, editing, and writing qualitative and quantitative reports, progress reports, aggregate sections of reports, and other documents as required by the grant, and analyze statewide impacts
  • Conduct site visits
    • Meet with members and site supervisors, provide training and assistance as needed
    • Recruit and interview potential members and volunteers as needed
    • Review records systems for adequacy to support members, program and financial data
  • Oversee and monitor SR2H marketing; social media engagement, local press and all recruitment materials under the supervision of MFF communications staff
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training, events and community service as required
  • Travel independently in-state and out-of-state, on weekdays and weekends
  • The physical environment may require the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Interest and/or experience in any of the following: health, nutrition, literacy, physical activity, education, parks and recreation, hospitality, and event planning

  • Dedication to community service and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Detail oriented with the ability to organize, oversee and manage a wide variety of people and activities in multiple locations
  • Excellent planning and time-management skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical/problem solving skills
  • Strong ability to manage remote teams with a record of excellent supervisory experience that includes the ability to build rapport with members to ensure morale, productivity and team cohesion, while balancing multiple member schedules while adhering to deadlines
  • Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances
  • High degree of independence, flexibility, initiative, nuance and commitment
  • Volunteer recruitment, and management skills a plus
  • Experience with remote communication tools for video conferencing, webinars, and conference calls
  • Proficient computer skills; Microsoft Office 365; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, including the ability to navigate online systems such as OnCorps
  • Ability to travel independently year ‘round throughout the state of Michigan

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal job duties that are in alignment with the grant as long as the functions are not unallowable or prohibited activities, all subject to reasonable accommodation.

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)
  • Traverse up to two miles while participating in a walking or biking event
  • 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
  • Have a valid driver’s license and provide proof of current, valid auto insurance

 

PREEMPLOYMENT SCREENING:

Under the Serve America Act, the law requires state and national service programs to conduct all three checks below on individuals serving vulnerable populations. An individual who refuses to consent to a criminal registry check is ineligible.

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

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

August 24, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please send a cover letter, resume including references, and two writing samples by email to:   pbartig (at) michiganfitness (dot) org. Use subject line: MFF AmeriCorps Coordinator 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 exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Michigan Fitness Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.