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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Director of Grant Operations

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

EDUCATION: Advanced degree in management, communication, finance, public administration or health-related business or management field, in combination with 5 or more years of experience in administration of large grant projects and/or non-profits with increasing levels of responsibilities.

DESCRIPTION: The Director of Grant Operations, will support, as part of a grant program team, operations of multiple and varied programs and associated program requirements. Programs could include federal reimbursement grants, public funding allocations, private partnership grant projects, and development of further project proposals. Responsibilities include partnering with program leads to develop implementation and monitoring of procedures to ensure compliance with program operation requirements and includes administration of an online grant management program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal, state and other grant management practices.
  • Ensure all grant operations are in compliance with appropriate grant guidance, including Federal Uniform Grant Guidance in partnership with project program leads. • Provide general award support for grant proposals.
  • Assist with grantee and contractor agreement preparation and negotiation.
  • Oversee compliance of expense, grant & contract management for programs and contractors in partnership with project program leads.
  • Maintain an understanding of how regulations and statutes translate within the context of multiple, individual grant programs.
  • Assist with budget development, budget monitoring and budget amendments.
  • Support grant record maintenance and archives.
  • Analyze results of grant-related operational performance and assist program staff and contractors with addressing action plans to maintain compliance.
  • Support grant-related procurement and follow up with vendor contacts on issues as needed.
  • Coordinate with program leads to develop and implement grant monitoring procedures.
  • Function as a member of a collaborative work group.
  • Work with program leads to enhance organization partnerships statewide.
  • Coach and train staff and contractors on grant-related operational functions.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with federal, state, or non-profit grant management process, administration, and regulations preferred.
  • Master’s Degree or higher preferred.
  • Certified Grant Management Specialist (CGMS) or equivalent designation desirable.
  • Sound knowledge of grant management guidance and regulations, including Uniform Grant Guidance.
  • Ability to support operations compliance training for assigned grants and contracts.
  • Demonstrated leadership and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to communicate with grantees and contractors with varying skill sets and backgrounds.
  • Strong fiscal data management & analysis skills with especially strong skills in MS Excel.
  • Familiarity with the Fluxx online grant management program preferred. Alternately, willingness to become proficient in Fluxx administration upon provision of training.
  • Understanding of team building and the value of a customer service perspective.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to work independently.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Must be able to attend periodic in-state trainings, grantee monitoring visits, and a weeklong training out-of-state.
  • Must be able to constantly operate standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners.
  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
  • Will work in usual office working conditions where noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.

 

Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered.

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 and is considered to be exempt.

Please email resume and cover letter to:

mscott (at) michiganfitness (dot) org

Michigan Fitness Foundation ATTN: Dr. Marci Scott

Please use subject line: Grant Operations Position


Evaluation Specialist 

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

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

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • 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.
  • Conduct multiple data analysis projects within a single period of performance.
  • Conduct on and off site field evaluation both indoors and outdoors in all weather.
  • 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.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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; aligned experience may be substituted.
  • 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.
  • Strong writing skills.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Must be able to attend periodic in-state and out of state trainings and conferences.
  • Must be able to constantly operate standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners.
  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
  • Will work in usual office working conditions where noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.

 

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered.

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 and is considered to be exempt.

Please email CV and cover letter to:

mscott (at) michiganfitness (dot) org

Michigan Fitness Foundation ATTN: Dr. Marci Scott

Please use subject line: Evaluation Specialist Position


Safe Routes to School Contracts Coordinator II

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

EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. in business, accounting, urban planning or a related field, in combination with 5 or more years’ experience in grant management and not-for-profit organizations.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered. 

DESCRIPTION: Oversee administration of Safe Routes to School subcontracts with state departments, universities, non-profit agencies, schools and communities.  This includes development and implementation of appropriate procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state guidelines, assistance with regular grant reporting, provision of technical assistance to grantees (particularly schools and communities) to train and guide them in reporting requirements. Manage internal and external program evaluation. Participate with team in providing 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. Position is non-exempt and reports to Director of Safe Routes to School.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Contracts coordination:

  • Manage Safe Routes to School grant record keeping systems in accordance with federal, state, and Michigan Fitness Foundation requirements.
  • Effectively and accurately manage all SRTS contracts between MFF and MDOT and MFF and subcontractors, keeping Director of SRTS apprised of the status of contracts at all times.
  • Conduct reviews of monthly progress reports from subcontractors.
  • Work with the Office Manager and Accounting Manager to complete invoices.
  • Manage quarterly network partners’ meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance to subcontractors.
  • Conduct SR2S trainings, webinars, and presentations in support of contracts and invoicing

Regional support: 

  • Provide technical assistance to school/community applicants to help guide them through the entire SRTS planning and application process
  •  Conduct on-site technical assistance meetings with teams as requested to better understand the needs of the school/community, and to help them develop the most competitive applications possible. Additionally, make recommendations of solutions for their application.
  • Participate in and present at MDOT’s quarterly TAP application review meetings.

Evaluation:

  • Manage and administer national evaluation tools for all applications.
  • Manage, administer, and produce reports for Michigan SRTS-developed evaluation tools
  • Monitor and evaluate other evaluation tools with potential to impact selection and/or implementation of SRTS projects and programs.
  • Work as a member of the SRTS team to achieve team goals and objectives.
  • Projects and responsibilities may be added or modified at the organization’s discretion.

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Safe Routes to School movement and Michigan’s program and/or knowledge of bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure advocacy and planning.
  •  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 experience in State and Federal grant management.
  • Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, GoToWebinar, and PowerPoint.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Must be able to:

  • Frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about, both inside and outside the office, in the course of general duties.
  • Continuously operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier.
  • 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.
  • Occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions.
  • Drive to various sites throughout Michigan, and occasionally stay overnight.
  • Occasionally communicate and convey instructional information in a large-group training setting outdoors while traversing an area of up to three miles.
  • Lift various pieces of equipment, weighing individually up to 50 lbs., in and out of vehicle.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of current and valid auto insurance.

 

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered.

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 and is considered to be non-exempt.

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Michigan Fitness Foundation ATTN: Meg Ackerman

MTAckerman@michiganfitness.org

Please use subject line: Safe Routes to School Contracts Coordinator II

 


Safe Routes to School Operations Coordinator

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

EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. in communications, urban planning, education or related fields. Master’s degree preferred. Experience may substitute for degree requirement.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered. 

DESCRIPTION: Oversee the operational side of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. This includes maintaining program website, developing monthly newsletter, managing development of SRTS educational and marketing materials, developing and coordinating SRTS training efforts, and implementing a social media outreach plan. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and delivering regional SRTS action planning and application development, technical assistance, and outreach to increase walking, bicycling, and rolling to school. Position is non-exempt and reports to Director of Safe Routes to School.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Operations coordination:

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of SRTS funding application and award systems, procedures, and communications in cooperation with MDOT
  • Identify SRTS technical assistance and information needs and coordinate the completion of projects to respond to needs, including action planning needs
  • Develop, maintain, and track SRTS educational and promotional materials 
  • Develop and coordinate SRTS trainings and presentations
  • Participate in the review and selection of funding applications
  • Maintain SRTS website
  • Promote and maintain the SRTS Make Trax upper elementary/middle school curriculum
  • Create and distribute monthly e-newsletter and other communications
     

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.

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
  • Communication excellence (e.g., interpersonal, written, oral, presentation)
  • Proven experience in managing grant application systems, procedures and communications
  • Depth of knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint as well as WordPress and MailChimp 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
 
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. 
 

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 and is considered to be non-exempt.

Please email resume and references to:

Michigan Fitness Foundation ATTN: Meg Ackerman

MTAckerman@michiganfitness.org

Please use subject line: Operations Coordinator