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.




POSITION: President and Chief Executive Officer

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to  Please use subject line: MFF President & CEO.

REPORTING TO: Michigan Fitness Foundation Board of Directors

LOCATION: Lansing, Michigan

THE COMPANY: Michigan Fitness Foundation,

COMPENSATION: The selected candidate will receive an attractive compensation package to include base salary and a complete range of benefits.

In 1992, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports was established through an Executive Order issued by Governor John M. Engler to improve the health of, and increase physical activity among, Michigan residents. Its 15 members are appointed to two-year terms by the current Governor. The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to expedite the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports’ policies and programs and provide a broader funding base to pursue its mission of Getting Michigan Moving. The Michigan Fitness Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of up to 19 Michigan residents who have committed their lives to improving the health of their community.

Staff at MFF consists of thirty-eight professionals and support staff who are knowledgeable in a variety of fields and passionate about their work. With a presence in every county in Michigan, MFF values its collaboration with over 8,000 partners, public and private, large and small, individuals and organizations. MFF’s commitment is to be a valuable and collaborative resource to address Michigan’s health issues, to change the status quo and to build a healthier Michigan. By pursuing its mission to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership, we continue to strive to build a healthier Michigan, together.



The President and Chief Executive Officer will report to the Michigan Fitness Foundation Board of Directors and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.



Leadership and Advocacy:

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and representative of MFF and its mission as a persuasive champion for healthy, active living
  • In partnership with the board of directors, establish and execute the strategic vision and goals of the organization.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, sound program and operations evaluation, and consistent high quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, and systems. Recommend and monitor timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Represent MFF to, and work in partnership with, MFF’s diverse stakeholders, including, but not limited to, state and federal government, Michigan communities, nonprofits, and corporations.
  • Provide ongoing leadership in social justice and health equity issues
  • Lead, motivate, develop and retain MFF’s staff.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors. Seek and build board involvement with the strategic direction of MFF.



  • Oversee the planning, implementation, management, expansion and evaluation of the organization’s programs, services, and special projects.
  • Responsive to qualitative and quantitative evaluation of services and programs internally and externally.


Operations and IT:

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the organization, including the review and recommendation of operational policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the management of information technology, computer systems, and data security.
  • Oversee the maintenance of facilities and physical assets.


Human Resources:

  • Oversee the management of human resource policies, procedures and practices.
  • Work to build rapport and strong relationships with staff members; and a collaborative and positive work environment.
  • Supervise and mentor staff while providing and allowing for independence.


Risk Management:

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s staff, assets, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  • Communicate risks and mitigating strategies to the board.



  • Maintain full awareness of the complete financial position of the organization and ensure that the board of directors is fully informed of the organization’s financial picture.
  • Ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting, reporting and compliance.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of the annual budget for board approval.
  • Ensure that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and operating expenses incurred are within budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.


Revenue Generation:

  • Diversify the organization’s sources of income and grow unrestricted discretionary income and the unrestricted net asset position.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations as well as operational growth.
  • Expand relationships with individuals and organizations that may be potential sources of funding, including foundations, corporations and other nonprofits.



  • Maintain a consistent presence in the Lansing office.
  • Be accessible to staff and stakeholders.
  • Travel independently both in state and out of state.
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events and travel overnight as needed.




  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required; an advanced degree in a related field is preferred.



  • Minimum 10 years of experience in leadership and management, with at least 3 years at a nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a passion for the principles of a healthy lifestyle and MFF’s mission.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and skill set to lead a regional or statewide organization committed to providing evidence-based health promotion programming.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational management with the demonstrated skill set to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
  • Exposure and/or experience in public policy.
  • Demonstrated record of strong success in fundraising and fund development.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills including successful execution of strategic plan.
  • Prior financial responsibility and knowledge that includes budgeting, forecasting, grant and nonprofit accounting.
  • Skilled communicator and dynamic public speaker.
  • Previous work with board of directors is a plus.


Demonstrated Knowledge of:

  • Legislative process and policy development.
  • Leadership and management principles.
  • Human Resource management.
  • Financial management.
  • Project and grant management.


Demonstrated Ability to:

  • Collaborate internally and externally and build coalitions.
  • Develop and implement long and short-term priorities for the organization’s programs and operations.
  • Successfully build consensus.
  • Lead a team toward established goals and objectives.



  • While performing the responsibilities of this position, the CEO will work in typical office conditions as well as in outdoor weather conditions.
  • CEO must be able to constantly operate a computer and other standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners.
  • Employee must be able to 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 be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.


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.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to  Please use subject line: MFF President & CEO.



POSITION: Communication and Events Intern

FTE: 1.0 FTE

EDUCATION: Undergraduate/graduate student pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, event planning, marketing or health-related field

DESCRIPTION: Interns will work 12-15 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters, 35 hours per week preferred during the summer semester. Will report to the Communications Coordinator and the Director of Community Engagement.


Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with implementation of Council’s marketing/communication plan
  • Assist with coordination and planning of Governor’s Fitness Awards
  • Assist in the promotion of events by drafting press releases, contacting media
  • Assist in the recruitment of endorsed events statewide, including Labor Day Community Walks
  • Assist with event planning for the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run, Auto Show 5K and ACES
  • Carry out communications with participants of MFF events
  • Coordinate and edit blog posts for the Michigan Fitness Ambassadors
  • Coordinate the Governor’s Council endorsement program
  • Write for communication tools such as websites, newsletters and social media
  • Assist with other event management as needed
  • Perform other related duties as required by supervisor



  • Strong organizational skills, problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to be successful in a team environment and to foster a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to work independently, using independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated competence in database management and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media channels.



  • Must be able to
    • Sit at desk for extended periods of time.
    • Operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier, for extended periods of time.
    • Periodically drive to various sites throughout the State of Michigan.
    • Attend off-site events which require extended periods of standing, sitting, and/or traversing.
  • Must have a valid Michigan 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.



Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to: Michelle Coss, Director of Community Engagement

By U.S. Mail to:

Michigan Fitness Foundation

Attn: Michelle Coss

P.O. Box 27187

Lansing, MI 48909

Or by e-mail to: mcoss (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.