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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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.


Public Health Fellow

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

SALARY: $36,000

DESCRIPTION: A two-year, full-time experience in statewide public health programs offered to a professional with an advanced degree in public health.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of public health programs at the local and state level.
  • Serve on a collaborative team to collect, analyze, and report on process and outcome data as it relates to nutrition and physical activity programming.
  • Outline evaluation and communication strategies using the Social-Ecological Model for public health practitioners focusing efforts on policy, systems, and environment change.
  • Conduct literature reviews and develop white papers on assigned public health topics.
  • Maintain expertise in state and federal guidelines related to nutrition education and physical activity promotion, including SNAP-Ed Guidance.
  • Participate in the development, distribution, and collection of required grant renewal and reporting paperwork.
  • Build relationships with Partner organizations and provide ongoing technical assistance.
  • Coordinate and participate in trainings.
  • Serve as a team project representative at local, state, and national conferences as requested.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Results oriented and self-directed
  • Ability to work on and contribute to a team
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer and statistical software skills (MS Office suite, SPSS, SAS, etc.)
  • Familiarity with data collection, analyses, interpretation, and reporting
  • Higher education degree in public health or other degree considered

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • 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 be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found.

Please email cover letter, resume or CV, and an essay (500 word limit, 12-point font, double-spaced) on a priority public health need, approach(es) and rationale that are relevant to the mission and vision of the Michigan Fitness Foundation to Lila Gutuskey, PhD, at lgutuskey (at) michiganfitness (dot) org. Please indicate MFF Public Health Fellow in the subject line.

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.


Staff Accountant

As a member of the Accounting Team, the Staff Accountant reports to the Vice President of Finance. The Staff Accountant will work with a team to create accurate and timely financial records for the organization, its related entities, and its fiscally sponsored projects and organizations. The Staff Accountant maintains focus on the organization’s mission/vision in all aspect of the role’s responsibilities.

EDUCATION:Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or similar field preferred; or, equivalent of education and experience.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package offered.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to:

dbauer (at) michiganfitness (dot) org

Please indicate "Staff Accountant" in the subject line

or

Michigan Fitness Foundation

Attn. Diane Bauer

Staff Accountant

P.O. Box 27187

Lansing, MI 48909

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Staff Accountant performs the following essential functions for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and its related entities as well as for any fiscally sponsored (fiduciary) projects and organizations:

  • Responsible for full cycle accounts payable function, including, but not limited to the following: review invoices for appropriate documentation and approval; code and enter expenses in accounting system; process disbursements (checks/ACH/credit card); prepare accounts payable reports; reconcile accounts; and generate 1099’s.
  • Responsible for full cycle accounts receivable function, including, but not limited to the following: prepare customer invoices and statements; apply payments; process credit card payments; follow up on past due accounts; make bank deposits; prepare accounts receivable reports; and reconcile accounts.
  • Monitor, process receipts received, and reconcile, online payment platforms, such as CrowdRise, RunSignUp, and PayPal.
  • Process and reconcile employee expense reimbursements and purchase card (“p-card”) purchases using the Concur Expense system.
  • Work with internal employees, as well as, external vendors, customers, and partners to address inquiries, investigate differences, reconcile records, and provide overall accounting/finance/customer support, in a courteous, professional and timely manner.
  • Create and record inventory entries into the accounting system.
  • Support yearend physical inventory count including the reconciliation process.
  • Create and record fixed asset entries into the accounting system, including monthly depreciation.
  • Prepare and post journal entries.
  • Prepare and analyze account reconciliations.
  • Prepare and settle intercompany transactions.
  • Coordinate and resolve any issues with banks, credit card company, and p-card provider.
  • Support the month end and year end closing processes, including profit and loss account analysis and balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Compile data, as requested, and prepare a variety of financial and analytical reports.
  • Provide support, as requested, for the annual audit.
  • Act as a system administrator for Microsoft Dynamics GP (accounting system); p-card system; credit card system; and Concur Expense solution.
  • As a part of a team, research, identify, and implement, accounting/finance process and procedural improvements through automated/tech solutions.
  • Maintain files and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with company policy and accepted accounting practices.
  • Delegate tasks to, and, review work of, department intern.
  • Assist with other projects as needed.
  • Conform with and abide by all laws, regulations, policies, work procedures and instructions.
  • Work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three to five years’ experience in accounting, preferably including accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, and fixed assets accounting.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Three to five years’ experience using accounting software.
  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently with ease and professionalism.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize effectively.
  • Ability to work well with others under deadline situations and respond to changes in priorities.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee will work in typical office conditions.
  • Employees 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.
  • Occasionally travel independently both in state and out-of-state.
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events and travel overnight as needed.
  • 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.


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