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.