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The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is a nonprofit located in Old Town, Lansing. Our mission is to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership.

The Project Manager (PM) will work collaboratively with professional staff at the Michigan Fitness Foundation, engaging in activities across the state in two primary roles. The PM will lead a statewide pedestrian safety education campaign working with diverse local teams and a large public audience. In addition, the PM will oversee the campaign’s project contractors. In the second role, the PM will support mission-aligned grant programs as assigned. Grant compliance oversight will be an important function of this position in both roles. The work of the Project Manager will have an emphasis on community engagement, public health, communications, and evaluation. Candidates with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

 

POSITION:  Project Manager – Pedestrian Education focus

FTE:  1.0 FTE

EDUCATION:  Degree in public health, education, nutrition, communications, or nonprofit management.

SALARY:  Commensurate with education and experience

DESCRIPTION:  Develop and implement projects that advance food systems, nutrition, physical activity, and policy, systems, and environmental change models and programming. Build local capacity for community-based programming. Manage a multi-project portfolio.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide project management using strategic and innovative approaches to operationalize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to build relationships and empower and equip them to implement evidence-based programming that meets local needs and context.
  • Engage in needs assessments, development, implementation, and evaluation of projects related to public health topics for varying audiences.
  • Independently and as part of a team, conduct and participate in relationship-building, compliance oversight, programming and training evaluation, and communication of outcomes.
  • Provide high-quality customer service; articulate, simplify, and communicate complex information to audiences with differing levels of expertise.
  • Support planning, content development, and implementation of interactive trainings for internal projects, external customers, and subcontractors.
  • Assist with resource updates and refining internal resource processes.
  • Participate in reporting, publication development, grant writing, and other projects, as assigned.
  • Travel independently in-state and out-of-state, on weekdays and weekends.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Project management skills related to development, compliance monitoring, and evaluation of projects.
  • Subject matter expertise in nutrition, food systems, physical activity, and/or community engagement.
  • Exhibit professional and collaborative leadership and communication skills with internal and external partners.
  • Advanced degree preferred. Three or more years of experience in project management with increasing level of responsibilities, preferably in the public health realm.
  • Familiarity with data analysis, basic principles of evaluation, and peer-review publication processes.
  • Skilled in taking initiative, assessing requirements, identifying plans, and leading plan implementation from start to finish.
  • High level of energy, ability to multi-task, and capable of working in a fast-paced, often-changing environment, often under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with teams in a matrix-based organization.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Must be able to:
    • Frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
    • Operate a computer and other standard office machines, and constantly communicate with trainees, internal staff, external partners and customers.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of current, valid auto insurance coverage.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  November 8, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample:

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.

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance (MTGA) is Michigan’s statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Our goal is to build an interconnected network of trails and greenways reaching to every region of the state.  The non-motorized trails we work with include multi-use (biking/walking), mountain biking, hiking, winter non-motorized (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking), and water trails.

 

DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director (ED) provides overall leadership for the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance organization and is responsible for consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. This includes leading the development of programs and projects to help improve and enhance non-motorized trails throughout Michigan and the management of MTGA’s budget and fundraising.  This position is an employee of the Michigan Fitness Foundation reporting to the MTGA Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package available.

Flexibility with location and schedule. Some of this role’s time will support Lansing based meetings and outreach

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Statewide Leadership and Advocacy

  • Provide technical assistance and coordination on trail acquisition, development, and maintenance projects across Michigan
  • Help support and convene local trail coalitions to advocate for the acquisition, development and maintenance of multi-use trails
  • Convene and collaborate with statewide and local groups in the pursuit of solutions to trail system-wide challenges and opportunities
  • Collaborate with other nonprofit organizations to further advance causes that support the progress of trail use and trail development in the state, such as non-motorized transportation, land use, health and fitness
  • Represent the non-motorized trails community to federal, state, and local policymakers and personnel
  • Educate elected officials, parks and transportation agency personnel, conservationists, recreationists, community leaders, the press, and the general public about the many advantages of trails for bicycling, walking and running, wheelchair use, nature conservation and appreciation, tourism and other purposes
  • Present MTGA interests and concerns to the state legislature and state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Community Health, Travel Michigan and others

Development

  • Prepare and administer grant applications, contracts, and other fundraising proposals to support MTGA’s work plan and operations.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the fundraising strategy for MTGA, including annual and planned giving, capital campaign programs and any other relevant fund raising events/activities.

General

  • Manage day-to-day operations and supervise MTGA employees
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan
  • Develop and monitor the annual budget, overseeing all aspects of finances
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Provide staff support to the MTGA Board of Directors and its committees
  • Oversee membership and member communications
  • Oversee MTGA website, social media, newsletters and other communication vehicles
  • Travel independently both in state and out-of-state
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events and travel overnight as needed

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated problem solving and innovative and strategic thinking
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Knowledge and/or experience with operations of non-profit organizations preferred
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. Web and desktop publishing skills a plus
  • Ability to read, interpret and communicate financial statements
  • Awareness and understanding of local and state government legislative processes
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Experience with trail development and/or fundraising for non-motorized trail projects preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  • While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee will work in typical office conditions as well as in outdoor weather 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
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.

 

TO APPLY

Please email cover letter and resume to Ann Conklin, Board Chair at:

Please use subject line:  MTGA Executive Director.

 

Deadline for Applications is Friday, November 22, 2019

 

The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance 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 Trails and Greenways Alliance reserves the right to modify the duties or position description at any time.  The administrative offices for this position is located in Lansing and is considered to be exempt.

 

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POSITION: Evaluation Specialist

FTE: 1.0 FTE

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, multi-day 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 current, valid auto insurance.

Excellent benefits package offered. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

 

TO APPLY:

Please send CV or resume, references, and a writing sample to: . Use the subject line: Evaluation Specialist position 2019.

 

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.

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MFF provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, marital status, religion or other status or characteristics protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.