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Michigan Fitness Foundation 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.

POSITION: Evaluation Specialist
FTE/CLASSIFICATION: 1.0 FTE/Exempt
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Programs
SUPERVISES OTHERS: Yes
COMPENSATION: $78,000 to $91,000 plus benefits
EDUCATION: Master’s degree in health education, social science, or related field of study. Ph.D. preferred.
DESCRIPTION: The Evaluation Specialist develops scientifically robust evaluation methodologies, engages in data analysis for reporting, responds to requests for grant proposals, and provides grant writing. This position supports designated contracts related to health initiatives that advance food systems, nutrition, physical activity, policy and environmental change models, and associated programming.
LOCATION: Lansing, MI

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Conducts comprehensive data evaluation and advanced statistical analysis for multi-million-dollar grants and large-scale projects using established collection methodologies and reporting tools to assess program goals, objectives, and outcomes.
  • Creates new evaluation design methods and tools to support data collection and reporting including quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Tracks programming progress and communicates outcomes.
  • Addresses questions and anticipates, identifies, and removes roadblocks throughout the project.
  • Completes compliance review and ensures contract oversight meets requirements for funding.
  • Conducts off-site field evaluations in both indoor and outdoor settings for data collection.
  • Applies equitable evaluation framework to all organization projects.
  • Provides technical assistance and evaluation support to local agencies with implementation to ensure data evaluation accuracy.
  • Creates training materials and presentations for delivery on evaluation topics.
  • Delivers training and support responding to questions regarding the program’s deliverables for quality, maintenance, and distribution purposes.
  • Reviews requests for funding, writes proposals, and engages in evaluation capacity-building through relationship building, training, and compliance oversight.
  • Writes grant proposals for designated programs to obtain funding.
  • Contributes to publications and reports to explain evaluation processes and present information on a variety of topics and findings at national conferences.
  • Supervises assigned contracts to ensure program evaluation needs are met.
  • As necessitated by projects and grants, manages one or more program managers, fellows, or interns including training, coaching, day-to-day work assignments, program review, performance management, and mentorship.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in health education, social science, or related field of study.
  • Ph.D. preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience in the evaluation of large projects.
  • Prior experience in program content evaluation and statistical analysis (design, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, primary and secondary data analysis, meta-analysis, and/or data management).
  • Public health and/or grant writing experience preferred.

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Excellent knowledge of data collection, validation, and evaluation tools used in nonprofit programming.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis tools to collect data and supply findings in a timely manner.
  • Ability to apply health program evaluation concepts across different programming needs in a timely manner and provide support to others.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate in publications and reports.
  • Ability to build partnerships with internal and external customers.
  • Excellent competency in computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtual meeting systems.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgment.
  • Strong integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, with some weekend and overnight stays for training.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to others accurately (6-8 hours daily).
  • Hearing – perceiving the nature of sound by the ear (6-8 hours daily).
  • Sitting – remain in a seated position (6-8 hours daily).
  • Standing – remaining on one’s feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about (1-2 hours daily).
  • Lifting – raising or lowering an object under 50 lbs. from one position to another (infrequently).
  • Office Environment – general office work environment (6-8 hours daily).
  • Travel – travel required by car, train, and plane domestically and internationally (up to 10% annually).

 

BENEFITS AND WORKLIFE BALANCE

  • Paid time off starting at four weeks for a calendar year, pro-rated based on start date.
  • Fourteen paid holidays and a paid winter break office closure in late December.
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule.
  • Provision of up-to-date technology and support.
  • Parental leave policy and infant-at-work program in addition to bereavement, military, and jury/witness duty leaves.
  • Group health plan, including medical, dental and vision, as well as options for flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.
  • Annual wellness benefit reimbursement to support staff in engaging in a physically active, healthy lifestyle inside and outside of work.
  • 401k plan with 5% employer contribution and additional match up to 3%.
  • Employee assistance program with free professional support for a variety of life’s challenges.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Must be able to attend periodic in-state multiday trainings and conferences with reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to regularly operate standard office machines and communicate consistently with internal staff as well as external partners remotely
  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of current, valid auto insurance (preferred but not required).

 

HOW TO APPLY
Email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary McGuire at mmcguire@michiganfitness.org by November 30, 2023, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Include Evaluation Specialist in the subject line.

 

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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.

 

Michigan Fitness Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

TEAM NUTRITION 22: NUTRITION EDUCATION AND EQUITY GRANT
NUTRITION EDUCATION CONSULTANT, TEAM NUTRITION

CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITY
Nutrition Education Consultant, Team Nutrition

 

TIME COMMITMENT
Part-time, temporary (2023-2024 school year, five lessons per school per academic year). Time commitment will vary based on size of school and number of schools assigned.

 

COMPENSATION
$100/lesson plus, supply budget of $10/lesson and limited travel expenses will be covered.

 

DESCRIPTION
The Nutrition Education Consultant provides Michigan Harvest to Table™ (MIHarvest™) nutrition education lessons to Michigan schools that have qualified for the Team Nutrition 22: Nutrition Education and Equity Grant.

 

LOCATION
Statewide (delivering lessons in up to two schools) in one of the following counties: Alger, Antrim, Cheboygan, Houghton, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Midland, Muskegon, Oceana, Van Buren, and/or Zeeland.

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s or associate degree in education or health-related field OR at least 60 credits completed towards degree
  • Classroom experience preferred.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan and deliver five MIHarvest™ lessons per local school academic year at least two Michigan schools, using provided MIHarvest™ lessons and activities.
  • Travel between schools to deliver lessons. Reliable transportation is required. Limited mileage will be reimbursed.
  • Remotely attend and participate in monthly Team Nutrition meetings.
  • Provide lesson progress information and data to Michigan Fitness Foundation Program Manager

OTHER INFORMATION

  • SNAP-Ed nutrition educators who are not already delivering SNAP-Ed programming full-time are welcome to apply with approval from supervisors.
  • This is not a position with MFF. It is a contract position for an independent consultant to deliver services for the Michigan Department of Education Team Nutrition 22: Nutrition Education and Equity Grant, with whom Michigan Fitness Foundation is consulting.

HOW TO APPLY
Email your letter of interest and resume to Callie Zimmerman, czimmerman@michiganfitness.org. Include Nutrition Education Consultant in the subject line.

 

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POSITION: Program Manager, Grants
FTE/CLASSIFICATION: 1.0 FTE/Exempt
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Programs
SUPERVISES OTHERS: No
COMPENSATION: $54,000 to $66,000 plus benefits
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, kinesiology, social work, active communities, evaluation, communication, or related field of study. Advanced degree preferred.
DESCRIPTION: The Program Manager, Grants plans and manages health initiatives for community-based programming and state-wide support projects. This role effectively coordinates project plans and resources to deliver a portfolio of projects that advance food systems, nutrition, physical activity, and community engagement.
LOCATION: Lansing, MI

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Establishes project scope, objectives, timeline, resources, and assignments along with deliverables based on the project portfolio.
  • Executes project plans and requirements to meet established deadlines.
  • Collaborates with internal teams and external contractors for analytical assessments, project development and implementation, and reporting outcomes.
  • Contributes to developing technical assistance paradigms for assigned programs and projects within field of content expertise.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with partner organizations to support local project goals.
  • Documents the full life cycle of projects, including updates and lessons learned, and ensures final deliverables.
  • Addresses questions and anticipates, identifies, and removes roadblocks throughout the project.
  • Collaborates with partners to enhance and identify successful program engagement outcomes.
  • Ensures program compliance aligned with grant program and funding requirements.
  • Supports and delivers training to customers and subcontractors on questions regarding the program’s deliverables for quality, maintenance, and distribution purposes.
  • Participates in evaluation, assessment, and communication activities for grant programs and projects.
  • Refines processes, procedures, and resources for future projects.
  • Participates in publication development, grant proposal writing, and other projects.
  • Participates in training opportunities to build knowledge and skills to advance community-based programming and state-wide support projects.
  • Conducts site visits, in-person or virtual, as part of grant program compliance.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, kinesiology, social work, active communities, evaluation, communication, or related field of study.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Content expertise in nutrition, food systems, physical activity, and/or active communities preferred.
  • Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) strongly preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience in managing portfolio of projects with increased responsibility and complexity.
  • Public health-related experience preferred.

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Ability to apply knowledge of the factors that impact health outcomes focused on nutrition, food systems, physical activity, and/or active living.
  • Ability to apply principles of equity and community engagement to community-based initiatives.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to apply policy, systems, and environmental change strategies at local and regional levels.
  • Demonstrated effective facilitation skills and ability to navigate conflicting agendas.
  • Demonstrated initiative to assess requirements, identify plans, lead project implementation from start to finish with target deadlines.
  • Ability to implement community-based initiatives in the public health realm.
  • Ability to understand program and grant guidelines to administer programs.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal customers, external customers, and vendors.
  • Knowledge of evaluation processes, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking with attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to use and set-up virtual meeting systems.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated integrity and professionalism.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to others accurately (1-2 hours daily).
  • Hearing – perceiving the nature of sound by the ear (1-2 hours daily).
  • Sitting – remain in a seated position (6-8 hours daily).
  • Standing – remaining on one’s feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about (1-2 hours daily).
  • Lifting – raising or lowering an object under 50 lbs. from one position to another (infrequently).
  • Office Environment – general office work environment (6-8 hours daily).
  • Travel – driving throughout Michigan with a valid driver’s license with potential weekend and overnight stays (up to 50% annually).
  • Walking – moving on one’s feet for up to 2 miles (up to 5% annually).
  • Riding a bike – remaining seated on a bike and pedaling for up to two miles (up to 5% annually).
  • Outside Environment – ability to be outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions (up to 5% annually).

 

BENEFITS AND WORKLIFE BALANCE

  • Paid time off starting at four weeks for a calendar year, pro-rated based on start date.
  • Fourteen paid holidays and a paid winter break office closure in late December.
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule.
  • Provision of up-to-date technology and support.
  • Parental leave policy and infant-at-work program in addition to bereavement, military, and jury/witness duty leaves.
  • Group health plan, including medical, dental and vision, as well as options for flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.
  • Annual wellness benefit reimbursement to support staff in engaging in a physically active, healthy lifestyle inside and outside of work.
  • 401k plan with 5% employer contribution and additional match up to 3%.
  • Employee assistance program with free professional support for a variety of life’s challenges.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Must be able to attend periodic in-state multiday trainings and conferences with reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to regularly operate standard office machines and communicate consistently with internal staff as well as external partners remotely
  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of current, valid auto insurance (preferred but not required).

 

HOW TO APPLY
Email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Kendra Keyes at kkeyes@michiganfitness.org by November 30, 2023, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Include Program Manager, Grants in the subject line.

 

View as PDF (Links to PDF in new window or right click to download)

 

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.

 

Michigan Fitness Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

POSITION: Safe Routes to School Senior Contracts and Data Coordinator
FTE/CLASSIFICATION: 1.0 FTE/Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Safe Routes to School
SUPERVISES OTHERS: No
COMPENSATION: $54,000 to $64,000, plus benefits
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in community development, education, urban planning, or related fields of study. Advanced degree preferred.
DESCRIPTION: The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Senior Contracts and Data Coordinator partners with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and in-state communities to support funding plans to increase pedestrian infrastructure and non-infrastructure programming. This position administers SRTS subcontracts and invoice processes with the state departments, universities, nonprofit agencies, schools, and communities to ensure compliance with federal and state guidelines. This position coordinates the delivery of grant awards and assists with the implementation of non-infrastructure programs to increase student bicycle and pedestrian travel to and from school.
LOCATION: Lansing, MI

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Facilitates program objectives, timelines, resources, and assignments along with deliverables based on the program requirements.
  • Conducts site visits and makes program and application recommendations.
  • Executes project plans for the application process and provides assistance to ensure funding requirements are met by the assigned deadlines.
  • Delivers technical assistance and outreach to communities, including action planning assistance.
  • Reviews community grant applications and interfaces with MDOT for grant approvals.
  • Partners with the community to implement non-infrastructure programming and evaluation.
  • Participates in the creation and delivery of required project reporting to various funding sources.
  • Administers the grant record keeping systems in accordance with state and federal requirements.
  • Coordinates contracts administration between Michigan Fitness Foundation, MDOT and any subcontractors.
  • Partners with Finance to complete and process invoices for payment.
  • Provides technical assistance and training in support of contracts and invoicing for subcontractors.
  • Ensures compliance for the program in accordance with any grant requirements.
  • Presents, moderates, and participates in regional trainings to educate and advance knowledge in the bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure movement.
  • Researches best practices for programs and special projects for increasing the bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in community development, education, urban planning, or related fields of study.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience in community development, health promotion, education, urban planning, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated success increasing community engagement participation.
  • Customer support related experience preferred.

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the SRTS movement and/or knowledge of bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and non-infrastructure programming.
  • Demonstrated initiative to assess requirements, identify plans, lead project implementation and evaluation of the projects from start to finish with target deadlines.
  • Strong critical thinking and detail-oriented skills.
  • Ability to partner with internal customers, external customers, and vendors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to use and set-up virtual meeting systems.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgement.
  • Demonstrated integrity and professionalism.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to others accurately (1-2 hours daily).
  • Hearing – perceiving the nature of sound by the ear (1-2 hours daily).
  • Sitting – remain in a seated position (6-8 hours daily).
  • Standing – remaining on one’s feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about (1-2 hours daily).
  • Lifting – raising or lowering an object under 50 lbs. from one position to another (infrequently).
  • Office Environment – general office work environment (6-8 hours daily).
  • Travel – driving throughout Michigan with a valid driver’s license with potential weekend and overnight stays (up to 50% annually).
  • Walking – moving on one’s feet for up to 2 miles (up to 10% annually).
  • Riding a bike – remaining seated on a bike and pedaling for up to two miles (up to 5% annually).
  • Outside Environment – ability to be outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions (up to 5% annually).

 

BENEFITS AND WORKLIFE BALANCE

  • Paid time off starting at four weeks for a calendar year, pro-rated based on start date.
  • Fourteen paid holidays and a paid winter break office closure in late December.
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule.
  • Provision of up-to-date technology and support.
  • Parental leave policy and infant-at-work program in addition to bereavement, military, and jury/witness duty leaves.
  • Group health plan, including medical, dental and vision, as well as options for flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.
  • Annual wellness benefit reimbursement to support staff in engaging in a physically active, healthy lifestyle inside and outside of work.
  • 401k plan with 5% employer contribution and additional match up to 3%.
  • Employee assistance program with free professional support for a variety of life’s challenges.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Must be able to attend periodic in-state and out of state, multi-day trainings and conferences with reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to constantly operate standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners remotely.
  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of current, valid auto insurance (preferred but not required).
  • All staff will be expected to follow mandated safety protocols to protect against COVID-19 transmission.

 

HOW TO APPLY
Email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Kendra Keyes at kkeyes@michiganfitness.org by December 15, 2023, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Include SRTS Senior Contracts and Data Coordinator in the subject line.

 

View as PDF (Links to PDF in new window or right click to download)

 

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.

 

Michigan Fitness Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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