Careers

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.

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 multi-day trainings and conferences, both in and 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 current, valid auto insurance.

 

CONTACT:

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

 

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

 

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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POSITION: Fundraising and Events Manager

FTE: 1.0 FTE

DESCRIPTION: The Fundraising and Events Manager is responsible for managing an active fundraising events calendar with an emphasis on maximizing revenue. The primary role of this position is to coordinate the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s (MFF) annual events:  Governor’s Fitness Awards, Auto Show 5k, ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously), the Labor Day Bridge Run and other events as assigned.

The Fundraising and Events Manager will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

This job description is not all-inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Michigan Fitness Foundation and its leadership. This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

 

AUTHORITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY: The Fundraising and Events Manager has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities and is accountable to the Chief Executive Officer.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

For all MFF events (including but not limited to the Governor’s Fitness Awards, Auto Show 5k, ACES, and the Labor Day Bridge Run) the Fundraising and Events Manager is responsible for:

Pre-event

  • Writing event plans and developing concepts and themes.
  • Creating and maintaining event budgets and timelines.
  • Recruiting and engaging volunteer committee members and event chairs.
  • Scheduling and coordinating activities of MFF staff, volunteers, concessionaire, auctioneer, mobile bidding partner, entertainers and other vendors, suppliers and contractors, and preparing detailed events synopses.
  • Soliciting and securing auction items and restaurants/beverage partners.
  • Producing event-related print and promotional materials (invitations, signs, programs, tickets, etc.).
  • Drafting, reviewing and updating copy for website, internal and external communications and event promotions; creating audience list for mail and email communications.
  • Collaborating with the Executive Leadership Team to identify sponsorship benefits, sponsor prospects and participate in actively soliciting sponsors.
  • Managing relationships with event media partners.
  • Promoting ticket sales and taking ticket orders as needed.

Event

  • Overseeing event set-up, execution and tear-down.
  • Managing event volunteers, staff, vendors and photography.
  • Troubleshooting challenges and resolving problems.

Post-event

  • Completing financial reports and vendor payments.
  • Conducting “wrap” meetings with committee members and staff.
  • Creating analysis reports for major events with conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ensure event database is maintained.
  • Responsible for creating a “wrap” report for sponsors; sending thank-you letters to event supporters, committee members, etc.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervising interns and event volunteers.
  • Creating and maintaining overall budget for events, writing vendor service agreements and managing invoices and payments.
  • Develop and manage fundraising initiatives.
  • Identify prospective corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate these relationships.
  • Stay current with fundraising trends in the non-profit community.
  • Managing fulfillment of auctioned MFF experiences throughout the year.
  • Research events at other organizations to enhance MFF events and create new events as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with event partners and other external stakeholders.
  • Manage the MFF endorsement program and the Michigan Fitness Challenge.
  • All other responsibilities and tasks as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Regular work schedule may include weekends or may be required to work evenings, weekends and early mornings (weekday schedule adjusted accordingly). The work environment is generally comfortable and most work is indoors although the position may require work outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions for special events, tours, openings, etc.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to perform the principle duties of the job. Requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for extended periods of time. Must be able to use a computer and telephone, communicate with employees, candidates, vendors and visitors and use reasoning and calculation skills and make decisions. Must be able to lift and move 40 pounds.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in events management, marketing, public relations, communications, philanthropic studies or a similar field.
  • Five years of events experience.
  • Experience working with volunteer committees.
  • High degree of professionalism, excellent verbal and written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Very organized, strong time management skills, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple priorities concurrently.
  • Excellent reasoning, decision-making, and problem-solving skills as well as persuasion and recruiting skills.
  • Must exhibit initiative and teamwork.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of valid auto insurance required

 

TO APPLY:

Please email cover letter and resume to Amy Ghannam, President & CEO, at Please indicate MFF Fundraising and Events Manager in the subject line.

 

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

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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POSITION: 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, data collections, and travel independently both in state and out of state.
  • 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.
    • Conduct on- and off-site field evaluation both indoors and outdoors in all weather.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid, current auto insurance.

 

CONTACT:

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, Ph.D. at Please indicate MFF Public Health Fellow in the subject line.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position 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 considered to be non-exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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POSITION: Contract Event Planner

FTE: Contract Position (February 2019 – August 2019)

DESCRIPTION: The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) invites event planning/training management vendors to submit a proposal to manage the logistics for eight (8) regional SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) workshops scheduled for June – July/August 2019.

Workshops will bring together regional SNAP-Ed organizations and key community stakeholders to understand the scope and impact of SNAP-Ed programming regionally.

During June – July/August 2019, MFF will host eight (8) workshops in collaboration with a non-profit research and evaluation group. Workshops will occur in the following areas: Upper Peninsula, Traverse City area, West Michigan, Southwest Michigan, Mid-Michigan, East Michigan, and two Detroit locations.

 

KEY CRITERIA FOR VENDOR SELECTION:

  • Understanding of project and objectives.
  • Reasonable timeline and budget.
  • Strength of Scope of Work relative to Project Overview.
  • Depth of capabilities and partners.
  • Demonstrated success with similar events.
  • Complete proposal packet.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • January 22, 2019: RFP released.
  • February 4, 2019: RFP closes.
  • Starting the week of February 11, 2019: Vendor selection.

 

CONTACT:

Questions about the RFP should be directed to: Anne Lee, Project Manager ().

Official proposals should be submitted via email on or before February 4, 2019 to:

Pam Bartig, Support Services Associate

Use the subject line: RFP for Event/Training Planning – REM

 

The full Request for Proposals for Event Planning/Training Management may be found here.

 

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position 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 considered to be non-exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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.