In 2005, as a direct response to the public health crisis of obesity in our youth, HCZ created an effort called the Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) to encourage our students and their families to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives. In the years since then, we have sought to deepen our work in this area and have developed a strategic program model and growth plan called Healthy Harlem (HH), which consists of best practices in physical activity, nutrition education, and community support. Like HLI, this program is designed to instill a culture of healthy living throughout the Zone but is more expansive and strategically focused in the way we reach youth in our programs, their parents and care givers, and the community at-large.
Our three-pronged approach consists of Prevention , which serves the general youth population and their families; Treatment , which provides intensive support for at-risk youth and their parents and caregivers; and Medical Monitoring , which connects high-risk youth and their families to professional health care providers.
We are currently seeking a dynamic, energetic Sports and Fitness Manager to join our team as part of a comprehensive health, wellness, and nutrition program focusing on middle and high school aged students, and their families. This position reports to the Initiative Lead as part of the central team for the Healthy Living Initiative.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee the development, implementation, and assessment/evaluation of the healthy eating, active living sports curriculum across all HLI sites
Oversee and manage ongoing initiative trainings related to sports programming and training
Disseminate key physical well being promotion information to Recreation Coordinators to be executed at respective HLI sites as it pertains to healthy eating active living practices for staff, students and their families
Meet routinely (e.g., once a month) with Recreation Coordinators from HLI sites to provide on-going techincal support/assistance to ensure effective delivery of sports and recreation curriculum
Co-lead engagements with parents and staff in support of program
Provide agency wide physical activity programming for HCZ students, parents and staff as needed both competitive and non-competitive
Coordinate and work closely with staff at various sites to ensure scheduling and implementation of activities
Conduct assessments and provide progress reports of all HLI sites exercise performance
Provide on-going education, training materials, and resources to staff and populations with various levels of experience and education
Perform other duties as assigned
Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, Recreation or appropriate health related field required; ideal candidate will have some supervisory experience
Must have experience working with adolescent population in either a community-based organization, health center, or school-based setting
Must possess extensive knowledge about sports equipment, physical fitness and safety
Ability to cultivate and develop key relationships within organization and childhood obesity prevention communities
Demonstrated ability to absorb and utilize new information efficiently
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook
Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
Experience with group counseling and training workshop facilitation
Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of populations served
Must be able to work flexible hours and perform extensive field work
We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.
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