Safe Routes 2 School

A hands on program to encourage walking and biking to to school.

MFF is Looking for a Dynamic Program Coordinator

Michigan Fitness Foundation
Position Description


POSITION: Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator

FTE: 1.0 FTE


B.A. or B.S. in Community Development, Health Promotion, Education or related fields. Master’s degree preferred. Experience may substitute for degree requirement.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.


Plan and coordinate state-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming initiatives. Coordinate, develop, and provide SRTS training. Coordinate and deliver regional SRTS action planning and application development, technical assistance, training and outreach to increase walking, bicycling, and rolling to school with a focus on underserved communities. Assist with Michigan Fitness Foundation subcontractor reporting and record keeping and develop procedures and materials as needed. Position is non-exempt and reports to Director of Safe Routes to School.



Responsibilities include:

  • Program coordination:
    • Provide leadership and deliver SR2S technical assistance and outreach to underserved communities, including action planning assistance.
    • Provide technical assistance to school/community applicants that results in high-quality, measurable non-infrastructure programming.
    • Conduct assessment of evaluation tools and practices to ensure that programming is appropriate, measurable, and that evaluation informs future programming initiatives
    • Monitor program evaluations to ensure that schools are completing them completely and on a timely basis.
    • Conduct site visits as requested to help schools/communities to build capacity and develop successful non-infrastructure programming initiatives, and to provide support to mini-grant programming award recipients.
    • Coordinate and develop Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure funding award progress reports and records, in cooperation with Contracts Coordinator. Review progress reports as part of the grant administration/invoice payment process.
    • Maintain and track inventories of SR2S materials and provide materials when requested.
    • Conduct SR2S trainings and presentations.
  • Regional support:
    • Provide technical assistance to school/community applicants who are in the process of developing federal funding applications based on their action plans.
    • Conduct site visits and meetings with teams as requested to help them develop the most competitive applications possible, and to better understand the needs of the school/community. Additionally, make recommendations of solutions for their application.
    • Participate in quarterly Safe Routes to School grant review process. Conduct any site visits necessary to understand and convey the needs of the school.
    • Actively seek out schools/communities ready to complete federal funding applications.
  • Training:
    • Develop training materials based on needs of schools, communities, parents, and partners.
    • Coordinate with peers to provide on-site, regional, and webinar training
  • Walk to School/Bike to School Day coordination:
    • Develop and implement plan to register schools for Walk or Bike to School Days.
    • Develop and implement plan to communicate with schools through a variety of media to maintain awareness and enthusiasm for the event, and to impel school/student participation.
    • Along with the communications team, develop and implement media plan.
    • Coordinate the ordering of supplies and shipping of packets with Walk/Bike to School Day administrative assistant.
    • Develop final report of event.
    • Participate in Walk/Bike to School Day events annually.
  • Projects and responsibilities may be added or modified at the organization’s discretion.
  • Work as a member of the SR2S team to achieve team goals and objectives.


  • Thorough knowledge of the Safe Routes to School movement and Michigan’s program.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving track record.
  • Ability to achieve set goals in a fast-paced, self-starting, and productivity-focused work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be successful in a team environment and to foster a team atmosphere.
  • Communication excellence (i.e., interpersonal, written, oral, presentation).
  • Proven leadership in developing and implementing successful community projects, including projects in underserved communities.
  • Grant management experience.
  • Demonstrated competence in database management and Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and social media channels.


  • Must be able to
    • Frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about, both inside and outside the office, in the course of general duties.
    • Continuously operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier.
    • Frequently communicate with internal staff as well as external partners, schools, applicants, and interested individuals.
    • Occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions.
    • Periodically drive to various sites throughout the State of Michigan.
    • Frequently communicate and convey instructional information in a large-group training setting indoors.
    • Occasionally communicate and convey instructional information in a large-group training setting outdoors while traversing an area of up to three miles.
    • Lift various pieces of equipment, weighing individually up to 50 lbs., in and out of vehicle.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of current and valid auto insurance.

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.


Position will be open until a qualified candidate is found.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

By U.S. Mail to: Michigan Fitness Foundation
Attn: Meg Thomas Ackerman
P.O. Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909

By e-mail to:
Indicate “Program Coordinator II” in subject line