Employment Opportunities

Lead Fitness Specialist

This position has been filled.
Reports To: 
SDPI Coordinator Director
Type of Position: 
Regular Full Time
Little Axe Health Center / 15951 Little Axe Dr. / Norman, OK 73026
General Description
This position is located within the Absentee Shawnee Tribe Health System’s (ASTHS) Diabetes and Wellness Program, primarily at the Resource Center location. This position will also provide services at Little Axe Health Center and Shawnee Clinic, as needed. The purpose of this position is to facilitate, develop and provide community-specified fitness programs, activities and exercise facilities for the ASTHS, Medicaid eligible persons and employees of the Absentee Shawnee Tribal government programs. The Lead Fitness Specialist assesses, plans, implements and evaluates physical activity and health promotion programs for individuals, groups, and the community as a whole. The incumbent will serve as the expert in fitness as it relates to chronic disease prevention and management.
Primary Duties include, but not limited to:
Provides clients/patients with exercise consultation, exercise prescription, personal training, behavior modification coaching; works with diabetes team and clinic staff to receive and address exercise prescription referrals.
Coordinates with health care providers for exercise and activity clearance of restrictions.
Assesses the community to identify assets, resources and needs to increase the level of physical activity of individuals of all age groups.
Specifies goals, objectives and evaluates outcomes of services according to time lines established by IHS Best Practices, various grant specifications and ASTHS initiatives.
Identifies the kinds of resources that will meet current needs utilizing formal and informal input from a wide spectrum of health and community entities.
Targets specific community groups for intervention according to evidence based approaches and community readiness.
Facilitates community participation in the provision of community-specified programs, activities and facilities.
Formalizes all programs and activities according to the ASTHS Diabetes and Wellness Program Guidelines and as adapted by the local community.
Facilitates Tribal level support and recognition of persons and communities that increase their physical activities through program participation.
 Uses collaborative means to accomplish day-to-day activities and adherence to personnel policies to meet Diabetes and Wellness program objectives.
Researches new and updated health & fitness data to develop new and current fitness techniques and strategies.
Inspects, maintains, and inventories all exercise and testing equipment.
Maintains and updates confidential health records and files for ALL exercise clients.
Uses evidence-based knowledge and local community practices and values for developing, planning, conducting and evaluating physical activity services.
Participates in monthly Diabetes and Wellness Program team meetings to specify delivery of physical activities and coordinate program activities with the local community.
Creates fitness educational materials, event fliers and writes monthly newspaper articles related to fitness and health.
Provides individual exercise prescriptions and fitness plan for the Physical Activity Best Practice guidelines.
Participates in case management and diabetes team meetings to coordinate exercise prescriptions, prevention education, and integration into the patient care plan.
Participates in formal Cultural Training.
Regular attendance is required.
Flexible working hours are required on occasion.
Performs other duties as required.
Education Requirements and Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and/or Health & Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in related field preferred. Health Promotion or related field is required.
Three (3) years relevant experience in a related field.
A current personal trainer certification from a nationally recognized training certification program.
Knowledge in exercise and activity and the role it plays in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Broad based knowledge of education principles as related to primary prevention in diabetes.
Knowledge in health promotion and diabetes prevention research and beginning skills in performing research in American Indian Communities.
Knowledge of ADA, IHS Best Practices, and Special Diabetes Program for Indians guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures as related to physical activity for care and prevention of diabetes.
Native American Preference/EEO/Drug Free/Smoke Free Workplace
Posted Date: 
1 month 2 weeks ago