Employment Opportunities

Physical Activity Specialist

This position is currently open.
Reports To: 
Director, Diabetes & Wellness Program/GHWIC Grant Coordinator
Type of Position: 
Regular Full Time
Little Axe Health Center / 15951 Little Axe Dr. / Norman, OK 73026
General Description
This position is located at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System Resource Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The purpose of the position is to assess readiness for physical activity and facilitate, develop and provide exercise prescriptions for physical activity participants, clients, patients, tribal employees and community members. The Physical Activities Specialist must be able to provide and supervise physical activities, participate in the implementation of general fitness/activity requirements that encourage, support, and educate Native American people on lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life. The incumbent will be well versed in physical activity as a treatment pillar related to diabetes prevention and management, cardiovascular disease prevention and management, and the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle.
Provides clients/patients with exercise consultation, exercise prescription, personal training, behavior modification coaching; works with diabetes team and clinic staff to receive exercise prescription referrals.
Assesses ASTHS communities 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, SDPI grant specifications and Diabetes and Wellness Program guidelines.
Identifies the kinds of resources that will meet current needs utilizing formal and informal input from a wide spectrum of health and community organizations.
Targets specific community groups for intervention based on 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 ASTHS Diabetes 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 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.
Actively participates/facilitates community events focused on health promotion and disease prevention for tribal communities.
Provides age appropriate fitness interventions across the lifespan continuum.
Maintains and updates documentation of physical activity education in patient records as needed to meet the needs of the patient.
Prepares, reviews, selects culturally appropriate nutrition education materials
Prepare, write and submit monthly news articles to Tribal media publications. Works with other program staff in development of handouts, exhibits, visual aids and brochures for distribution.
Adheres to professional ethical standards and professional standards of practice.
Complies with the provisions of the Oklahoma Controlled Substances Act.
Complies with the applicable state and federal regulations in regard to the security, safety and confidentiality of any health services record they create, maintain, transfer, or destroy whether the record is written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium.
Maintains verifiable records at an institution or facility that has a published records retention policy that is equal to or exceeds the retention required by federal and/or state regulations.
Practices only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their documented education, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience.
Maintains knowledge and skills required for continuing professional competence.
Maintains the confidentiality of any information received from any person or source about a client, unless authorized in writing by the client or otherwise authorized or required by law or court order.
Renews licenses or certifications and specialty designations before the expiration date.
Provides Absentee Shawnee Tribe Human Resources with a copy of all licensures, certifications, renewal of licensures and certifications upon receipt thereof.
Other duties may be assigned.
Education Requirements and Qualifications
Education – A Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and/or Health & Exercise Science preferred. Health Promotion or related field is required.
Three (3) years relevant experience in a related field
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficient knowledge of Spreadsheet software, Word Processing software, basic graphic design. Experience with electronic medical record software preferred.
A current personal trainer certification from a nationally recognized training certification program.
Must possess a valid driver's license
Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check and drug screen
Must also maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Native American Preference/EEO/Drug Free Workplace
Posted Date: 
2 months 1 week ago