Physical Activity Specialist


Facilitate the implementation of a large-scale physical activity and academic achievement research study intervention for 10-12 Georgia elementary schools. The school-based physical activity intervention program includes teacher trainings, technical assistance, data collection and observation.

Length of Contract

2.5 years beginning February 2018. 

Annual contract is 11 months beginning in August – May + 4 weeks in the summer


Essential Functions

  • Assist in the development of physical activity resources and materials for use by teachers in schools
  • Schedule and deliver all on-site trainings, services, materials and technical assistance to assigned schools.
  • Serve as a liaison for assigned schools, offering resources and support as appropriate.
  • Assist with all school trainings.
  • Facilitate all grade-level meetings.
  • Facilitate webinars
  • Provide technical assistance to ensure schools reach required daily physical activity minimums; provide coaching on physical activity and physical education best practices.
  • Ensure that all necessary data is collected from teachers, parents, and schools as outlined in the protocols
  • Ensure only students with parent consent participate in the project using accelerometers.
  • Develop individualized physical activity action plan with each assigned school and teachers to achieve 45 minutes of daily physical activity.
  • Ensure class level data collection with accelerometers according to schedule.
  • Ensure accelerometers are charged and data downloaded after each class rotation
  • Ensure quality adherence to intervention protocol.
  • Train and oversee student leaders to complete weekly physical activity surveys for the classroom
  • Provide regular interaction with school staff to support program delivery.
  • Collect self-reported behavior data from students.  
  • Provide outstanding service and escalate any issues.
  • Provide comprehensive documentation (a portfolio) for work with each school outlining communication, continuous improvement and growth.
  • Perform clerical and non-instructional assignments as assigned.
  • Ensure program implementation is consistent with HealthMPowers quality standards, evidence-based practices and study protocol.
  • Meet regularly with supervisors and research team as scheduled for training and support.
  • All other duties as assigned

Competencies and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; physical-activity and education-related fields of study
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research-based physical activity knowledge
  • Experience with Georgia public school system and Georgia Performance Standards
  • Experience working with under-performing schools
  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel within the Metro Atlanta area
  • The ability to work effectively with others at all levels of a school and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions
  • Decision making and initiative
  • Stress management and time management
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • A commitment to producing high quality and detailed work
  • The ability to learn quickly, work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively
  • Strong and effective large group/small group presentation and management skills
  • The ability to identify challenges and actively work to find solutions
  • Strong quantitative and computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office suite
  • Public-speaking abilities, including the ability to inspire others
  • A willingness to work non-standard hours and occasional weekends

Regular travel to schools within the Gwinnett school system is required.

Other Duties

Ability to lift and move at least 25 pounds of equipment

HealthMPowers is a smokefree environment.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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