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Job Summary

The PHS Wellness Specialist will contribute to multiple areas, with the primary responsibility to implement the program following the five steps, provide teacher training and coordinate onsite activities.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Lead school personnel through a 5 Step implementation approach and sustainability phases of the PHS program in schools throughout Michigan
  • Provide on-site and virtual trainings and support for school-based wellness champions and teachers facilitating the nutrition and social-emotional lessons
  • Provide program materials for lessons to schools and organize items as needed
  • Assist in development of school wellness teams and consult with teachers, parents and students on additional committees as needed
  • Collaborate with school food service directors regarding promotion of healthy food and beverage options, and, where possible, incorporate local produce/farm-to-school initiatives and student feedback on meals
  • Serve as the liaison between teachers, school administrators, and PHS program
  • Communicate with school staff, administration, students and families regarding PHS via presentations, newsletters and other methods as preferred by schools
  • Plan and coordinate school-wide physical activity and healthy eating activities and events
  • Support schools in completion of wellness assessments
  • Assisting with onsite physical activity and healthy eating activities and events at schools throughout Michigan, with direction from PHS wellness coordinator (need reliable transportation)/will be reimbursed for mileage)
  • Providing program materials for lessons to schools and organizing items as needed
  • Assisting in school wellness teams and consulting with teachers, parents and students on additional committees as needed
  • Assisting schools with reporting requirements through the PHS online portal
  • Assist with the completion of student and teacher program surveys and questionnaires
  • Collect photos and success stories from schools throughout implementation process
  • Providing online communications to school wellness champions

General supervision is received from PHS Program Manager.  The wellness specialist will work closely with other PHS wellness coordinators to implement PHS in partner schools.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control, the work of employees under his supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.

Our Impact

Project Healthy Schools (PHS) is a school-based health intervention to prevent childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. PHS supports the health of children by empowering healthy lifestyles and creating school environments that support their well-being. PHS currently works with over 100 middle schools and many partner organizations across the State of MI. For more information, visit the program website at

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a health, fitness, education or nutrition discipline
  • Experience in coordinating programs is necessary
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills is necessary
  • Experience with basic office and data-management programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others is necessary
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel to schools/bvisit schools
  • Experience working with middle school students and teachers is desirable
  • Experience working with Project Healthy Schools is desirable
  • Experience managing various social media accounts is desirable

Work Schedule

Position is expected to begin on or before August 15, 2021 and requires a 10 month commitment through June 15, 2022. 

Position is 40 hours/week with a schedule of Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm (may include an occassional evening or weekend for school events).

Travel to and from various school districts including the potential for overnight travel is necessary.  Must have flexible work schedule and have reliable transportation to provide services as needed.

Additional Information

Position pays at least $17/hr. depending on skills and experience. Mileage will be reimbursed per policy. 

Temporary Staffing Services is posting and screening candidates on behalf of the hiring University unit.

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. Include the cover letter as the first page of your resume. Please describe how your skills and experience directly relate to the specific duties and qualifications for this position.

This temporary position may meet eligibility for health care benefits. Please visit this website for more information:

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.