Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.



Healthy Ways Health Coordinator

August 27, 2021

Full-time or half-time options available (dependent on covering one or two schools)

Now in its 29th year, the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is a community-based organization whose mission is to foster collaborative Rice County communities that empower youth, strengthen families, and build community.

HCI works with community partners to identify needs/opportunities, foster collaboration and support community-driven efforts that benefit Faribault and Northfield youth and families. By offering its assistance, HCI strives to build the capacity of the community to more effectively serve its young people.

HCI seeks a health coordinator to help lead the implementation of the evidence-based “Healthy Ways” program (developed by the Harlem Children’s Zone) in Rice County’s community schools.


  • Implement and manage all Healthy Ways programs, including effective delivery of nutrition education and physical activity programming, parent programming, and behavior modification programming
  • Hire and manage staff implementing Healthy Ways programs
  • Partner and coordinate with site staff to ensure accurate tracking and evaluation
  • Engage and train site staff in healthy eating/active living practices
  • Attend regular trainings and engage with technical assistance provided by HCZ
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with relevant community organizations, schools, and parents
  • Support site staff with tracking and assessing of healthy eating and active living programs and their progress
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Recreation, Exercise Physiology, or a related field; ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in one of these fields and supervisory experience
  • Must be knowledgeable about nutrition, physical fitness, and wellness concepts
  • Familiar with the emotional, social, and mental aspects of a healthy lifestyle, including the safety and overall well-being of individuals engaged in healthy eating/active living programs
  • Experience working with youth and adolescent population
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook
  • Ability to work on a team and individually
  • Comfortable working with outside community organizations and contracted program providers
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of populations served
  • Must be able to work flexible hours (including evening times during community school programming) and perform extensive field work
  • Comfort in using online data management systems
  • Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of HCI
  • Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment

Preferred qualities

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali
  • Knowledge of Rice County and the surrounding communities
  • Familiarity with HCI and its programs

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references to: Zach Pruitt, Application review will begin on September 10 and will continue until the position is filled.