Position Responsibilities: The Program Specialist provides oversight for a comprehensive health promotion and wellness initiative that focuses on the delivery of a defined set of primary prevention programs and services. Serves as Program Specialist to Health Educators and Health Technicians through development of core competencies and lifestyle coaching. Responsible for ensuring program methodology is applied and data integrity maintained from entry to output. Leads a dynamic group that delivers primary preventive services to a diverse population. Program Specialist will participate in providing six core programs (health assessment review, physical fitness, healthy nutrition, stress management, general wellness education, and tobacco education) as part of the standardized AWC program.
This position is part of a fellowship program used to give people experience and gain expertise in areas they may not have acquired elsewhere (e.g. Metabolic Testing, VO2 Max testing, Health Education, Behavior Change Theories, etc). The program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. Participants are appointed to facilities through the ORISE program and receive a monthly stipend. The U.S. Army Public Health Command provides oversight for the AWC program standardization, compliance, and quality assurance.
Ability to conduct evidence based health promotion programs based on behavioral change theories, proficient in public speaking, ability to provide health coaching, and knowledge of basic health sciences to include anatomy/physiology, basic exercise science, health psychology, basic nutrition, exercise programming, and counseling techniques
Experience in exercise testing using various protocols to measure fitness levels for cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Experience in applying various health behavior strategies necessary to move individuals and groups towards adaptation of long term health habits is necessary to meet demands of the position
Excellent customer service skills and ability to work well in a fast paced team environment
Ability to assess, develop, and plan individual and group health education programs in accordance with AR 600-63
Knowledge and skills in collecting, compiling, analyzing, and reporting program outcomes
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other agencies in the community; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, establish priorities and work in an organized manner; ability to work independently and as a team member; understanding of and commitment to further the mission of the AWC
Skills and/or experience necessary to market program services to local military community including senior leadership
Performs other duties as assignedCOMMENTS
Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Certifications):
Recently completed Bachelor’s degree, Master's degree preferred, within five years of the desired start date in Allied Health (i.e., health promotion, health education, exercise science, etc…)
CHES/MCHES, ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist or higher preferred
Must have experience in leading a project or initiative that provided progressive levels of responsibility to subordinate members
Certification by NCCA approved credential such as NCHEC, ACSM, or NSCA. CHES/MCHES preferred.
Maintains current AHA BLS certification
Additional Salary Information: Monthly Stipend: Starting Approximately $6600
Army Wellness Centers provide an integrated to sustain and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle. They are located all over the world, and are open to active duty, DoD civilians, spouses, retirees, and family members.