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Fitness and Health Specialist



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Location: 390 Robert St. N St. Paul, MN
Job Type: Full-Time
Division: Regional Administration

Department: HR Benefits
Job Number: 2023-00466



This position is eligible for a hybrid (both remote and onsite) telework arrangement. Candidate's permanent residence must be in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website. 
We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 
We want employees to bring their full, whole selves to work, and our Fit For Life voluntary wellness program supports employees’ health and wellbeing in many ways. Our program is grounded in self-care, equity, inclusion, and body respect. We’re building a culture of health through offering an equitable and inclusive wellness program where employees feel a sense of belonging. We are proud of our commitment to wellness since 1986!

We provide innovative programs like:

  • Parent and caregiver support classes
  • Body inclusivity and weight neutral approach
  • Trauma-informed emotional health classes and multi-week trainings
  • Financial well-being resources
  • No-cost consults with a registered dietitian
  • Two onsite Well@Work health care clinics (at no cost to employees and dependents on our medical plans)
  • Mobile mammography visits
  • Job-specific health skills trainings 

We also have the classic offerings you’d expect like:

  • Resiliency programs
  • Fitness rooms and classes
  • Health coaching
  • Chronic disease prevention programs
  • Activity campaigns
  • Worksite gardens 
  • Cooking education classes
  • Healthy vending options

These are just some of the ways we support the emotional and physical wellness of our employees.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:
The Fitness and Health Specialist will provide support of the overall employee wellness program, Fit For Life, through direct wellness services (health and wellness education, wellness coaching, fitness classes, etc.), vendor management of select services, communication of program offerings, and oversight of fitness rooms. The objective is to improve employees' health and wellbeing with specific emphasis on our on-site employees.  

Starting Salary Range:     $66,747 - $80,000 (DOQ)
Full Salary Range:            $66,747 - $100,755 

What you would do in this job

  • Communicate Fit For Life’s offerings and support employee awareness through drafting bi-weekly newsletter articles; updating internal websites and utilizing Microsoft Teams; monitoring the program’s email inbox; coordinating calendar invitations for program events; and creating and updating program marketing materials
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and work groups on special topic areas such as our Lactating Parent Support work group, Employee Resource Groups, Metro Transit’s Great Workplace Project, and other special requests from departments 
  • Lead the administration of our “Trade Time for Fitness” program, in which employees can trade their Annual Leave (paid time off) hours to be reimbursed for wellness expenses 
  • Assist with wellness vendor selection, coordination, and vendor service implementation
  • Develop relationships with Metropolitan Council worksites across the region
  • Project management of new programming, and development and delivery of health training content
  • Oversee the 20+ unstaffed fitness rooms across worksites and requests relating to these rooms
  • Assist with the evaluation and assessment of the Fit For Life program offerings
  • Co-lead the Fit For Life Wellness Champion/volunteer site representative group

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Any of the following combinations in completed education (degree field of study in exercise science; kinesiology; health promotion and wellness; health education; public health; or related field) and experience (in employee wellness or disease management programming; personal training or group training; health coaching or education; health equity; occupational health and safety; or related field):

  • High school diploma/GED with six years of experience
  • Associate degree with four years of experience
  • Bachelor's degree with two years of experience
  • Master's degree (no experience required)

Also, required certification in CPR/AED and First Aid or ability to obtain them within first six months of employment.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in exercise science, kinesiology, health promotion and wellness, health education, public health, or related field. 
  • Five or more years of work experience in employee wellness or disease management programming; personal training or group training; health coaching or education; health equity; occupational health and safety; or related field. 
  • Work experience creating, designing, delivering, implementing, and evaluating health improvement management programs using a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) lens. 
  • Project management and coordination work experience.
  • Public sector work experience.
  • Experience working in an organization with multiple, distinct divisions with overlapping functions and responsibilities.
  • Experience working with diverse populations. 
  • Work experience leading or co-leading presentations both in person and virtually.
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams; various virtual meeting platforms; and basic web publishing.
  • Certifications in one or more of the following: Welcoa Faculty Status, Thriving Workplace Culture Certificate (Salveo Partners), Workplace Wellness Program Manager or Certified Wellness Practitioner (NWI), DEIB certifications, health equity certifications, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Diabetes Educator, Intrinsic Coaching, Motivational Interviewing or related certification.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

  • Knowledge of population health improvement principals and theories including assessment and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of voluntary health program planning and development.
  • Skills in personal training and group fitness practices.
  • Ability to communicate with and present to employees at all levels in an engaging, easy to follow manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, creativity, and innovation in developing health programs.
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of Social Determinants of Health.
  • Knowledge of Health at Every Size (HAES) principles.
  • Knowledge of behavior change theory, worksite health, and organizational change principles.
  • Knowledge of health coaching techniques or health education strategies.
  • Ability to gather data to draw and interpret graphs for preparing summary reports and presentations.

What you can expect from us:

  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement. 
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.

More about why you should join us!

Additional information
Union/Grade: AFSCME / Grade F
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Safety Sensitive: No

What your work environment would be:

You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites.

What steps the recruitment process involves:

  1. We review your minimum qualifications. 
  2. We rate your education and experience. 
  3. We conduct a structured panel interview. 
  4. We conduct a selection interview.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only), and a background check which verifies education, employment, and criminal history.   A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the job.  If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.
If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services, Audit, or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.  A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the position.
IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.
The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please email


We believe our employees are a key to our agency's success!   In order to attract and retain high quality employees, the Council provides a highly competitive benefits package both in choice and coverage levels.   Some highlights about our benefits are listed below:

  • Guaranteed monthly retirement income through Minnesota State Retirement System pension fund
  • Opportunity to save additional funds for retirement on a tax-deferred basis through a voluntary deferred compensation (457) plan
  • Two or more medical plans from which to choose, with employer contribution towards premiums over 80%
  • Dental insurance, life insurance and vision insurance

The following benefits are provided to all employees as part of working for the Council.  You will have access to free:

  • Well@Work clinic
  • bus/rail pass valued at over $1200 per year
  • parking at many job locations
  • fitness centers at many job locations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • extensive health and wellness programs and resources


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