Job Title: Wicozani Project Coordinator
Department: Lower Sioux Community Health
Reports to: Director of Community Health
Location: LSIC Community Center, with occasional work at Rec. Center & Clinic
Full Time: 40 hours per week within the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with potential evening and weekend community activity work.
Wage: Dependent on qualifications
The purpose of the LSIC’s Wicozani Project is to address the high rates of chronic disease and related risk factors and build resiliency and connections within our community through Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) changes and clinical and community linkage strategies. The Wicozani project coordinator will be responsible for actions that are addressing systemic change by engaging the community at various levels to influence and promote intergenerational health within the community over the long term. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating with project manager and planning team to establish and implement community (public) health initiatives related to the areas of healthy foods, honoring cansasa (traditional tobacco), health education and communication.
- Coordinating with project manager, legal department and Tribal leadership on adopting and implementing formal policies to improve health in the LSIC.
- Collaborating with project manager, planning team and Lower Sioux Health and Human Services Advisory Committee members on developing a collaborative plan to create a community healthy foods market and sustainable food shelf program to increase visible and convenient access to healthy foods.
- Develop culturally relevant materials and approaches to link tribal resources and clinical services to support increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and medication adherence to reduce the prevalence of heart disease at LSIC.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Gaining an understanding of food and health policies that can support, the LSIC’s Wicozani Project as a long-term program.
- Working with community members of all ages on a variety of community projects surrounding health and wellness.
- Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment with competing demands.
- Assist in project reporting, evaluation, and project assessments, including collecting all project activity data
- Willingness or desire to collaborate across community and clinical departments.
- Quick and pro-active learner; ability to work independently and with limited supervision
- Polite and professional manner
- Non-competitive, team-oriented player
- Maintain visibility in the community and participate in and coordinate a variety of community activities, such as community gardening projects.
- Coordinate all program goals and objectives, under the advisement of the project manager
- Adhere to program policies and procedures, as well as, all Lower Sioux Indian Community Human Resources Policies and Procedures.
- Attend all mandatory meetings and trainings as required.
- Maintain confidentiality and a high degree of professional ethics at all times.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- High school diploma or GED equivalent required with relevant work experience.
- Background in public health or project coordination/management.
Skills & Qualifications:
- Must have valid Minnesota driver’s license and proof of insurance.
- Must be insurable under the tribe’s auto insurance
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Working knowledge of computer operation and skills in Microsoft Office.
- Data collection, including figures, surveys, interviews, photos, participation rates.
- Understanding of Lower Sioux Cultural values, lifestyles, traditions
- Excellent attendance and punctuality is a must.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and a positive working relationship with community and staff.
- Subject to drug screen.
- Must pass a background check allowing work in a health care setting
- Interest in and commitment to American Indian/Alaska Native health.
- Native Preference applies.
- Physical activity associated with this position may include, bending, stooping, lifting, standing and carrying.
- Ability to engage in gardening or experience with gardening and healthy lifestyles work.
Questions may be directed to:
Stacy Hammer, RDN, LD
Director of Community Health