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Health Promotion Coordinator

City of Ames

General Information

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 60,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

The City of Ames is in search of innovative professionals who are well versed in the health and wellness of organizational employees and are interested in furthering their career and/or taking a leap into the public sector. In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Under general direction of the Director of Human Resources, the Health Promotions Coordinator is a division lead who performs work related to the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programming for City of Ames employees, insured spouses, and dependents with a goal of improving health status of members while also fostering a culture of well-being.

Compensation Philosophy:

The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position, we may consider a candidate’s education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median. The median for this position is $80,119 annualized.


Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit:

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Examples of Essential Job Functions

Assists in determining, developing, planning, organizing, and evaluating health promotion programs; establishes priorities, policies and procedures to ensure objectives are achieved; partners with the HR Officer II to monitor claims data in order to track overall health status of employees to determine opportunities for cost reduction through wellness; works with organization leadership to make recommendations regarding the management of COVID-19 within the City organization; assists in developing target benchmarks and desired outcomes, as well as evaluation tools; oversees promotion efforts to provide members with information regarding all aspects of well-being; develops and prepares health promotion materials including newsletters and web resources; plans educational presentations, special events, and programs; answers member questions and provides education on healthy lifestyle choices; assesses the impact of programs on the overall well-being of employees; tracks program participation; monitors and reacts to trends in wellness; prepares and maintains necessary records and reports; administers and monitors budget and makes budgetary recommendations; participates in and/or leads internal and external groups, including the Wellness Team and Benefit Advisory Team (BAT).

Other Job Functions: Works with members to explain and promote wellness programs; networks and collaborates with community resources; assists Director of Human Resources with related programs and events.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, public health, exercise and wellness, behavioral sciences, human resources or a related field; and at least two years of experience coordinating wellness or health promotion programs, including experience in facilitation of teams and/or training events are all required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates:

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and coaching certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions:

Considerable knowledge of methods, techniques, philosophy and objectives of a variety of health promotion programs designed to meet the needs of various age groups; considerable knowledge of the marketing and promotion of wellness activities, well-being, and the practices and principles of effective program management.

Skill in applying health principles and practices, and health promotion tools; skill in communicating with diverse employee group utilizing tact, diplomacy and sensitivity; skill in establishing policies and procedures; skill in planning and organizing work activities to meet established objectives; skill in maintaining records and preparing reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, coworkers, other City employees, the public, and members of other organizations and agencies; ability to remain current on all new research in health promotion; ability to apply technology when analyzing health risk data and making recommendations for wellness programs; ability to develop and implement wellness programs; ability to monitor and make budgetary recommendations; ability to utilize and apply health insurance data in programming efforts.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Light work requiring a negligible amount of force constantly, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force occasionally.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside or outside and includes being exposed to noise.

Equipment Essential to the Job:

Computer, health-screening equipment, calculator, personnel policies manual, employee benefits manual, dictionary, and other general office equipment.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, phone interview, hiring assessment, on-site interview which will include a manager meeting and written exercise and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

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Date Posted
February 10, 2022
Job Type
Ames, IA
Human Resources

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