Upower, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides fitness and wellness education to underserved teens in partnership with the Kinesiology Department at Seattle University is seeking a graduate student fellow for a two-year fellowship, starting September of 2021. The fellowship is a 9-month position for a graduate student enrolled in the MS, Kinesiology program at Seattle University; it will be renewed for the 2 years encompassing the student’s degree.
The Upower fellowship seeks to simultaneously grow the impact of this important non-profit work and expand graduate education through hands-on experience with trauma-informed coaching practices. The fellow will serve as a coach for Upower, as well as assist in evaluating and revising current program curriculum. Ultimately, this work will help to create a safe and fun environment for youth of all backgrounds to experience the positive benefits of movement and play.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Create a positive, high energy, and safe environment for all students.
Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the youth and community served.
Communicate effectively with Upower coaches and volunteers to run safe and organized classes.
Communicate with non-Upower personnel to maintain positive relationships with partner sites.
Assist the Program Director in the development and implementation of new programs such as mental skills & wellness curriculum.
Develop evaluation metrics and assist with data collection and interpretation
Attend all coach/staff meetings or site briefings when scheduled.
Be available and open to coach at any Upower site when needed.
Be able to flex and adapt to the needs of each class
Balance the high level of organization required to be part of a non-profit team with the fun and enthusiasm needed to motivate students
Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident of the United States.
Must be able to pass all necessary National, State, and County background checks.
A passion for working with underserved teens.
Culturally competent with strong communication skills grounded in diversity and cognizant of the fluid intersectionality of underserved communities.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 from previous institution
Completion of undergraduate level coursework which includes: Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Psychology (Sport/Exercise Preferred)
Experience coaching sports or group fitness is preferred but not required
Statement of Interest (750-1,000 words) in the MS, Kinesiology program and the Upower Fellowship specifically
A list of 3 references, including at least one academic reference
Internal Number: 2021-01
About Seattle University
Founded in 1891, Seattle University is one of 27 Jesuit Catholic universities in the U.S. At Seattle University, we are dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Our faculty is positively engaged in contributing to the university’s vision to be the premier independent university of the Pacific Northwest in academic quality, Jesuit Catholic inspiration, and service to society. Seattle University, located near downtown Seattle, Washington enrolls approximately 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges and schools and provides a total educational experience encompassing the classroom, campus and community to develop competence, character and leadership.
The Kinesiology Department at Seattle University plays an active role in producing tomorrow’s leaders in sport, exercise, and health. We believe in the motto, ‘exercise for life, exercise for everyone’ and look to empower our students to consider the positive impact that exercise can have on the whole person. As a result of our efforts, Seattle University has been a Silver Status ACSM Exercise is Medicine campus since 2019. The Master ...of Science in Kinesiology program is an integrated study of movement encompassing the physiological, mechanical, and behavioral aspects of physical activity. Students have the option to pursue a research track or a clinically applied track.