Diabetes Exercise Specialist

--Washoe Tribe Health Center--

Position Title

Diabetes Exercise Specialist

Job Type





E7 (21.65 - 32.48)




Position Summary

The Exercise Specialist instructs and assists At-Risk patients and medical diagnosed Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients, patients with pre diabetes diagnosis and those at risk of developing diabetes in practicing various functional activities, strength and conditioning techniques. Instructs and assesses patients and family regarding prescribed home programs when necessary; conducts Graded Exercise (GXT) tests, monitors blood pressure and pulse; and pre/post glucose monitoring. Provides the assessment and monitors fitness levels of identified Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes people to include health and fitness of the Washoe Tribe community members (children, youth, adults). Member of the diabetes team and serves as resource to the health center medical team.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Required Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in Kinesiology, physical education, exercise science or sports medicine.

  • Required to meet a minimum of two years’ experience working in Tribal/Ambulatory health programs or combination of experience and education.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing

  • Required to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification within first three months of hire

  • Required physical ability to lift, stand, and assist participants as needed

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively in a diverse minority environment.

  • Ability to work extended hours according to the needs of the participants.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provides individual exercise instruction to Washoe Tribe enrolled members, emphasis placed on health promotion/disease prevention approach

  • Develops exercise programs for persons with or at risk of development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease in coordination with healthcare providers and the diabetes team. This would include youth, adults, pre natal and post partum.

  • Responsible for the coordination of exercise programs with other health facilities/organizations attended by Tribal patients.

  • Proficient in administering treatment to patients with physical disabilities; is capable of recognizing change and providing an effective treatment plan for fitness sessions

  • Assist healthcare providers in planning and implementing a prenatal and postpartum exercise program for gestational and at risk participants.

  • As a member of the diabetes and wellness team, will provide appropriate physical fitness information to employees and support the development of an employee wellness program.

  • Submit monthly articles (or as needed) to the newsletter, websites, etc.

  • Document progress including program evaluations & maintain required reporting documents on a timely basis

  • Provide monthly, quarterly, annual reports and assist in budget development

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge in monitoring contractual obligations.

  • Knowledge of economic, social, educational and cultural trends in the Native community.

  • Knowledge of behavior modification and chronic disease management concepts and their role in wellness, nutrition, weight control, and community disease prevention.

  • Ability to keep abreast of current practices and concepts in health education through current literature, courses, professional meetings, and direct contact with other health professionals.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge of Indian community and sensitivity to Indian needs.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to travel for training, workshops, conference, etc. Ability to attend scheduled evening and weekend meetings.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle; stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level. Travel is required for training, workshops, conference, etc. Evening and weekend meetings are common.