Program Coordinators — WalkSafe & BikeSafe Programs

Posted:  August 17th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Program Coordinators — WalkSafe™ & BikeSafe™ Programs


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine WalkSafe™ & BikeSafe™ Programs are part of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center housed inside The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. WalkSafe and BikeSafe are comprehensive injury prevention programs to promote safety and health among school aged children (5-14 years old). WalkSafe focuses primarily on elementary schools and K-8 centers throughout Miami-Dade County to provide education and encouragement to increase students’ pedestrian safety knowledge, increase participation in physical activity and improve walkability of the areas around schools. While BikeSafe focuses primarily on middle schools and students in grades 6-8 to achieve the same aims for bicycle knowledge, activity and bikeability.

The WalkSafe & Bike Safe team works with community partners such as Community Traffic Safety Teams, M-DC Metropolitan Planning Organization, Department of Public Works, Department of Transportation and Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade. WalkSafe has been around since 2001 when Director, Dr. Gillian Hotz, formed a Task Force to address the rates of pediatric pedestrian-hit-by-car incidents and in 2009, BikeSafe was established to address bicyclist-hit-by-car incidents among young adolescents.

The programs write and receive grant funding to implement targeted projects with schools/communities in the Miami-Dade County Public School District and conduct research surrounding active transportation. Funding has been received from the Florida Department of Transportation to execute Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure projects in over 30 schools that have been identified as areas of increased risk of pedestrian- or bicyclist-hit-by-car incidents. In addition, the programs assist schools with implementation of the evidence-based curricula. The program provides training and technical assistance for each school and evaluates implementation.

JOB SUMMARY (multiple positions available):

Program Coordinators will be part of a team responsible for curricula implementation and the grant-funded projects. Coordinators will meet with school administrators, school representatives and community partners to assist in the coordination and implementation of school-specific action plans to address safety and health issues at the funded schools (as well as schools throughout the county). Coordinators will assist with writing summary reports for grant organizations and have the opportunity to present research findings at meetings/conferences.

The positions will require both office work and fieldwork at the school sites or attendance at community meetings. Training will be provided by the Program Manager and Assistant Director and work will be completed collaboratively, although some tasks will require independent work.

Candidates for the position must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and have some familiarity with SPSS/SAS/other statistical software. This job description provided is not by any means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts associated with the position. Please contact us to find out more details–we look forward to hearing from you!

If interested, please contact our Program Office at (305)243-8115 or send an email to the team:
Assistant Director, Dr. Carolina Gutierrez
Interim Project Manager, Katie Swidarski

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