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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch)/Community Center at Lower Yakima Valley seeks a Spanish-speaking Certified Physical Activity Instructor to deliver physical activity classes, including a Zumba dance class, stretching and walking activities for a group of Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors in the Lower Yakima Valley, WA area. Spanish speaking skills are required. The ideal candidate will work with the research team to adapt and deliver an existing curriculum to Hispanic/Latino individuals. These classes are part of a lifestyle modification clinical trial testing a diet and physical activity education program for rural Hispanic/Latino Cancer Survivors.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position for a Physical Activity Instructor who has experience delivering exercise and related activities and/or is willing and able to receive the appropriate training to do so as part of this research study. Ideally, this person will have experience working with study participants who are cancer survivors and in adapting exercise routines to cancer populations as needed. Availability to participate in mock practice classes prior to implementing the study classes, and attending team meetings is required.
As a Certified Physical Activity Instructor, the candidate will have the expertise needed to link physical activity recommendations to cancer survivors and implementing existing physical activity curriculums to students, communities and cancer survivors. The candidate will work closely with the Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator and Chef who will be delivering the classroom education and hands-on cooking portions of the study and will work under the direct supervision of study investigators.
About the research
The study is testing the effects of diet and physical activity interventions among Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors residing in Lower Yakima Valley. This project was previously tested in New York City and now is being adapted for the Valley community. The intervention uses group classes, social media and wearable physical activity devices to promote changes in diet and physical activity. The study enrolls Spanish- and English-speaking participants and classes will be delivered in Spanish. The Physical Activity Instructor will report to the projects Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator and will be responsible for the adaptation and implementation of an existing physical activity curriculum to cancer Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors in the Lower Valley. The Certified Physical Activity Instructor will work collaboratively with the research team, including the Community Health Educators on site (Promotoras/es), the Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator and Chef. The Certified Physical Activity Instructor will assist with study intervention activities and specific duties as assigned in every phase of the study, including:
Adaptation and implementation of existing physical activity/exercise curriculum, including planning and preparing Zumba dance class, stretching and walking activities tailored to cancer survivors.
In-person training and mock practice classes. Participation in training and mock practice classes prior to implementing as needed.
Bi-weekly team meetings. This person will also be available for frequent communication with the research team via videoconferencing, phone calls and emails as needed throughout the duration of the study (8 months).
Certifications such as, but not limited to, ISSA, ACE, or ASCM GEI. Equivalent experience will be considered.
Must be fluent in written and spoken Spanish. Knowledge of exercise physiology is preferred. Experience to link physical activity recommendations to cancer survivors with developing and implementing exercise trainings to students, communities and/or cancer survivors is highly desirable. Must have demonstrated ability to follow standardized operating procedures and protocols and work independently. Must be able to independently learn new skills required for study coordination, the ability to work within a team and to be flexible with changing priorities. Must be detail-oriented, with superior organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and diplomacy at all times.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position. Flexibility in scheduling, including evening and weekend hours, is necessary due to the nature of this study.
Native proficiency in Spanish.
Experience working with students, study participants and/or cancer survivors and in adapting curriculums to teach cancer populations as needed.
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