Monthly Archives: April 2019
  • Letter from Rita Patel, Executive Director

    For the past four and half years, I have had the privilege of being in the role of Executive Director for the Michigan Wellness Council. I came on as the first person in that role and have had the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors to grow the organization by expanding its reach and increasing the resources we offer including membership, conferences, training, online resources, webinars and a podcast. I deeply care about the vision and mission of Michigan Wellness Council and have been heartened over the years by the positive feedback we continually receive on our efforts and on the quality of the educational content and community we have built. I have loved being part of increasing the collective knowledge to enhance the wellbeing of people in the state of Michigan through the workplace. One of the best opportunities I have had in this role is meeting people and building a range of relationships throughout the state and nationally. My hope is that these relationships continue to grow and support the Michigan Wellness Council in the future. 

    I will be stepping out of the Executive Director role to focus fully on the culture change through narrative integration work I have been doing with organizations and my art. Both come from my deep passions and are geared towards enhancing quality of life through connection and creativity. My role will be different, but I will continue to be active in the wellbeing community in this capacity. My last day will be after the Spring Conference on May 16th and I will help with the transition until then.

    I am fortunate for having had this opportunity. I have always said that the people in our community are caring and positive and really have the heart and will to create a better place and life for others. Thank you for being such a wonderful community to interact and work with – I am truly grateful. As I move on, I look forward to staying connected to all of you in our shared goals and I hope all of you continue to be engaged in the Michigan Wellness Council as a source of support in your endeavors.

    The Board of Directors has created a committee to search for the new Executive Director. If you are interested in the position, or know someone who might be a good fit, please email and view the posting for the position.

  • Job: Executive Director of Michigan Wellness Council

    Date Created: 3/31/19

    Job Description – Michigan Wellness Council Executive Director (see letter from current Executive Director)

    Part-time (20 Hours)


    To effectively assist in the coordination and execution of Michigan Wellness Council programs and sustainability of the statewide non-profit.

    Essential Job Functions:  

    • Responsible for the day to day administrative functions of Michigan Wellness Council including communications, marketing, data analysis, member support, and event coordination and promotion
    • Collaborate as needed with third-parties (i.e. membership management organization, administrative support resource, etc.) to implement strategic initiatives
    • Maintain knowledge of and advocate for wellness best practices
    • Develop strategies to increase meeting attendance, secure sponsors and develop relationships with key stakeholders
    • Develop and deploy Michigan Wellness Council promotional materials, tools and resources
    • Manage MWC website and social media strategy
    • Provide guidance and support to MWC Board of Directors for content of presentations, program offerings, and community events
    • Organize board priorities, maintain strategic plan and communications to ensure task completion
    • Assist with bi-monthly meetings, program presentations, and webinars
    • Assist with the preparation of grant funding requests


    Bachelor’s degree or higher required. Degree in health education, nutrition, exercise science, health promotion, public health or related field preferred. Two-plus years of experience within health promotion industry preferred.

    Preferred Skills:

    • Background and skill set in health promotion, with knowledge and experience in health risk assessments, behavior change and self-care programs, incentive programs, and corporate wellness strategies
    • Knowledge of industry best-practices, evidenced-based wellness models, and the ability to match resources with member needs
    • Strong organizational ability and written and oral communication skills are essential
    • Ability to work well within a fast-paced multi-disciplinary team environment
    • Tech savvy with computer and technical skills and ability to generate and interpret reports
    • Ability to use Excel, Microsoft Word, Power Point, and access with ease
    • Experience planning and conducting training sessions, events, and sizeable projects

    Physical Activities/Working Conditions:

    • Travel within the state of Michigan
    • Work from home with potential for office work in the future as Council evolves/grows
    • Candidate will need to provide computer and phone for work purposes


    To Apply:

    Send resume and cover letter to the attention of the:

    Michigan Wellness Council Hiring Committee  

    via email:

    Position open until filled.


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