Job Opening

Bulletin Number: MSV-HED140701

POSITION Clinical Exercise Specialist
DIVISION Medical Service Division/ Valley Native Primary Care Center
CLOSE DATE Open Until Filled


Develops and implements individual exercise prescriptions for customer-owners and supervise exercise classes and programs. Monitor, interpret and document vital signs and physiological responses to exercise, specifically during exercise testing.


Customer Care & Relationships:

  1. Creates, develops, and nurtures culturally appropriate interactions and connections with each other, customer-owners, and the community.
  2. Reviews all relevant laboratory data and medical history for each customer-owner.

·         Assures that all customer-owners assigned to a physical exercise component have been fully evaluated by a physician before beginning an exercise program.

·         Works closely with primary care provider and case manager on evaluation, monitoring and follow-up of customer-owners. 

·         Performs exercise testing as required on an individual basis. 

  1. Provides counseling and education that is customer-owner-directed, customer-owner-focused, and specifically relevant to the expressed needs of the customer-owner.  Educational formats will be culturally relevant and will incorporate the traditional values of the customer-owner.

·         Prepares care plans for each customer-owner with short-term and long-term goals that are mutually developed and agreed upon.

·         Monitors and documents progress toward goals in a standardized format to evaluate customer-owner’s ability to perform specific exercises.

  1. Ability to provide individual, group or family counseling, guidance and health instruction to effectively assist customer-owners in understanding methods of disease prevention and health maintenance through exercise.
  2. Knowledge of the cultural, social, and economic characteristics of Native community.
  3. Knowledge of the resources and services available to customer-owners in Anchorage and/or in the customer-owner’s community of origin.

Communications & Teamwork:

  1. Shares and receives information, opinions, concerns, and feedback in a supportive manner.
  2. Works collaboratively by building bridges, and creating rapport with team members within departments and across the organization.
  3. Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

Improvement & Innovation:

  1. Makes meaningful improvement to services, program, and processes and/or organizational effectiveness that creates new value for customer-owners and employees.

Workforce Development Skills & Abilities:

  1. Seeks out additional learning opportunities to continue to develop the technical and professional skills needed now and in the future.
  2. Takes responsibility for all work activities and personal actions by following through on commitments.
  3. Acts as a resource person and provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of program protocols.

·         Compiles statistics and monthly reports on the progress of customer-owners who have received exercise services.

·         Provides evaluation and data on procedures, results and outcomes.

·         Assists in the ongoing development and assessment of program protocols and guidelines.

  1. Ability to collect, interpret, and evaluate clinical data to determine customer-owner’s clinical health status and health needs. 
  2. Must have knowledge of general anatomy and physiology, cardiopulmonary system structures and functions.
  3. Demonstrated skill in exercise testing, prescription and customer-owner counseling is required.
  4. Knowledge of all components of exercise and methods of achieving acceptable levels of fitness in each area.
  5. Skill and experience conducting group education programs and group exercise sessions.
  6. Proficiency in the use of appropriate computer based software related to exercise and activity programs. 
  7. Must be physically able to conduct exercise classes and demonstrate the exercises to customer-owners and their families. Excellent hearing, voice skills, manual dexterity, and vision are required.
  8. Knowledge of 1974 Privacy Act is required as use of customer-owner records is an integral part of the position and privacy of individuals must be protected to the fullest.
  9. Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.



SCF programs are established for the purpose of serving a primary population comprised of Alaska Natives who are affiliated with the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), and Alaska Natives and American Indians within SCF’s geographical service area.  Employees should have a thorough understanding of the cultures and the needs of the CIRI members, and of the general culture and needs of Alaska Natives and American Indians.  Such knowledge is critical in order to ensure the achievement of the mission and vision of SCF: working together with the Native community to provide the best services with Native staff who value the family and family wellness as the heart of the Native community.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology or related field (e.g. Kinesiology). 
  2. Two (2) years experience in a health care setting wellness program with experience in preventive health, rehabilitation, and adult education.
  3. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required. 

Working Environment:

·         Employee may be exposed to: wet or humid non-weather (under 1/3 time); work near moving mechanical parts (under 1/3 time); exposure to bloodborne pathogens (under 1/3 time); outdoor weather conditions (under 1/3 time).

  • Noise level: Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers and printers, light traffic).

 Physical Demands:

·         Position requires: stand (over 2/3 time); walk (over 2/3 time); use hands to finger, handle or feel (over 2/3 time); reach with hands and arms (over 2/3 time); climb or balance (under 1/3 time); stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl (under 1/3 time); talk or hear (over 2/3 time).

·         Weight lifted or force exerted: Up to 10 pounds (over 2/3 time), Up to 25 pounds (over 2/3 time), Up to 50 pounds (under 1/3 time).

·         Special vision requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance Vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral Vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point). Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships). Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

·         Additional physical demands: employee may be required to work holidays, evenings, weekends, and nights; employee must be able to respond when needed by prompt appearance at a required location.

Age and Customer-Owner Population(s) Served:

Age of Customer-Owner Population Served


·         Pediatric (1-12 yrs)

·         Adolescent (13-17 yrs)

·         Adult (18-64 yrs)

·         Geriatric (65 yrs & older)

All populations

Please complete an online application by clicking the 'Apply' button at the top/bottom of this page. For more information contact SCF Human Resources by Email or (907) 729-4977 or Toll free at 1-800-478-3343

Preference will not be given unless certification is submitted to Human Resources (a copy is acceptable).