Assistant Director/Fitness & Wellness

  • Central Michigan University
  • Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA
  • Mar 19, 2024
Full time Health & Medical Services

Job Description


Assistant Director/Fitness & Wellness

Position Number: S-3274
Type of Recruitment: External

Position Summary:
The Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness develops, directs, and administers services that involve direct interaction with students and enhance their academic and learning experiences outside of the classroom setting. The position provides leadership and oversight for the collegiate recreation fitness program and empowers student staff to develop and foster fitness/wellness programs that promote student learning, development, and success. This position also directs and manages a comprehensive fitness/wellness program, including staff fitness training, group fitness, personal/small group training, fitness assessments/screenings, and fitness outreach that inspires engagement opportunities in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in health fitness, recreation, physical education, sport management or related field.
Two years of experience in the fitness field (graduate assistant experience included).
Certification from a nationally recognized association in group exercise and/or personal training.
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing fitness programs, policies and procedures.
Development of staff training and development experience.
Demonstrated ability to maintain positive interpersonal relations with faculty, staff, work associates and program participants.
Ability to conduct program assessment.
Certified in First Aid and CPR.
Must be able to lift 50lbs.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in health fitness, recreation, physical education, sport management or related field.
Experience supervising fitness staff, programming fitness activities and developing campus wide fitness initiatives.
Certified as a CPR/First Aid Instructor.
Available to work flexible schedule including nights and weekends.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Provides overall leadership and direction for the collegiate recreation fitness program that includes group fitness, personal training, fitness assessments, and fitness special events.
Collaborates with campus partners on University wellness initiatives.
Responsible for overseeing the daily operation of fitness facility spaces; including satellite fitness facilities located in resident halls, recommending fitness equipment purchases, and overall fitness center management.
Develops, coordinates, and executes staff fitness training opportunities for group fitness instructors, personal trainers, fitness staff, program coordinators, and Graduate Assistants with a focus on student development, training, and learning.
Serves as the fitness liaison to campus partners including but not limited to Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, and Residence Life to develop collaborative programs that support student success.
Leads the assessment and evaluation efforts for the fitness program each semester, identifying participation levels, program participant interests, along with learning and development objectives.
Develops recommendations and implements new classes, programs, and activities.
Organizes and leads instructional courses as assigned.
Serves as an evening and weekend facility manager as assigned.
Serves as a substitute for instructors as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised:

Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level:
Pay Range: $38,000 - $48,000 per year
Division: Student Affairs
Department: University Recreation
Position Status: Regular
Position End Date:
Employment Status: Full Time
FTE: 1.0
Position Type: 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / weekends and evenings as needed
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Posting Ends:
Open Until Filled: Yes

About the Department:

About CMU:
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU Leadership Standards:
Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.

Message to Applicants:
Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters.

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Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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