Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Student Wellness
Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Student Wellness
Main Campus - Boston, MA
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The Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Student Wellness is a new position at Simmons University with a priority focus on enhancing wellbeing for graduate and undergraduate students. This position is responsible for managing the daily operation of the William J. Holmes Sports & Fitness Center and coordinating upstream and midstream wellness education and programming in collaboration with academic partners, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Athletics and others. The Associate Director will report to the Director of Athletics and Recreation with a dotted reporting line to the Vice President for Student Affairs and will work in close collaboration the Student Experience units. The Associate Director will chair the campuswide student wellbeing committee and will be responsible for working with residential life and orientation colleagues to enhance wellness programming for undergraduate students. The Associate Director will also work closely with academic departments to identify opportunities to provide wellness programming for graduate and online students.
Simmons University is moving toward an integrated wellness model. The Associate Director will be an integral part of the wellness leadership team which consists of colleagues from the Health Center and the Counseling Center, violence prevention and student engagement and leadership. The priority goal of this team is to consider health and wellbeing holistically and identify on-going, sustainable programming and initiatives that enhance student wellbeing. The Associate Director will also play a critical role in identifying programming and logistics needed for the new campus recreation facility opening in 2025 as part of the new state-of-the-art Living Learning Center. Work on this will include considering opportunities to promote wellness services to faculty, staff and students and partnering with the campus nutritionist, Aramark and others.
Wellness Education and Programming responsibilities (40%):
- Hire and train student staff and coordinate wellbeing
- Collaborate with the Colleges of the Fenway partners on
wellness programming and intramurals;
- Attend student affairs staff meetings;
- Chair the Simmons student wellbeing committee;
- Coordinate wellness programming and collaborate with Residence
Life and Orientation to provide upstream and midstream
- Serve as an active member of the wellness leadership
- Coordinate, in collaboration with academic partners, wellness
programming for graduate and online students;
- Serve as an active member for the Student Affairs division
engaging as a partner with all units across the
- Coordinate with the campus nutritionist, Aramark and local
community partners (e.g., urban farming institute) to develop new
and innovative programming on healthy eating and education on
eating disorders and other food-related;
- Coordinate with the multicultural center and spiritual life on
wellness initiatives specifically designed to support BIPOC, LGBTQ
and religiously identified students;
- Oversee departmental budgets including both operations,
programming and grant funds;
- Coordinate the Fit@Simmons
program and coordinate annual reporting for donors.
Sports Center Management and Athletics (60%)
- Provide leadership for the coordination of the day to day
operations of the William J. Holmes Sports & Fitness Center
including working closely with facilities and other university
constituents to ensure quality services and up to date equipment
- Attend Athletics staff meetings;
- Hire, train, manage supervise the Front Desk staff;
- Assist with budget oversight for the center;
- Coordinate with Sports Medicine for emergency protocols in the
- Coordinate with athletics on practice and training
- Provide strategic oversight for the William J. Holmes Sports
& Fitness Center including identifying goals and metrics and
reporting annually on outcomes and successes in addition to
identifying areas for growth.
- Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, public health, health
education/promotion, wellness or a related field. Master's degree
- 1-3 years of experience working with campus recreation,
wellness and/or health education services;
- Ability to provide leadership for health and wellness
initiatives at the campus and local levels;
- Commitment to and experience working with diverse populations
of students, faculty, staff and alumni;
- Strong oral and written communication;
- Proven experience in designing and implementing innovative and
holistic wellness programming;
- Experience with supervision and training;
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse
- Demonstrated success working with a variety of stakeholders
including community partners;
- Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and to
appropriate delegate tasks and leverage student internship,
employment and volunteer opportunities.
Required Application Materials:
- Cover Letter
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
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