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Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Position Title Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness Position Number 069201 Department University Recreation - 360000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in a related field.
  • At least three (3) years of progressive professional experience in the design, implementation, and administration of fitness programs. A completed two-year Graduate Assistantship will be counted as one year of professional experience.
  • At least two (2) years of supervising staff experience in the area of fitness.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

License/Certification Required
  • Group Fitness Instructor certification through the American College of Sports Medicine ( ACSM ), American Council on Exercise ( ACE ), and/or Aerobics & Fitness Association of America ( AFAA ) AND /ORCertified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine ( ACSM ), National Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM ), National Strength and Conditioning Association ( NSCA ), and/or American Council on Exercise ( ACE ).
  • American Red Cross CPR /FA/ AED Instructor certification or ability to obtain within the first semester of employment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Program Operations
  • Coordinate the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of student staff including one Graduate Assistant, 15-20 Group Exercise Instructors, and 8-12 Personal Trainers, 4 Program Managers, and 25-30 Weight Room Attendants.
  • Develop and implement a plan to intentionally create inclusive opportunities integrating Fitness and Wellness initiatives.
  • Provide programming leadership including general fitness, group exercise, personal training and educational workshops for students, faculty and staff.
  • Provide institutional leadership with our campus collaborators to maintain and further develop the AppState Gold Rated Exercise is Medicine program
  • Develop and maintain an Instructor Training Program to educate new and existing student staff members.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to the Graduate Assistant for Fitness while creating a working environment that fosters growth and student development.
  • Create, manage, and supervise comprehensive and diverse fitness offerings.
  • Design and implement all fitness and wellness outreach strategies including social media, website, and special events.
  • Manage the scheduling for all staff to ensure adequate staff coverage for all programs and facilities including weight rooms, group exercise classes, personal training appointments, on-site fitness workshops, and special events.
  • Review and maintain program equipment for participant satisfaction and safety including periodic maintenance schedules, risk management inspections, equipment rotation, and scheduled replacement
  • Continue professional development by involvement in professional organizations, presenting at workshops and conferences, participating in regular continuing education
  • Assist other staff members with special events and programs as requested by the department

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Hold self, students, and staff members accountable to departmental expectations of creating an inclusive environment at UREC facilities and programs.
  • Promote inclusive ways to advocate for the needs of all students.
  • Maintain sensitivity to different perspectives and identities.
  • Challenge cultural norms to explore change.

Student Development
  • Design, coordinate, and lead training opportunities that focus on the growth and development of student self-awareness, group fitness, leadership, wellness initiatives, and employability skill sets.
  • Actively engage in reflection of personal identity and how it influences work with students and colleagues, which includes professional development opportunities.
  • Teach CPR, AED, and First Aid classes for University Recreation Student Staff and App State community participants.
  • Develop and coordinate staff appreciation initiatives in order to retain student employees and build a sense of belonging within the team.

Fiscal Management
  • Budget, track, and reconcile all expenses related to the Fitness areas on a monthly basis.
  • Create a sustainable financial model by implementing innovative, authentic, and inclusive programming initiatives.
  • Assist in the annual budgeting process for the Fitness program. This includes developing, forecasting, and reporting on revenues and expenses related to Fitness areas. Total budgetary oversight is $152,000.

Risk Management
  • Provide oversight for risk management related to Fitness Programs, Group Exercise, Personal Training, and the Weight Rooms (Quinn Center, Student Recreation Center, Mt. MItchell Fitness Center)
  • Monitor group fitness and personal training trends and recommend modifications to current programs, equipment, risk management policies, and operational procedures.

Facility and Equipment Management
  • Develop and implement effective and fiscally prudent procedures for the issuance, maintenance, and purchase of program equipment for Fitness programs.
  • Monitor and stay updated on Fitness industry national standards for facilities, and program equipment.
  • Manage the Fitness equipment in the Student Recreation Center, Quinn Center, and Mt. Mitchell Fitness Center.
Suggested Salary Range $50,000 Physical Demands of Position
Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction, Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time, Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another, Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling, Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm., Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly., Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.

Duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation. Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must submit all the required documents which should clearly demonstrate how the applicant meets the requirements of the position.

1. Cover letter, which summarizes qualifications and expresses interest in the position.
2. Current resume which includes dates of employment.
3. Answers to supplemental questions (on the online application)
4. Name and contact information of at least three professional references.
5. Attach Cultural Awareness response (on the online application “Miscellaneous” document) – Please limit your response to 400 words
We intentionally strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively promote an inclusive and diverse program for all Appalachian State University students. Our effort is to create an environment that recognizes, respects and celebrates differences. Please respond to this statement by:
a. Expressing your cultural self-awareness,
b. Describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, and
c. Demonstrating how you apply these to the learning/working environment.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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