Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness
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.
- 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
- 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
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- 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
- Design and implement all fitness and wellness outreach
strategies including social media, website, and special
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Maintain sensitivity to different perspectives and
- Challenge cultural norms to explore change.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Facility and Equipment 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
- Monitor group fitness and personal training trends and
recommend modifications to current programs, equipment, risk
management policies, and operational procedures.
- 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
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
4. Name and contact information of at least three professional
5. Attach Cultural Awareness response (on the online application
“Miscellaneous” document) – Please limit your response to 400
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,
c. Demonstrating how you apply these to the learning/working
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
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
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