It is our mission to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska.
The Assistant Director for Wellness is responsible for programming the Student Recreation Center (SRC) and creating an environment that allows the students and patrons to have success in reaching their fitness and wellness goals. The Assistant Director for Wellness will be the SRC and Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness' (DRAW) representative across campus, promoting the programs and services.
Employ an entrepreneurial approach to operating that seeks and takes advantage of revenue generating opportunities to raise funds for use to improve campus recreation and fitness programs and facilities. Oversee and manage fiscal responsibilities associated with this program.
Programming: Wellness and Fitness
Develop, administer and conduct programs that educate, promote and facilitate fitness for students. Increase student awareness of the importance of life long fitness and to provide strategies and activities designed to assist them to become and stay fit. Conduct group fitness sessions and equipment training sessions. Conduct fitness assessments and provide guidance and advice on fitness programs. Lead collaborative efforts with the Student Health and Counseling Center, Student Activities Office, and Residence Life to educate, promote and facilitate wellness programs for students. Provide educational opportunities to students on wellness issues and the importance of making informed decisions concerning nutrition, substance use/abuse and other risky behaviors. Conduct a risk assessment for all activities and programs to ensure all are conducted in a safe manner. Ensure safety is always the first and foremost consideration in all activities. Maintain and grow the personal training program, placing emphasis on student trainer development and a strong business model.
Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff for health promotion and fitness programs. Train, hire, and evaluate student staff; which includes group fitness instructors, referees, personal trainers, student supervisors, and camp counselors. Lead in-house certification for student personal trainers. Supervise the SRC Facility Manager position. Work together to trouble shoot equipment issues. Develop an equipment replacement cycle. Work together to prioritize equipment repair and replacement with a close eye on budgets. Second Line supervisor for Intramural Graduate Assistant.
Rec Camps Administer a 10-hours/day recreational camp for youth when school is not in session (summer, spring break, winter break, etc), ages 5-12. Maintaining state licensing and compliance protocols or accreditation through the American Camp Association.
An understanding of general fitness strategies, principles, and practices. An ability to develop and implement fitness programs including resource acquisition and allocation. The ability to instruct and lead groups and provide sound feedback to the participant. Ability to supervise student and professional staff. Experience coordinating Intramural sports in a higher education setting.
Two or more years experience leading other employees in a work environment in the health promotion, fitness, recreation and/or wellness education industry. Experience in developing and managing fitness programs including resource acquisition and allocation. Experience as a certified personal trainer. Experience with youth sports camps or similar childcare activities. Must possess a personal training certification, preferably one of the following: ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America).
Typical Education or Training:
A Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology, Health, Physical Education, or: A Bachelor's degree combined with three years of experience as a personal and/or group trainer / programmer in an academic or public recreation and fitness organization. Master's Degree preferred with 5 years experience in a higher education student services area.
It is the mission of UAF's Department of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska.