University Recreation at Western Michigan University is now accepting applications for graduate assistants who want to join an exciting and active department. We are looking for candidates who want to learn and further develop their skills with some of the past, present and future leaders in the profession. Candidates must possess strong skills in the desired areas and apply those skills in a setting that is flexible and constantly looking for new and innovative ideas. Position openings are available in the following areas for the 2017-18 academic year (and renewable for the 2018-19 academic year):
Intramural Sports (1 position) The Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Intramural Sports program for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other Student Recreation Center members. Some additional duties of the GA for Intramural Sports include, but are not limited to:
Schedule, supervise and rule reviews of assigned leagues and tournaments
Assist with administration of climbing wall, open recreation and special event programs
Train and evaluate sports officials, site managers and office assistants
Create end of sport and end of year summaries for programs
Fitness and Employee Wellness (1 position) The Graduate Assistant for Fitness is responsible for the supervision, administration, planning, promoting and expansion of the Group Fitness, Personal Training and Employee Wellness programs. Some additional duties of the GA for Fitness include, but are not limited to:
Develop, promote and facilitate SRC specialty programs and events such as Aerobics Instructor Training, Poker Walk, Learn to Lift, Strength Training 101, Turkeys in Training, New Year New You and wellness workshops
Manage the SRC Personal Training program, train and evaluate personal training staff, manage client waitlist, facilitate specialty programs and conduct patron fitness assessments
Management of the SRC group fitness program and instructors including creating fitness schedules, training and evaluating instructors, providing instructor development opportunities and promoting the benefits of group fitness to the WMU community
Undergraduate degree in health, physical education, recreation or related field
Admission to a graduate program at Western Michigan University and maintenance of good academic standing
Demonstrated experience in a campus recreation setting
Excellent verbal/written communication and computer skills
Professionalism and a willingness to work hard and learn
Other certifications are desirable depending on position applied for
All graduate assistants are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and register for a minimum of six credit hours. In addition to area specific responsibilities, all graduate assistants will be responsible, but not limited to the following:
Represent and market University Recreation in a professional manner at University functions and through professional presentations and reports
Develop facility and risk management skills through weekend on-call shifts, facility rentals and rotational facility manager shifts during first semester employed by department
Develop new programming ideas along with budgets associated with events -
Manage staff through recruitment, hiring, bi-weekly payrolls, recognition events and evaluations
Attend all scheduled staff and weekly performance management meetings with supervisor
Work with various, diverse student groups across campus
Serve on special event committees (departmental and campus-wide)
Assist in long-range planning for the department’s programs and facilities
All interested applicants should download an application packet from our website (www.wmich.edu/rec/about/employment/assistantships) and submit it to:
Darin Leigh, Associate Director of Programs and Facilities University Recreation Western Michigan University 1903 W. Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5447
Preference will be given to applications received by February 9, 2017.No applications submitted on bluefishjobs.com will be reviewed. For more information, please contact Darin Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269)387-3772.
Additional Salary Information: A stipend of $12,134 per academic year plus tuition credit for nine graduate credit hours per semester (with out-of-state fee remission for the academic year), free parking pass, 10% discount at bookstore and option for summer employment. Stipend information based on 2016-17 and subject to change.
Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, WMU is Michigan's fourth largest higher education institution, attracting a diverse and culturally rich student body from across the United States and some 80 other countries.
The Student Recreation Center, home to University Recreation and Human Performan...ce and Health Education (HPHE) departments, is 240,000 square feet of recreation space. It opened as a remodel and addition in 1994. The facility is open nearly 100 hours per week with program offerings in intramural sports, fitness, personal training and open recreation.