Located minutes from downtown shopping, scenic beaches and rich cultural centers, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. The Department of Wellness and Recreation at the University of Miami aims to foster a lifestyle of responsible choices in almost 1 million students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the University and local communities each year. The Department operates the 140,000-square-foot Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, which is a highlight of the University’s Coral Gables campus offering a variety of programs and services including intramurals, club sports, group fitness classes, health and fitness assessments, personal training and wellness programming. The Department of Wellness and Recreation is seeking a graduate assistant for intramurals and club sports for the 2017-2018 academic year. This student has the opportunity to gain work-related experience in various areas of campus recreation including intramural sports, club sports, and a recreational summer camp. Skills Learned:
Become acquainted with many procedures, policies, and philosophies associated with wellness and recreational sports administration
Gain experience in business processes and event management within recreational sports while developing leadership and supervisory skills
Become familiar with working in a professional campus recreation and wellness department that employs 20 full-time professional staff and more than 350 part-time student employees
Gain a thorough knowledge of Herbert Wellness Center’s operations, policies and standard operating procedures
Develop a general understanding of emergency procedures and risk management
Obtain the necessary certifications such as First Aid, CPR/AED, and blood-borne pathogen
Gain experience working in a wellness and recreation center with knowledge of all functional areas
Develop a general understanding of program assessment and information-based decision making
Knowledge of various job descriptions, resource books and student employee handbook
Develop interpersonal and communication skills
Be a role model to student staff in conflict resolution, problem solving, and interpersonal and communication skills
Promote and enforce all intramural rules, policies and procedures
Work closely with the Intramural student supervisors, who are in charge of officials, scheduling games and payroll
Officiate sports and activities during nights and weekends
Attend and assist in coordinating weekly intramural supervisor’s staff meetings and sport official training sessions
Promote and plan large events (SportsFest) and activities
Collect and analyze survey data to evaluate the effectiveness of events and activities
Process nightly accident, incident, payroll and protest reports
Possess a thorough knowledge of various intramural sports programs and governing rules
Be responsible for rule interpretation and enhanced sport officiating skills for team and individual sports
Gain thorough knowledge of clubs, their administration and applicable policies
Work closely with club presidents to take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges
Assist in maintaining all club sport websites and permanent records
Assist club sports in developing individual budgets and expenditures
Tabulate and analyze data from surveys
Assist in late night programming
Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp
Involved in the recruitment, hiring and training of counselors
Assist with drop off and pick up each day of camp
Assist with camp programming and special events
Coordinate facility operations and schedules
Substitute as a counselor when necessary
Assist with promoting departmental events by attending campus fairs and tabling
Collect data for assessments and tracking
Cash management, filing and organizing
Learn credit card sales procedures and evening closeout procedures
Answer telephone inquiries, copy, fax, and file documents
Other duties as assigned
Promote and enforce all Wellness Center policies and procedures
Tabulate, edit and manipulate daily usage data reports
Perform special projects as assigned related to department
Expected to work 20-25 hours per week for each semester
Attend weekly Intramural Supervisor’s meeting, Club Sports monthly meetings, and financial workshops for clubs
Attend the weekly DWR staff meetings and one DWR Advisory Board meeting
Treat his/her schedule at the University of Miami as if it were a job
If, at any time, a graduate assistant cannot make a scheduled time or needs time off for personal reasons, he/she are required to notify his/her direct supervisor(s).
Interest in pursuing recreational sports as a career
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Past experience working in recreational sports preferred
Computer knowledge in the basic Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Accepted into the University of Miami Sport Administration Graduate Program
The following materials must be submitted to be considered for admission:
Accepted and verified with intent to enroll by May 1st into graduate school at the University of Miami.
A complete application form.
An application fee of $65.
A statement of goals.
An official transcript from each post-secondary institution (colleges and universities) attended
Three letters of recommendation including one written by a supervisor.
An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Requisite Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and GRE of 297 or higher.
A current resume.
We will be conducting interviews at NIRSA in DC. Primary consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted their application into graduate school before the conference.
Additional Salary Information:
A stipend of $12,000 is paid to the graduate student in amount of $1,000 each month. School of Education & Human Development covers half the stipend ($500) & the Wellness Center covers the other half ($500/month).
Tuition assistance is given in the amount of $15,000, which is applied $5,000 for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Tuition is approximately $50,000 for one 12 month year and each student is responsible for the remaining balance.
A private research university with more than 16,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the United States for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teac...hing, research, and service.
Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to celebrate an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world. Through a competitive total rewards package and opportunities for growth, we are an organization that does not only accept differences, we value them.
Located minutes from downtown shopping, scenic beaches and rich cultural centers, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.