Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Recreation Programs, the Coordinator is responsible for the management, planning, and supervision of all group fitness classes, personal training and wellness programs provided by Campus Recreation for the students and other members of the University community. The position requires a comprehensive knowledge of the physiological and psychological principles of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and skills in public relations, organizational management, leadership and evaluation. The Fitness Program is a critical subdivision of the total Campus Recreation department and as such, the Fitness Programs Coordinator will be expected to establish quality instructional and activity programs in strength training, cardiovascular training, group exercise, and personal training. Responsibilities also include the promotion and marketing of fitness/wellness programs and services. The Coordinator will also oversee Wellness Center operations including fitness assessments and consultations and work cooperatively with all programs offered by Campus Recreation. The responsibilities of the position require direct contact with other academic and service units of the University.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Recreational Programs, manage the operations of the Department's group fitness, personal training, and small group training programs and Wellness Center operations in a manner that provides high energy, innovation and generates strong student participation.
Supervise, evaluate, and manage employees, mainly group fitness instructors, personal trainers and fitness assessment providers. Distribute and establish employee work schedules and fitness programming schedules fairly and in a manner that meets departmental needs.
Remain up-to-date with emerging trends in the areas of fitness and recreation. Evaluate and make recommendations to implement new programs and activities, along with suspension of program offerings. Assist, as needed, with oversight of fitness facilities to ensure a safe environment for patrons.
Collaborate with various service providers, campus partners and student organizations on health and wellness initiatives.
Provide professional leadership and development for student employees, (approximately 25) in matters of personal/professional growth. Provide insight and feedback on operations, activities and fiscal management for all the Department's fitness and instructional staff. The range of employees consists of undergraduate students, graduate assistants, adjunct staff, and clerical staff.
Understand basic budgeting principles and assist with policy, purchasing, and maintenance decisions for the program. Manage purchasing transactions relative to the functions and activities supervised. Ensure the safe and legal operation of programs and facilities by following appropriate risk management procedures.
Prepare and be responsible for daily reports, ongoing participation statistics and annual goals. Use analysis of data to make recommendations regarding program content and offerings.
Work with nationally recognized fitness organizations (e.g. American Council on Exercise, Zumba, YogaFit, American College of Sports Medicine) to provide regional workshop certifications and continuing education. Run prep course classes for group fitness and personal training to build strong student instructor/trainer base.
Work cooperatively within the Campus Recreation department that is consist with the goals of the Department, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Mission of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Knowledge and Skills
The Coordinator functions under limited supervision, requiring a knowledge of department policies and procedures. The Coordinator must have expertise in fitness program planning, fitness assessments, and student training and development. A knowledge of exercise science and the skills necessary to operate a safe and rewarding program is essential. Must work effectively with all constituencies. A full understanding of the Student Affairs philosophy is beneficial. The person must understand basic budget preparation, financial management, and planning. The Coordinator must possess strong oral and written communication skills, and management/supervisor skills. A Master's Degree in Exercise Science, Recreation, Sports Management, Physical Education, or closely related field is preferred. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist certification is preferred. Other acceptable certifications include Personal Training or Group Fitness Instructor certification by American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA), or other nationally recognized organization. Familiarity with utilizing MicroFit software for fitness assessment is preferred. One year of experience managing fitness and group exercise programs.
Leadership: The Coordinator is responsible for providing guidance, and mentoring to student employees in the fitness program. The Coordinator guides the programs and services supervised in a manner that meets departmental, as well as, patron needs. Decisions made by the Coordinator can have an impact on fitness programs hosted on a campus-wide basis. In general, programs and services supervised by the Coordinator can have an impact on students, employees, alumni members, their families and guests. The Coordinator, under limited guidance from the Assistant Director, is expected to exercise independent judgement in order to correct immediate problems and maintain safety. Plans and decisions of the Coordinator, can be incorporated into the long-term planning process of the entire department. The Coordinator is expected to follow general budget guidelines established by the Director/Assistant Director but is able make independent decisions regarding equipment and commodity replacement needs.
Direct work of one Office Support Specialist
Direct work of two Graduate Assistants
Hire/terminate/evaluate and direct work of 5 part-time staff
Hire/terminate/evaluate and direct work of 20 student staff
Anticipated Work Schedule
Monday - Friday 9:00AM-5:30PM
A bachelor's degree in Recreation, Sports Management, Physical Education, Student Services, or a closely related field, is required, Master’s preferred.*
Two years of experience in the promotion, design, development and administration of fitness programs.
Current certification/licensure, from a nationally recognized professional organization, requiring continuing education and/or ongoing documentation of proficiency in specialty area required of position such as certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), or similar license/certification.
*Please Note: An advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, Exercise Science, or closely related field may substitute in meeting the qualifications in number 1 and count for one year of experience in number 2 above.
This position is a current civil service vacancy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Applicants must submit a Civil Service application (required), a detailed resume, and unofficial transcripts through HireTouch (SIUE specific hiring resource). Your resume should reflect all relevant skills and experience (with accurate timelines) related to the minimum qualifications listed for this position. If qualifying by education, you must submit your transcript at the time of application. Applicants qualifying for Veteran’s preference must submit a copy of form DD214 at the time of application. Any other licenses or certifications related to the position should also be submitted at the time of application.
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The SIUE Campus Recreation Department has a history of strong student engagement and consistently striving to be attentive and responsive to student interests with an emphasis on student satisfaction and statistical benchmarking. At the time of this posting, SIUE Campus Recreation is expanding its outdoor offerings to include the addition to three artificial turf fields with lights. SIUE is also excited that it will be hosting the Fall 2019 NIRSA IIRSA State Workshop. This is sure to be an exciting time to be a part of the SIUE team.
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