The Assistant Director is responsible for the daily management of all fitness programs. This position will work closely with the University Athletic department’s experts to provide collaborative fitness and wellness educational programming. Additionally, the position acts as a liaison for the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center with University and community patrons.
Vanderbilt Athletics Department prepares student-athletes to become leaders and champions in life by placing the highest values on integrity, character, sportsmanship and victory.
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.
Duties, Responsibilities, and Expected Outcomes:
Develop and implement inclusive fitness programming, based on needs of patron populations
Trouble shoot, work with vendors and oversee the maintenance and replacement (purchase) of all fitness area equipment
Engage in the continual education and implementation of industry trends and standards for fitness
Be able to provide fitness and body fat assessments
Plan, implement, manage, and evaluate current programs, events, clinics, etc.
Assist in the establishment of safety policies and procedures in accordance with department and industry risk management plans
Manage all aspects of the group fitness and personal training programs
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the group fitness instructors and personal training staff
Support the development and implementation of inclusive wellness education programming, based on needs of patron populations
Engage in the continual education and implementation of industry trends and standards for wellness
Assist with planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating current programs, events, clinics, food educational programing, etc.
Provide support and oversee all functions of the massage therapy program
Oversee one full-time employee and conduct yearly evaluations
Advise on staffing needs for assigned areas (i.e. personal training and group fitness)
Assist with yearly budget preparation for direct areas
Monitor expenditures in accordance with the approved budget
Initiate strategic partnerships with campus and community partners to design educational outreach programs that will positively impact the campus experience
Provide data and maintain detailed records on programs, including records with confidential data
Assist in the production of communications, publications, and outreach material using multiple technologies and social media
Enforce University policies and compliance standards
Other duties as assigned
Hours: This position is exempt and is expected to work Monday through Friday. Weekends, evenings, and on call status required.
Master’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Sports Management, Physical Education, or related is preferred
Minimum of two years’ experience working in a supervisory role
Experience working with and maintaining fitness equipment
Must be able to communicate effectively and relate to patrons
Ability to lift 40 lbs.
Must be flexible and able to adapt easily to changes that occur on short notice
Acceptance of Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and makes improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.
Adaptability – Reads cues and adapt accordingly. Adjusts style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others. Can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts.
Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, and finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions.
Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.
Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
Maturity -- Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct.
Optimism– Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn’t bring their own personal “little black clouds” into the work environment.
Is Nice – Asks caring, interested questions and is a good listener. Smiles and is grateful. Sends appropriate notes of thanks to others who have helped. Avoids gossip or saying negative things about co-workers. Patient and generous. Makes suggestions rather than stating hard and fast opinions. Avoids being negative, sarcastic, and cynical.
Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes. If things aren’t going well, outcomes suffer. Is willing to have crucial conversations if things aren’t going well. Doesn’t just complain to management…does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first.
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; makes them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits.
Raises the Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better.
Eager – Enthusiastic, wanting to learn, wanting to continue one’s personal and professional development and expertise.
Is clear with the deliverables and outcomes needed, but allows members of the work unit to tackle the problems in the way they see fit, without micromanaging every process. Understands that the destination – rather than the exact route – is what’s important.
Welcomes inquiry and recognizes mistakes as learning opportunities.
Cares about their employees as people, not just as “resources.”
Champions the work unit’s cause, and makes compelling business cases for its needs.
Job requires Bachelors and 2 Years of experience or the equivalent.