The University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center in Orlando, FL seeks a dynamic individual for our team to fill the Graduate Assistant for Fitness Position.
Graduate Assistants serve as para-professionals in a thriving student development environment in support of the Recreation and Wellness Center's core goals and values. Positions are for Fall 2020 with an expectation of a 2 year tenure through Spring 2022.
The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Fitness reports to the Assistant Director of Fitness at the Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC).
The Graduate Assistant serves as part of a Fitness Leadership team that includes the Assistant Director, Fitness Coordinator, two Graduate Assistants and four undergraduate student leads. The GA will assist in the supervision of a team with over 100 student employees.
The GA is responsible for implementing policies and procedures, which contribute to the development of a safe, professionally managed, and well organized fitness program. The GA will be responsible for assisting professional staff in the management of a variety of fitness programs including group fitness, personal training and fitness special events. In addition, the GA will contribute to supervising fitness facility staff as well as carrying out risk management initiatives for the fitness. The GA will assist in all areas of the RWC fitness program with the goal of developing into a more well-rounded, multi-faceted fitness professional that is prepared for a full-time career in campus recreation. The GA will have direct oversight of programs and student staff in areas of focus, development, experience and expertise. A focus on positive customer service and student development is expected in all aspects of the program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintain daily office hours and scheduled supervision hours
Work scheduled shifts in areas of fitness expertise, certification and specialization
Interview/audition, hire, train, schedule and evaluate fitness student staff members
Directly supervise undergraduate fitness leads and provide direction for program operations
Develop and lead trainings for group fitness instructors and/or personal trainers
Manage fitness program promotion, registration and scheduling of activities, sessions and events
Assist in teaching and facilitating in-house fitness courses
Plan, develop and conduct student staff monthly meetings
Update and review necessary manuals ensuring policies and procedures are accurate and assist in all risk management procedures
Provide ongoing evaluation, feedback, and assessment of the fitness programs including formal staff evaluations and event reports
Assist with the purchase, planning and tracking of fitness equipment and facility maintenance.
Attend fitness events and provide a positive role model for staff and participants
Work as a contributing member of the fitness program staff towards the accomplishment of program and departmental objectives.
Serve as an information resource regarding all aspects of the fitness facility and program
Serve as an instructor of RWC offered CPR/AED and FA courses.
Serve on RWC committees and participate in GA development program
Compensation and Tuition Support:
Stipend: $15,000 for the first academic year ($11,500 for fall and spring and $3,500 for summer). Employment expected during the summer between academic years of assistantship with the second year stipend including just the fall and spring.
Period of Employment: August 14 - May 13 (36 weeks) for fall and spring. Includes 2 paid weeks off during winter and 1 week off in spring. First year summer employment is an additional 12 weeks.
Tuition support: Waiver of 100% tuition (in-state and out-of-state) for all semesters of full enrollment. Student is responsible for additional fees not covered by tuition (i.e. Health Fee, Technology Fee, Athletic Fee, Activity and Service Fee, etc.)
Full health insurance plan
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and list of references. Applications must include GRE score and current undergraduate GPA or will be considered incomplete.
All GA Candidates must successfully pass a criminal background screening and disclose information in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Applicants should submit all materials by December 17th.
Candidates should apply for the position via e-mail to Gary Cahen at email@example.com
Please do not apply through bluefishjobs.com as those applications will not be considered
The Fall 2020 Application Deadline is January 15th.
Candidates must apply to the academic program by the January 15th application deadline. Candidates do not have to apply at the time the RWC GA application closes, however interviews will take place remotely via Skype the first week of January in 2020. Candidates will not be offered a position unless they have completed their application to the academic program, so we encourage candidates to apply to the Masters program in advance of interviews and well in advance of the deadlines.
Offers of employment are conditional upon acceptance into a full-time graduate program at the University of Central Florida. Please note that UCF requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and a GRE score that converts to 1000 on the ETS concordance scale.
Preferred Work Experience and Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate area of specialization
Current fitness certification in Group Fitness and/or Personal Training from a nationally recognized certifying body
American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Awareness of, and appreciation for, individual uniqueness and diversity.
Supervisory experience with students, staff and / or participants.
Must obtain CPR/AED/ First Aid instructor certification through department in first semester
Must obtain Florida Driver’s License within 3 months of employment
About University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida, located approximately 15 miles east of downtown Orlando, is one of the most dynamic and diverse universities in the country. UCF was recently named as U.S. News and World Report’s 15 most innovative schools in the country among the likes of Harvard, MIT and Stanford. UCF’s 1,415-acre main campus provides modern facilities and natural resources, with 600 acres of lakes, woods and an arboretum. UCF has 12 colleges, including the newly established College of Medicine. More than 63,000 students attend classes on UCF's main campus and its 10 regional campuses located throughout Central Florida. The 10,000-seat UCF Arena and a 45,000-seat on-campus football stadium were opened in Fall 2007 and host UCF’s thriving athletic teams, which compete in the American Athletic Conference. UCF offers a host of campus life options, and housing includes on-campus residence halls and affiliated apartments for more than 10,000 students.
The 149,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center, which opened in 2002 and was recently expanded in 2011 comes complete with a three-story climbing tower, an indoor track, six multipurpose courts, two pools and a wide varie...ty of fitness equipment and classes. The 8,700-square-foot RWC @ Knights Plaza satellite facility opened in January 2013 and features strength, cardio and mind-body areas to serve the fitness program. The UCF Recreation and Wellness Center staff has core values - Safe, Clean, Dependable, Quality and Fun - in support of its mission to foster healthy lifestyle choices and wellness through efficient services, comprehensive programs, and high quality facilities.