The Department of Recreation & Wellness at UNC Greensboro, which is housed within the Division of Student Affairs, is seeking candidates for the Graduate Assistant for Fitness for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Each Graduate Assistant position is a part-time, 9-month appointment from August 2020 to May 2021; specific dates to be determined upon hire. Each assistantship is renewable for a second year appointment, upon a successful performance review, and may also include summer employment opportunities. Graduate Assistants are expected to work an average of 20 hours per week.
The Department of Recreation and Wellness fosters comprehensive wellness by engaging students and the UNCG community in experiential and educational opportunities. We promote lifelong success through meaningful and inclusive programs and resources. We believe a balance of social, mental and physical wellness creates a foundation for successful, healthy individuals. Housed within the Division of Student Affairs, the RecWell team is comprised of more than 30 professional staff and graduate assistants, and over 200 student employees. We offer a variety of programs, services and experiences across our 10 program areas: Aquatics, Competitive Sports, Facilities, Fitness, Marketing, Membership, Outdoor Adventures, Special Events, Team QUEST, and Wellness. In August 2016, the department moved into the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, a new 216,000 sq. ft award-winning, LEED Gold Certified facility.
The Graduate Assistant for Fitness serves as part of the Fitness Leadership Team that includes the Assistant Director, two Fitness Coordinators and three undergraduate Program Assistants. The GA is responsible for implementing programs, policies, and managing daily operations that contribute to the development of a safe, professionally managed, and well-organized fitness program. The GA will assist in all areas of the fitness program with the goal of developing into a well-rounded, multi-faceted fitness professional that is prepared for a full-time career.
Over the expected two-year tenure, the GA will contribute to supervising fitness facility staff (Fitness Assistants) and assist in program development in area(s) of interests/specialties (Group Exercise, Personal Training, Small Group Training).
Year one will focus on the daily operation of over 26,000 sq. ft. of fitness space, five group exercise studios, an Olympic lifting studio and outdoor rooftop studio. The GA will assist in directly supervising 25-30 student staff, while implementing best practices and expanding program offerings. The GA will serve as a personal trainer or group exercise instructor in preparation for year two.
Following a successful first year and departmental needs, responsibilities will expand into a leadership role within the Personal Training or Group Exercise program areas.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to the overall leadership of a multi-faceted fitness program that includes 26,000 sq. ft. of weight and cardio space, five group exercise studios, and dynamic group exercise and personal training programs.
Work as a contributing member of the fitness program staff to accomplish program and departmental objectives.
Assist in direct supervision of facility weight room staff (Fitness Assistants) and provide direction for area operations.
Recruit, hire, train and evaluate student employees.
Lead monthly staff meetings while providing developmental opportunities for students.
Update and review necessary manuals ensuring policies and procedures are accurate and assist in all risk management procedures.
Assist with the purchase, planning and tracking of fitness equipment and fitness area facility maintenance.
Attend fitness events and provide a positive role model for staff and participants.
Serve as a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise instructor (Year One).
Provide leadership in the Personal Training or Group Exercise Program (Year Two).
Develop, design and execute one spring fitness event each year.
Collaborate with internal recreation programs on joint initiatives including Wellness programming and events.
Collaborate with external academic departments including but not limited to Kinesiology, Housing and Residence Life, HealthyUNCG, Athletics and Campus Activities.
Maintain daily office hours and scheduled supervision hours.
Work scheduled hours based on program needs that include some nights and weekends.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution.
Accepted to a graduate degree program at UNCG.
Current American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED certifications or the ability to attain in three months of hire.
One nationally recognized fitness certification or the ability to attain in the first semester of Graduate Assistantship.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with diverse groups.
Successful completion of criminal and driving background check.
In-state tuition scholarship and a stipend of $10,000 for 9-month appointment (20hrs/week).
Additional compensation for personal training and/or teaching group exercise (max 5hrs/week).
Funding for certifications and professional development opportunities.
Summer employment opportunities available.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to Kyle Anderson, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review will begin January 2, 2020 and will be ongoing until the position has been filled.
The Graduate School
Recreation & Wellness Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to pursue any UNCG master’s program to which they are accepted. Common areas of interest, among others, have included Community & Therapeutic Recreation, Public Health Education, Student Affairs Administration, and Kinesiology. For more information about available programs, admission requirements, and application deadlines, please visit the UNCG Graduate School website at: https://grs.uncg.edu/
UNC Greensboro is a world-class, research intensive, regional University with a diverse portfolio of expertise and a particular focus on fostering healthy lives, vibrant communities and global connections. Located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, UNCG is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with more than 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more.
The population of Greensboro is approximately 275,000, with a metropolitan population in the Piedmont Triad area of 1.7 million. Greensboro offers a superior quality of life, four moderate seasons, outstanding medical care, and proximity to two international airports. Residents can enjoy performing arts venues, professional sports teams, local parks and lakes, and easy access to North Carolina’s beaches and mountains. Home to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro is a city that is rich with cultural diversity, and that embraces its historical significance.
UNC Greensboro fully supports and values an inclusive community with visible and meaningful representation of diversity. We seek to promote a climate of civility and respect, where diverse viewpoints and experiences are welcomed. UNCG is committed to protecting the rights of all to ensure that each person in our community is empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the mission of this university. As a minority-serving institution, we embrace our role as serving a large, diverse student body and we are committed to our mission as providing access and opportunity for all.
UNC Greensboro is committed to equality of employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. Moreover, UNC Greensboro is committed to recruiting and advancing women and minorities at all levels.
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UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more.