Position Title: Fitness & Wellness Graduate Assistant
2020-2021 Academic Year
Basic Function/Purpose: The Graduate Assistant of Fitness & Wellness in the department of Campus Recreation at the University of Cincinnati is a two-semester commitment under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, renewable for a second academic year. The Graduate Assistant works in conjunction with the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness to provide quality fitness/wellness programs and services. This comprehensive fitness and wellness program includes group fitness, personal training, fitness testing, nutrition services, fitness floor supervision, special event planning, and wellness programming. A vital component of this position is a substantial knowledge base in exercise science or related field, strong commitment to teamwork, customer service, staff development, and principle-oriented leadership.
Reports to: Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness
Supervises: Group Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, Registered Dietitians, and Fitness Floor Staff
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Assist in leading a comprehensive fitness & wellness program, providing direct supervision over specific areas based on individual strengths and opportunities for development.
Assist in strategic planning and goal development for future of fitness & wellness program.
Assist in recruitment, hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluation of group fitness instructors, personal trainers, registered dietitians, and fitness floor staff.
Plan and facilitate staff development opportunities.
Teach Health Promotion & Education academic courses as needed per year, which may include a group exercise or personal training prep course.
Assist in coordinating group fitness and premium fitness class schedules between two facilities.
Assist with programming to provide quality fitness programs and activities.
Compile instructor and participant survey feedback.
Assist with implementing and maintaining Campus Recreation policies and procedures.
Assist with payroll process for contracted staff.
Demonstrate effective communication through written and verbal interactions with staff.
Create partnerships within the university community to develop new customized fitness initiatives.
Attend regular fitness supervisor meetings.
Collect and analyze data to develop effective program outcomes and improve program evaluation.
Assist with coordinating, staffing and facilitating health fairs and tabling events.
Assist in designing marketing and promotional materials for related programs, events and initiatives.
Instruct monthly CPR/AED/First Aid for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers courses and review sessions.
Maintain weekly 20 office hours as instructed by supervisor.
Email Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness, Joe Schillero, a copy of resume, cover letter, and three professional references to email@example.com no later than February 1, 2020 (earlier submission will improve chances of priority review). Indicate “UC Campus Recreation Fitness/Wellness Graduate Assistantship Applicant” in the subject line.
Applications will begin being reviewed as they are received, with priority review starting December 13th, 2019; and continuing until the position is filled.
Note: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores are optional and not required for admission.
Thank you for your interest in being a graduate assistant in the Department of Campus Recreation at the University of Cincinnati. You must send the required materials above, in order to be considered for one of our graduate assistantships. Thank you and Go Bearcats!
Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology, human movement, or health related field and acceptance into the Health Promotion Education (Exercise Management or Community Health) Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati.
Previous experience working in Campus Recreation or fitness setting.
Experience in staff management and leadership.
Desire to gain further knowledge in the areas of Fitness and Wellness.
Current group fitness and/or personal training certifications or desire to acquire.
Computer skills and strong communication skills.
Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
Must complete a clear criminal background check through University of Cincinnati Public Safety.
Nationally accredited group fitness and/or personal training certification.
Ability to teach various group fitness class formats.
Experience in staff development and event planning.
Additional Salary Information: Stipend and Tuition Waver: An anticipated stipend of $11,343 and in-state/out-of-state tuition waiver for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. The full-time M.S. program in Health Promotion & Education allows students to complete all requirements within one academic year (during the fall, spring, and summer semesters), however, there is also opportunity to obtain valuable Graduate Certificates and Professional Development experience in a second year. Students may concentrate in either the Public & Community Health or Exercise Management track. Any summer tuition is the responsibility of the student.
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