Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website. The review committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit completed applications by March 17, 2023. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae or resume; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FITNESS
Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, the Assistant Director of Fitness oversees the organization and administration of fitness and wellness programs, supervises fitness staff and manages fitness and wellbeing equipment & resources. This position plays a critical role in the yearly programming of fitness efforts for University Recreation.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE:
- Direct oversight of UREC fitness and wellbeing programming, group instruction, and personal training
- Manage students serving as Fitness Supervisors
- Supervise and support the ongoing professional development 2) full-time direct report coordinators
- Collaborate with on campus partners to provide fitness and wellbeing programs.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP:
Develop innovative and engaging programming for users.
The Assistant Director of Fitness will help re-imagine how LSU will provide energizing and innovative fitness programs for students. by creating opportunities to engage students in developing strategies to take charge of their physical wellbeing through movement and activity. This can be accomplished by studying best practices, current trends and forecasting those activities that tomorrow's student is expecting.
This position will also be expected to collaborate and contribute to furthering university goals and directives as it relates to engaging with all dimensions of wellness on campus. They will have the ability to partner with a variety of units on campus to achieve this.
Provide input for the physical spaces for fitness activities.
The physical location and orientation of the fitness equipment ought to reflect our mission of providing spaces that promote mattering and belonging. This position will provide input on how that can be achieved in our fitness spaces.
Building a new team of professional staff
With two direct reports, this position will lead through providing opportunities to enhance the professional experience of those they supervise. The Assistant Director for Fitness will have the opportunity to help onboard two new staff members in a time of transition and elevation for the fitness and wellbeing area. This allows the area to reconsider what they may need to start, stop, or continue doing in fitness to advance our offerings and culture.
ATTRIBUTES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
- Has the competency and confidence to work in a fast paced, highly dynamic collegiate recreation department committed to providing
- Has a passion for intentionally engaging others to build mutually beneficial relationships as it pertains to fitness both within UREC and in the campus community.
- Works with a "serve-first" mentality that advocates for students, members, and student staff in order to meet their needs.
- Possess the time management, organization, agility, and problem-solving skills needed to lead a fitness program, including the responsibility to train staff.
- High degree of quality and attention to detail.
- Fosters positive co-worker relationships, creates an environment of trust, inclusion, and honest dialog.
ABOUT THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS PRIORITIES:
Three priorities guide our work in the Division of Student Affairs: mattering & belonging, inclusion & access, and quality. We believe creating a sense of mattering & belonging requires us to ensure every space, place, and interaction communicates to a student that they are home. Being inclusive and accessible in our work means that as our student body begins to reflect the diversity of our state more closely, it is our duty to design programs, services, events, and experiences with everyone in mind. Finally, a commitment to quality is rooted in the belief that LSU students deserve our best effort. Every interaction we have with students should communicate care, relevance, polish, and attention to detail.
Quality Control (30%)
Ensures fitness and wellbeing initiatives for UREC, including administrative tasks, areas of oversight, and program design and implementation, exude a high degree of quality. Embraces and executes the marginal gains approach and seeks to improve the level of all services, events, programs, and experiences in department for continuous improvement every academic year.
Program Oversight (30%)
Responsible for developing operational strategy and oversight for fitness and wellbeing programs. Provides oversight of program initiatives relative to fitness and wellbeing, including managing human and fiscal resources.
Leadership and Management (30%)
Contributes to the UREC environment by developing and maintaining positive relationships that support a culture of teamwork and cooperation. Responsible for direct supervision, training, and continued development of 2 full time direct reports and over 15-20 fitness supervisor student staff. Recommends personnel actions to the department head and communicates personnel actions to direct report. Engages in ongoing review of team members’ performance and addresses issues as they arise while also creating an environment in which staff, including students, feel they can succeed. Demonstrates divisional attitudes and priorities in all aspects of work. Provides feedback regarding programs and experiences by personally utilizing UREC.
Direct Student Support (5%)
Advise students individually on implementing fitness related programs and training and providing front line advocacy and support. Operates from a “yes” first mindset and is creative in how to approach student concerns.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
Other duties as assigned by UREC leadership or Associate Director of Programs. This includes but not limited to efforts that support broad division and institution efforts including at least 40 hours per year spent helping divisional initiatives such as Move-In Day, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Career Expo, Disability Services Finals Testing, other special projects, etc.