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Assistant Director of Wellness Center (Class #8316P3 – Recreation Professional 3)


INSTITUTION: The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMC is a four-year public university with an enrollment of 1,900 students of which approximately half are in residence and half are enrolled in online degrees. The student body is diverse and comes from over 40 states and over 30 countries. Thirty-three baccalaureate degrees are offered, 14 of which are also offered online. UMC proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota beginning in 1906 as a regional residential high school, changing to a two year college in 1966, and to a four year college in 1993. Since 1993, UMC has equipped all on-campus students and faculty with laptop computers in a technology-rich environment. UMC is a small student-centered community of learning and scholars known for providing personal attention to every student. UMC makes a commitment to each individual student’s achievements and offers a hands-on approach with experiential learning that puts students ahead of the competition. Integral to the university’s statewide land-grant mission, UMC provides applied, career-oriented learning programs including internships and connects its teaching, research, and outreach to local, county, and regional economic development agencies in support of the global economy. UMC delivers world‐class University of Minnesota degrees in an affordable, close‐knit campus setting where faculty and staff personally invest in the success of each student. UMC has received a variety of national recognitions, including 14 consecutive years in the U. S. News top schools ranking.

POSITION: Full-time, 12-month position starting May 30, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The compensation package includes excellent fringe benefits.

JOB SUMMARY: The Assistant Director contributes to the University’s mission and vision by providing wellness programs and services to engage its students and employees to live and commit to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The position provides senior level professional recreation and wellness related programs and services; requires in-depth knowledge and experience; solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions; works independently; receives minimal guidance; acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. The Assistant Director is responsible for the day to day programing and services provided in the Wellness Center, as well as those offered in intramural and recreational activities. The Assistant Director will work some evenings/weekends to support programs, special events, and to facilitate daily operations, as needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Administrative responsibilities (40%) including market and promote wellness and recreation program activities, seek sponsorships, donations and grants to supplement revenue and increase operating efficiency; develop, implement, enforce, and monitor adherence to operating policies, procedures, and standards; provide oversight of the Intramural Sports and Recreational Activities (ISRA) including associated equipment inventory, budget and program assessment; remain current in exercise science and wellness discipline; work with membership and administrative software programs and maintain and report on important data; and oversee facility when director is off campus. Programming responsibilities (40%) including responsible for the development and oversight of the wellness program offerings including group fitness, personal fitness and training, and testing and assessment; develop and manage outdoor recreational programs, activities, and special events; coordinate Video on Demand operations and instructors who schedule the Multipurpose Room of the Wellness Center; assist the Wellness Center staff in the development, coordination and scheduling of classes, programs, special events, and services; develop new programming in alignment with the needs and interests of a diverse student and employee population; develop and monitor program content on the department Facebook, Web site, flyers, and other media outlets; coordinate program and student marketing strategies. Assist with e-marketing newsletters, email campaigns, etc.; plan, monitor, and evaluate programs and maintain program schedules; research industry trends while assessing new and current programming; develop new and exciting classes to help promote wellness, fitness and lifestyle changes for the campus community members. Provide instruction when needed. Facility management responsibility (10%) including assist with risk management and mitigation procedures to ensure a safe environment for users; maintain inventory and maintenance of all program equipment; assess the utilization and effectiveness of the Wellness Center facility and programs/services; and maintain the organization and cleanliness of equipment and program spaces. Supervision and student development responsibilities (10%) including manage student and/or volunteer staff hiring, training and developing their skills and technical competencies in safety, equipment knowledge and maintenance, and customer service; provide oversight and scheduling of Front Desk and other student workers; supervise Wellness Center and Intramural staff to include creation of job descriptions, hire, train and instruct, assign work, evaluate performance, reward and discipline; and establish student learning and development outcomes, coordinate goals with students, evaluate outcomes and make adjustment, as needed; and other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned bachelor’s degree; four years of professional experience in a fitness setting or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years; demonstrated experience in personnel management/supervision, finances, fitness management, and personal training; in-depth knowledge and experience in the fitness and wellness industry; prior staff supervisory experience; CPR/AED certification; demonstrated skills and abilities to instruct and administer various fitness classes; and ability to communicate with a diverse clientele and demonstrated cultural competency. Final job offer contingent upon complete background check and receipt of official transcripts.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in kinesiology, recreation, exercise science and wellness, or related field; five years paid work experience in a campus recreation setting; three years supervisory experience; ability to multi-task and experience working as a leader promoting collaboration; effective interpersonal, team building, and time management skills; excellent writing and verbal communication skills; personal trainer and/or fitness instructor experience; experience in development of holistic wellness; demonstrated experience in staff supervision, staff training and student development; ability to solve complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions; ability to work independently with minimal guidance; professional certification from a nationally recognized organization (e.g. ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NIRSA); group Fitness instructor certifications; and social media skills

APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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Date Posted
April 26, 2016
Job Type
Crookston, MN
Onsite Health & Wellness Services

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