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WELLNESS CENTER DIRECTOR (Class #8316P3 – Recreational 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 January 18, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The compensation package includes excellent fringe benefits.

JOB SUMMARY: The Wellness Center Director contributes to the University’s mission and vision by providing wellness programs and services to encourage students and employees at the University to live and commit to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Center Director provides overall direction for wellness programs, including group fitness, and personal training, testing and assessment programs, wellness-related education, and event coordination. The Director is responsible for supervising Wellness Center staff and will serve as a liaison between University departments, system wellness initiatives, external constituents, and other areas. Some evening and weekend work is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Programming responsibilities (70%) including responsible for providing senior level professional recreation and wellness related programs and services; development and oversight of the wellness program offerings including group fitness, personal fitness and training, and testing and assessment, including development of curriculum and courses to prepare individuals for national certification programs (ACSM, ACE, etc.); pursuit of accreditation for existing in-house training programs; and development of continuing education classes (CEUs); coordinate efforts to attract and host conferences, workshops, camps, special events, and clinics; collaborate with Academic Affairs in the creation and maintenance of a living laboratory within the Wellness Center; assist the Wellness Center staff in the development, coordination and scheduling of classes, programs, special events, and services; and develop new programming in alignment with the needs and interests of a diverse student and employee population. Some evening and weekend work is required. Administrative/Management/Staff Development responsibilities (30%) including responsible for supervising and training Wellness Center staff. Responsible for assigning work, monitoring performance of employees, and conducting annual performance reviews; provide leadership, coaching, and development opportunities; lead the fitness equipment assessment and replacement process for the Wellness Center. This includes researching, planning, and making recommendations to the Wellness Center Advisory Committee and Student Service Fee Committee; responsible for the purchase of new equipment and maintenance of existing equipment; assist in the development and management of annual operating budget; work in collaboration with the Wellness Center Advisory Committee in an ex-officio capacity in order to uphold the mission of the Wellness Center; maintain policy and procedure manuals in accordance with departmental objectives and national standards and guidelines; assess the utilization and effectiveness of the Wellness Center facility and programs/services; remain current in exercise science and wellness discipline; and other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS plus at least 4 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, personal training and/ or staff or instructional training; and / or programming; and in-depth knowledge and experience in the fitness and wellness industry. 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; demonstrated commitment to and appreciation for issues of diversity and community; excellent writing and verbal communication skills; effective interpersonal, team building, and time management 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; and professional certification from a nationally recognized organization (e.g. ACE, ACSM, NSCA).

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
December 8, 2015
Job Type
Crookston, MN
Onsite Health & Wellness Services

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