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Wellness Center Director (Class #9340M1 – Recreation Operations Manager)

University of Minnesota Crookston

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 April 18, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The compensation package includes excellent fringe benefits. Evening and weekend work is required.

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 director manages and markets the Wellness Center facility, programs, services, events, and staff. The Director serves as a liaison between University departments, system wellness initiatives, external constituents, and other areas. Evening and weekend work is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Administrative and management responsibilities (50%) including manage overall operation of the campus Wellness Center including planning; budgeting; building care and maintenance; assessment, design, marketing, and implementation of programs/services; staffing; hours of operation; and effective communication with students, faculty, staff, and community; manage annual wellness center operating budget including planning, analysis, forecasting, monitoring, and reporting. Responsible for financial operations and compliance; develop, maintain, and monitor operating unit policies and procedures. Responsible to ensure unit policies and procedures are properly aligned with campus objectives and in compliance with national standards/guidelines and University policies; manage utilization, effectiveness, and efficiency of the Wellness Center facility and programs/services; direct the fitness equipment assessment and replacement process for assets of the Wellness Center. Manage purchase of new assets/equipment and direct maintenance of existing assets/equipment. This includes researching, planning, and effective communicating with the Wellness Center Advisory Committee and Student Service Fee Committee; serve on campus and University committees as appropriate. Work in collaboration with the Wellness Center Advisory Committee in an ex-officio capacity in order to uphold the mission of the Wellness Center; and other administrative duties as assigned. Programming responsibilities (30%) including develop, manage, and monitor 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); research, develop, and market new programs designed to attract and host conferences, workshops, camps, special events, and clinics; lead the creation and maintenance of a living laboratory within the Wellness Center; develop new programming in alignment with the needs and interests of a diverse student and employee population; and remain current in exercise science and wellness discipline research and application. Staff supervision and development responsibilities (20%) including responsible for supervising and training of all Wellness Center staff including Assistant Director of the Wellness Center, Intermural Director, and support staff. Responsible for assigning work, monitoring performance of employees, and conducting annual performance reviews; responsible for hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, discipline, and discharge of Wellness Center Staff; provide leadership, coaching, and development opportunities, and direct Wellness Center staff in the development, coordination and scheduling of classes, programs, special events, and services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS degree and six years of professional experience in a fitness setting or a combination of related education and work experience to equal ten years; demonstrated experience in personnel management/supervision, finances, fitness management, personal/staff training or instructional training/programming; demonstrated cultural competency; and in-depth knowledge and experience in the fitness and wellness industry. Evening and weekend work is required. 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; 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 development/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
March 7, 2016
Job Type
Crookston, MN
Onsite Health & Wellness Services

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