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Wellness & Recreation Director

The Springfield Jewish Community Center

Wellness and Recreation Director

Position: Wellness and Recreation Director 

Status: Full-time, exempt position

Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer

Supervises: Assistant Manager, Recreation; Aquatics Manager; Personal Trainers; Group Exercise Instructors; and Fitness Floor Attendants

Position Summary

The Wellness and Recreation Director is responsible for the overall management of the Wellness and Recreation Department, including oversight of fitness center operations, wellness initiatives, aquatics programming, recreational sports for youth and adults, and seasonal leagues/special events. The Director creates innovative, value-added programs and activities for JCC members and the broader community. 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

Fitness/Wellness Programming

  • Develop and implement an innovative wellness strategy for members, addressing the needs of the JCC’s diverse demographics
  • Enhance member relations by developing and overseeing a calendar of programs and events designed to maximize participation, learning, and member engagement
  • Provide support to fitness staff in the development and schedule of group exercise classes and proactively monitor instructor quality and class participation
  • Lead outreach efforts to collaborate with allied organizations that can enhance the JCC’s wellness and fitness offerings
  • Continuously evaluate and modify fitness and wellness programming, as needed

Recreation Programming

  • Supervise, plan, and implement all classes, leagues, and special events to achieve youth and adult recreation goals
  • Routinely evaluate and enhance programs to ensure high quality and meaningful offerings
  • Work with other JCC program directors to implement cross-department offerings, including swim lessons and afterschool/summer camp programs


  • Supervise and coach staff members to offer a diverse, high-quality menu of wellness and recreation programs for members and the general public
  • Develop and monitor departmental budgets; review and approve bi-weekly payroll
  • Work closely with Membership and Marketing departments to implement promotions and strategic health and wellness initiatives
  • Work with COO and CFO on gym/pool/field rentals, which includes creating contracts and acquiring insurance documentation
  • Supervise the purchase of departmental equipment and supplies, and monitor inventory

Quality Control/Compliance

  • Ensure all programming meets or exceeds safety standards, and is aligned with industry trends
  • Develop effective and efficient operating policies, procedures, and protocols for each program area
  • Maintain records of relevant certifications and credentials for all department staff
  • Ensure that all exercise equipment is safe, clean, and in proper working order
  • Work with Facilities Department to ensure preparation of the athletic field


  • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field
  • Previous fitness management experience
  • 3+ years of personnel management and supervision experience
  • Ability to manage and adapt a broad-based health and wellness program
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire staff
  • Excellent customer service and verbal/written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel, and the ability to learn other software systems
  • Demonstrated ability in fitness testing, evaluation, and risk screening
  • CPR/AED certification and knowledge of industry safety standards

To Apply for this Position

Please submit both a cover letter and resume.


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Date Posted
February 19, 2024
Job Type
Springfield, CT
Onsite Health & Wellness Services

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