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Senior Assistant Director for Fitness

Apply now Job no: 504370
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Campus Recreation
Union: PSU
Categories: Student Affairs & Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Associate Director for Programs and Student Development, the Senior Assistant Director for Fitness leads Fitness Operations, including planning and supervising the Group Fitness and Personal Training programs.  Designs, implements, and evaluates new fitness related programming and initiatives; work with Campus Recreation colleagues to manage a comprehensive collegiate recreation program, and assist with the selection and delivery of recreation activities and student employment practices that contribute to student success and well being.


Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and guidelines for fitness programs and fitness operations.  Assist in the development of policies and guidelines regarding Campus Recreation and well being programs. Develops learning outcomes for associated participants and student employees
  • Provide leadership for department staff.  Implement continuing education strategies for staff and student staff to enhance skills; including, but not limited to: one-on-one meetings, training, functional unit meetings, workshops, certifications, and conference attendance.
  • Coordinate, supervise, and evaluate a comprehensive maintenance program, including preventative maintenance and repair for fitness equipment.  Evaluate and purchase equipment for purchase, repair parts, materials and supplies to meet program and facility needs
  • Serve as risk manager for fitness programs and fitness operations.  Research liability issues and risks related to fitness programming and operations and updates to policies and procedures to best ensure an appropriate standard of care and safety of fitness programs, fitness operations, and related equipment
  • Develop and administer budget for assigned area.  Regularly reports assessment and statistical data pertaining to operations, program participation, and staff development


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties, as assigned or required, to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students, and contribute to student success
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Understands responsibilities, with respect to conflicts of interest, and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace, defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration
  • Understands and contributes to the implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public University related information only in the performance of responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, Kinesiology, Public Health, Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field with five (5) years of collegiate recreation experience, including three (3) years post Bachelor’s degree; or Master’s degree in Recreation Management, Kinesiology, Public Health, Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field, with three (3) years collegiate recreation experience, including 2 years post Master’s degree
  • Current Personal Training Certificate through NSCA, ACE, NASM, AFAA, or other nationally recognized agency; or current Group Fitness Certification through ACE, NASM, AFAA, or other nationally recognized agency
  • CPR Teaching certification within six (6) months of employment
  • Ability to demonstrate effective customer service skills, including but not limited to, communicating effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to prepare and monitor budget information, including purchasing decisions based on independent research and judgment
  • Ability to plan and prepare presentations/trainings on strength, conditioning and physiology principles to diverse populations
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work assignments
  • Ability to train and supervise student employees
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret industry standards related to risk management and safety of participants in fitness and strength training setting
  • Work some nights and weekends as requested


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • 3 years post-Master’s degree experience in a collegiate recreation fitness program
  • Training, evaluation, assessment, and management of a comprehensive fitness program
  • Current CPR teaching certification


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical Office and Recreation Center environment.


Additional Details

  • Supervision Received:
    • Under the general supervision of the Associate Director for Programs and Student Development
  • Supervision Exercised
    • Non-Student Employees:
      • Assistant Director for Group Fitness
      • Assistant Director for Strength and Conditioning
    • Indirectly supervise 100+ Student Employees


Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday; 8:30am-5:00pm; ability to work nights and weekends as requested


Salary Information


Special Instructions to Applicants

 Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references by the priority deadline of March 22, 2020. The search will remain opened until the position is filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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