The Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness is a member of the Campus Recreation & Wellness (CRW) management team and is responsible for development, management, supervision and assessment of fitness and wellness related programs and services. Reporting to the Associate Director of CRW, major areas of responsibility include but are not limited to the fitness floor, group exercise classes, fitness assessments, personalized and self-directed programs, wellness education and outreach. The Fitness & Wellness program provides a holistic approach to health and fitness through inclusive co-curricular experiences for the WCU community, with a particular emphasis on students.
CRW, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, is committed to fostering a campus-wide culture of recreation and wellness through a comprehensive array of programs and services that educate, empower, and engage individuals to pursue and sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles. Benefits of participation in CRW programs include the application of leadership, decision-making, problem solving, conflict management, communication, and social skills. Program areas include Fitness, Wellness, Intramural Sports, Facilities/Informal Recreation, Club Sports, Outdoor Programs and Aquatics.
WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 11,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries. WCU is committed to the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff and the 73,000 sq. ft. Campus Recreation Center is a testament to that commitment. For more information about WCU or CRW go to our website: www.wcu.edu as well as reccenter.wcu.edu.
The Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness is responsible for promoting, creating, implementing, supervising, and evaluating all aspects of fitness programs and services while collaborating on campus wellness programs. This person serves as an advocate for health and fitness within higher education and its support of student development and continual education.
• Consistently evaluates fitness and wellness programs in an effort to ensure that programming meets the needs of a changing and diverse student population.
• Assists with the development and implementation of CRW training programs for student employees
• Manages program budget for fitness and wellness programs and services.
• Serves as a member of departmental and divisional committees and work groups.
• Assists with the coordination of fitness equipment preventative maintenance, and fitness equipment replacement plans.
• Creatively plan and implement fitness and wellness related programs and services including, but not limited to, Group Exercise and Personal Training.
• Hires, trains, schedules, supervises, and evaluates student fitness assistants, group X instructors, personal trainers, and academic interns, ensuring staff meet required levels of training for safe and effective operations.
• Responsible for promotion and growth of fitness and wellness programs.
• Works collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Health and Wellness Education, as well as other departments and student organizations, to seek new and creative ways to provide quality health and wellness experiences for students.
• Assists in department initiatives including, but not limited to, special events, orientation, and open house.
• Other duties as assigned.
Discretion and Independence of Actions
The Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness reports to the Associate Director for Campus Recreation & Wellness. The Assistant Director is expected to work autonomously and professionally in all areas of responsibility to reflect the mission of the Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness, the University and the Fitness and Wellness program. The Assistant Director must be able to function independently in the assigned areas of responsibility including hiring, training, supervising, and developing between 35-40 students, professional, and contract service employees. The Assistant Director supervises program functions and student staff who carry out these functions.
• Master’s degree in exercise science, sport management, health education, health promotion or related field.
• Experience managing a collegiate fitness and/or wellness program (graduate assistant experience will be considered).
• Experience teaching group exercise classes as well as training and assessing group exercise instructors in various class formats.
• Nationally recognized personal training or group exercise certification.
• Adult CPR/AED and First Aid certified through American Red Cross
• 1-3 years full-time experience managing a collegiate fitness and/or wellness program including student and graduate assistant staff supervision.
• Experience personal training and developing student personal trainers
• Experience collaborating with campus departments to develop, publicize and successfully implement programs, services and policies to sustain the active process of healthy living.
• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification
How to Apply
WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 10,000 students. The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state. Our academic programs span more than 115 undergraduate specialties and more than 60 graduate programs, including the highly-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program. Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few. University Accolades Named one of 24 Best Value Colleges in the U.S. by Kiplinger Personal Finance Ranked among the Top 15 public regional universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report On the President’s Honor Roll for higher education community service Among the Top 5 for undergraduate research in the nation Voted No. 1 Outdoor Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Ranked in the Top 12 best online programs for the military and veterans Named a top green college by Princeton Review
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