Under direction from the Associate Director, the incumbent is responsible for the development and management of fitness related programs within the department. These programs include, but are not limited to, group fitness, F45, personal training, strength and conditioning programs for athletes. In addition to the recreation programming, the incumbent develops and oversees outreach and special event opportunities for all of the recreation programs in the department. The incumbent is directly responsible for the day to day administration of a diverse fitness program, recruitment and training of fitness staff, program schedule development and marketing. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the management of all equipment related to the fitness program and public weight rooms.

Fitness Programming Plan, organize and oversee a diverse schedule of group fitness classes for students and members. Manage the F45 fitness program. Monitor national trends in collegiate recreation fitness programs and asses their application to UC Merced. Ensure all fitness programs meet industry standards for safety and effectiveness. Develop and manage a robust personal training program for students and members. Monitor class attendance and participation numbers in all fitness related programs and make needed adjustments to marketing and schedules to maximize resources. Coordinate with Operations staff to ensure all fitness class spaces are reserved as needed. Develop and manage budgets for fitness related programs and services.

Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate student group fitness instructors and personal trainers to deliver fitness related programming. Develop and maintain staff schedules and payroll tracking for all staff supervised. Develop and manage the payroll budget for fitness programs. Supervise contract staff. Coordinate student staff certification using Smart Fitness. Conduct regular meetings and in-service events to ensure program quality. Maintain a list of all certifications, and expiration dates, for all student fitness staff. Enforce staff performance standards as identified within the Recreation & Athletics department policies and procedures. Provide annual written evaluations to staff.

Outreach and Special Events Serve as the liaison to Human Resources for the fitness program opportunities for employee wellness. Collaborate with other departments and units on campus (HEROES, Student Health Services, CAPS) to deliver programs and special events to improve the wellness and well-being of students. Represent the department at campus wide events, such as Bobcat Day and New Student Orientation. Serve as the coordinator for recreation related special events for the department, such as the Block Party and the Journey 5K.

Strength and Conditioning Working with the coaching staff to develop training programs for student athletes specific to the goals of the coach. Develop off season programs for each team to meet the needs of the coach which the student athletes can do without being on campus. Lead occasional conditioning sessions for student athletes.

Oversees inventory, storage, budget and maintenance of sports and recreational equipment. Manage the inventory of all fitness related equipment for group fitness and personal training programs. Oversee all of the weight room equipment for the department. Coordinate maintenance of all weight room and fitness equipment with the maintenance mechanic. Research and recommend new fitness equipment purchases. Work with the operations staff to ensure all equipment is deep cleaned on a regular basis.

Regularly conduct needs and quality assessment of all fitness programs. Actively participate in the departmental assessment efforts. Assess instructors on a regular basis regarding course content and course offerings. Regularly assess marketing effectiveness.



• Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Sport Management or related field and two years of prior experience working with student athletes in a strength and conditioning setting, or equivalent experience/training.

• Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Sport Management.

• Higher Education or related field preferred.

• Must hold current certification in one of the following: NASM, ACSM, ACE, CSCS.

• Current certification to teach group fitness classes/activities.

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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

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