The Director of the Wellness Center will lead the development of programs, services, staffing, and facility management, as well as the establishment of operational functions, for the Marshall Wellness Center, a new 92,000-square foot multi-use fitness and recreation facility opening on campus in summer 2019 that features state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and a 90-yard indoor field turf.
The Director of the Wellness Center provides direction and oversight for a variety of fitness, recreation, health and wellness programs that address the needs of the college community and enhance the quality of living and learning for students. In addition, the director provides leadership and guidance to a staff of motivated professionals and students, and manages all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the facility.

Specific Responsibilities:                          

  • Functions as a team member with deans and directors within the division and at the college in the delivery of quality services and programs to students, staff, faculty, and others involved in the educational process within the scope of the department’s resources, mission, and capabilities.
  • Provides leadership, supervision, direction, support, and guidance to three full-time professional staff members, as well as several part-time professional staff members and student staff members. Ensures all staff members have proper training and resources to respond effectively and efficiently to students’ needs. Delegates tasks, provides feedback, resolves work problems, communicates job expectations, evaluates performance, and provides ongoing opportunities for professional development.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and continually improves fitness, recreation, and wellness programs and services that engage participants, promote health and wellness, and provide diverse opportunities for learning. Ensures programs are being conducted in accordance with established service and safety standards. Develops student and staff feedback loops for continuous improvement and immediate response.
  • Develops, reviews, communicates, and implements fitness, recreation, and wellness policies and procedures. Ensures that policies and procedures are consistently enforced across all programs and services. Addresses policy violations and behavioral issues.
  • Creates and implements a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote and maximize use of the facility. Provides ongoing promotion of programs and services for students and employees.
  • Establishes, optimizes, and continually reviews facility hours and scheduling practices. Provides regular usage reports.
  • Creates and maintains a safe, welcoming, friendly, and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Ensures that first-rate customer service is consistently delivered by all staff members.
  • Develops and proposes an annual budget, tracks expenses, and ensures sound business practices as they relate to finances.
  • Manages all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the facility including all functions of the front desk. Report, track, and follow up on facility and equipment maintenance issues.
  • Serves as the chair of the Wellness Committee. Supervises committee membership, communicates with the committee regarding expectations, processes, and procedures, and facilitates the committee’s collaborative efforts in developing, evaluating, and continually improving health and wellness programming at the college.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
Current CPR/AED and First Aid certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross (or obtained within 60 days of hire).


  • A minimum of three years of experience in fitness and recreation, preferably at a college, that includes facility and program management, as well as staff supervision responsibilities.
  • Experience that demonstrates sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disabled backgrounds of community college students.
  • Experience that illustrates a history of successfully collaborating with co-workers on a regular basis to achieve common goals.
  • Experience that demonstrates student-centered decision making.
  • Experience that demonstrates effective leadership of a staff of professionals.
  • Experience in high-level decision making, independent thinking, diplomacy, policy development and implementation, and problem analysis.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Iowa Western’s Student Services Division fosters a learning environment that engages and empowers our students to grow and develop. All Student Services staff members must have the ability to excel in team and individual settings, multi-task, problem solve, manage their time, and maintain positive relationships with student, staff, and faculty while thriving in a fast-paced environment.
  • Skills in conflict management techniques and ability to calmly and effectively communicate with potentially upset students, parents, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to balance the human relations, policy, and task aspects of the position.
  • Proficient with computer and industry-relevant technology.
  • Ability to assess the programming and activity needs of the student body and develop a suitable variety of programs and activities.
  • Ability to pass a background check. 

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Company Profile

Iowa Western is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships and community involvement. Iowa Western is a unique community college because we provide a more traditional college experience through Residence Life (1,300 students), athletics, and student involvement. The college offers about 84 programs and serves around 6,500 students at the main campus in Council Bluffs, the four centers, and area high schools.

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