Assistant Director of Fitness

Fairfax, VA, VA
Aug 02, 2018
Sep 03, 2018
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

Working hours :

Salary : $52,000 - $55,000

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Assistant Director of Fitness

George Mason University is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here at Mason, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. With a student population of over 36,000, representing more than 130 countries, our campus is an organically diverse environment! George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Mason Recreation oversees three facilities on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University including the Recreation Athletic Complex (RAC), the Aquatic Fitness Center (AFC), and Skyline fitness center. These facilities boast four gymnasiums, racquetball/ squash courts, several locker rooms, fitness galleries and dedicated rooms for yoga, cycling, group exercise, and marital arts/ self-defense classes. We house and maintain a recreation and competition pool, sauna, whirlpool, and several exterior facilities including a pavilion, turf and grass fields, jogging/ walking trails, and a team challenge course on our Science and Technology Campus. We provide the following programs and services for the campus community: Fitness, Aquatics, Outdoor Adventures, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, the EDGE (team building programming), as well as a Summer Youth Camp.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, Well-Being, and Assessment, the Assistant Director for Fitness, is responsible for the administration and oversight of a comprehensive program of fitness activity for the university community. The fitness program includes over 60 group exercise classes per week of patron interest and newest trends, design and delivery of specialized personal training programs, management of all fitness floor staff for three indoor facilities including strength training and cardiovascular areas, advancement of the universitys well-being initiative, and budget planning and execution. Fitness classes include group exercise, cycling, aqua-fitness, yoga/pilates, martial arts, and self-defense. Personal training includes options for individual or small group sessions with administrative responsibilities including client recruitment, matching trainers to clients, record and database management, and creating and implementing new programming opportunities such as clinics, workshops, and seminars. Significant expertise including instruction, development, supervision and evaluation of personnel in group fitness and personal training along with appropriate certifications is necessary. The expectation is that the chosen candidate will bring leadership, energy, a willingness to grow, creative ideas, and commitment to take the program to the next level with the expansion of programming, resources, and administrative processes. The Coordinator for Fitness will have a dotted line report to the Assistant Director for Fitness who will provide significant direction related to day-to-day duties and management of the fitness area. The Assistant Director for Fitness will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability implement a vision to foster collaboration and teamwork among a variety of audiences such as, the residential population, student organizations, university departments, and community outreach entities. Skills in the areas of program design and implementation, equipment and preventative maintenance, risk management, personnel management, assessment, and marketing are essential to success in a dynamic and diverse environment.

Responsibilities: Personnel Management

  • Develop and implement an approved staffing plan for the Fitness Program;
  • Recruit, select, train, develop, supervise, and evaluate staff in accordance with Department and University guidelines;
  • Assimilate and disseminate a comprehensive body of information to employed staff to ensure effective team functioning, employee development and achievement of performance standards;
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, and training to all fitness staff;
  • Provide significant direction in collaboration with the Associate Director for Programs, Well-Being and Assessment to one full time staff member, the Coordinator for Fitness;
  • Oversee the following part time wage staff: Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, Fitness Program Assistants, Fitness Attendants, and Equipment Technicians. Program Management
  • Through the use of observations and reports on customer-use trends, develop effective long-range expansion and program plans to coincide with improved service levels based on defined marketing strategies. Ensure that effective delivery systems are in place to facilitate programs;
  • Be responsible for overseeing the management of all fitness programming. Develop marketing, program guidelines, policies and procedures related to all fitness programming. Establish criteria for creating new programs, in keeping with student, faculty, and staff interests and current trends. Maintain a wide variety of program choices to meet the needs of a diverse University community. Work collaboratively with the Associate Director for Programs, Well-Being & Assessment to assist in implementation of various related well-being programming;
  • Coordinate research, assessment and program/service evaluation for fitness programs and services. Develop evaluation tools to assess individual programs and provide regular feedback to staff;
  • Supervise the Group Exercise, Indoor Cycling, Pilates/Yoga, Martial Arts & Self-Defense, Personal Training, and Aquatic fitness programs. Create and maintain class schedules. Develop program marketing, policies and procedures related to all fitness programming. Establish criteria for creating new programs, workshops, and special events, in keeping with student, faculty, staff and community interests and current trends. Maintain a wide variety of program choices to meet the needs of a diverse University community;
  • Facilitate, market and instruct preparation courses for Personal Training and Group Exercise certification;
  • Work with the Assistant Director for Marketing to coordinate marketing for all fitness programming and facilities according to departmental standards and guidelines;
  • Collaborate with other campus groups to enhance the educational and fitness opportunities for members of the George Mason University community. Work closely with student organizations and faculty to enhance campus educational and leadership opportunities and collaborate on campus-wide events;
  • Develop and implement customer service policies, systems, and training programs that provide for pleasant, timely, and knowledgeable service. Administration and Planning
  • Develop and evaluate short and long-term planning strategies and policies related to facility and program development. Assessment as it relates to fitness and well-being;
  • Compose, compile, and present reports quarterly and an annual report summarizing the accomplishments and challenges in fitness. Responsible for the lead role in risk management of the fitness related staff, programs, facilities and equipment. Fiscal Management
  • Prepare and monitor the annual Fitness budgets for all Mason Recreation fitness areas, fitness programs, events, and staffing;
  • Provide monthly reports to ensure adequate controls and efficient use of financial resources;
  • Prepare and analyze daily reports, participation statistics, payroll, inventory, and all financial transactions maintaining accountability. Facility Management
  • Provide and maintain a safe and secure fitness facility for customers and staff at all Recreation Department facilities;
  • Assist with the development and implementation of customer service policies, systems, and training programs that provide for pleasant, timely, and knowledgeable service;
  • Implement policies and procedures according to Department expectations and time lines;
  • Coordinate the purchase of equipment; review specifications, prepare requisitions and confirm accuracy of invoices; serve as liaison to vendors and contractors;
  • Maintain fitness equipment through the scheduling of routine maintenance, minimizing down time and ensuring all safety measures are in place;
  • Maintain fitness equipment inventory and replacement parts;
  • Develop and implement policies, systems, and training programs for proper use of equipment. Professional Development
  • In collaboration with supervisor and the Associate Director for the EDGE, Outdoor Adventures & Staff Development to create and implement an appropriate personalized professional development plan;
  • Continue to develop professionally through membership and participation in applicable professional organizations and developmental workshops;
  • Actively participate in the educational process of George Mason University students, faculty, and staff through their interaction with our programs and services;
  • Serve on Campus Committees pertinent to Fitness, Wellness, and Well-Being;
  • Provide students and staff with opportunities for professional development through various organizations, workshops, clinics, and extramural activities. Other Duties
  • Perform other duties as requested. Required Qualifications:
  • Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation, Athletic Administration, Physical Education, or a related field;
  • Three or more years of relevant experience in a recreation or fitness setting;
  • Experience in fitness related fields such as personal training, yoga, pilates, martial arts, and/or group fitness;
  • Experience in proper use and management of cardiovascular and weight training equipment;
  • Demonstrated ability for clear written and verbal communication;
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and the ability to be flexible and accommodating as it relates to the needs of the members;
  • Extensive knowledge related of recreational programming and related rules and policies;
  • Ability to relate well to diverse individuals;
  • Ability to manage a large staff;
  • Ability to train, supervise, and motivate student leaders for the fitness program;
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to a diverse program;
  • Ability to manage budgets;
  • Ability to foster a positive work environment and encourage collaboration and teamwork;
  • Commitment to making an active and meaningful contribution to the universitys well-being initiative;
  • Capable of lifting moderate loads and performing equipment set-ups for various recreational activities;
  • Possess or be able to obtain within 6 months of employment American Red Cross AED, CPR and First Aid certification;
  • Possess one or more professional fitness certifications such as NASM, NSCA, ACE, ACSM, AFAA. Preferred Qualifications:
  • 1-2 years of professional experience in fitness in an administrative capacity within a recreational setting is strongly desired;
  • American Red Cross AED, CPR and First Aid instructor certification.

Special Instructions : Applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references.

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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Close Date : 2018-08-31

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