• Assistant Director - Fitness & Wellness

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Assistant Directors
    Salary Min
    USD $47,000.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    CENTERS is a management company that specializes in campus recreation. We partner with universities to manage their departments, facilities, finances, and deliver exceptional customer service. Since 1998, Centers remains the first and only mission centric organization committed to student development and departmental excellence on behalf of its clients. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at ten universities within the United States.


    The Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness Services is a creative individual who provides leadership for the revenue-based arm of DePaul’s Fitness and Wellness operation.  Responsibilities include directing the operation of fitness services and the creation and implementation of specialty fitness programs. The Assistant Director is an integral member of the Wellness Team in the coordination of overall fitness and wellness programming and campus educational outreach.


    We are looking for a team member with enthusiasm and passion for assisting others (students, faculty, staff, and community) to incorporate fitness into a holistic approach to well-being. The successful candidate will be a certified Personal Trainer with experience working with multiple populations and excellence in written and oral communication, organization skills, analytics, and innovation.


    Formal review of applications will begin on July 26 and will continue until the position is filled.


    Core Responsibilities:


    Training Services

    • Provide leadership and oversight for the revenue-based training services area including personal training, nutrition services, wellness coaching, sports skills and conditioning.
    • Develop and lead personal training preparation classes for students and part-time staff.

    Specialty Programs

    • Create, initiate, develop, implement, and evaluate revenue-based specialty programs; make program changes based on current trends and industry standards. Current program scope includes: dance, community fitness and youth programming (such as HIIT, bootcamp, TRX, endurance training sports specialty training), martial arts, and safety training.
    • Manage third-party contractors in delivery of program services.
    • Conduct necessary procedures to ensure smooth operation of program registration.

    Administrative Responsibilities


    Administrative and Personnel

    • Recruit, train, schedule, and supervise training services and specialty programs staff, including part-time and student staff; implement staff policies, facility risk management, and developmental opportunities.
    • Establish financial targets; set fees and charges for services.
    • Work on facility projects relevant to fitness area during maintenance periods.
    • Initiate promotional material for fitness services area.
    • Actively seek opportunities with campus partners to expand awareness and impact of fitness services and wellness education.
    • Monitor bi-weekly part-time and student payroll.
    • Conduct assessment and evaluations of programs and services.


    • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
    • Recommend and monitor the fitness services staff budgets.
    • Provide monthly and annual revenue projections in service areas.
    • Monitor and approve student and part-time staff payroll.
    • Initiate and coordinate registration procedures through Spectrum software as well as maintain website information specific to Fitness and Wellness Services.

    Site Specific Responsibilities:


    Fitness & Wellness Promotion

    • Work collaboratively with the Associate Director and campus partners to implement programming that promotes healthy physical activity and nutrition.
    • Assist in the development of educational materials that promote overall wellness, healthy physical activity, and nutrition.
    • Work with the Assistant Director of Group Fitness and Mind/Body programming to provide educational opportunities for all part-time fitness team members.


    • Assist in facility and office management and scheduled staff meetings and retreats.
    • Actively participate in professional development programs.
    • Ensure relevant Spectrum and website information in current and accurate.


    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred.
    • Two to three years administrative work experience in fitness and wellness services preferred.
    • Nationally recognized fitness certification required, e.g. personal training, strength and conditioning, group fitness, etc.; personal training certification strongly preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles.
    • Organized, detailed, creative, assertive, adaptable, entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Ability to work both independently as well as with a team.



    Technical Competencies

    • Capable of understanding budgets.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to familiarize oneself with registration software.

    Professional Competencies

    • Personal training and fitness leadership experience.
    • Adaptability, analytical & critical thinking, initiative & motivation, decision making & judgment, business acumen, customer service, teamwork, diversity awareness, interpersonal relationships, communication, integrity, leadership, long-term focus, organizational learning & change management.

    Human Relations:
    Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external customers and vendors. Contact involves troubleshooting, informing, exchanging information, negotiating, making recommendations, and giving information or instructions.

    Work Environment and Physical Demands

    Work Environment and Physical Demands:


    Work Environment

    • Office/ fitness center environment
    • Non-smoking environment 
    • Moderate to loud noise
    • Local, regional and national travel as required
    • Evening or weekend work as required                        

     Physical Demands

    • Sitting at desk or table for at least 75% of the work day; Working in fitness center environment at least 25% of day
    • Teach fitness class/personal training sessions as required
    • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
    • Occasional bending, stooping, lifting up to 45 lbs
    • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
    • Hearing and talking


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