Appalachian State University — Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness

Appalachian State University invites interested applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness to become a part of the University Recreation (UREC) team as we facilitate an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage, and care for the AppState community.

This position is primarily responsible for providing the strategic visionary leadership, administration, fiscal management, implementation, and supervision of the Fitness and Wellness Programs with University Recreation which includes: a strong tradition of innovative group fitness classes, an established personal training program, weight room areas in three separate facilities, and a highly respected Gold Campus Exercise is Medicine program.

The Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness will have the opportunity to guide a motivated team of Fitness and Wellness students, two graduate assistants, and four program managers, as well as work with professionals across campus to develop innovative and impactful fitness and wellness programs for the AppState community. The Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness reports to the Associate Director of Programs.

You will succeed in this position if you:

  • Are an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Are committed to integrating Fitness and Wellness as a catalyst to empower student health and wellbeing
  • Are a visionary and a strategic professional to take the fitness & wellness program to the next level
  • Take ownership in building a positive, inclusive and engaged work culture
  • Enjoy building collaborative relationships
  • Are committed to enhancing students’ career readiness and leadership skills.
  • Embrace and inspire a vibrant, active, and healthy community.
  • Are available to work in a flexible schedule that requires some evenings, weekends, and designated holidays.

Who we are:
The Fitness and Wellness programs at University Recreation aspire to create and foster healthy lifestyles for lifelong wellbeing. Through empowering and engagement, Fitness and Wellness provides opportunities to support students in their social, physical, and mental wellbeing. At University Recreation (UREC) we believe in an equitable University Recreation community with opportunities for everyone, with everyone.

With this position you will have the opportunity to:

  • Coordinate the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of student staff including two Graduate Assistants, 15-20 Group Exercise Instructors, 8-12 Personal Trainers, 4 Program Managers, and 25-30 Weight Room Attendants.
  • Design, coordinate, and lead training opportunities that focus on the growth and development of student self-awareness, leadership, wellness initiatives, and employability skill sets.
  • Develop and implement a plan to intentionally create inclusive opportunities integrating Fitness and Wellness initiatives.
  • Provide programming leadership including general fitness, group exercise, personal training and educational workshops for students, faculty and staff.
  • Provide institutional leadership with our campus collaborators to maintain and further develop the AppState Gold Rated Exercise is Medicine program
  • Develop and maintain a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer training programs to develop new and existing student staff members.
  • Hold self, students, and staff members accountable to departmental expectations of creating an inclusive environment at UREC facilities and programs.
  • Promote inclusive ways to advocate for the needs of all students.
  • Provide oversight for risk management related to Fitness Programs, Group Exercise, Personal Training, and the Weight Rooms.
  • Assist in the annual budgeting process for the Fitness and Wellness program which includes developing, forecasting, and reporting on revenues and expenses related to Fitness and Wellness areas. Total budgetary oversight is $152,000 which includes student staff wages, expenditures for new equipment, and maintenance of existing equipment

At a minimum you should have

  • Bachelor degree in a related field.
  • At least three (3) years of progressive professional experience in the design, implementation, and administration of fitness programs. A completed two-year Graduate Assistantship will be counted as one year of professional experience.
  • At least two (2) years of supervising staff experience in the area of fitness.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Group Fitness Instructor certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and/or Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and/or American Council on Exercise (ACE).

The preferred candidate will have

  • Masters degree in a related area.
  • Practical experience and understanding of collegiate recreational fitness programs.
  • Hold two (2) or more current specialty group fitness certifications: ZUMBA, SPIN, Barre, TRX, Yoga, etc.
  • Active involvement in higher education national organizations (NIRSA, ACPA, etc)

Salary and benefits
Starting salary for this position is $50,000 – $55,000 plus an excellent benefits package. For more information visit:

How to apply

For full consideration, applicants must submit all the required documents which should clearly demonstrate how the applicant meets the requirements of the position.

  1. Cover letter, which summarizes qualifications and expresses interest in the position.
  2. Current resume which includes dates of employment.
  3. Answers to supplemental questions (on the on-line application)
  4. Name and contact information of at least three professional references.

Deadline to submit applications is May 5, 2022.
For questions about the position, please contact Rich Campbell. Associate Director of Programs at UREC:

About the University: As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Learn more at

About Boone: Boone is a college town in the best sense — a place where people say hello on the street and a vibrant downtown is just a block from campus. Its eclectic hub, known as King Street, features specialty shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains attract outdoor enthusiasts year-round for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and other activities. Learn more about the Boone area here.

Appalachian State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of members of historically underrepresented groups.