Grand Valley State University — Assistant Director, Recreation & Wellness

Under the leadership of the Associate Director of Recreation & Wellness, the Assistant Director is responsible for the overall administration and implementation of a comprehensive Fitness Program, including Group Exercise, Training Services, and other programs supporting student health and wellbeing. 


  1. Provide programming leadership including general fitness, group exercise, personal training and educational outreach with a student focus and for our campus community. 
  2. Promote inclusive ways to advocate for the needs of all students. 
  3. Manage program budgets and financial operations, including revenue sources and expense processes related to Fitness programs. 
  4. Oversee and lead fitness staffing including training, supervision and development for Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant, as well as student employees/interns and
    other part-time staff. 
  5. Develop and maintain Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer training and mentorship programs that develop new and existing student staff members. 
  6. Oversee Risk Management efforts for programs and services, which includes updating Emergency Action Plans, and managing policies, protocols, and procedures 
  7. Lead assessment, evaluation, and data collection/reporting efforts for programs to ensure inclusion, best practices, and implementing program improvements. 
  8. Oversee scheduling and use of facilities for program activities and events, ensuring adequate and appropriate use. 
  9. Provide institutional leadership by collaborate strategically with colleagues in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, services, and special events to support a diverse student population. This includes maintaining gold status for Exercise Is Medicine®️, On Campus. 
  10. Obtain and maintain American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid instructor certification and oversee certification courses and schedule. 
  11. Manage equipment inventory and storage, coordinating the tracking, maintenance, and replacement of items. 
  12. Manage all fitness software applications and technology including website management. 
  13. Assist with marketing strategies and promotion of fitness and wellness programs and services. 
  14. Serve as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer or wellness coach as needed. 
  15. Work routine nights and weekends as programs, events or staff supervision require. 
  16. Serve on various divisional and university committees, and support departmental events and initiatives. 
  17. Performs other duties as required/assigned by supervisor. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Education, Health Promotion or in related field. 
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in a similar fitness recreation or wellness setting. 
  • At least two (2) years of supervising staff experience in the area of fitness or similar profession. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a cohesive energetic team. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Current NCCA Accredited certification in personal training, group fitness instruction or similar. (ACSM, ACE, NASM, NSCA) 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health Professions, Sport Management, Higher Education, or related field. 
  • Progressive professional recreation experience in higher education. 
  • Knowledge of ACSM guidelines including exercise physiology, exercise testing, and programming. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting student development, including creating student centered learning environments. 
  • Additional specialty certifications are a plus. 


  • Normal office environment including work within recreation facilities. 
  • Limited travel may be required. 
  • Average to heavy lifting may be required. 
  • Must have ability to demonstrate and cue various exercises. 
  • Some evenings and weekends required. 

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

See our website at for a full description for required qualifications.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Apply online at Include a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline Date:
Review of applications begin June 22, 2022

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.