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Assistant Director of Fitness

Apply now Department: 3670009250 Recreational Services Peters
Job no: 513370
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Recreational Services, Student Affairs / Services
Pay Grade: 09A

General Description of Position:

The Assistant Director of Fitness will lead and manage the administration and operation of the Fitness program, consisting of group fitness, personal training and small group programs.  The Assistant Director will be responsible for the overall programming, scheduling, planning, risk management, personnel management, facility management, fiscal management, assessment and marketing/promotions of the Fitness Program.

Information about the Department:

Recreational Services’ mission is to develop, promote and manage the administration of recreational and fitness facilities, services and programs for the campus community at Kansas State University. Active and healthy lifestyles enhance opportunities for continuance of personal and professional maintenance and growth. These lifestyles are positively affected by the quality and quantity of the services, programs and facilities we provide. Recreational Services promotes student development and provides leadership opportunities in a diverse setting for its participants and employees.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at

Job Description:



  • Develop and execute strategic plans and vision for Fitness program
  • Produce reports and statistical compilations of program activities
  • Manage operating budget of the Fitness program

Fitness Programs

  • Schedule and direct programming for group fitness classes
  • Organize, review and distribute personal training clients
  • Schedule and direct programming for small group training programs
  • Hire, supervise, train, develop and evaluate group fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • Review and update training procedures and manuals to meet and maintain industry standards
  • Inventory, manage and maintain the equipment utilized for group fitness, personal training and small group programs
  • Maintain a review of statistics of the program offerings and participants monthly and yearly
  • Will track all personal training program participation and income from fitness services
  • Manage student employee payroll and budget for group fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • Lead and mentor all group fitness instructors and personal trainers in continuing education, certification and training. This will include developing and implementing continuing education for employees and/or campus community
  • Develop and implement new programs each semester of the academic year
  • Manage collaborations with office staff to market programs and services
  • Plan and implement special events, outreach and marketing for group fitness and personal training.
  • Provide educational outreach for campus community.
  • Work with IM Leagues software system in the operation and betterment of program

Student Development

  • Assist in the development and management of the department wide student employee leadership and development program, departmental internships, and special events to enable and further the professional experiences of our student staff.


  • Coordinate studio, facility, and equipment preparation and maintenance
  • Coordinate marketing and promotions for the Fitness programs in cooperation with department marketing staff
  • Develop and continue to improve and maintain customer service practices within the program

Development & Customer Services: 

  • Will embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives. 
  • Will advance an advocate for holistic well-being and lifelong movement on an active healthy campus. 
  • This person will cultivate a culture of innovation and dedication to effective student development outcomes.


  • Will serve as member of University Well-being Collaborative
  • Will attend and make reports to the Recreational Services Council.
  • Will assist in the staff education and preparation in CPR, AED, and First Aid training.
    • Training will include ensuring all staff meets the requirements for BBP, Adult/Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED.
    • Will be responsible for all aspects of risk management.
  • Will serve the University and Department via committees including the Recreational Services Council and others as needed.
  • All areas will include some evening and weekend supervision and responsibilities.
  • Will collaborate with other Assistant Directors/Coordinators on the development, implementation, and assessment of all student development initiatives.
  • Will have no outside duties or jobs that directly interfere with these responsibilities.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Required Education, Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 3 to 5 years of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

Preferred Education & Experience:


  • Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Wellness, Exercise Science, Recreation Management or a Related Field


  • One or more years supervisory experience in fitness, group exercise and personal training programming and management
  • Previous experience as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer with ACSM, ACE, AFAA, NSCS, NASM or other nationally recognized organization
  • Leadership and supervisory skills to hire, train, motivate, supervise and evaluate employees as demonstrated through past supervision of staff
  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Current certifications with American Red Cross
  • AED/CPR/First Aid Instructor Level certification
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applicants will begin July 22, 2022 and continues until filled

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$45,642 to $55,000 plus benefits

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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