Director of Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine Farmington | Farmington, ME
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Director of Fitness & Recreation Center
Fitness and Recreation Center - FHFCR
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Peacefully nestled in the spectacular lakes & mountains region of western Maine, UMF is Maine's public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences. The campus is in historic downtown Farmington, just a short walk away from coffee shops, funky stores, restaurants, banks, bookstores, a multi-screen movie theater and a whole lot more. Our perfect location combines the active outdoor lifestyle with the arts & smarts of a small college town.
The University of Maine Farmington is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Fitness and Recreation Center for UMF Athletics.
The Director of the University of Maine Farmington's Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC) is responsible for the overall daily administration of the highly visible FRC staff, facilities, programs and services that serve both campus and community needs. This person must be an effective leader who can develop and maximize limited human, fiscal and structural resources to achieve goals consistent with the mission and philosophy of the Center and the University. The FRC supports a broad range of campus fitness and recreation programs in areas such as: aquatics, group fitness, health and safety education, intramurals, personal training, physical education, outdoor recreation and youth programs. It also supports selected club and varsity sport indoor training needs. Uniquely, the center also serves as a primary fitness and aquatics facility for community members. Furthermore, it supports unique learn-to-swim and learn-to-ski programs, and extends its outdoor recreation, "Mainely Outdoors" programs, to community participation and gear rental. Through these ever-evolving programs and partnerships the Center serves as an important point of contact and positive community relations for the Unversity. It plays a significant role in the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff through the promotion and facilitation of healthy lifestyles/wellness and social interaction.
The director is ultimately responsible for the supervision of a small team of well-qualified professional and classified staff who recruite, develop and supervise a workforce of nearly 100 students. The director needs to be an excellent collaborator and communicator who can develop partnerships and collaborations with a wide variety of campus constituents such as academic departments, athletics, conferences, grounds and facilities, student life and external groups in recreation and health services.
The facility consists of a multi-use field house with a walk/jog track, a weight room, a natatorium, and cardio, group fitness, and rope course areas. Operations run year round from before 7:00 a.m. until after 9:00 p.m. with the exception of select holidays. Additional facilities include an adjacent house and garage that is the hub for the Mainely Outdoors program and equipment. There is also excellent access to remarkable natural, recreational resources nearby and across the region to be utilized.
The director is responsible for working with staff to become/remain state of the art in terms of the fitness and recreation industry trends, to keep programs fresh, to promote and market programs/cultivate memberships and other appropriate revenue streams that are in balance with our students' co-curricular experience and other campus needs.
The successful candidate must demonstrate an excellent work ethic, and solid customer service skills, and possess an aptitude for risk and financial management as well as other planning and organizational skills. Being comfortable in getting out and interacting with students, members, and other stakeholders is expected, as is modeling an active and healthy lifestyle.
The position is full-time (12 months) professional.
Salary range: $54,000-60,000 (with excellent benefits).
Required: A Masters' Degree or equivalent combination of relevant education, certifications and/or experience; a minimum of three-five years of applicable experience in the fitness industry/recreational management and/or other applicable field.
Preferred: Excellent organizational, planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; computer literacy; experience in budgetary and supervisory endeavors associated with facility management; multiple activity coordination and simultaneous project management. Excellent understanding of risk management. Ability to set appropriate goals, assess program effectiveness and compile/present appropriate reports. Interest and ability to work traditional business and flexible extended hours, including some evenings and weekends is required.
Preferred qualifications: More significant experience managing/maintaining and even designing facilities. Interest and ability to lead/supervise selected outdoor recreation activities such as hikes, bike rides, paddles, ski/snowshoeing and camping. Expertise/applicable certifications in fitness/recreation as well as familiarity with fitness equipment selection and maintenance. Interest and ability to become a certified pool operator. Experience/ability to write and administer grants, participate in fund/friend- raising activities.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply for Position." Please create an applicant profile, complete a brief application,upload a cover letter which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications, a resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date negotiable.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.
UMF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University of Maine at Farmington does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
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