Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  247117
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Date:  Jun 26, 2024

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Duke Recreation and Physical Education reaffirms our commitment to fighting racism and supporting diversity,

equity, inclusion, and belonging. It is our mission to build awareness and leadership around anti-racism by

generating transformative conversations, tangible changes, and experiences through assessment, intentional

actions, and holding our community accountable. The Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness position will work to cultivate a safe, anti-racist, equitable and inclusive community, and environment. This will be done through

education as well as the identification and removal of barriers for staff, faculty, and/or participants.


Occupational Summary

This full-time position, under the direct supervision of the Director of Fitness and Wellness, will primarily oversee fitness programs and assist with the development and implementation of comprehensive fitness and wellness initiatives. Responsibilities include fitness programs, personal training, wellness outreach, and special events.


The Assistant Director will foster a safe, equitable, and inclusive community through education and the removal of barriers for program staff and participants. This role will supervise the Program Assistant of Fitness and Wellness, part-time staff, and may require evening and weekend hours


Work Performed

Provide leadership and oversight to the fitness staff, ensuring they meet all program expectations and departmental protocols.


Direct the daily operations of fitness programs and assist with the development and implementation of signature fitness and wellness events.


Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of fitness instructors, program assistant, and staff.


Plan, administer, and evaluate fitness classes, individual and small group training programs.


Assist with monthly and annual financial, progress, and usage reports as requested.


Develops recommendations and implements new classes, programs, and activities.


Assists in assessment and evaluation efforts for the fitness program each semester, identifying participation levels, program participant interests, along with learning and development objectives.


Assist in coordination of in-service training and professional development for fitness staff and personal trainers.


Assist with identifying program fiscal needs, program fee structures, and preparing budget recommendations.


Responsible for managing fitness technology systems, such as audio/visual equipment, Fusion, other fitness software.


Establish and monitor a preventative equipment maintenance and repair program as well as research and recommend new exercise equipment and develop a short and long term replacement schedule.


Collaborate with campus partners and other department staff to develop and implement events and activities for the students to engage in physical activity and help improve their overall well-being.


Collaborate with Marketing, develop and execute campaigns to drive awareness and participation for group fitness, fitness services, and special events.


Assist in the developing and administering safety/risk management and emergency action protocols for areas of responsibility.


Keep abreast of current research in fitness field; obtain and maintain appropriate certifications.


Serves as a substitute for instructors and fitness staff as needed.


Support and help advance the university and department’s commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Minimum Qualifications (Duke)



Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.




Work requires one year of experience in program administration or OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events.


Required Qualifications at this Level


Minimum Qualifications:



Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, exercise science, recreation, physical education, sport management or related field required from accredited institution.


NCCA accredited certification required


Current CPR/AED certification required.



Two or more years of professional work experience in fitness or related fields.


Preferred Qualifications:



Master’s degree in kinesiology, exercise science, recreation, physical education, sport management, or related field



Four or more years of professional work experience in fitness or related fields. Three or more years of supervisory and management experience



Excellent oral and written communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Ability to communicate with diverse populations.

Demonstrated understanding and a strong commitment to customer service orientation.

Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships.

Ability to think creatively and proactively.

Utilize good judgement; reliability; initiative and resourcefulness.

Knowledge of current exercise guidelines for both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions.

Knowledge of industry standard fitness and personal training protocols.

Proficient in the use and maintenance of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.

Commitment to ongoing education, staying updated on the latest exercise-related guidelines, and maintaining certification through an NCCA-accredited program.

Shares the responsibility of the mission, strategic planning and goals for Recreation and Physical Education.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.




Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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