Assistant Director Wellness & Recreation

Deland, FL

Stetson University

The Assistant Director of Wellness & Recreation will work to promote wellness and recreation on the DeLand Campus of Stetson University. They will serve as the main overseer of the operations of the Hollis Wellness Center facility, including student staff, weight training space, cardio activities, an aquatic program, and open recreation. They will additionally provide leadership to SOAR (Outdoor Recreation) and one Graduate Assistant.  The Assistant Director will serve as a member of the Department of Wellness and Recreation, reporting to the Director of Wellness and Recreation, with the expectation to uphold the departmental and University goals and mission as well as the overall goals of CLaSS (Campus Life and Student Success).  

Assistant Director Wellness & Recreation (Fitness, Facilities, and Outdoor Recreation)
  • Recruit, hire, train, schedule, and evaluate facility operations staff to include a Graduate Assistant, Fitness Coaches, Building Manager, Lifeguards, and Member Service Staff. 
  • Advise the Wellness and Recreation Student Committee, responsible for providing professional development opportunities, social engagements, and appreciation for student employees. 
  • Oversee, track, and provide CPR, First Aid, and AED training to student employees and campus community members as needed.
  • Supervise daily operations including the entry process, equipment checkout, stocking equipment inventory, locker usage, patron complaints, and risk management issues. 
  • Manage operations for the Hollis Wellness Center including all equipment repair, equipment leasing/purchasing, copier management and work orders. Work with facilities department and outside vendors on these issues.
  • Oversee the process of collecting and reporting facility usage numbers for Hollis Wellness Center. Run assessment and feedback programs to acquire feedback from students, staff and faculty regarding services. Communicate back to these same groups about changes and limitations.
  • Develop innovative and learning outcome driving fitness and open recreation programs.
  • Develop and direct the outdoor recreation program to include computer-based registration, inventory and scheduling for outdoor programs, workshops and trips, adventure education, and outdoor equipment check-out.
  • Communicate departmental information effectively to facility users and campus community through the use of printed materials, website, departmental app, building signage, and social media.
  • Work in collaboration with the Athletics Department in regards to facilities management.
  • Serve on Divisional and University committees and initiatives as needed.
  • Research and stay up to date on best practices in the field of Campus Recreation through NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) and other means. Engages in NIRSA professional development opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as requested.

YOUR TEAM: Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS) champions community, well-being, learning and success throughout each student’s journey at Stetson. CLaSS is a vibrant and collaborative division grounded in the belief that powerful and transformational learning and development happen in places like intramural fields, club and organization meetings, conversations in the residence halls and coffee shop, and individual coaching on health, career, or academics. This is why we say that “CLaSS is always in session.” We believe in a learning culture that recognizes the need for trying, failing, and thriving cycles, and where confidence, mindfulness, and human potential are built through adversity and guided support. We seek highly motivated team members who have experience providing quality customer service, working strategically and with administrative acumen, building collaborative relationships, and integrating inclusion and equity in their work. Our high expectations of our team members are matched by robust professional development that recognizes we are all in the process of becoming. Student and staff development should include creating, clarifying, shaping, and working towards our goals through self-assessment, skill acquisition, and reflection. CLaSS is comprised of Academic Success, Career and Professional Development, Community Engagement, Community Standards, Dean of Students, Dining Services, Diversity and Inclusion, Health Service, Public Safety, Religious and Spiritual Life, Residential Living and Learning, Student Counseling Services, Student Development and Campus Vibrancy, Title IX, and Wellness and Recreation.

We value the members of our community and embrace diversity in all its forms as a great asset.  We value individuality, creative thinking, innovative problem-solving, collaboration, and community.  We seek to create a dynamic culture that is a force for change, growth, and equity.  To ensure sustained progress towards these principles, we aim to foster an environment that truly celebrates the variety of backgrounds, capabilities, contributions, and perspectives of all members in our community, with a vision emphasizing unified strength through diversity.  Through our work, we continually gain an awareness of and appreciation for our differences and develop our skill in working across cultural lines.  Additionally, we must acknowledge that our systems and structures are based on historical inequities and strive to fully understand and address how this impacts individuals.  We remain diligent in identifying and removing barriers to one’s sense of belonging on our campuses by:   

  • Acknowledging that we are stronger because of our differences.   
  • Accepting individual responsibility for promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.   
  • Aspiring to be a diverse community that values inclusive excellence, and demonstrates  
  • awareness of how individual actions influence social impact.   
  • Acting as a steadfast learning institution that offers continuous opportunities to deepen mutual   
  • communication in ways that support inclusivity, equity, and respect.  

We recognize that we still have progress to make in becoming truly inclusive and equitable.  We unequivocally commit to create a culture where each individual is welcomed and belongs as an essential part of the fabric of the Stetson community.  

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate will be a mature, highly responsible and organized individual capable of coordinating recreation and wellness initiatives on a college campus. A master’s degree in student affairs, counseling, recreation or related field is required (enrollment in a master’s degree program is acceptable). Experience in managing a recreation facility, familiarity with best practices and knowledge of current trends and issues in student affairs, campus recreation and recreation facilities is preferred. A minimum of 1 year of experience in campus recreation, first aid, CPR instructor and personal trainer certifications are preferred. Must be proficient in Word, Excel, and electronic communications. Must be able to establish, maintain, collaborate and work with students, faculty, and staff and to work independently.

REMUNERATION:  12-month position with competitive salary. Retirement, health, dental, and vision benefits are available, as well as tuition remission for employee and dependents after specified period of employment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Duties require physical effort, i.e. some standing and walking, bending, light lifting; dexterity in the operation of office equipment; extended periods of time at a keyboard.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Please apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume, with names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of three professional references to the Stetson University Department of Human Resource.  Anticipated start date is February/March 2021.

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with 3,500 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 2,100 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves over 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, and Counseling. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity and strongly encourages the applications of all candidates, including women and candidates from historically under-represented groups.

Posted: 02/17/2021