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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Department Summary

The mission of the University of Michigan Recreational Sports is promoting a healthy lifestyle through engagement, leadership and activity. The Department operates multiple programs, four indoor facilities and two outdoor field complexes. The department consists of 36 full-time staff and over 650 student employees. Established in 1913, the department is considered to be one of the first collegiate recreation programs and is the first program to have a facility dedicated to student recreation (Intramural Sports Building, 1928). Recreational Sports reports to Student Life through the Associate Vice President of Student Life.

Job Summary

The Program Manger will provide leadership and oversight for a comprehensive and diverse group fitness program. The position will be responsible for instructor oversight, Group X schedule management and development, program assessment, and inventory control. This position will provide direct supervision to the instructional staff which includes management and development. This position will be a member of the Fitness and Wellness leadership team which means they will work with the Assistant Director and the other Coordinator to continually build the program through collaboration work, promotional events, and development of new programs. They will also serve on assigned committees to represent the Department. 


50% Program Oversight

Ensure Recreational Sports is providing high quality Group X classes that meet the diverse needs on campus and provide an inclusive environment in three recreation facilities.  Implement the mentorship and continuing education processes for instructors.   Complete all personnel-related tasks including but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, disciplining, and evaluating Group X instructors. Verify and track certifications. Develop, manage, and assess Group X class schedule to achieve best class offering to meet the needs for the entire campus community. Manage payroll of all staff within the scope of supervision. 

25% Staff Oversight: 

Provide supervision, direction, coaching and mentoring of student temporary staff; ensure direct reports represent the Department in a positive way; evaluate and provide regular feedback to direct reports; ensure the hiring and development of student programming staff meets Department needs and goals.

15% Fiscal Oversight

Track program statistics to be used in reports and other analytical mechanisms in order to assist with overall analysis of the Recreational Sports operations and the Group X program.

10% Leadership

Provide departmental leadership; develop and enforce departmental policies; ensure the development of students in all areas of supervision; serve on committees or work teams to support the Department, Division and University; collaborate with University colleagues to represent the Department.

Other Requirements: 

Evening and weekend work responsibilities, as needed; be on-call to provide leadership during times programs and facilities are operating; attend professional development opportunities, as assigned; other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in recreation, health, wellness, kinesiology or a related field. 
  • Current national fitness certification, ACE, ACSM, NAFC, AFAA, etc...              
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a group exercise instructor
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience supervising group exercise instructors
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in fitness program management (creating class schedules, managing budgets and payroll, hiring processes)
  • Working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics
  • Experience in establishing learning outcomes and developing systems to achieve those   
  • Demonstrated success in building positive customer relations
  • Ability to coach and communicate with several learning styles                                            
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills                                                                                                      
  • Experience with collaborative team environments and the ability to form positive relationships.                                         
  • Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED or the ability to obtain within six months of hire

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in recreation, higher education, physiology, kinesiology, sports management or a related field.              
  • Experience in development and oversight of program budgets                                                                                                            
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and meeting revenue goals
  • Sustained involvement in NIRSA or other professional associations

Additional Information

Candidate Characteristics:                                                                                                                     

A successful candidate will possess certain leadership characteristics deemed important to success in the position. These characteristics include:

  • A highly collaborative and consultative style within and outside of the organization                                                                            
  • An ability to make difficult decisions with diplomacy and inclusion                                                                                                       
  • An innate capability of understanding organizational and student needs and interests                                                       
  • A history of having high levels of trust and integrity                                                                                                              
  • An ability to motivate staff towards a common vision and high performance                                                       
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative attitude                                                                                                            
  • Motivation to create productive learning experiences for students who participate in recreation                                                                                                        

Additional Information

This position requires an understanding of current issues and best practices in university recreation, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, the ability to plan strategically, the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment with all levels of employees and participants, work effectively and promote programs for persons of diverse backgrounds, and have a passion for enhancing the student experience and learning.

Working conditions

  • On occasion could be expected to work evening hours or weekends to support Recreational Sports events

Direct reports

  • Group-X Instructors, Program Staff

Starting salary may vary depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.