Scripps College Scripps College, North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA, USA
Nov 16, 2018Part time
PRIMARY PURPOSE/GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Wellness Specialist has a dual responsibility as a group fitness professional/health educator and a facility supervisor. As the professional staff member in the facility, the Part-Time Specialist is responsible for the supervision and safe operation of the Tiernan Field House, pool and alumnae field during hours assigned, on a part-time basis primarily during weekend hours or in coverage for professional staff for vacations, illnesses, conferences or special events. The position supervises scheduled activities, services and staff, during assigned shifts, ensuring adherence to department policies and procedures and efficient use of facilities. Staff supervision includes customer service assistants, lifeguards, bike shop staff, peer health educators and special events staff (student and hourly staff). The Wellness specialist provides programs and services relating to health, wellness, fitness and work life initiatives including nutrition, alcohol and sexual health awareness with a focus on personal development, education, risk reduction and intervention. As a certified fitness professional, or health educator, the Part-Time Specialist works one on one or in a group setting to assist students to achieve their personal fitness, health and wellness goals. This position will assess students’ current level of fitness or health, design and discus personal routines and behavior modification strategies to effectively implement the desired change. The Wellness Specialist will keep accurate records to monitor a client’s progress as well as document any concerns or injuries. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This information is intended to be a descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position. Perform other duties as assigned. Assist in the supervision of all facilities and programs within the Tiernan Field House, Alumnae Field, Scripps Pool and Volleyball Court Supervises fitness areas to insure proper risk management and safe use of equipment and facilities. Provides quality customer service to students, faculty, staff, members and guests of the college. Assists with membership inquiries and special events. Performs administrative duties, including incident reports, maintenance/repair reports, logs, or as assigned by director. Completes and supervises opening and closing procedures for the facility. Attends staff training, as required. Act within the scope of their training, specialty certification and industry standards. Instructs group training sessions, conducts consultations, and workshops to facilitate participation, program adherence and an understanding of healthy lifestyle choices. Instruct and educate participants with varying skill levels, focusing on: education, healthy behaviors, goal setting, behavior modification strategies, strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training, progression, duration, intensity and safe execution of exercises. Establish rapport using effective communication and listening techniques to build trust and maintain a high level of confidentiality Assess client attitudes, preferences, motivations, and readiness for behavior change to set appropriate goals Obtain health and exercise history and lifestyle information to determine risk and identify the need for medical clearance and referrals Conduct appropriate baseline assessments using standardized protocols, establish a safe effective program, monitor, instruct, supervise, advise and track changes over time Facilitate program design and implement individual programs using appropriate principles for cardiovascular, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility Demonstrate and coach patrons on the proper use of cardiovascular and strength equipment and promote program adherence Teach safe and effective techniques using a variety of methods and resources to attain desired results to promote healthy lifestyles Evaluate progress using assessments, current standards, observation and feedback, modify goals as needed Active support for the College’s Principles of Community and Principles of Diversity in the performance of job duties. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Proficiency in the use of computers, cash register, and related software programs; including excel, database programs, word processing and email. Knowledge of the fitness industry and services within a college setting. Experience working in a multipurpose fitness facility environment, including a pool and athletic field. Knowledge and experience in risk management, as it related to aquatics, fitness, facility equipment, programs and services. Strong customer service and problem solving skills Strong verbal and written communication skills Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. Knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and procedures of personal training and health and wellness programming including: Exercise science, biomechanics, applied kinesiology, and health education Procedures and protocols for conducting health screening, testing, and evaluation of programs for client base while maintaining confidentiality. Principles and methods of training for cardio-respiratory fitness and exercise, muscular strength and endurance, strength training, and flexibility program design. Program design for patrons with various health levels including injury prevention and modifications communicated in teaching techniques. Principles of adherence to program objectives and effective coaching and motivation techniques. Basic behavior changes and health psychology and sensitivity to issues and concerns related to women’s health and wellness. Implement health and wellness education programs and individual consultations based on student’s needs, interests’ developmental stages and learning styles. QUALIFICATION STANDARDS: EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in recreation, physical education, exercise science, public health, health education, kinesiology, fitness center management or other related field is required or any combination of education, training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability to perform the job. Two years’ experience in recreation, physical education or fitness related field required. Demonstrated experience with fitness center supervision, individual assessment, implementation and evaluation within the private or public fitness industry. LICENSES / CERTIFICATES: A professional certification relating to their area of expertise must be from an accredited organization such as; ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), AFAA (Athletic and Fitness Associations of America), and NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association). Maintenance of the certification, including necessary continuing education credits (CEC). CPR, first aid and AED certification. OTHER: HOURS & CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a temporary, part-time, on average 10 hours per week, non-benefits eligible, non-exempt position. Hours worked to be assigned on an ongoing basis. Must have evening and weekend availability. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate. Physical and Mental Requirements Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to details with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information, formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans. Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Standing for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal parameters. Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file. Ability to move about. Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example to lift or move office supplies, files, books and packages. At-Will Employment Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Scripps College is an At-Will employer. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Scripps College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.