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RecSports Fitness Coordinator- RecSports

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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RecSports Fitness Coordinator

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Fitness Coordinator in the RecSports Department. This is an exempt, 12 month, full-time; non-tenure track staff position.

The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant University, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The University values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff members that serve our students through 22 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.

The Department: The RecSports Department facilitates a wide variety of recreation-based opportunities for the University community.  The RecSports Department manages four recreation facilities, including the TRECS (Tennessee Recreation Center for Students), the SAC (Student Aquatic Center), the RecSports Field Complex at Sutherland, and the RecSports Fields at TRECS.  With the doors open for more than 100 hours per week, the RecSports Department aims to engage students in a variety of recreation activities including intramural sports, group fitness classes, personal training, outdoor adventure trips, Sport Clubs, Aquatic programs, open-gym basketball, climbing/bouldering, racquetball, weightlifting (free weight or machine), and/or cardio exercises.  The RecSports department is also the 2nd largest employer of students on campus with more than 300 students employed part-time for the majority of the year.  The RecSports Department strives to satisfy varying degrees of interest in recreation, while designing activities that promote health and wellness, social and cultural interaction, professionalism, and leadership, all while staying on the cutting edge of technology, in order to foster an environment conducive to supporting the academic experience at the University of Tennessee.

The Position:  The Fitness Coordinator manages all aspects of the group fitness program and the personal training program.  The Fitness Coordinator position includes programming monthly special events that promote health and wellness.  Responsibilities also includes recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling and evaluating student employee's, enforcement of departmental and university policies & standards, and dealing with patron conflict resolution.  Plan, schedule and document all staff trainings. 

Participates as a liaison for RecSports with academics, athletics, facility services, student life, and other departments to meet the needs for University programs.  Maintains professional relationships with other departments on campus via workshops, meetings, and committees.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. 1 year professional experience working with students in a campus recreation program or a similar organization of comparable size; Ability to work with diverse constituencies, prioritize multiple work responsibilities in time-sensitive situations, work with limited supervision, supervise, and delegate work to student staff, exercise good judgement, handle different situations with confidence and leadership, and be flexible; Knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, and Microsoft office suite; Strong verbal and written communication skills, customer service skills, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree preferred.  Preferred certifications include American Red Cross CPR Instructor.  Accredited Group Fitness and Personal training certifications.  Experience with computer programs (i.e., Microsoft Systems, online group management systems, online assessment tools, Innosoft Fusion, WhentoWork, Connect 2); Knowledge of trends, and best practices in fitness programming.  Demonstrated presentation skills and teambuilding facilitation experience; Ability to work with the community and outreach groups; Membership and participation in the NIRSA.

Application Process: Please complete the on-line application for full consideration at

Applicants should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three references (with current e-mail address and phone number/s) in the application file.  A review of all applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations are welcomed and should be made by submitting information to the Fitness Coordinator Committee Chair, Mr. Sean Basso, Associate Director of RecSports, Tennessee Recreation Center for Students (TRECS), 2111 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996. Questions regarding the search may be directed to the Search Committee Chair.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

 Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Spsf-Recreation Complex
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 3, 2021, 6:00:09 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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