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Fitness Director- Duke Center for Living at Fearrington

Duke University
Duke Fitness Center

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Institution Type
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Job Details

The responsibilities of this position include overall operational, fiscal, strategic development and leadership/management of the Duke Center for Living at Fearrington with support from the Associate Executive Director at Galloway Ridge.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership across all areas of the business, ensuring a positive outcome for both clients and staff.
  • Develops annual capital and operations budget and ensures successful fiscal outcome.
  • Monitors financial performance on on-going basis and adjusts as needed to meet goals. Clearly understand s performance within individual programs and within larger context. Reviews pricing structure periodically to ensure balance with revenue needs and ability to be competitive.
  • Evaluates all current and possible revenue sources on continuous basis for opportunities to enhance financial wellness.
  • Oversees all financial processes, including billing, deposits, audits, payroll, etc.
  • Compiles and evaluates variety of benchmarks for continuous improvement and growth opportunities.
  • Create s and sustains wellness programs that are safe, effective and meets clients’ needs.
  • Implements yearly marketing strategy, based on knowledge of local competition and marketing experience, to support continual membership and revenue growth.
  • Maintains or increases overall high member retention.
  • Provides variety of feedback mechanisms for client issues and concerns, including formal survey of all programs and facility. Resulting data used to improve level of satisfaction.
  • Facilitates growth and development of all staff, including cross-training, staff in-services, professional conferences and courses and on-the-job training.
  • Establish and help lead organizational meetings on regular basis to enhance communication and build professional relationships.
  • Monitors both organizational and staffing effectiveness to maximize efficiency and to provide adequate coverage of all programming needs.
  • Direct involvement in hiring, training and review of all fitness center personnel.
  • Obtains and maintains all necessary licensure, permits, etc. in order to be compliant with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Establishes practices to meet applicable JCAHO standards on daily basis.
  • Responds to all safety related incidents and takes necessary action to eliminate or reduce safety issues for both clients and staff.
  • Develops and administers operating Policies & Procedures across all areas of organization.
  • Oversees all facility operations to ensure safety, comfort and functionality.
  • Maintains managerial coverage for all hours of operation.
  • Represents the Fitness Center in a positive and professional manner to the community and at various public relation opportunities.
  • Provides variety of consulting services to external clients, in areas of expertise, as additional source of revenue and outreach.
  • Provides lev el of support to the Senior Director of Resident and Community Engagement and Resident Wellness Department programming, including but not limited to Employee Wellness

Preferred Qualifications:

certified through the Medical Fitness Association as a Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director

Required Qualifications:

Education: Minimum of Bachelor degree in Exercise Science or related field, Master degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of two years managerial experience in medically-based fitness/wellness facility or equivalent experience.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification: Basic Life Support/ AED

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Effective leadership and team building ability, excellent communication skills, clear understanding of business and accounting principles and practice, provenability to manage multiple groups of people and strong exercise physiology knowledge and practical skills for clinical populations.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelors degree in Nursing, Exercise Science or other similar health related field


Two years of experience in a Cardiac Rehab program or fitness/wellness facility(preferably medically based), plus an additional two years of supervisory experience in the same type of environment.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Certification for skills and knowledge required for the clinical setting where the clinical practicum is conducted with students (i.e., age- specific competencies, Accucheck, chemstrip UGK, etc.).

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.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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