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Recreation & Athletics Specialist

Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, IA

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Vacancy Notice: Monday, June 10, 2024Application Deadline: Open Until FilledPosition Type: ClassifiedHours: Part TimeReports To: Recreation & Athletic CoordinatorJob Summary

Hawkeye Community College’s Athletics and Recreation department is looking for a part-time Recreation and Athletics Specialist to join their team.

The Athletics and Recreation department is a great place to gain knowledge and experience in a multitude of areas. We have a growing athletic department that is passionate about developing great student athletes and successful sports programs. Our recreation program presents opportunities to be creative in developing new and exciting activities for students to participate in while attending Hawkeye Community College.

Specifically, as a Specialist, you would assist in providing group fitness instruction, personal training, strength and conditioning, and supervision of intramural activities within the Health Education Services Center (HESC). Additionally, you would be assisting with athletic and recreation events as event staff based on seasonal need (i.e., soccer, volleyball, etc.). During your shift, you would primarily be stationed at the front desk ensuring that only authorized patrons (students, faculty, staff, game day visitors, etc.) are accessing the facilities. The best part is that our Recreation and Athletics Specialist position allows you to be a part of a growing NJCAA Athletic program as well as make an impact on both students and student athletes alike.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists with student activities including intramural, social, recreational, and athletic events.

  • Works with coaches and athletic training staff to communicate proper needs for student-athletes participating in strength and conditioning sessions.

  • Assists in programming and implementation of strength and conditioning sessions for various athletic teams.

  • Provides group fitness instruction and personal training for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Assists in the general supervision of HESC activities and student employees.

  • Opens and/or closes the facility requiring flexible hours to include mornings, evenings nights, and weekends.

  • Monitors usage throughout the facility, ensuring safety protocols are being upheld.

  • Assists with coordinating, marketing, and promoting recreation and athletic activities.

  • Provides oversight of intramural activities.

  • Serves as event staff for various activities throughout the year.

  • Promotes a positive atmosphere with students, faculty, and staff that utilize the facility.

  • Performs general inspection and maintenance of equipment. Maintains a daily cleaning schedule for the weight room, equipment, and training areas.

  • Performs set-up, tear-down, and storage of equipment.

  • Transports students in college van to activities and events off campus as needed.

  • Performs duties of the Recreation & Athletics Coordinator in their absence.

  • Participates in campus committees as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree and/or a combination of education and relevant experience to total of two (2) years, in leisure services, exercise science, health promotion, fitness management, business, communications, or related field.

  • Experience leading group fitness classes and/or personal training sessions.

  • Group fitness and/or personal training certification

  • Must possess a current driver’s license valid in the State of Iowa and a driving record insurable by the College’s insurer. Must be able to obtain additional endorsements as needed.

  • CPR/First Aid certification required or ability to obtain within the first 3 months of employment.

  • Must possess or be able to obtain Personal Training/Group Exercise Certifications within the first 3 months of employment. (i.e. ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM).

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a flexible schedule to include mornings, evenings, nights, and weekends.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication.

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and video conferencing technology.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience leading group fitness classes and/or personal training sessions.

  • Group fitness and/or personal training certification

  • Experience coaching strength and conditioning.

Working Conditions

Part-time position averaging approximately 20 hours per week. Extra hours available for athletic events based on seasonal needs. Works regular evening and weekends for facility coverage, additional evening and weekend hours are dependent on seasonal needs of programs/activities.

Requires skills for succeeding in an outdoor and office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is in a combination of indoor and outdoor environments. Outdoor environments may become susceptible to inclement weather conditions. During the course of the day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.

Employment Status

Part-time nonexempt position with a choice of retirement programs – IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

The salary range for this position begins at $15.53/hr

Application Procedure
  • Complete an online application at

    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:

      • Please share any experience with group fitness classes, personal training sessions, strength and conditioning, facility supervision and/or event management.

    • Submit/upload a resume.

    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.

  • Completed applications, along with the required materials, will be reviewed upon submission.

Apply Online

Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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