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The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Fitness Center Assistant/Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:  Fitness Center Assistant/Strength and Conditioning Coach                                      

DIVISION:   Administration & Finance

DEPARTMENT:  Athletics

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS:  ESU Cat. 12              

FLSA STATUS: Exempt                                            



REPORTS TO:  Fitness Center Director 

SUPERVISES: Work Study Students and Interns


BENEFITS:  Benefits for ESU


SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:  The Fitness Center Assistant/Strength and Conditioning Coach assists the Fitness Center Director in the overall management of the fitness center, performs one on one and group exercise instruction, and serves as Strength and Conditioning Coach for intercollegiate student-athletes under the direction of the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.

Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of the student population.


  • Provide high quality customer service to all Fitness Center users.
  • Oversee operations and supervise work-study students working the reception desk.
  • Under the direction of the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, develop, implement, and monitor training programs for athletic teams, intercollegiate student-athletes.
  • Assist Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in creating educational materials for student-athletes and coaches in the areas of athlete-specific training, injury prevention, nutrition, rest, recovery, and wellness.
  • Ensure all student-athlete interaction complies with NCAA regulations.
  • Remain current with trends and advancements in the field of sports/athlete performance.
  • Help provide literature to educate the campus community on wellness and fitness programs.
  • Develop special programs to engage with students and encourage participation in fitness programming.
  • Develop and implement training programs for students, faculty, and university staff as requested.
  • Instruct new and existing members on the proper use of fitness center equipment.
  • Teach group exercise classes when necessary.
  • Work in conjunction with the athletics staff to promote and provide quality programs in recreation, intramural, and instructional areas.
  • Assist Fitness Center Director in developing community outreach programs and promote volunteerism by recruiting for, and participating in such activities.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all users.
  • Expected to attend all staff meetings, department events, and campus events when requested to do so by Director of Athletics and Recreation.
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Fitness Center Director or Director of Athletics and Recreation (search committees, campus committees, special projects, etc.).



EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in sports management, physical education, recreation, athletic training or related field.

EXPERIENCE: Previous (1-3 years) instructor experience in physical education programs and/or recreation.

CERTIFICATION: CSCS - NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and/or CSCCA – Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified. Complete all necessary continuing education requirements to maintain all required Certifications.  

OTHER: Hours for this position are second shift (3pm – 11pm) during the Fall and Spring semester with occasional weekend and holiday work required. Summers and breaks will follow a more traditional first shift schedule.



  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to maintain favorable relations with all groups within the university community.
  • Ability to supervise, instruct, and deal effectively with students and staff.
  • Ability to instruct and lead large groups/teams effectively through prescribed workouts.
  • Ability to motivate, effectively educate, and produce buy in from a targeted audience.
  • Knowledge of periodization, and the ability to create programming to meet the demands of in-season, off-season, and pre-season training for student-athletes.
  • Ability to demonstrate and teach complex movements found in Olympic Weightlifting modalities.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Responsive and timely in communication to supervisor, support staff, and all general inquiries.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively in a team atmosphere in the athletic department.
  • Strong commitment to the NCAA Division III philosophy; shares and promotes the philosophy of the athletic department.
  • Ability to counsel student-athletes.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Maintains a steady and professional demeanor.
  • Strong commitment to professional development.
  • Knowledge and ability to implement University and NCAA policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and organize an integral area within the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to generate new ideas independently; must be a self-starter.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CPR, AED, First Aid certification.
  • Ability to work with various computer programs and web development tools



  • Master’s Degree in sports management, physical education, recreation, athletic training or related field.
  • Previous experience in creating and implementing strength and conditioning programming for collegiate student-athletes.
  • Possession of related credentials (ATC, RD, PT)     


Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

Effective September 27, 2021, UMass Dartmouth requires that all members of the campus community are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Additionally, all members of the campus community must obtain a Covid-19 booster shot and provide proof when requested. Individuals who are not yet eligible to receive a booster shot must obtain one within 30 days from the date they become eligible.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for INTERNAL applicants is May 13, 2022.

The review of applications will begin May 14, 2022.


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