Assistant Coordinator of Recreation and Fitness

Search Number: S21-029
Rank: Administrator III
Job Posted: April 3, 2022

Southern Connecticut State University is an intentionally diverse and student-centered University dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 8,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

The Assistant Coordinator of Recreation and Fitness is responsible for assisting with the overall development, coordination, and evaluation of a comprehensive recreation, fitness, intramural and club sport program. Under the leadership and supervision of the Coordinator, the Assistant Coordinator provides oversight for recreation and fitness facility operations & programming, student employee training and development, and ensures the delivery of inclusive, equitable, and innovative programs and services. The Assistant Coordinator provides leadership for all marketing of programs and services and engages in meaningful partnerships throughout the campus community. This position may involve occasional night and weekend event attendance.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in recreation administration, sport management, exercise physiology, physical education, kinesiology or related field; three years of experience in recreation and fitness programming or related area
  • Strong working knowledge of best practices in fitness and recreation programming and operations
  • Direct experience working successfully with diverse populations, demonstrating multicultural competence, and demonstrating a clear passion for social justice
  • Effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to deliver information in a clear, concise and articulate manner
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Progressive management and supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of recreation, health, nutrition, and fitness
  • Ability to articulate student wellness as a contributor to retention and graduation
  • Budget development and fiscal management experience
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA strength and conditioning certification, AFAA group exercise instructor certification, or equivalent
  • CPR certification.

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Essential Functions

Assists in administering a comprehensive recreation, fitness, intramural and club sport program which are dedicated to providing opportunities for recreation and fitness that develop healthy and engaged citizens.  

Assists the Coordinator in managing, leading, and directing the operational, financial, and personnel functions for other departmental programs and services.  

Oversees the daily operation of the fitness center, open recreation and the recreational component of open swim. To include developing budget for fitness/recreation, providing direct leadership for fitness and recreation programming, and the recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation of fitness and open recreation staff.  Assures compliance with health and safety standards and certification of lifeguards.

Maintains CPR/AED instructor certification and instructs CPR/AED certification courses for department student staff, university assistants, and graduate interns.  

Manages departmental certification records and ensures compliance for personal trainers, fitness instructors, lifeguards and other student employees. Collaborates in the development and implementation of risk management measures and operational policies for all recreation and fitness activities and events including all necessary emergency personnel.    

Assist the Coordinator by managing departmental applications and software accounts for recreation and fitness programs; Manages accounts, coordination with OIT, onboarding, training and acts as liaison to the platform for troubleshooting and implementation of product updates. 

Collaborates with the Coordinator in the procurement, inventory, repair, and replacement of facility equipment.  Develops an equipment preventive maintenance program including in-house responsibilities and an external preventive and repair service contract to achieve maximal longevity of equipment.

Develops and oversees departmental marketing plan; Manages content for departmental website, email accounts, social media accounts, and other channels to communicate with participants and promote recreation and fitness programs and services.  

Engages in partnerships with all segments of the university community and local partners to enhance the educational, well-being and leadership development of students. This includes acting as a facilitator for Human Performance, academic department interns and visiting graduate interns.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Acts in the absence of the Coordinator of Recreation & Fitness.


For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Maria Vasquez at For full consideration, please submit application materials no later than May 2nd, 2022.  The position will remain open until filled. 


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff.  People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.