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To promote the health and safety of our university community, UC currently has a mandatory mask requirement for all buildings on campus for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Additionally, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccine verification will be required by November 15, 2021. Newly hired individuals will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. There is an opportunity to request an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical reasons, sincerely held reasons of conscience, or religious beliefs.

Program Manager, Fitness & Wellness

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

Teamwork. Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Fun. The team at Campus Recreation provides facilities, programming, and recreational activities to inspire UC and the surrounding community to reach and maintain their fitness and wellness goals.


The Program Manager has primary oversight for group fitness, instructional and customized classes, wellness programming, development workshops, and fitness marketing and social media. Secondary oversight includes assistance with personal and small group training and fitness floor operations. The program manager may need to teach group fitness classes or train clients as needed. A vital component of this position is a demonstrated ability to work autonomously with initiative, critical and creative thinking, as well as a strong commitment to student development, collaboration, and customer service. Additionally, this position has significant financial, administrative and personnel responsibilities.

Essential Functions

  • Manage, design, develop, modify and present programs.  Perform program needs assessment and make recommendations.
  • Implement policies and procedures. 
  • Maintain budget, prepare contracts, approve and monitor expenditures, prepare budget requests and financial reports. 
  • Act as liaison to internal departments, external entities and community organizations.
  • May prepare and edit reports and/or newsletters and develop publication materials.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years of experience in fitness programming/operations/management or related area. 
  • Must include at least one (1) year of staff supervision.
  • Current certification from an accredited organization such as ACSM, ACE, AFAA, or NASM.
  • Previous experience teaching a variety of group fitness class formats.
  • Previous experience training, developing, and evaluating group fitness instructors at all levels. 

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Master's degree in health and fitness, physical education, recreation management, kinesiology/exercise science, health education/promotion or closely related field. 
  • Previous experience training, developing, and evaluating personal trainers at all levels. 
  • Previous experience facilitating fitness testing, developing exercise prescriptions and leading a range of personal training sessions in individual and group settings. 
  • Proven commitment to student/staff development and customer service.
  • Strong communication, organization, management, leadership and professional skills. 
  • A demonstrated ability to take to identify problems, assess alternatives, render consistent and logical decisions.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles.
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as a team player.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Talking - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Bending - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Crouching - Seldom
  • Stooping - Seldom
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Seldom


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 70801 


Program Manager, Fitness & Wellness

Date:  Sep 23, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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