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Graduate Assistant - Fitness & Group Exercise

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Graduate Assistant - Fitness & Group Exercise
Posting Number G1012
Position Type Graduate Assistant
Position Status Part Time
College/Division Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement
Department 300034 - University Recreation (UREC)
Stipend Amount $7,911

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Group Exercise will take on a leadership role in the Fitness, Group Exercise, and Wellness program areas. Responsibilities will include supervision of student employees, staff training and continuing education, management of fitness and group exercise activity spaces, and general program design and administration.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assume Leadership in each of the Fitness, Group Exercise and Wellness program areas throughout GA experience
2. Hire, train, and evaluate Fitness, Group Exercise, and Wellness Staff
3. Conduct individual fitness assessments, develop fitness programming, and assist with small group training in UREC Wellness Center
4. Teach Group Exercise classes
5. Assist in the instruction for in-house training courses
6. Assist with wellness programming in the UREC demonstration kitchen
7. Assist with risk management, budget, and general program administration
8. Serve as a representative on various JMU/UREC committees and/or special events
9. Facility Supervision operational responsibilities for a 278,515 sq. ft. University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required.


-Knowledge of human anatomy, muscle physiology, and biomechanics
-Exercise program design experience preferred
-Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Health Science, or related field preferred
-Nationally recognized Personal Trainer certification and/or Group Exercise certification preferred
-CPR, First Aid, AED and Blood Borne Pathogen certifications required.

Conditions of Employment

Students may apply to a graduate assistantship prior to being accepted into a graduate program. However, to be eligible to receive an assistantship upon entry into a graduate program, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be conditionally or unconditionally accepted into a graduate program. Students who are provisionally accepted will not be eligible until they achieve conditional or unconditional acceptance into their program.

  • The students must have an official transcript on file indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • After receiving an assistantship, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 graduate GPA in order to retain or reapply for the assistantship.

These are minimum criteria. Graduate program coordinators have the right to impose additional criteria if they see fit.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 11/01/2017
Beginning Review Date
Closing Date 02/20/2018
Open Until Filled
Proposed Starting Date 08/12/2018
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are a student with a disability and need assistance please contact the Office of Disability Services at (540) 568-6705 or You may also visit the Office of Disability Services, located in the Student Success Center, Suite 1202 and they will be happy to assist you.

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Additional Posting Information

Document 1: In 500 words or less, why do you want to be a UREC Graduate Assistant?

Other Document #2: Please provide the name and phone number for three references.

For more information contact: Holly Bailey, Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness, at 540.568.8712 or

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document #1
  4. Other Document #2
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other
  2. Have you taken your GREs?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. If you have not taken your GRE's when will you be taking them?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Have you completed your application to the JMU Graduate School?
    • Yes
    • No