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UREC Graduate Assistant - Fitness and Group Exercise

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 27, 2023

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UREC Graduate Assistant - Fitness and Group Exercise

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Position Type

Graduate Assistant

Position Status

Part Time


Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement


300034 - University Recreation (UREC)

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Position Summary Information

General Information

James Madison University Recreation (UREC) is now accepting applications for a GA for Fitness and Group Exercise from candidates planning to pursue a career and advanced degree in campus recreation. The mission of UREC is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and supportive services. UREC's qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of their participants.

Graduate assistantships include enrollment in the Sport and Recreation graduate program (Campus Recreation concentration) and involve 20 hours of work per week at UREC during the academic school year. Graduate assistants will begin work prior to the start of the school year and the position continues through the end of the academic year. In addition to the stipend, positions include a tuition waiver, a professional development stipend, and an academic book or dining benefit.

Individuals may apply for this graduate assistantship prior to academic admission, however, an individual must be accepted into a graduate program before an offer will be made. Preference for UREC graduate assistantships is given to those admitted to the Sport and Recreation Leadership, Campus Recreation concentration.

Applications for the Campus Recreation concentration are accepted on a rolling basis. The 2023-24 admission review will begin on December 1, 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Group Exercise will take on a leadership role in the Fitness and Group Exercise program areas. Responsibilities will include supervision of student employees, staff training and continuing education, management of fitness & group exercise activity spaces, and general program design and administration. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for a 278,515 sq. ft. University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required.


Bachelor's degree required, preferably in related field. Certification in Personal Training and/or Group Exercise (from a nationally-recognized organization) preferred.

Preference will be given to those with formal acceptance into the Sport and Recreation Leadership graduate program, Campus Recreation Concentration.

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.

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    Open Until Filled


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    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 disability-svcs@jmu.edu. 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

    Other Document 1 (required): In 500 words or less, why do you want to be a UREC Graduate Assistant? What are your career goals and how will a degree/assistantship in the Campus Recreation Leadership concentration help you achieve them?

    For more information on this position, contact Julie Wallace Carr at wallacje@jmu.edu.

Keywords: James Madison University, Harrisonburg , UREC Graduate Assistant - Fitness and Group Exercise, Other , Harrisonburg, Virginia

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