1121 Coordinator, Fitness and Athletic Training WP


TITLE Coordinator, Fitness and Athletic Training WP




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of University/Community Programs



The Coordinator of Fitness and Athletic Training is responsible for athletic training and strength and conditioning programs for the Grizzly athletic teams as well as the development and management of individual and group aquatics and wellness programs for men and women as a part of the University/Community Programs, Aquatics and Wellness Department at the West Plains Civic Center. Patrons of the program include the students, faculty, staff and administration of Missouri State University-West Plains; residents of West Plains, Missouri; and citizens of the seven counties comprising the Ozarks Heritage Region of south-central Missouri (Howell, Oregon, Texas, Douglas, Wright, Ozark and Shannon counties).


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, Public Health, Health Education, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: At least two years of experience is required in progressively responsible positions involving the development and management of individual and group wellness, fitness, health education, athletic training, strength training, and/or aquatics programs. Experience at the college/university level is preferred. Any experience in management of a health/fitness, weight training, and/or aquatics facility is preferred.

Skills: Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Excellent supervisory and organizational skills (e.g., ability to organize, plan, coordinate and direct activities) are required.

License: NATA Certified Athletic Trainer eligible for Missouri registration required. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification required/or to be obtained within one year of employment. Also prefer certification in First Aid & CPR, Lifeguard Instructor Certification and/or Aquatics Facility Operators Certification. Additional certifications in the areas of sports medicine and health/wellness will be considered.

Effort: Scope of the position requires ability to perform and/or demonstrate various physical fitness and strength exercises, and to assist others performing those exercises. Position requires some handling of hazardous materials in the operation of the aquatics facility.

Other: The scope of this position frequently requires attendance at activities on weekends and nights along with travel to athletic events out of town.


1. Perform athletic training duties for Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball teams. Attend all practices, home games, and road games.

2. Works closely with athletics and cheer coaches in performing strength and conditioning duties for Grizzly Basketball, Grizzly Volleyball and Grizzly Cheerleading teams. Develops and monitors strength and conditioning program for each athlete to ensure peak athletic performance. Enables individuals to perform to their physical potential through the development and management of individual and group weight, strength and fitness training programs. Develops programs by evaluating current physical conditioning and tailoring strength and fitness programs for specific needs. Demonstrates proper performance of exercises. Manages programs by monitoring athletes’ progress and providing an assessment of development.

3. Works closely and coordinates with area medical and professional personnel (e.g., physicians, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors) who provide services to the Grizzly Athletics program for the overall preventative and rehabilitation health care program of Grizzly athletes. To include the execution of the campus’ athlete drug testing policy.

4. Develops and coordinates an aquatics program. Hires and ensures proper training and certification of lifeguards.

5. Ensures that the West Plains Civic Center swimming pool and fitness room are operated in a safe, effective, and professional manner by supervising operations (including maintenance and cleaning of pool facilities) of the swimming pool and fitness room, instructing lifeguards and staff on policies and procedures regarding pool and fitness room usage, and providing administration for special scheduled events in the pool area.

6. Develops and coordinates a Wellness Program for patrons of the University/ Community Programs.

7. Reduces the likelihood of injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during training sessions by being knowledgeable of injuries and proper prevention methods. Directs appropriate pre-training sessions and warm ups. Works with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers.

8. Promotes healthy lifestyle alternatives for Aquatics and Wellness Program patrons, and assures the campus’s compliance with federally mandated health programs (e.g., drug free schools and drug free workplaces) by coordinating and implementing a comprehensive health education program for the campus.

9. Identifies the health, fitness, and strength training needs of Fitness Club clientele through development and use of appropriate evaluation tools regarding health education issues.

10. Describes and promotes the wellness, fitness and strength programs of the Aquatics and Wellness Program by researching and writing articles on relevant issues, working with the campus’s public relations staff to publish a regular newsletter, and distributes the newsletter as appropriate.

11. Promotes a positive image of the campus by participating in community and professional organizations, representing the campus at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishes and maintains credible relations with various news media.

12. Maintains competency and professional currency through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of Student Services & Athletics and the Director of University/Community Programs.

13. Contributes to the overall success of Missouri State University-West Plains by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Coordinator of Fitness and Athletic Training receives supervision from the Director of University/Community Programs with athletic program oversight provided by the Dean of Student Services/Director of Grizzly Athletics. The Coordinator exercises considerable independent judgment in the management of the Aquatics and Wellness Program. The Coordinator exercises supervision of any student or non-student assistants who may be employed in the Aquatics and Wellness Program.


MARCH 2007


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 3 - 270 Points: Supervision of a limited number of (a) operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a very small number of professional employees, or an equivalent combination of (a) and (b). The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is generally responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and provides major input into hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.