University of Alberta

Fitness and Recreation Manager

The Steadward Centre

Competition No.  -    A103838168
Closing Date  -    Feb 19, 2019

The hours of work for this position is typically 8:00 to 4:00pm but staff may be required to work alternative shifts depending on needs of programming and special events.

The Steadward Centre is a leader in Adapted Physical Activity and Parasport development, annually serving more than 1000 children and adults experiencing disability and training more than 250 students. As part of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, the Centre’s strong research and education focus allow it to deliver innovative programs and to share proven expertise with community fitness and sport leaders across Alberta.

Position Overview

The Fitness and Recreation Manager within The Steadward Centre is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Centre’s, Adult Fitness and Recreation Program and the Free2BMe Physical Activity Program for Kids and Teens Experiencing Disability. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise with the following modalities, cycling, elliptical and rowing, fall under the umbrella of Adult Fitness and Recreation and thus is the responsibility of the Adult Fitness and Recreation Program. Services to best support program participants to transition from the Centre into the Community may be provided. The Manager ensures that the fully accessible fitness facility utilized by all Centre programs are operated in a safe and efficient manner. This includes ensuring policies and procedures align and exceed industry standards.

The Manager will also be responsible for oversight of program offerings and implementation of the two identified program areas. They will be responsible for overseeing all areas of staffing including: recruitment, training, scheduling and supervision of staff; maintenance of records of employment, certifications and in-service training sessions.

The Fitness and Recreation Manager will also be responsible for the preparation of ongoing program schedules to fulfill the needs of various user groups, development of all program and maintenance schedules, preparation of program guides, updating of essential operational procedures, maintaining both programming and accounting records for the respective program areas, documentation of budgetary revenues and expenditures, maintaining accurate up-to-date participant information and waiver forms, and other assigned duties related to the position.



  • Is pro-active in ensuring, at all times, the maintenance of a safe environment for the users and staff of The Steadward Centre’s Adapted Fitness and Physical Activity facilities. This requires that the Manager be knowledgeable of provincial, national and international regulations related to Fitness Centre facilities, public health standards and staffing requirements. The Manager ensures that these standards are not only met but surpassed;
  • Responsible for proposing, monitoring and adhering to yearly and long term budgets. Budgets are presented to the Director for review and approval and are monitored on a monthly basis.
  • Responsible for formulating and updating facility and program related policies and procedures for review and approval by the Director. Policies must extend and align to all program areas within the Centre, as applicable.
  • Ensure that facility and equipment maintenance issues and inspection are communicated to the appropriate supplier, department, and/or maintenance personnel;
  • Provide equipment purchasing recommendations to the Director and work closely with the financial administrator to complete purchase orders.
  • Initiate recommendations for long-term facility maintenance and enhancements to the Director;
  • Oversee the program administrative duties such as answering telephone, preparing annual summaries, reports, documentation and statistics, advertising/information guides, office correspondence, coordinate orders for supplies and equipment to ensure professional administrative procedures and facility public relations;
  • Present recommendations for the development and delivery of on-going staff training and in-service programming;
  • Meet regularly with the Athlete Development Coordinator as well as administrative support team (financial administrator and administrative assistant) to ensure that current information and practices are maintained and long-term policies and requirements are discussed and implemented;
  • Lead the coordination and development of both annual operational planning and long term strategic planning for the programs of responsibility;
  • Support grant applications for equipment and operational needs as necessary including Participant Access Funds;
  • Participate in regular leadership meetings, program meetings, Centre-wide meetings/retreats and Faculty meetings as appropriate.

 Staff Supervision and Development:

  • Responsible for hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of 2 full-time Adapted Physical Activity consultants, 6-10 casual Floor Monitors, 2-3 casual instructors and 2-4 casual/contract fitness consultants/ instructors. Ensure all staff perform their duties in a correct and timely manner;
  • Responsible for the verification and maintenance of staff records including: current work history, pay records, qualification and certifications, and evaluation as a means to document staff work history in accordance with FOlPP. The Supervisor is also responsible for the bi-weekly processing and recording of timesheets and maintaining up to date accurate payroll information;
  • Prepare staff schedules to ensure facility operational needs are met and a safe environment is provided for all facility users;
  • Work collaboratively with the Education, Research and Community Engagement Coordinator to provide in-service training and professional development for all staff:
  • Responsible for ensuring the highest level of program delivery by all staff within respective program areas;
  • Responsible for ensuring that staff practice excellent public relations on a consistent basis for the Steadward Centre, the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, and the University of Alberta;
  • Provide oversight, and training for the 200+ student volunteers supporting Centre programs (of responsibility);
  • Supervise and evaluate practicum students associated with assigned program areas;
  • Responsible for hiring specialty program/camp leaders as may be required for a range of courses
  • Responsible for becoming familiar with the NASA agreement as it relates to all aspects of staffing;
  • Familiar with the Centre’s Athlete Development for Parasport Program and provide supervision for staff within this area, when coordinator is absent.

The Steadward Centre Program Development, Implementation and Promotion:

  • Develop and deliver a variety of assessment, wellness, and innovative evidence informed programs in the area of Adapted Physical Activity, physical literacy, and recreation to meet the needs of individuals living with impairment and their families;
  • Coordinate and develop annual operational plans, and contribute to the five year strategic plan for the provision of services at the Centre. All planning will align with The Centre’s guiding principles and position the programs to support and achieve the Centre’s goals, objectives, plans of action, budgetary projections, fundraising initiatives, public relations and marketing strategies;
  • Responsible for supporting the three tenets of the University, teaching, research and community service through the Centre’s program initiatives and events;
  • Maintain a current understanding of new industry standards and developments in the field of Adapted Physical Activity, while ensuring that such changes are reflected in all new services;
  • Responsible for communication with various user groups including researchers, school groups, national and provincial sport organizations, community organizations as well as the general public with the goal of increasing service provision, and facility usage, in turn increasing the Centre’s profile, and overall awareness of The Steadward Centre;
  • Support the regular publication of the Centre’s program guide, by ensuring program information for upcoming term is prepared, coding through Intelli is complete and material is written in a manner that is attractive to both current and prospective program participants.
  • Responsible for supporting student learning through Community Service Learning courses and applied learning experiences across programs of responsibility. 
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Centre's registration policy, procedures, and timelines are met working in conjunction with the Centre’s administrative office and aligns with the Athlete Development For Parasport program;
  • Oversee the documentation of operational statistics (membership numbers, number of users, revenue generation);
  • Create and maintain strategic alliances and partnerships with internal and external organizations;
  • Support the integration of research within program areas through allocation of staff time (fee for service), equipment/ facility access; participant recruitment and knowledge translation activities. Support Faculty researchers with idea generation and project feasibility as opportunities arise and appropriate resources are available.
  • Support annual conferences conducted by the Centre to support education and research in the area of Adapted Physical Activity and Parasport.

 Centre-wide Activities:

  • Participate on committees as they arise
  • Assist with the preparation and facilitation of special events and fundraising initiatives


  • Strong communication skills with an ability to respond to a range of situations quickly, professionally and effectively is required.  This person will be required to make sound decisions on a daily basis.
  • Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation, or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Adapted Physical Activity setting.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in management and supervisory roles.
  • Leadership training required.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR level C certification
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) — CSEP-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) required; Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP) strongly recommended. 

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range between $58,210.00 to $72,770.00.                                                                                                                       

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.