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Recreation & Wellness is proud to employ more than 200 students in various positions throughout the year. With a focus on student empowerment and innovative practices, we strive to create an energetic environment where students can learn and develop transferrable skills that they can use to serve the ODU community, and carry forward after graduation.

The transferrable skills we emphasize are based on traits and characteristics that employers say are necessary for new graduates, based on an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

We also provide opportunities for development beyond normal job duties, with funding for certifications, conferences and workshops, resume building, interview practice assistance and much more!

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POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:



Office Assistant

Apply: LEAP Student

This work study position will assist the Office Assistant and Office Manager with administrative tasks to support the Recreation and Wellness Department.



Recreation and Wellness will pay for certifications for successful candidates who need their certifications renewed. Employees must commit to one full year of employment with the department.


Lifeguard

Apply: Student Hourly Apply: Federal Work Study

Lifeguards are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of those using the J.C. Scrap Chandler swimming pool. The primary responsibility of Lifeguards is to oversee the safety of patrons using the facility through effective scanning and emergency response procedures. Lifeguards should be able to provide participants of the facility with information on programs, swimming and water safety skills. Lifeguards must be currently certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard and current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.


Lifeguard / CPR Instructor

Apply: Student Hourly Apply: Federal Work Study

Lifeguard/CPR Instructors are responsible for teaching American Red Cross certification courses, including challenges, re-certifications and certification of Recreation and Wellness staff as well as other participants registered for classes. Lifeguard/CPR Instructors must be currently certified with the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard Instructor and/or as an American Red Cross CPR/FA/AED Instructor.


Program Assistant

Apply: Student Hourly Apply: Federal Work Study

Assist the Aquatics Coordinator with operating/scheduling a variety of different programming, including swim lessons and special events. Deliver excellent customer service in a professional and dignified manner through; effective communication skills, ability to multitask, providing accurate information on programs and services offered, and address problems and complaints in a timely manner to enhance our image and program operation.


Swim Lesson Instructor

Apply: Student Hourly Apply: Federal Work Study

Swim Lesson Instructors are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of those using the J.C. Scrap Chandler swimming pool. The main responsibility of Swim Lesson Instructors is to educate and instruct non-swimmers with the goal to teach these participants how to swim effectively on their own. Swim Lesson Instructors must be currently certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or a YMCA Water Safety Instructor and current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (preferably American Red Cross Lifeguarding certified).



Arena Manager

Provide on-site technical support for students using ODU's Monarch Esports Arena for recreational gaming.


Broadcaster & Production Staff

Serve as varsity Esports livestream broadcasters, analysts, and production staff.


Facility Technician

Represent the university in livestream broadcasts for varsity Esports competitions.



Facility Technician

Facility technicians serve two roles at the SRC, as this position oversees the Fitness Floor as well as Equipment Check Out located in the Pro Shop. Responsibilities of Facility Techs include enforcing Fit Floor policies, cleaning strength and cardio equipment, assisting patrons with any needs, conducting informal recreation equipment inventory, managing towel service and responding to emergency situations.


Facility Manager

The Facility Manager is a leadership position within Recreation & Wellness. Facility Managers serve as the point person of the SRC during operational hours. Responsibilities of Facility Managers include overseeing the daily operations of the SRC, opening and closing the facility, supervising other student staff on shift, serving as the first responder in emergency situations, enforcing facility policies as well as employee policies, assisting patrons with any needs and resolving any conflicts with patrons and/or employees. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the SRC, Facility Managers also oversee the University Fitness Center located on Monarch Way.



Fitness Specialist

Fitness Specialists are responsible for scheduling and leading members through fitness assessments utilizing Rec & Well Trek, engaging members and providing opportunities of recreational programs and services and providing good customer service. Fitness Specialists are required to develop skills in one of four areas of career advancement: personal training, group exercise instruction, small group training and/or wellness coaching.

Group Exercise Instructor

Instructs group exercise classes to the members of the Student Recreation Center (SRC) in a safe and effective manner. Instructors are responsible for checking in participants to their classes, delivering excellent customer service and providing information on programs and services offered. Formats include Barre, dance, strength and conditioning, indoor cycling, CrossFit and Yoga. Recreation and Wellness will provide team teaching opportunities for instructors and pay for certifications for successful candidates who need their certifications renewed. Must commit to one full year of employment with the department for renewal.


Massage Therapist

Apply: Hourly Non-Students

Massage Therapists perform consecutive 30-90 minute massages utilizing various techniques and create an excellent experience for members/guests through a friendly and helpful attitude. They perform both chair and table massages, and help maintain professionalism and cleanliness of therapy room and common area. Must be licensed in massage therapy. Recreation and Wellness will pay for certifications for successful candidates who need their certifications renewed. Must commit to one full year of employment with department for renewal.


Military Wellness Trainer

Military Wellness Trainers provide personal fitness and/or small group training for veterans, members of the National Guard and Selected Reserves and Active Duty personnel. Other duties include marketing the program, providing other fitness and wellness related opportunities to this population and helping out with special events. Must be certified in personal training by an accredited agency. This is a Work Study position through the Military Connection department.


Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers provide personal fitness training in a safe and effective manner for members of the SRC. Personal Trainers perform fitness assessments and exercise consultations based on ACSM guidelines and protocols. Must be certified in personal training by an accredited agency. Recreation and Wellness will pay for certifications for successful candidates who need their certifications renewed. Must commit to one full year of employment with department for renewal.


P.O.W.E.R. Instructor

Instructors for the People Overcoming Obstacles with Exercise and Recreation (P.O.W.E.R.) program provide rehabilitation training in a safe and effective manner for special population clients. Fitness assessments and exercise consultations will be performed based on ACSM guidelines and protocols. Preferred personal training certification by an accredited agency.


Wellness Coach

Wellness Coaches provide individual wellness programs and education to the students, faculty and staff at Old Dominion University. They provide individuals with a customized care plan to reduce or eliminate high-risk behaviors and encourage the adoption of habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life. Wellness Coaches develop and conduct on-site health-related seminars and develop and distribute health education materials to participants. Must obtain and maintain a nationally accredited wellness/health coach certification.


Wellness Specialist

Wellness Specialists provide wellness programs and educational materials to students, faculty and staff at Old Dominion University. They assist with development and implementation of fitness and wellness-related programs, tracking and evaluation of programs and coordination of special events held throughout the academic year.



Esports Graduate Assistant

The Esports Graduate Assistant assists the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Esports with administrative responsibility for the Esports programs and gaming facility. Responsibilities include recruiting, training and supervising esports facility staff, managing varsity esports practices and game schedules, managing gaming software and licenses, managing broadcast streams and executing outreach to prospective students and parents.


Facility Operations Graduate Assistant

The Facility Operations Graduate Assistant serves as an official representative of the Recreation & Wellness Department during duty hours and is responsible for: recruiting, training, supervising, scheduling and evaluating student employees, overseeing safety, security and risk managment for facilities and events and developing and managing poligies and procedures for facilities.


Fitness & Wellness Graduate Assistant

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The Fitness & Wellness Graduate Assistant is responsible for training and evaluating fitness specialists, assisting with program implementation, coordinating fitness & wellness programming, and developing and managing policies and procedures for Fitness & Wellness staff.


Group Exercise & Instructional Programming Graduate Assistant

The Group Exercise & Instructional Programming Graduate Assistant is responsbile for recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating exercise instructors, coordinating the group exercise and small group training programs, implementing Fitness & Wellness special events and developing and managing policies and procedures for Fitness & Wellness staff.


Health Promotion: General Health Education Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant will (1) Facilitate and evaluate health education programs including sexual health, alcohol and other substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, stress management, nutrition and wellness, and other health education topics (2) Plan programs for special events such as Health & Wellness Fairs, American Heart Association Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Relay for Life, National STD Awareness Month, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, National Nutrition Month, and National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (3) Assist in program marketing and promotion (4) Assist in Health Education Grant Implementation (5) Assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of Peer Health Educators (7) Other health education duties as assigned.


Health Promotion: Healthy Relationships Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant will (1) Facilitate and evaluate health education programs including sexual health, healthy communication and sexual violence prevention topics (2) Collaborate with campus and community partners to plan special events for KISSED Week, the Red Flag Campaign, Safe Spring Break Week, and DeStress Week (3) Participate in the Green Dot initiative (4) Assist in program marketing and promotion (5) Assist in Health Education Grant Implementation (6) Assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of Peer Health Educators (7) Other health education duties as assigned.


Intramural & Extramural Sports Graduate Assistant

The Intramural & Extramural Sports Graduate Assistant is responsbile for recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating student Intramural managers and officials, producing league schedules, tournament brackets and event schedules, conducting workshops on rules, techniques, policies and officiating procedures and maintaining accurate records related to participation, budget and equipment inventory.



Outdoor Adventure Program: Adventure Trips Program & Special Events Graduate Assistant

The Adventure Trips Program & Special Events Graduate Assistant is responsible for the development and management of the Outdoor Adventure Program, specifically the trip program and multiple special events. Responsibilities include: hiring, training and supervising student employees, planning and leading trips, assisting in the development of the semester trip schedule, budgeting and marketing.


Outdoor Adventure Program: Challenge Course Graduate Assistant

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The Adventure Trips Program & Special Events Graduate Assistant is responsible for the development and management of the Outdoor Adventure Program, specifically the trip program and multiple special events. Responsibilities include: hiring, training and supervising student employees, planning and leading trips, assisting in the development of the semester trip schedule, budgeting and marketing.


Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant

The Sport Club Graduate Assistant has a key role in the management of the sport club program to include management of student staff, game and practice scheduling, player eligibility and leadership development of club officers. Responsibilities include: advising the Sport Club Executive Board, developing rules, policies and procedures and assisting with budget allocation, risk management and equipment inventory.



Front Desk Attendant

Health Promotion Front Desk Attendant responsibilities include providing excellent customer service to students, staff, and partners, answering phones and taking messages for Health Promotion staff, condom sales, and maintaining the cleanliness of the front desk area. Duties also include taking inventory of condoms and office supplies.


Monarch Wellness Ambassador

Monarch Wellness Ambassador responsibilities include presenting wellness topics to student peers, hosting wellness tables across campus including residence halls, assisting with marketing for major wellness events, and contributing to the development of passive and active wellness programming. The Monarch Wellness Ambassador position requires 10 - 15 hour per week. Monarch Wellness Ambassadors report to the Monarch Wellness Coordinator.


Programming Assistant

Health Promotion Programming Assistant responsibilities included helping with preparation and planning of major events, assisting with marketing of programming, and helping with day-of activities for major events. Health Promotion Programming Assistants also play a major role in the planning of events by serving as a student representative on program planning committees, as needed.




Intramural Sports Manager

Intramural Sports Managers are responsible for assisting the intramural staff with the overall organization and administration of the intramural program. Intramural Sports Managers are responsible for on-site supervision of all intramural sports programs. They assist in the recruitment, hiring and training of new officials and staff. They are responsible for providing actionable critique to intramural officials.


Referee/Official

Apply: Student Hourly

Intramural Sports Officials are responsble for refereeing intramural sports programs. Officials will be trained in all sports and are expected to uphold and enforce rules and policies in all settings. Experience as an official/referee is not required.



Graphic Designer

Graphic Design and Marketing Specialists assist in implementing marketing initiatives to support all programs, services and activities within the Recreation and Wellness department. Graphic design experience, strong written and verbal communication abilities and experience with photography are required.


Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistants are responsible for assisting with marketing efforts for the department of Recreation and Wellness including social media, content planning, print material distribution, events, and photography.


Marketing Intern

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Interns are responsible for assisting with marketing efforts for the department of Recreation and Wellness including social media posting, social media content planning, event coverage, and photography. This position is for academic credit only.



Member Services Specialist

Membership Services Specialists focus on providing quality customer service to patrons entering the Student Recreation Center and selling memberships and services available through the Recreation and Wellness department. Previous experience in customer service with cash-handling experience is preferred.



Adventure Trip Leader

Apply: Student Hourly Adventure Trip Leaders plan, implement, lead and evaluate outdoor adventure trips ranging from half day to week long trips. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, surfing and caving. Adventure Trip Leaders will teach various outdoor skills and are responsible for maintaining the physical and emotional safety of participants.

Bike Shop Attendant

Apply: Student Hourly Apply: Federal Work Study Apply: LEAP Student

Bike shop attendants support the Outdoor Adventure Program in the implementation of a comprehensive bicycle learning lab program. This position will have direct oversight of the bicycle learning lab and the maintenance of the Bike ODU rental fleet.


Challenge Course Facilitator

Challenge Course Facilitators provide team building and low ropes programs for various university and non-university groups. Facilitators plan and implement each group's experience. Facilitators are also responsible for promoting the challenge course to on-campus and off-campus organizations.


Climbing Wall Attendant

Climbing Wall Attendants are responsible for the operation of the rock climbing wall. This includes opening and closing procedures, checking in climbers and monitoring climbers and belayers for safe practices. Climbing Wall Attendants also belay climbers and teach orientation clinics and belay clinics. Climbing Wall Attendants will have the opportunity to set climbing routes if desired.


Outdoor Adventure Center Rental Attendant

Rental attendants initiate and complete equipment rental check-out and check-in procedures. Attendants instruct patrons on how to use outdoor equipment and are responsible for keeping the equipment clean and fully operational.



Sport Club Manager

Reporting to, and with assistance from, the Sport Club Graduate Assistant and the Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness, the Sport Club Manager supervises club practices and assists with the overall organization and administration of the Sport Club program. Responsibilities include supervising team events, serving as a first responder to emergency situations and assisting with office administration tasks.



Arts and Crafts Specialist

As an Arts and Crafts Specialist, you will be instructing youth ages 6-14, maintaining an organized and inviting studio and accommodating the many and varied needs of camp that involve artistic assistance which can include, but is not limited to, special events, camp talent show and general camp promotion.


Camp Counselor

Camp counselors are responsible for the health and well-being of camp participants. Counselors monitor and participate in activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers' summer the most memorable yet. Counselors are expected to maintain open lines of communication with summer camp administration and work in a cooperative manner with all camp staff in fulfilling roles and duties.


Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and delivery of program activities and events. The Program Coordinator designs and delivers program activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers' age and abilities, as well as assists in the management of the overall camp operation at the direction of the camp director.





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