Fitness Coordinator

Job Posted 3/15/2023
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
United States
Experience Required
Degree Required
Exercise / Fitness
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Job Description


Job Description




LEVEL:  Exempt                                   

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Success



The Fitness Coordinator is responsible for the provision of Fitness and Wellness services and programming to ICO students and staff as well as the safe operation of the Fitness Center, Gym, and related spaces. As a member of the Student Affairs Team the Fitness Coordinator must be familiar with general College policies, procedures, services, and be able to provide assistance whenever possible. It is expected that each Student Affairs Team member will demonstrate customer/student service orientation when dealing with students, alumni, faculty, staff, IEI patients, potential students, family members, and College visitors. The Fitness Coordinator is also responsible for professionally representing the College to other institutions, potential students, and the public in general.



  • Manages day-to-day operations of the fitness center.
  • Manages fiscal budget.
  • Purchases equipment
  • Schedules in-house or subcontracted equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Creates work study guidelines. 
  • Hires, trains, and schedules work study students
  • Determines fitness center hours.

Fitness Programming:

  • Demonstrates equipment, emphasizing proper form.
  • Performs quantitative exercise testing, measurement of blood pressure, pulse, body composition, girth, and target heart rate calculations.
  • Provides confidential fitness counseling emphasizing the attainment of realistic goals, taking into account the client’s health history, risk profile, behavioral characteristics, and preferences.
  • Modifies exercise programs on a regular basis in terms of mode, frequency, duration, and intensity.
  • Coordinates and teaches group fitness classes.

Wellness Programming:

  • Focuses the college community on the six dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational)
  • Analyzes needs for fitness, nutrition and wellness programs using surveys, one on one conversations, or suggestion boxes.
  • Designs and delivers educational materials and programs pertaining to wellness including one-on-one consultations, classes in stress management, self-defense, nutrition, and other appropriate topics.
  • Designs employee wellness programs for the development and commitment towards a healthy lifestyle which involves preparation of literature, flyers, handouts, and other materials.  
  • Designs bulletin boards and manages digital resources related to service area.
  • Coordinates health fairs and works with the Student Association leadership on planning community service events like the recurring blood drives on campus.
  • Creates incentive programs.
  • Publishes a regular column in the electronic newsletter (ICO Insider)
  • Assists in new student and employee orientations.
  • Adheres to the ethical standards prescribed by his/her certification.
  • Works with the students to organize and manage the intramural program.
  • Supports students during quarterly final exams with healthy snacks.


  • As a member of the Student Affairs Department, participates in / assists with department wide events such as Commencement, Practice Opportunities Symposium, Summer Program (Focus On Your Future), Admissions Open Houses, New Student Orientation, and other events.
  • Serves as the project manager for the ICOlympics event at the beginning of each new academic year.  


  • General and light cleaning/maintenance of exercise equipment.
  • Performs other duties related to this position as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in a fitness or wellness-related field. Master’s Degree preferred
  • Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and one of the following: ACSM, NASM, CSCS, or ACE certification
  • Maintenance of continuing education credits
  • Ability to attend conferences and seminars in the field
  • Ability to meet deadlines regardless of circumstances or pressures
  • Effective communication skills
  • Attendance must be in accordance with College policy

The Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute has no contract or implied contract with its employees concerning the terms and conditions of employment. The Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute and its employees each have the right to terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice and no officer or employee of Illinois College of Optometry or Illinois Eye Institute has the authority to alter or amend this expressed policy except the President, who is authorized to alter or amend this expressed policy only in writing. Termination issues regarding faculty are governed by the Faculty Handbook. 

The Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 


3241 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60616
United States
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