Fitness Specialist (30-hours/week)

Oak Crest - Parkville, MD
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Fitness Specialist


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Oak Crest is an 87-acre continuing care retirement community in Parkville, MD. 20 miles from Baltimore. We’re dedicated to one important mission: helping our residents live life to the fullest.
Managed by Erickson Living, a national leader in the retirement industry, Oak Crest combines the opportunities of a big organization with the warmth of a family. Our talented team brings passion and heart to all that they do, creating a dynamic workplace like no other.


The Fitness Specialist assesses and develops individual fitness programs for resident and staff members; monitors, evaluates, and supports progress of each member; maintains fitness equipment; effectively markets fitness program for seniors; life guarding residents in aquatic center as needed.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  1. Prescribe flexibility, cardiovascular, and strength training exercises.
  2. Perform fitness assessments.
  3. Supervise members and attend to their needs in a friendly, polite, courteous, and professional manner.
  4. Evaluate, correct, and instruct members on proper exercise techniques.
  5. Take heart rates and blood pressures as needed.
  6. Assist with coordination, promotion, and implementation of Wellness programs.
  7. Communicate member news and recognition to the Wellness Manager for newsletters, press releases, etc.
  8. Assist Wellness Manager in hiring, supervising, and evaluating lifeguards, interns, and volunteers, if applicable.
  9. Assist Wellness Manager in monitoring daily operations and maintenance of pool (including monitoring chemicals) and all aquatics programs, if applicable.
  10. Life guard residents in aquatics center as needed.
  11. Document follow-up on all maintenance problems.
  12. Perform tasks required to keep fitness area safe and clean for members.
  13. Schedule appointments, process membership agreements, and perform other administrative duties as assigned.
  14. Maintain member information and health club statistics.
  15. Build relationships with residents and staff, encouraging them to be more physically active.
  16. Develop network within the community and make appropriate referrals to other professional services.
  17. Assist where needed in the training of new Wellness Department employees.
  18. Coordinate programs with other departments.
  19. Maintain community philosophy and vision statement.
  20. Willingness to be trained as a lifeguard and/or pool operator, if needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • A well trained individual who possesses and demonstrates high energy.
  • Computer literacy in Windows software programs.
  • Associate's Degree in Health Education/Physical Education or related field; Bachelor's Degree in Health Related/Physical Education field with emphasis on Exercise Physiology preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year related work experience is required.
  • Experience may be substituted if Bachelor's degree is in a related field.
  • Certification through a national organization (ACSM, ACE, SFA) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of seniors, a plus.
  • Knowledge of exercise prescription, medications, contraindications, and risk factors is essential.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating fitness programs for seniors and/or special populations a plus.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Lifeguard and/or pool operator certification (varies by State) if performing those duties for the community.