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About the Health and Recreation Complex

Recreation Employment

There are numerous opportunities for Butler students to work as part of the HRC team. Below is a list of position descriptions, and we have overview videos for most positions.

Students interested in these positions should fill out the Recreation Job Application

American Red Cross (ARC) Instructor

The ARC Instructor is responsible for teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer and Automated External Defibrillation (CPR-Pro/AED), Standard First Aid (SFA), and Blood Borne Pathogens to the Recreation staff. All instructors need to have current instructor certification through the American Red Cross.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Ensure High Quality of Instruction: The ARC Instructor's main responsibility to ensure that every student s/he teaches is fully qualified to perform the skills taught in the class. Instructors are expected to teach in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Red Cross. Instructors are expected to provide students with information supplemental to any videos shown in class, provide demonstrations of skills, and give adequate time for hands-on training for students. The ARC Instructor is also expected to give additional training to students who may have difficulty learning the skills.
  • Maintain Sanitation of Manikins: The ARC Instructor is to clean and disinfect all manikins immediately after class in accordance with American Red Cross guidelines.
  • Accurate and Prompt Paperwork: The ARC Instructor will accurately fill out all American Red Cross course records immediately after class to ensure that all students receive their certification cards promptly.
  • Appropriate Judgment: The ARC Instructor should never pass a student who has not shown adequate knowledge of the skills taught in class. An Instructor should feel confident that every student that passed will be able to effectively perform the skills taught.
  • Maintaining Certification: The ARC Instructor is expected to maintain his/her instructor certification in accordance with American Red Cross guidelines.
  • Knowledge Base: The ARC Instructor is expected to keep up-to-date on the information and skills that they are certified in.
Qualifications

The ARC Instructor must be a certified instructor of the American Red Cross in CPR-Pro/AED, SFA and BBP and that certification must be maintained during their tenure as an instructor for Recreation. The Instructor must also attend classes and maintain certification in areas that s/he is not authorized to teach.

Challenge Course Facilitator

Challenge Course Facilitators are responsible for assisting the Challenge Course Director in the daily operations of Butler's outdoor climbing tower, as well as the high- and low-challenge course.

Qualifications
  • Previous challenge course experience is preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Specialized training will be provided.
  • Interested applicants should have a love for the outdoors and a positive, enthusiastic, supportive attitude. Some weekend work will be necessary.

Please contact the Challenge Course Director for more information and pay rates.

Control Desk Supervisor

The Control Desk Supervisor is the "front line" of the Department of Recreation, serving as the initial contact that most customers encounter when entering the HRC and/or seeking recreation information. Control Desk Supervisors are responsible for performing daily operations while promoting all departmental policies, procedures, and programs.

Qualifications
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (or ability to obtain 30 days after hire)
  • Demonstrated maturity and responsibility
  • Possesses excellent customer service skills
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills
  • At least 1 year of cash handling experience
  • Ability to effectively deal with customers and staff
  • Knowledge of the all HRC policies, procedures, and programs
  • Ability to interact well with large working groups
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Flexible schedule (able to work occasional early morning, night and weekend shifts)
  • Likes to have fun!
Primary Responsibilities
  • Greet each patron entering the HRC
  • Provide individualized, quality customer service every time. A smile and personalized greeting sets the correct tone and makes the employee's job more enjoyable.
  • Enforce identification and membership policies by verifying privileges of students, faculty/staff, alumni, and guests who participate in programs and facility
  • Serve customers at the control desk and on the telephone in a professional and courteous manner
  • Assist visitors by answering questions about membership, facility and all other Recreation programs and services
  • Follow all guidelines for the sale of memberships, program fees, lockers, and merchandise and usage of cash drawer
  • Ensure locker room procedures and locker/lock inventory
  • Enforce the HRC's policies and procedures
  • Ensure that the HRC is opened and closed properly
  • Check out sports equipment for use in the HRC
  • Respond to first aid requirements and related documentation
  • Assist with emergency procedures that include care for injured, initiation of emergency action plan, notification of appropriate university authorities, and completion of report forms
  • Ensure cleanliness of the HRC
  • Be familiar with facility reservations and provide access to groups
  • Complete all paper work: (daily, facility usage, incidents, accidents, key access, head counts, facility rental info, etc)
  • Communicate with all program areas on specific programs & facility use
  • Report and communicate with the Assistant Director on an ongoing basis
  • Maintain ongoing communication by checking and responding to email messages at least 3 times a week
  • Report maintenance issues (i.e. light out, basketball net torn, hole in a wall, etc) to the Assistant Director immediately
  • Assist with any problems that occur throughout the facility. This may include emergency maintenance concerns, employee "no-show" coverage, participant conflicts, special events, etc.
  • Complete other duties as assigned such as folding brochures, posting schedules and promotional items, calling participants, etc.
  • Attend all mandatory meetings and trainings
  • Be available for shift coverage if someone does not show or calls in sick
  • Have fun!

This job description is the minimum of what is expected of a Building Supervisor. In order to be eligible for a merit raise and incentive awards, it is expected that an individual go above and beyond these requirements. Providing exceptional customer service is an example.

Equipment Specialist

Maintain appearance of all cardiovascular and strength training fitness equipment located in the Department of Recreation at the HRC. Assist in the day to day maintenance for the benefit of the members and the university community. This position requires a mature individual with good communication skills who is responsible for cleaning exercise equipment, preventive maintenance, and inspection of equipment in the fitness areas for the safety and convenience of patrons.   

  • Time: minimum 2-hour shift per week
  • Dates: Shifts are available all year including breaks
  • Reports to: Assistant Director of Recreation—Fitness, Beth Lohman
  • Rate of Pay: $7.50/hr.

 

Responsibilities
  • Promotes a safe, clean, functional and marketable exercise area
  • Knowledge of all policies and procedures of the facilities
  • Follow the preset guidelines for routine cleaning and inspection of equipment
  • Keep facilities in excellent condition while also providing great customer service to our members
  • Works cooperatively with other areas of the department to achieve established goals
  • Performs other work as assigned
Qualifications
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations
  • Mandatory attendance at training meetings
  • Strong problem‐solving skills
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

Group Fitness Instructor

This is a position in which the Group Fitness Instructor is expected to lead a group of participants through a specific class format. The GFI creatively designs classes that are safe for participants including proper use of equipment and movement. Administrative duties include timely communication with the supervisor and participants, keeping participant counts and maintain knowledge of current industry standards. Nationally recognized certifications are recommended such as Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or another reputable organization.

Time: 1–4 classes per week, varying in length from 20–60 minutes
Dates: Academic year (Summer Session hours available)
Reports to: Assistant Director—Fitness, Beth Lohman

Join the Team

There are two ways for students to join the Group Fitness (GFit) team:

  1. If you already have a group fitness certification, you can apply using the application on our website and contact Beth Lohman, Assistant Director—Fitness, to discuss an audition (blohman@butler.edu or 317-940-6131)
  2. Take our Fall In-House Group Fitness Instructor Certification
Certifications Required

Being certified in FA/CPR/AED is a requirement of employment.

  • The Department of Recreation will provide opportunities to obtain certification through the American Red Cross.
  • If you cannot attend the sessions we provide it is the responsibility of the employee to obtain certification within 30 days of employment.

Employees who join the team via the Fall In-House Group Fitness Training program are required to obtain a nationally recognized group fitness instructor certification within one year of hire date.

Intramural Sports Internship

Overview

Butler University's Department of Recreation was launched in 2005-2006 and proudly opened its first campus recreation facility, the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC), in August of 2006. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Recreation—Intramural/Club Sports and assists in the daily operations of a dynamic campus recreation program. This internship provides comprehensive, hands on, learning experiences that further enhances the employee's development in the field of campus recreation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Innovation (10%)

  • develop new methods for training staff
  • assist in creating new sport offerings
  • create memorable moments for participants at events
  • partner with campus departments or third party organizations to enhance the intramural sports experience for participants and staff

Personnel Management (40%)

  • assist with recruiting, hiring, training, motivating and recognizing approximately 20 Intramural Supervisors & 20 Intramural Officials
  • help ensure student employees have completed proper payroll forms and complete payroll on bi-weekly basis
  • assist with conducting and preparing regular staff meetings
  • develop  a comprehensive, in-depth training manual for student employees
  • develop department wide staff incentive/recognition program
  • assist in the preparation and compilation of surveys for student employees
  • assist with semester evaluations of student employees

Program Management (40%)

  • assist with daily activities of 16 Intramural Sports
  • assist in training officials for flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer
  • assist with coordination of repair and maintenance issues for program
  • assist with scheduling facility reservations
  • assist with special event preparation and supervision
  • assist with the management of the Intramural participants
  • oversee day-to-day administrative duties
    • participation audits
    • complete various reports
    • assist with exit interviews and customer service training
  • equipment and inventory management
  • program assessments

Risk Management (5%)

  • assist with training employees in areas of Risk Management
  • ensure Department Risk Management plan is implemented
  • assist with First Aid/CPR Red Shirt Drills

Other (5%)

  • attend Division of Student Affairs and Department of Recreation professional staff meetings
  • assist with budgeting/equipment replacement plan development
  • development of a special project to leave your mark with the department
  • other duties as assigned
Knowledge / Skills Required for the Job

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in recreation, sports management or related field preferred.  Innovative leader that has the ability to think outside the box, provide strong team building, decision making and customer service skills.  Candidates that possess an interest in a career in campus recreation are especially encouraged.

Miscellaneous

Approximately 30 hours/week
Evening and weekend hours required
$12/hr
10 Months
August–May (start date is negotiable, prefer July 1)

Deadline

To be filled immediately.

Intramural Sports Officials

 

Officiate Intramural Team Sports including Flag Football, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, and other seasonal team sports. Attendance is required for the mandatory training and evaluation sessions. 

Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Provide Pre-game assistance 
    1. Assist in setting up equipment for the evening and/or weekend activities
    2. Assist in examining facility for safety hazards
  2. Provide quality officiating during contests 
    1. View and follow the Intramural Sports contest and enforce the rules judiciously as possible
    2. Oversee the Intramural Sports contest and ensure participation take place in a safe manner
  3. Assist in post-game duties 
    1. Assist in completing any forms that are in need of completing
    2. Assist in closing down the activity are and collecting equipment at the conclusion of the beginning and/or weekend activities
    3. Assist in securing facility at the conclusion of the Intramural activity
    4. Other duties, as assigned
Knowledge / Skills Required for the Job
  • Full-time students in good standing are eligible for employment
  • Participation and Sports Officiating experience is preferred
  • A thorough knowledge of the Sports being officiated
  • Physical ability to keep up with the sports being officiated
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Intramural Sports Supervisor

Supervise Intramural Team Sports including Flag Football, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, and other seasonal team sports. Attendance is required for the mandatory training and evaluation sessions.

Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Provide Pre-game assistance 
    1. Assist in setting up equipment for the evening and/or weekend activities
    2. Assist in examining facility for safety hazards
  2. Provide quality supervision during contests 
    1. View and follow the Intramural Sports contest and ensure the correct score is posted for the correct team
    2. Oversee the Intramural Sports contest and assist in making sure that participation takes place in a safe manner
  3. Assist in post game duties 
    1. Assist in completing any forms that are in need of completing
    2. Assist in closing down the activity are and collecting equipment at the conclusion of the beginning and/or weekend activities
    3. Assist in securing facility at the conclusion of the Intramural activity
Knowledge / Skills Required for the Job
  • Full-time students in good standing are eligible for employment
  • Participation and sport knowledge of the sport is preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of the BU Intramural Handbook
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Other duties, as assigned

Lifeguard

It is the principle duty of the lifeguard to provide a safe environment for all participants. The guard needs to ensure safety of participants by preventing and responding to emergencies.

General Duties
  • Enforce all aquatic facility policies, rules, and regulations
  • Recognize and respond effectively to emergencies
  • Inspect the aquatic facilities and report unsafe conditions and equipment to the Assistant Director
  • Actively guard and scan the pool area at all times; refrain from socializing while guarding
  • Secure the pool area by locking all doors when a lifeguard is not on duty
  • Attend and participate in in-service trainings
  • Attend to participant questions and comments
  • Complete guard report
  • Complete additional duties as assigned
  • Perform regular chemical testing of pool water
  • Guard applicants must hold a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard training, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid certification

Operations Internship

Overview

Butler University’s Department of Recreation was launched in 2005-2006 and proudly opened its first campus recreation facility, the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC), in August of 2006.  This position reports to the Associate Director of Recreation – HRC Operations and assists in the daily operations of a dynamic campus recreation program.  This internship provides comprehensive, hands on, learning experiences that further enhances the employee’s development in the field of campus recreation.

Responsibilities

Personnel Management (30%)

  • assist with recruiting, hiring, training, motivating and recognizing approximately 30 Control Desk Supervisors & 20 Building Supervisors
  • counsel Control Desk Supervisors and Building Supervisors
  • help ensure student employees have completed proper payroll forms and complete payroll on bi-weekly basis
  • assist with conducting and preparing monthly staff meetings
  • develop a comprehensive, in-depth training manual for student employees
  • develop department wide staff incentive/recognition program
  • maintain staff sub schedule and emails
  • assist in the preparation and compilation of surveys for student employees
  • assist with semester evaluations of student employees
  • oversee special event staff (approximately 20 students)
  • ensure student staff complete daily tasks

Facilities (30%)

  • assist with daily inspection of facility
  • assist with coordination of repair and maintenance issues for 85,000 sq ft facility
  • assist with scheduling facility reservations
  • attend various special events hosted at the HRC
  • assist with special event preparation and supervision

Membership Management (30%)

  • assist with the management of the HRC’s membership (students, employees, alumni, affiliates and community)
  • oversee day-to-day administrative duties
    • daily membership audits
    • complete various reports
    • membership expirations
    • assist with exit interviews and customer service training
  • locker room management
  • membership assessments
  • respond to member emails and phone calls

Risk Management (5%)

  • assist with training employees in areas of Risk Management
  • ensure Department Risk Management plan is implemented
  • assist with 1st Aid/CPR Red Shirt Drills

Other (5%)

  • assist with budgeting/equipment replacement plan development
  • development of a special project to leave your mark with the department
  • other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in recreation, sports management or related field preferred and/or assurance that Butler University will meet internship requirements.  Ability to think outside the box, strong team building, leadership, decision making and customer service skills required.  Candidates that possess an interest in a career in campus recreation are especially encouraged.

Miscellaneous

approximately 28.5 hours/week
Evening and weekend hours required
$12/hr
10 Months
August – May (start date is negotiable, prefer July 1)

Deadline

To be filled immediately

Questions

Contact Kristyn Watts or (317)940-6105

Personal Trainer

This is a position in which the Personal Trainer is expected to actively participate in the development and implementation of safe, effective and enjoyable fitness routines. The Personal Trainer ensures the safe and proper use of all equipment involved. Administrative duties such as keeping track of client sessions are required. Nationally recognized certifications must be obtain within one year of hire from the following organizations: American Council on Exercise (ACE) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Time: 2-8 sessions/week and fitness desk shifts
Dates: Academic year plus occasional sessions during breaks (i.e. winter break)
Reports to: Fitness Coordinator

Join the Team

There are two ways for students to join the Personal Training team:

  1. If you already have a personal training certification, you can apply using the standard employment application and contact Beth Lohman to discuss an audition (blohman@butler.edu; 317-940-6121)
  2. Take our Fall In-House Personal Trainer Certification
FA/CPR/AED Certifications

Being certified in FA/CPR/AED is a requirement of employment.

  • The Department of Recreation will provide opportunities to obtain certification through the American Red Cross.
  • If you cannot attend the sessions we provide it is the responsibility of the employee to obtain certification within 30 days of employment.

Employees that join the team via the Fall In-House Personal Training Program are required to obtain a nationally recognized personal training certification within one year of hire date.

Swim Instructor

The general function of a swim instructor is to conduct swimming instruction using a safe and responsive manner and to administer instruction equally among students.

General Duties
  • Teach according to the prewritten guidelines for each class level. Creativity and different styles of teaching are encouraged!
  • Gather the group of participants prior to each class and review skills from the past lessons.
  • Classes must begin and end promptly at the scheduled times. This means that you need to be at work 20 minutes before the first class of each session and 10 minutes prior to every additional lesson.
  • Obtain all equipment before the start of class and return it to the proper areas after class. If you find faulty equipment let your supervisor know immediately.
  • Promote safety of everyone at all times by keeping your eyes on every student.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Start out with a positive aspect, next tell them what to fix, and then end with another positive aspect. Always end with a positive!
  • Always be polite and willing to discuss a child's progress with a parent. Emphasize the positive and find positive ways to discuss weaknesses.
  • Find a time to introduce yourself to parents.
  • Be familiar with emergency procedures.
  • At the end of each class session complete a progress report for your students and ask them to fill out an evaluation of your performance.
  • Instructors must be certified in American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or adult, child and infant CPR, First Aid, and hold a valid WSI.