Fitness Specialist

City of Suffolk Parks and Recreation Department
Job Type
Required Education
Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine or a related field supplemented by Fitness Trainer certifications from ACSM, AEA, NSCA, or IFPA .


Under general direction, performs supervisory work involving planning and coordinating of fitness programs at the Recreation Centers.  Work involves planning and implementing fitness programs, scheduling and coordinating activities, supervising participants in the fitness center, ensure safe work out practices are utilized by participants, provide orientations to fitness equipment, training staff on safe working out practices and giving fitness equipment orientations, recording and depositing revenues, administering budget, preparing statistical reports, and supervising division personnel. Reports to the Recreation Supervisor.

Examples of Duties

  • Conducts fitness equipment orientations and supervision of participants to ensure safe work out practices are adhered to.
  • Trains staff on safe work out practices and the delivery of fitness equipment orientation to participants.
  • Prepares and distributes statistical reports on facility usage.
  • Administers the budget for fitness related programs.
  • Plans and implements fitness programs in the Recreation Centers, and various department facilities.
  • Inspects equipment and makes recommendations on new equipment acquisitions.
  • Cleans equipment and performs routine maintenance.
  • Performs other related duties as are assigned.

Required Experience

2 years of relevant experience in the fitness industry; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess and maintain CPR & First Aid Certifications within six months of employment. Requires a valid driver's license.

Employee Benefits

Full Time Employees are eligible for the following benefits;

Retirement (Virginia Retirement System employer) for employees hired on or after 1/1/14 - Hybrid Members
Hybrid plan members contribute 4 percent of creditable compensation to the defined benefit plan and 1 percent to the defined contribution plan each month. Members may voluntarily contribute up to an additional 4 percent in 0.5 percent increments to the defined contribution plan each month. Members can increase or decrease their voluntary contributions on a quarterly basis. With the mandatory and voluntary contributions to the defined contribution component of the plan, members can contribute a maximum of 5 percent with a 3.5 percent match from the employer. Members invest in various investment options that best fit their needs.
Vested after 5 years in the defined benefit part of the plan. Vested in phases based on years in the Defined Contribution part of the Plan. The retirement eligibility for a full or reduced retirement pension in the Hybrid Plan is very detailed. Please contact the Virginia Retirement System or the Human Resources Department for details.

Paid Time Off (PTO)
Yearly earnings
120 Hours (1-59 months), 144 Hours (60-119 months), 168 Hours (120- 179 months), 192 Hours (180 and over)

Sick Leave
Part Time employees earn 4 hours per month Sick leave accrues at the end of the month and may be accrued with no ceiling.

Personal Leave
All regular full time employees are granted 24 hours of personal leave each calendar year. Personal leave must be preapproved and is not cumulative.

Health Insurance
Coverage available for you and your eligible dependents using pre-tax payroll deductions if elected.

Supplemental Insurances
Employees may purchase the following supplemental insurance policies: short term and long term disability, cancer, accident, supplemental hospitalization, and group universal life insurance.

Employer Sponsored Short Term and Long Term Disability
Provides disability coverage for employees work and non-work related disabilities. Work related disabilities are covered starting on day one (1). Non work related disabilities are covered starting on day eight (8), after you have been employed for one year.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees may participate in the Health Reimbursement, Dependent Care Reimbursement and Premium Reimbursement Accounts. All deductions are made on a pre-tax basis and will reduce your taxable income.

Life Insurance
The city pays the entire premium for life insurance coverage in the amount of 2 times annual salary for natural death and 4 times annual salary for accidental death.

Optional Life Insurance
Employees have the option of electing additional life insurance coverage in the amount of 1, 2, 3 or 4 times their annual salary. Employees may only purchase optional life insurance on spouses and children if they are enrolled in optional life insurance for themselves.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
12 weeks of job protected leave for leaves approved in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act. Employees receive continuation of health insurance, job protection and consideration for a comparable job when available, or an equivalent job, upon return to work.

Funeral Leave
24 hours of paid leave of absence in case of death in immediate family.

Suffolk follows the Virginia State holiday calendar as set by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jury Duty
Time off with pay with difference between jury pay and regular pay or use annual leave and keep check.

457 Deferred Compensation, ROTH IRA, Traditional IRA
Offered through ICMA Retirement Corporation as a way to shelter a portion of your salary from income taxes and save for retirement.

Employee Assistance Program
Offers employees and immediate family members (3) free, confidential counseling sessions related to a broad range of issues such as marital or family conflict, job or personal stress, alcohol or drug abuse, financial or legal worries, etc.

Worker's Compensation
Should an employee have an on the job injury, he/she could be eligible for Workmen's Compensation Benefits, except in cases of willful neglect.

Pay Days
Employees will be paid on the 15th and last working day of each month.

Credit Union
A Suffolk Credit Union is available to employees.

Legal Services
Employees may prepay for access to legal assistance.

Notary Public Services
Services available in the Human Resources Department.

Alternative Work Schedule
For some positions -Offers 4 Alternative Work Schedule options to provide employees with greater control over their personal and professional time, as well as reducing absences.

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