Gym jobs available worldwide. The main duties of a leisure managerjob in the gym can really vary depending up on the size of employing buisiness: managers in larger organisations may be mostly office based, whereas those employed by smaller establishments often have frequent contact with customers, suppliers and employees.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
recruiting, training and supervising staff
organising fitness activities or programmes
maintaining statistical and financial records
developing new facilities
promoting and marketing the business
ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation
maintaining customer service standards
dealing with enquiries, complaints and emergencies.
Promotional opportunities are generally best for employees who are willing or able to change employment sector or job location.
Typical employers for leisure centre managers
hotel and leisure groups
company fitness centres.
Vacancies attract strong competition. Opportunities are advertised in local, regional and national newspapers, Opportunities and specialist publications including Leisure Management, The Leisure Manager, Leisure Week and vacancy lists produced by ISPAL and ISRM. Several specialist recruitment agencies also advertise opportunities.
Qualifications and training required
Employers often prefer graduates with relevant qualifications in subjects such as management, sports science, recreation, health management, physiotherapy, or business or leisure studies.
A postgraduate qualification can be useful for graduates without appropriate degrees. It is essential to possess relevant experience, possibly gained via part-time or seasonal work, or by working as a fitness instructor, leisure centre attendant or recreation assistant.
Key skills for leisure centre managers
excellent problem solving skills
verbal communication skills.