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Fitness Director
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Principal Responsibilities:

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Raychel Reily at

JOB TITLE: Fitness Director

SUPERVISOR: Chief Health & Wellness Officer

SUPERVISES: Fitness Center Supervisor, Wellness Concierge Supervisor, Personal Trainers, Pilates instructors and others as needed

SCHEDULE: Sunday- Thursday (full-time)

Are you a results-driven leader, looking to make a positive impact in the lives of others through fitness? The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Fitness Director (Director) to join our Health & Wellness Leadership Team. The Director's responsibilities include oversight of over 20,000 square feet of dedicated space including a two-story fitness center, 3 fitness studios, and an upscale fitness and wellness club. The ideal candidate has experience managing a top-tier fitness facility with member experience being the top priority. The Director must be dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to our members and be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Management & Administration

  • Work with Membership team to ensure a clear onboarding and integration strategy is executed to retain new members.
  • Develop and manage a comprehensive and strategic plan that maximizes all secondary fitness revenue
  • Continually evaluate programs, solicit feedback, review, and analyze results
  • Prepare statistical reports pertaining to fitness center usage
  • Monitor and analyze facility usage and program participation to identify areas for improvement
  • Keep informed of various trends and programs in the community and nationally that may be introduced, adapted to, and have effect on JCC programs
  • Support Fitness Center Supervisor in managing daily operations of the fitness centers including staffing, cleanliness, customer service, and safety. Ensure preventative maintenance scheduled regularly and there are quick turnaround times on repairs.
  • Propose fitness equipment replacement plan that compliments the demographic of the JCC membership and industry trends
  • Manage all aspects of departmental budgets including preparation, management, evaluation, and reporting.

Team Culture

  • Create and communicate clear goals for team
  • Build relationships with each team member- recognize/highlight areas of strength and coach areas of weakness
  • Foster an environment that encourages all staff to strive for excellence and teamwork
  • Plan and facilitate professional team meetings with effective communication and clear goals around team bonding and professional development
  • Attend and provide support at JCC-wide events including, but not limited to: Rubin Run, Golf Tournament, Purim Carnival, Membership Open Houses, and Seasonal Group Fitness Events

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualifications & Specialized Skills

  • Strong leadership and staff management skills
  • Proven success record in program development member/client retention
  • Current and continued knowledge of trends in the industry
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to make informed decisions driven by data and community interest
  • 5+ years of related work experience
  • Current CPR, AED, First Aid Certifications
  • 4-year degree in exercise science or related field preferred
  • Current nationally recognized and NCCA accredited personal training certification
  • Advanced skills in most computer programs (excel, word, PowerPoint, publisher, and outlook)
  • Requires common physical demands associated with the fitness industry: lifting, prolonged standing, exposure to cleaning products, loud noises, and various physical activities.

It is the policy of this institution to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, age, disability/handicap, veteran status, or status within any other protected group.


$75,000 - $85,000

Agency Information:

Kaplen JCC On The Palisades is a welcoming home away from home for all who pass through its front doors. Our 185,000 square foot building plus acres of outside grounds feature 2 fitness centers, an indoor and outdoor aquatics center, group exercise, spin and pilates studios, 2 gymnasiums, tennis and racquet courts, indoor track, a luxurious spa, multiple playgrounds and fields and so much more. The JCC is home to the renowned Thurnauer School of Music, Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School, Neil Klatskin Day Camp, and the JCC Dance and Drama Schools. The JCC is also proud to offer extensive, high quality programs and services to adults of all ages, as well as to seniors and individuals with special needs.


Our vision is to be the center point of Jewish life in our community and to engage all generations in our mission and values.

Deeply rooted in Jewish values and tradition, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is a vibrant home for the Jewish People that welcomes all and cultivates the social, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being of the entire community.


We are committed to demonstrating the following values and ask respect for these values from those with whom we interact:

TIKKUN OLAM (repairing the world)