The Massage Therapist is responsible for the daily execution of the massage therapy program. This position will work closely with the University Athletic department's experts to provide collaborative massage programming. Additionally, the position acts as a liaison for the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center with University and community patrons.
Vanderbilt Athletics Department prepares student-athletes to become leaders and champions in life by placing the highest values on integrity, character, sportsmanship and victory.
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.
Duties, Responsibilities, and Expected Outcomes:
Provide various massage options including but not limited to Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Sports or other massage within the scope of practice and licensing
Provide clients with guidance and helpful information about the health and wellness benefits of receiving massage therapy
Design sessions around clients' specific needs as well as suggesting frequency
Complete massage therapy session utilizing the appropriate pressure and style of manipulation and demonstrates ability to distinguish among those needed (myofascial, reflexology, trigger point, lymphatic drainage massage, etc.)
Maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the massage therapy room and common areas per department policies and procedures
Assist in maintaining inventory of massage equipment and the upkeep including laundry services
Participate in both University and Rec wellness and marketing events
Provide onsite and mobile massage, which will involve on-campus or off-campus travel
Follow all Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center policies and protocols
Maintain professional appearance at all times
Adheres to and stays abreast of state and local licensing laws and regulations and ensures compliance with any changes
Maintain client profiles and detailed records of appointments in a legible manner
Check schedule of appointments and cancellations regularly
Attend all Rec required trainings and meetings
Maintain and safeguard client confidentially per Vanderbilt University policy
Other duties as assigned
Hours: This position is part-time non-exempt with a limit of 29.5 hours per week. This position is expected to work Monday through Friday. Ability to work special events, evenings, and weekends required. Therapists will work only when there is a scheduled appointment or Rec required meeting/training. Shifts will vary the following days and times. This is not a set schedule.
Monday: 8:30 AM to 3 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Fridays: 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Saturdays: 8:00 AM to 1 PM
Candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED
Current massage license and continued education requirements must be met in order to provide services in the state of Tennessee
Knowledge of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Sports massages required
Three years of professional massage therapy experience in a professional spa or therapy center setting
Ability to perform, possibly consecutive, 60, 90, and 120 minute quality massage therapy sessions
Experience working with and maintaining massage therapy equipment
Ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff in a professional, courteous manner
Must be flexible and to adapt easily to changes that occur on short notice
Reliable transportation required
Preferred experience and skills:
Knowledge of other various modalities, specifically Deep Muscle Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Cranial Sacral, Lymphatic Drainage, and Muscle Activation
CPR/First Aid/AED, or ability to obtain within 45 days of hire.
Acceptance of Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and makes improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.
Adaptability – Reads cues and adapt accordingly. Adjusts style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others. Can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts.
Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, and finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions.
Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.
Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
Maturity -- Exhibits professional maturity; doesn't pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn't engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct.
Optimism– Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn't bring their own personal ‘little black clouds’ into the work environment.
Is Nice – Asks caring, interested questions and is a good listener. Smiles and is grateful. Sends appropriate notes of thanks to others who have helped. Avoids gossip or saying negative things about co-workers. Patient and generous. Makes suggestions rather than stating hard and fast opinions. Avoids being negative, sarcastic, and cynical.
Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes. If things aren't going well, outcomes suffer. Is willing to have crucial conversations if things aren't going well. Doesn't just complain to management...does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first.
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; makes them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn't expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other's strong suits.
Raises the Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better.
Eager – Enthusiastic, wanting to learn, wanting to continue one's personal and professional development and expertise.
Is clear with the deliverables and outcomes needed, but allows members of the work unit to tackle the problems in the way they see fit, without micromanaging every process. Understands that the destination – rather than the exact route – is what's important.
Welcomes inquiry and recognizes mistakes as learning opportunities.
Cares about their employees as people, not just as ‘resources.’
Champions the work unit's cause, and makes compelling business cases for its needs.
Internal Number: 1800529
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.