You are the “Y”.
We're more than a gym—we are a community committed to strengthening bodies, minds and neighborhoods. The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through fitness and healthy living, academic readiness, character development, and violence prevention. Our network of 20 membership centers across the city and suburbs, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. Leverage your passion for fitness to be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live.
Provide customer service, guidance, and leadership to all members and participants. Create and deliver fitness programs, including cardiovascular exercise, muscle conditioning and flexibility.
Scope of Responsibilities:
- Design and deliver fitness programs that meet individual members’ needs.
- Represent the YMCA by utilizing tools and information to increase member knowledge of fitness as well as other programs provided through the YMCA (handouts, charts, brochures, etc.).
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with members by providing personal attention every shift to all participants through a proactive approach.
- Provide assistance/guidance and make an effort to acknowledge all members in the fitness room.
- Instruct members on correct position and body alignment to prevent injuries.
- Responds to, and reports, accidents and incidents. Reports equipment problems.
- Attends staff meetings and trainings. Maintains current certifications.
- Discusses and promotes all YMCA programs. Motivates members to commit to long-term participation.
Child Abuse Prevention:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
Commitment to Inclusion:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Obtain YMCA Basic Fitness Leadership certification within first six months of employment, or have current A.C.E. Certification or equivalent.
- Principles of YMCA Health and Fitness certification must be obtained within 90 days from date of hire. Have current (within 30 days from date of hire) CPR and First Aid certifications.
- Working knowledge of preventative health and fitness programs and philosophy.
- Ability to motivate and lead members.
- Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.
- Ability to communicate to large and small groups of members and the ability to work with varying fitness levels and ages.
- Ability to set up, move, and store equipment.