Group Exercise Instructor

2 weeks ago
Hiring Manager
Horace Smikle
USD $14.00/Hr.
USD $20.00/Hr.
End Date


For 165 years, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has provided youth development, fostered healthy living, and promoted social responsibility in the 14 cities and towns that it serves. We take pride in being one of the largest non-school educators in the state, one of the top 120 YMCAs in the U.S., and the second oldest Y in the country.


We are currently looking for a Group Exercise Instructor to join our team. Whether you are interested in joining a leading non-profit or looking  to advance your Y career, this is your opportunity to help make our community better together. The Y. ™ For a better us. ™



Please note that any and all offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a background check, reference check, and new hire packet. In roles where driving is required as an essential function, a driver history check must also be successfully completed.

Essential Functions

This person will play an important part in the work that we do each day. In addition to all other duties as assigned, this role will:

  • Maintain and provide proof of YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles, Foundation of YMCA Group Exercise, YMCA Cardio & Step or other accredited certifications approved by the H&W director at all times.
  • Maintain and provide proof of Community CPR, First Aid and AED at all times.
  • Participate in 80% of all mandatory staff trainings and meetings.
  • Report all accidents/ incidents to your coordinator or director as well as fill out an incident report within 24 hours of occurrence.
  • Arrange for substitutes as needed and alert coordinator/director physically prior to absence.

  • Follow all class formats as they have been designed and begin and end class on time.

  • Follow all department procedures for; attendance, cleanliness and locking up for exercise rooms and equipment, storing/maintenance of equipment, fire drill procedures and code blue procedures.

  • Maintain a strong commitment to the YMCA, it's mission and to it's members.

  • Maintain a high level of personal health and fitness

  • Work closely with the staff, coordinator and director to keep the department programs at a quality level.


The requirements and preferences (where indicated) for this role are listed below. Please review them carefully to ensure that you apply for the role that best matches your qualifications. Additional years of professional experience or a Rank of E-5 or better may be used in lieu of education requirements where permitted.

  • Two years of experience leading group exercise classes.
  • Nationally recognized group exercise certification.
  • Must have current or be willing to obtain CPR/AED First Aid certification.
  • Three years customer relations experience.
  • Prior Y experience preferred.
  • Understand the broad overview of the goals and purposes of the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the Y Movement
  • Exceptional customer relations focused attitude
  • Strong focus on critical problem solving
  • Willingness to work in a team-centric environment
  • Leadership mentality
  • “Heart for people, but mind for business” mentality
  • Strong developmental and learning attitude
  • Strong sense of professional conviction balanced a friendly & positive demeanor
  • Knowledge of Outlook required.
  • Knowledge of Word and Excel required. 
  • Ability to learn, operate, and navigate various web-based platforms.
  • Ability to direct and answer calls on a high-volume, multi-line phone.
  • Strong proofreading and editing abilities.
  • Excellent research and summation skills.
  • Ability to be resourceful and diplomatic in crisis and high-stakes situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, written, presentation, and facilitation).
  • Strong influencing ability, combined with a balance of analytical and pragmatic approach.
  • Must be capable of working under pressure in a somewhat disruptive environment, while remaining professional and exhibiting an upbeat attitude.
  • Must be able to multi-task and work under time constraints.
  • Must have attention to detail

Leadership Compentcies

While each of our leadership competencies plays a role in the success of our staff members, for this role we will be paying special attention to the areas of:

  • Values: Accepts and demonstrates the Y's values
  • Inclusion: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions
  • Relationships: Builds rapport and relates well to others
  • Innovation: Embraces new appoaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experiance

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We are proud to be a champion of diversity and an equal employment opportunity / affirmative action employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to:
    • Sit, stand, or reach for extended periods of time;
    • Move around the work environment independently;
    • Communicate via computer, multi-line phone, and smartphone; and,
    • Push, pull, or lift up to 25 pounds for short periods of time.
  • The noise level in the work place is usually moderate, but may vary based on a number of external factors.


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