Health & Wellness Director

A phenomenal career opportunity at a great YMCA with awesome benefits and progessive leadership!!
Job Description

The YMCA of Metro North has a long history of providing many communities throughout the Northern suburbs of Boston with outstanding programs and services for youth, adults and families. Serving the communities of Lynn, Peabody, Saugus, Melrose, Nahant, Revere, Lynnfield and Stoneham, the YMCA of Metro North needs an experienced Healthy Living professional that will lead our Saugus Massachusetts YMCA into the next phase of growth and prominence, to meet the cause and mission of the YMCA.   

Position Summary:

Under the general direction and supervision of the Executive Director, the Health & Wellness Director is responsible for the supervision and management of all facets of the Health & Wellness Department at the Saugus Family YMCA.  Paramount will be providing best in class and quality programming and member engagement. 

The Director of Healthy Living will also provide the leadership necessary to advance the mission of the organization and is responsible for the development, instruction, retention, maintenance, and staffing of all health and wellness functions at the YMCA including, but not limited to: Group Exercise Classes, Strength and Cardiovascular, Personal Training; Floor Trainers, Fitness Assessments, and Youth Fitness Programs.


·       The preferred candidate will have (5) five years' experience in the fitness industry with at least (2) two years in a supervisory capacity.

·       Bachelor's degree from a four-year college/university in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or a related field is preferred.

·       Personal training certification through a reputable organization (i.e. ACE, ACSM, NASM).

·       Acquire CPR, First Aid, AED, and 02 within 60 days of hire.

·       YMCA experience strongly preferred.

·       Must be a people-person with the ability to build relationships with and among members.

·       Enthusiastic team player and healthy role model with a solid understanding of the YMCA Mission, Membership & Wellness programs.

·       Knowledge and successful experience and skills in staff supervision, fitness programming, marketing and promotions.

·       Self-motivated, strong leadership, excellent oral and written communication skills, and good administrative skills. 


·       Ability to physically and verbally interact with members and staff.

·       At times, be able to lift amounts up to 50 lbs.


·       The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

·       Ability to be flexible to work evenings, early mornings, weekends and holidays. 


·       Redwoods Institute: Child Abuse Prevention & Harassment Prevention

·       CPR, First Aid and AED certifications within 30 days of employment.

Essential Functions

·       Provide premiere membership experience, value, service, and retention programs by planning, budgeting, promoting and implementing all Health & Wellness initiatives including but not limited to: personal training, group exercise and fee based fitness programs.

·       Jointly responsible for enhancing member relations and retention by working closely with the Membership Director and the team of Directors on the new Saugus Campus.

·       Develop, implement and oversee all Health and Wellness Programs that reflect the community’s needs and maintain the YMCA’s high standards of quality, safety and character development.

·       Hire, train, supervise and evaluate fitness floor staff, group exercise instructors, and volunteers as programs dictate and budget guidelines allow.

·       Develop and implement annual budgets for assigned program and membership areas, and manage agreed upon budgets within operating guidelines.

·       Oversee purchases and maintain department related supplies within budget guidelines and maintain a clean and safe program area.

·       Participate in staff meetings, support branch and YMN fundraising initiatives and attend professional training as appropriate.

·       Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with the YMCA’s mission and goals.

·       Act as a role model and incorporate character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into the daily operation of the fitness department.

·       Assume other duties deemed necessary by supervisor.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.