Director of Healthy Living

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community.
Job Description

The Director of Healthy Living provides leadership for all healthy living programs and staff, including fitness and group exercise, personal and functional training, as well as, community outreach programming. Serves as a member of the leadership team, promoting services and programs to members and the community at large to meet established budget and revenue goals. The incumbent directs program operations/services, ensuring quality delivery of healthy living programming, which meets the YMCA and community needs. The incumbent hires, supervises and trains staff.



  1. Degree in Health, Science and Recreation or related field - preferred.
  2. Three (3) years of experience working in Healthy Living programming with adult and youth populations preferred.
  3. Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience
  4. Proven management ability in budget (finance) and staff management and development.
  5. Ability to work in highly flexible and rapidly changing work environment.
  6. Ability to maintain up to date knowledge of healthy living programs including fitness, strength, and health and wellness trends. Have specific knowledge and ability in fitness instruction as well as preventative measures in health and fitness. Demonstrated success engaging diverse populations in promoting healthy living programs and activities
  7. Effective written communication skills. Ability to communicate verbally with individuals and groups.
  8. Good organizational skills
  9. Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  10. Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours, if needed.
Essential Functions
  1. Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote program and membership growth for the YMCA. Executes strategies to ensure that members and program participants connect with one another and connect with the YMCA.
  2. Provides leadership and direction for a variety of programs/services for both adult and youth populations, including group exercise, wellness promotion, community outreach, risk reduction, and supporting those with chronic disease reclaim their health. Promotes, supports, directs and educates staff, members and community participants on the benefits of participating in key healthy living programs to maximize the health and well-being of the community, improve revenue potential and increase member retention.
  3. Manages a high performing staff in building relationships to ensue delivery of quality programs and services are provided for all. Works closely with the Management team on innovative approaches in program development, and impact measurement. Utilize actionable information (data) to continuously drive improvement and implement plans to achieve desired goals, objectives and mission delivery.
  4. Prepares and manages program budgets to assure revenue and program service goals are achieved.
  5. Recruits, hires, on-boards, trains, develops and supervises healthy living staff, including Group Exercise Instructors, Personal Trainers, Wellness Coaches and Community Outreach staff.
  6. Ensures a high level of expertise in healthy lifestyle modules, equipment, and customer service initiatives enhancing the member, guest and program participant experience and satisfaction.
  7. Serves as a member of the management team performing specific duties which support the overall success of YMCA operations.
  8. Other Duties and/or additional tasks as requested and needed, to support the effective operation of the association.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


  • Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. 
  • Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.  Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. 
  • Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. 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.
Required Certifications
  • First Aid, CPR Certifications including AED.
  • YMCA Fitness Specialist certification or current ACE, AFAA, ACSM, and Health and Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer within 90 days of employment
  • Ability to manage programs aligning with YMCA mission delivery