Director of Healthy Living

The YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center is located right outside of Duluth, MN by the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior.
Job Description

The Director of Healthy Living is responsible for the Duluth Area Family YMCA’s Wellness Center and the experiences for members, guests, and Y employees. The Director oversees personal training, group exercise classes, specialty fitness classes, coordination of Diabetes Prevention Programming, management of health and wellness staff, and department budget. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Health and Wellness, or other related fields of study. 
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in personal training and/or group exercise instructing. 
  • Nationally accredited Personal Training Certification (ACE, AFAA, NETA, NSCF, ACSM, etc.). 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead an individual/class and motivate others to achieve their fitness goals. 
  • Demonstrated ability working with varying age groups and ability levels. 
  • Must have the physical, visual, and auditory ability to perform the essential functions of the job. 
  • CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required within 60 days of employment. 
  • Minimum of 2 year(s) prior experience supervising staff. 
  • Minimum of 2 year(s) setting and managing a departmental budget. 
  • Commitment of supporting principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action to achieve a diverse work environment. 

Preferred Education and Experience 

Formal training in specialty class instruction (e.g., Kettlebell, TRX, Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Pilates, etc.) 

Essential Functions
  • Monitors the Wellness Center as members use the exercise equipment. 
  • Motivates and educates members in leading healthy lifestyles. 
  • Instructs members in strength training principles, training procedures, and exercise techniques. 
  • Teaches members the proper and preferred use of all the strength training equipment. 
  • Ensures maintenance of a neat, clean, and pleasant environment on the Wellness floor. 
  • Hires, trains, and supervises the Duluth Area Family YMCA’s Wellness Center staff and interns. 
  • Encourages constant growth of all wellness staff. 
  • Understands the prevention, detection, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, basic emergency procedures, and the legal and professional responsibilities of personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and wellness coaches. 
  • Ensure safety of members, guests, and equipment in usage of Wellness Center. 
  • Maintain ongoing, current, and diverse group exercise and fitness classes for members and guests to utilize. 
  • Promotes personal training, clinics, events, classes, and all wellness-related opportunities. 
  • Creates marketing and communication material for all wellness programs in conjunction with the association’s Marketing staff. 
  • Sets and manages the Sports & Wellness budgets for their respective branch. 
  • Ensures the maintenance and upkeep of all fitness and group exercise equipment.
  • Oversees the Sports and Rec department and staff in conjunction with the part-time Sports and Rec Coordinator. 
  • Coordinates the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) including staffing, materials, recruitment, registration, and funding. Also oversees other specialty wellness programming.
  • Plans, recruits, and implements regular fundraising events. 
  • Assists in the Annual Campaign each year by educating staff and members on the mission of the Duluth Family YMCA as well as identifying potential donors. 
  • Integrates the mission of the Y and follows the core values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility into the healthy living aspect of job responsibilities. 
  • Fosters an inclusive environment appreciative of differences in the workplace. Meaningfully participate in and lead efforts to support the Y’s commitment to equity and diversity. 
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising. 

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

Nationally accredited Personal Training Certification (ACE, AFAA, NETA, NSCF, ACSM, etc.)