Program Director - Personal Training

Are you ready to make the next move in your fitness career? Seeking self-motivated Personal Trainers ready to become a Program Director!
Job Description

The YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley is seeking an ambitious, dedicated, self-starting Program Director to lead our Personal Training/Wellness program for our Bettendorf branch.

Perks of working at the Y!

The Y provides a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, benefits and other perks as outlined below.

SALARY: $45,000 annually

BENEFITS: As a full-time, salary/exempt employee, our competitive benefit package includes:

  • Health insurance: Y pays 65-93% for individual and 57-82% for family; Dental: Y pays 65%; Vision available
  • Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account
  • Y Retirement Fund: Y pays 12% after employee meets eligibility requirements
  • Eligible to participate in 403B savings account through Y Retirement Fund
  • Paid Time Off: Begins accruing at 21 days per year up to a max of 32. Caps at 256 hours
  • Life Insurance: Y pays 1 X salary, EE has option to purchase additional coverage
  • Long Term Disability: Paid by the Y; Employee can elect to purchase Short Term Disability
  • EAP program: Paid by the Y


  • Paid Time Off: Accrues monthly up to 21 days per year , max over time of up to 32 days. Caps at 256 hours
  • Free household YMCA membership! Discounts on programs
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Child Care discount 25%; Summer Camp discounts

The YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley is a '4-star' Charity Navigator top-rated non-profit charitable organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For over 165 eyars, the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley has been an integral part of the Quad Cities area. With 8 branches, numerous child care locations and Camp Abe Lincoln, we continue to grow and strengthen the community to bring about positive change. The Quad Cities area, on the Mississippi River, is home to a more than 27,000 businesses including John Deere World Headquarters, Arconic, Kraft, Exelon and a major military installation - the Rock Island Arsenal. We have low cost of living, great school systems and several higher education institutions. Here you can experience a variety of extra-curricular activities similar to those found in big cities but with a small town feel such as arts, baseball, big name concerts and much more!

The Program Director-Personal Training/Wellness is responsible for developing, administering and supervising personal training and wellness programming for the assigned location(s). The Program Director-Personal Training is required to spend 75% of their workweek (or minimum of 30 hours) on the floor performing Personal Training. The remaining hours per week will be spent on administrative processes and managing Personal Training staff for success. The Program Director, Personal Training will position the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley as the leader in Personal Training in the community. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible for supervision of all personal trainers and wellness staff at assigned locations.

  1. Bachelor's degree in exercise science or related field.
  2. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
  3. Prior personal training/fitness/wellness and customer service experience required.
  4. Must possess general health and wellness knowledge including biomechanics, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention, cardiovascular and strength training principles, coaching skills and basic machine and facility maintenance
  5. Prior experience training clients.
Essential Functions
  1. Serve as a role model to members, Y staff and, at all times live the mission, vision and values of the YMCA movement.
  2. Maintain a positive attitude and act in a professional manner when interacting with members, program participants and other staff at all times.
  3. Adhere to and ensure all dept staff are knowledgeable in all branch emergency procedures and carry them out when needed.
  4. Hire, train, evaluate and supervise all personal training and wellness staff.
  5. Create and manage the personal training and wellness schedules to include individual, group training and/or special population programs.
  6. Maintain fitness equipment and report any damaged equipment.
  7. Verify that member has completed all necessary paperwork prior to starting a workout.
  8. Introduce new participant to members and work on making connections and building relationships.
  9. Maintain phone/email contact with participants in the Personal Training program and/or special population programs.
  10. Able to perform full fitness assessments at all skill levels, evaluate the outcome and write appropriate exercise prescriptions based on goals and ACSM guidelines.
  11. Promote all health & wellness programs to members, program participants and staff.
  12. Listen and respond to complaints and suggestions calmly and courteously.
  13. Process and monitor payroll for all program staff.
  14. Develop, manage, and monitor Personal Training program operating budget and meet or exceed budget targets.
  15. Ensure health & wellness staff are staying within their scope of practice.
  16. Report any accidents, concerns, or equipment issues to supervisor immediately; contacts center director/executive director and completes appropriate paperwork.
  17. Return all equipment and supplies used to proper location after each session. Set a good example to other members by treating equipment with respect and cleaning it after each use.
  18. Keep all work areas clean and organized.
  19. Participate in and solicit others to participate in necessary YMCA financial development efforts, specifically the Annual Campaign.
  20. Maintain certifications listed under Certificates and Other Requirements.
  21. Adherence to all policies and procedures of the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley.
  22. Understand and follow all safety rules and regulations including knowledge of emergency procedures and location of emergency equipment.
  23. Regular and timely adherence to respective schedule/meetings.
  24. All other duties as assigned by the Branch Executive.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position is expected to be able to successfully perform all physical activities necessary to perform essential and related functions of the position including climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions. This position is expected to be able to demonstrate all training aspects of a workout which can be described as medium to strenuous work and will vary by client. Must be able to frequently lift a minimum of 45 pounds efficiently and safely. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee will regularly be required to see at close and distant vision, have good peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of the job, the employee will primarily work indoors and regularly be exposed to moderate temperatures and perform work near moving mechanical parts (associated with physical fitness equipment). The noise level can vary from quiet to moderate depending upon the usage and activity in the rooms in which they are working. This position works in a variety of environments which can include but are not limited to, office settings, gymnasiums, and outdoors. This position works a varied work week as determined by the needs required to manage operations and events of which can include working evening, weekend, and additional hours to accommodate activities representing the organization and branch operation.

Required Certifications
  1. Must be able to pass background check
  2. CPR/First Aid/AED certification - must have prior to hire
  3. Nationally Recognized Personal Training Certification (AFAA, ACE, NSCA, NASM, or ACSM certification)- must have prior to hire