Group Exercise Instructor I (Cross Island YMCA)

The Cross Island YMCA is seeking Group Exercise Instructors for the following activities: Water Aerobics, Tai Chi, and Aqua Zumba.
Job Description

Salary: $25.00 - $40.00 Hourly

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.

The Cross Island YMCA is seeking Group Exercise Instructors who will design and deliver safe, fun, dynamic, and effective group exercise classes, while also providing outstanding hospitality to ensure a positive user experience. 

We are seeking Group Exercise Instructors for the following activities: Water Aerobics, Tai Chi, and Aqua Zumba.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership, and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e.,   full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Experience leading fitness classes, specifically in Water Aerobics, Tai Chi, or Aqua Zumba.
  • Current Adult CPR/First Aid certifications.
  • Orientation to Healthy Living at the Y.
  • Foundations of Listen First.
  • Principles of Member Health & Wellness
  • Current National Group Exercise certifications (ACE, ACSM, AFAA, or YMCA).
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Attend hospitality training within 90 days of hire.
Essential Functions
  • Design and deliver safe, fun, dynamic and effective group exercise classes.
  • Provide outstanding hospitality to all members and guests. Outstanding hospitality is acting as a proactive agent - initiating a professional relationship with the members regarding their needs, concerns, and questions and acting as an agent to accommodate the member’s needs/concerns.
  • Arrive prior to class start time to allow time to greet all participants and help acclimate new participants.
  • Wear the designated uniform.
  • Start each class with an introduction.
  • Responsible for participant safety – inspect floor, equipment, and supplies; notify supervisor of equipment in need of repair and/or need for more/updated equipment.
  • Provide members with opportunities that will increase their involvement, sense of belonging, and ownership of the YMCA.
  • Modify classes and routines according to participants’ fitness levels/abilities as needed.
  • Use appropriate music at a sound level set by supervisor.
  • Maintain awareness of current fitness programs and trends, available through Club Connect.
  • Maintain attendance records.
  • Maintain required certifications, tracked in Club Connect.
  • Actively participate in training sessions and designated meetings.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of branch emergency procedures and take appropriate action for emergency situations.
  • Support community and promotional special events as needed.