Group Exercise Director

Join our team as Group Exercise Director and champion change while directing a group of instructors to implement quality & diverse classes!
Job Description

The Group Exercise Director is the face of Group Exercise for the YMCA. This position will champion and direct the Group Exercise and Forever WellAdult strategies, policies, and procedures Association-wide.  The incumbent will ensure Group Exercise program quality and consistency at all branches and virtually through strong facilitative leadership skills aimed at aligning resources and staff to goals, procedures and measures. The incumbent represents the Y in the community.

  • 4-year degree in health and wellness-related field required.
  • 3-5 years of experience in delivering Group Fitness services or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • National group fitness certification such as American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) required.
  • National Certified Personal Trainer certification is required. ACSM, NASM, ACE or NSCA preferred.
  • Previous managerial experience preferred.
  • First Aid, CPR, AED certifications are required within 60 days of employment.
Essential Functions
  • Oversee the development and implementation of innovative and engaging programming, and manage day-to-day operations of the Group Exercise Schedule, including monitoring and ensuring all classes are covered and communicated to members.
  • Work with Healthy Living Managers to ensure strategic initiatives are met and budgets are maintained.
  • Ensure increased program satisfaction and attendance through exceptional quality and service that builds relationships and connects members to the Y mission.
  • Cover classes when it is established that there will be no instructor available so no classes need to be canceled.
  •  Establish standards for hiring, onboarding, certification, and training of Group Exercise staff, providing the framework for branches to build strong teams.
  • Actively lead efforts to attract and retain top talent in group exercise.
  • Build community collaborations.
  • Cultivate relationships and lead a team to support and participate in the annual giving campaign.
  • Evaluate classes and instructors as well as external competitors with the intent to ensure the Y is the preeminent provider for group exercise.
  • Serve as Manager on Duty on a coverage rotation, ensuring the security, safety, cleanliness of building as well as supporting staff and members in all areas of the building.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  1. Building Relationships: Building meaningful, trusting, collaborative relationships and upholding the SMART pledge in all interactions is the core of our work.  Create sustainable relationships within the Y and with other organizations in service to the community. Value all people for their unique talents, and take an active role in promoting practices that support diversity and inclusion.
  2.  Communication and Influence: Listen and express self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.
  3.  Developing and Inspiring People: Support the holistic development of self and others so that everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain the Y’s culture, and inspire others to take individual and collective action to further our impact. Demonstrate the ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations.
  4. Innovation: Creates and implements new and relevant approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s work and impact in the community.
  5. Leading Operations: Manage the Y’s resources responsibly and sustain the Y’s nonprofit business model. Ensure program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs. Execute superior health and wellness leadership and technical skills. Create and implement new and relevant approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s impact.
  6. Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Since there isn’t a prescription for every circumstance, you will need to make informed decisions based on experience, professional standards, logic, data, and sound judgement; transfer learning to situations; and provide others, with framework for making decisions.
  7. Change Capacity: Facilitates, co-creates, and implements equitable change for the good of the organization and/or our community.
  8. Philanthropy: As charitable organization, they Y depends heavily on financial support of the community. You are responsible for securing resources and support to advance the Y’s work.
  9.  Leadership: provide staff with feedback, development opportunities, coaching, guidance and support. Takes the initiative to develop others. Holds staff accountable