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17 Feb 2023

Part-Time Specialty Instructor – Yoga, Qigong, or Tai Chi

YMCA of the North – Posted by YMCA of the North Anywhere

Job Description

Lunge into a career!

The YMCA aquatics, sports and fitness programs are hiring self-motivated, enthusiastic individuals that have a passion for teaching group recreation and wellness classes!

Do you enjoy teaching others? Are you a specialist in a certain program area? Do you want to help others meet their wellness goals or enjoy a recreational skill? The YMCA recreation and wellness instructor role offers career development, a great mission to get behind, and is a FUN environment.

The recreation and wellness instructor is more than a job and is a critical role at the YMCA. The instructor will lead classes in specialized program areas such as sports, fitness and aquatics, and instruct youth and adults through quality classes. The aquatics, sports and fitness programs strive to provide excellent customer service. We hope to motivate program participation in all areas of sports, fitness and aquatics. Observe the progress of your participants and ensure all ages thrive in their wellness and recreation journeys!

Our goal within the YMCA aquatics, sports and fitness programs is to provide kids and adults a safe and fun environment to learn new skills. If you want to have a positive impact on all ages, the recreation and wellness instructor role is the fit for you!

Apply today for the specialist role and join our team of passionate leaders in the aquatics, sports and fitness programs. Make a difference in someone’s wellness journey or teach someone a new recreation hobby!

Scheduled classes may include but is not limited to pilates reformer, home school physical education, martial arts, lifeguard training, arts and humanities, and so much more!

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification of program area such as fitness, aquatics, sports
  • 1 year experience teaching program area


Benefits include:

Free YMCA membership

YMCA Program discounts

  1. Job Summary:

The Specialty Class Instructor is responsible for leading classes in a specialized program area which may include but is not limited to dance, yoga, martial arts, arts and humanities, safety and certification courses including lifeguard training.  The incumbent will instruct quality classes and provide excellent customer service to members and program participants in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

  1. Essential Functions:
  • Plan and instruct progressive classes in a specialty area.  Observe and discuss individual progress with participants.
  • Motivate and guide class and program participation.
  • Set up and take down class equipment and report equipment problems.
  • Ensure safe and effective classes; responding to and reporting any accidents or incidents.
  1. Relationships:

This position reports to the Program Manager/Program Director/Senior Program Coordinator who reports to Branch Management.  The incumbent must learn and use participant names and encourage member interaction when possible.  Work closely with other YMCA Team Members and program participants.

  1. Qualifications:


  • Formal training in the specialty class being taught
  • Certifications required within 30 days of hire: CPR, First Aid, and AED
  • Prerequisite certifications when necessary
  • Demonstrated customer service and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to individually lead a class and motivate participants
  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations
  • Ability to set up, move and store class equipment


  • 1 year experience in specialty format being taught
  1. Work Conditions:
  • Ability to lead assigned classes and sessions, demonstrating exercise techniques and perform associated physical activities.
  • Ability to stand on feet majority of work shift.
  • Stretch, bend, and lift up to 50lbs and move heavy equipment on a daily basis.
  • Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in the event of an emergency.
  1. Additional Notes:

Supervisory titles may change depending on branch. This job description represents the major functions of the position, but it is not intended to be all-inclusive.  The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from branch representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the branch or Association’s success.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pledge

The Y of the North is committed to the work and everyday practices of eliminating disparities and eradicating of unjust systems to become a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization. YMCA of the North team members and volunteers must exemplify the association’s mission, vision and values of caring, equity, honesty, respect and responsibility.


The YMCA of the North continues to develop plans and strategies to ensure team members and volunteers reflect the demographics of the communities we serve. We will continually conduct institutional racism and oppression review of our policies, procedures and practices in recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive work environment and culture that promotes equity and respect for the human dignity of all. We value and respect this diversity and choose to be inclusive through our acceptance of all.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time.

Job expires in 58 days.

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