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Fitness Expert

Job Type: Full Time - Location: West Cook YMCA


The West Cook YMCA has made a commitment to providing premiere fitness programming that enhances individuals’ health and well-being while also fostering connections and building community. Fitness Experts are the frontline staff in this movement. They provide instruction for group fitness classes onsite and offsite, conduct one-on-one and small group personal training (PT) sessions, offer fitness consultations and Wellness Center orientations, and assist with other Healthy Living programming and special events. Fitness Experts play a crucial role in helping participants to advance their workout efficiency, improve their fitness level, and most importantly, make strides towards achieving a greater sense of health and well-being.

  1. Model the YMCA’s commitment to improving health and well-being.
  2. Conduct a minimum of 8-10 PT sessions, 8-10 group fitness classes, and 8 fitness consultations per week.
  3. Design and implement biomechanically sound PT programs and progressions directly related to the client’s level and goals; document the client’s progress and maintain client files.
  4. Consistently indicate availability, projecting a minimum of 6-8 weeks into the future, using YMCA scheduling software (Appointment King)
  5. Allow adequate time pre/post class to engage with participants in order to help build a greater sense of community and provide opportunities for health literacy.
  6. Be knowledgeable of and enforce YMCA procedures and protocols related to fitness programming
  7. Respond immediately to emergency situations in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Adhere to all guidelines and procedures set forth in the West Cook YMCA Handbook.
  8. Assist the Healthy Living Department in finding substitutes when unable to attend a scheduled group fitness class or PT session.
  9. Attend and contribute to all mandatory staff meetings, workshops, and in-services.
  10. Keep the facility areas and equipment organized, clean, and inviting.
  11. Disinfect equipment before and after each group fitness class and PT session. Be responsible for space setup and breakdown, as well as member health screenings.
  12. Properly handle the sound system equipment and be responsible for personal headset mic.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Healthy Living Fitness Program Coordinator.

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Job Type: Part Time - Location: West Cook YMCA


Under the supervision of the Aquatic Coordinator and the overall direction of the Aquatic Director, the lifeguard is responsible for the safety and well-being of all patrons. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck, and surrounding areas.  Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with the West Cook YMCA policies and procedures.

  1. Responsible for the safety of all individuals by maintaining active surveillance of the pool area during various activities and programs.
  2. Responds immediately to emergency situations accordance with Red Cross and YMCA policies and procedures. Adheres to all guidelines and procedures set in the West Cook YMCA Handbook and Aquatic Manual.
  3. Maintains effective, positive relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
  4. Maintains all certifications required for the position and all other certifications required by Aquatic Director when needed.
  5. Performs equipment checks, chemical testing, and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  6. All other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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Swim Instructor

Job Type: Part Time - Location: West Cook YMCA


Under the direction of the Aquatic Director, the swim instructor provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swimming classes.

  1. Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly.
  2. Communicates and builds effective relationships with students and parents.
  3. Communicates information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refers students and parents to other programs.
  4. Responsible for the safety of the participants in their classes.  Acts immediately and appropriately in the event of an emergency.
  5. Maintains records as required (i.e. attendance, progress reports, etc.).
  6. Attends staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.
  7. Follows all West Cook YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  8. Sets up and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.
  9. Adhere to all guidelines and procedures set by the West Cook YMCA Handbook and Aquatic Manual.

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Youth Development Worker- School Age

Job Type: Full Time - Location: Multiple


Youth Development Workers engage youth in activities that will encourage social and emotional development, provide academic support, and build on healthy living practices. Programs will be in partnership with local school districts and may vary based on the enrichment activities and school locations.

This role includes a wide range of activities that can include support for remote learning, homework help, enrichment activities such as art, STEM, drama, and physical activities that will promote healthy living and sport skill development. Other duties include maintaining specific and strict COVID-19 protocols pertaining to sanitation, and cleanliness for children, other staff members and program spaces.  

  1. Partners on the design of the curriculum established by the Program Leads
  2. Implements the daily lesson/activity plans.
  3. Supervises and actively engages the children, classroom, and all activities.
  4. Makes ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.
  5. Maintains communication with parents.
  6. Maintains program site and equipment.
  7. Maintains required program records.
  8. Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training as needed.

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