Group Exercise Instructor - Ellicott City (Dancel)

4331 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043, USA ● Howard County, MD, USA Req #2685
Monday, July 31, 2023

Overwhelmingly, people who decide they want to be a part of the Y in Central Maryland tell us they do so because it reflects their values and a conscious decision, they’ve made about how they choose to live their lives. The happiest and most fulfilled Y associates are those who are motivated to help others and who want to be a part of something larger than themselves.   If this speaks to your heart, then we invite you to join our team. Be a part of a charitable, mission-driven organization that works for individual and community well-being for all, for a better us.

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Under the supervision of the Association Director of Group Fitness, or other assigned associate, Group Exercise Instructor 2 is responsible for delivering excellent services to all members, guest, and program participants. The primary function of the Group Exercise Instructor 2 will be to highly engage with members, guest, and program participants by providing/teaching high quality, appropriately challenging, and fun group exercise class; and also providing a safe and welcoming environment that promoted group interaction.



  • Reports to work in uniform a minimum of fifteen minutes prior to assigned shift in order to receive communications and instructions from supervisor or associate, and to prepare the appropriate space. 
  • Provide excellent services to members, guest, and program participants in the Y center, on the phone, and through email exchange
  • Through engagement, build meaningful relationships with members, guest, and program participants with positive and solution driven interaction
  • Promote wellness concepts that embody well-rounded healthy and safe lifestyle
  • Obtain and maintain group exercise certification, and continuous education on formats
  • Maintain needed CECs, certification requirement, and ongoing trainings needed
  • Adhere to the class style, format, and certification requirements while teaching
  • Embody sensitivity and patience in dealing with diverse membership and wellness levels; avoid intimidated wellness environment  
  • Coach and encourage members to meet their wellness goals
  • Maintain administrative responsibilities including recording class size and ongoing communication for supervisor
  • Monitor, clean, and inspect equipment regularly; report any challenges or concerns
  • Adhere/enforce to all policies, guidelines, rules, and best practices as outlined by the Y in Central Maryland with positive interaction
  • Leader in handling conflict, concerns, member frustrations, and unusual center situations
  • Informing proper leaders of operating challenges and/or conflicts during operating hours (either with members and/or associates)
  • Focus on quality experiences and engagement within programs, services, and activities
  • Promotes a professional image and maintains a clean and safe environment at all times.
  • Ability to work with diverse population, all ages, genders, and sexual orientations
  • Attend and actively participate in all meetings as assigned
  • Incorporate the four character values of the Y:  Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and adhere to the Y Code of Conduct
  • Communicate the Y mission and objectives to the community.
Assist in all other areas as assigned. 


Group Exercise Instructor 2 will meet the qualifications set forth by the Y in Central Maryland. Associates shall be of good character and reputation; capable of carrying out assigned responsibilities; capable of accepting training and supervision; and capable of communicating effectively both orally and in writing as applicable to the job responsibility.  Minimum qualifications include:


  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Ability to be effective communicator
  • Required to have Stand-alone specialty certification (e.g. Les Mills, Zumba, etc.)
  • Required to have two of the following:
    • Nationally recognized accredited group exercise certification (e.g. ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NETA, AEA)
    • Bachelor’s degree (in related fitness field)
    • At least 1-3 years’ experience in fitness and/or group exercise 
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Current CPR/AED/O2/First Aid certification (or within 30 days of hire)
  • Flexible Schedule, days, nights and weekends
  • Completion of new associate training (including Child Abuse Prevention) before scheduled to work
The Y in Central Maryland provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Moreover, the Y is firmly committed to celebrating and achieving diversity and inclusion in all we do. We strive to be an anti-racist organization and expect all associates to treat others with respect, kindness and dignity, at all times. Thank you for considering working for the Y in Central Maryland. If being a part of our cause feels right for you, we hope you will join us.

Other details

  • Job Family Fitness/Wellness
  • Pay Type Hourly