Healthy Living Director

  • YMCA
  • Schaumburg, IL, USA
  • Nov 27, 2018
Full time Education Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Healthy Living Director is accountable for the operational oversight and management of all Health and Wellness programs and initiatives, supervision of department staff, and budget. The candidate’s key function is to build strong lasting relationships with members and employees that will build healthy lifestyles. The Healthy Living Director will provide premiere membership experience, value, service, membership retention, and vibrant engagement programs by planning, budgeting, promoting, and implementing YMCA Healthy Living Programs. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Management, or Health and Wellness with previous experience in managing fitness departments, equipment, budget, and staff.
  • Current national (YMCA, ACSM, ACE, NASM, or AFAA) personal training and group exercise certification (must be available to substitute as needed), and YMCA Evidence Based Health Initiatives certifications.
  • Proven track record in program development and marketing, implementing new health initiatives, leading, motivating, and inspiring others in successfully achieving their health and wellness goals.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic backgrounds.
  • Creative ability to implement innovative health and fitness programming relevant to current community needs.
  • Current CPR, First Aid, AED certification

Essential Functions

  • Manages all aspects of the sub-departments of the Healthy Living Department, including:  Fitness, Group Exercise, Personal Training, Field House operations, evidence based YMCA Chronic Disease Prevention programs, Youth Sports Programs, and Membership/Community Retention/Engagement.
  • Ensures equipment safety, quality programming, develop engaging and effective membership challenges/activities, effective scheduling, appropriate staffing ratios, completion of required training, and adherence to YMCA member code of conduct and policy.
  • Must have positive, upbeat, and energetic demeanor and have passion for healthy living.
  • Effectively manage departmental budget by effectively managing daily operations, driving revenue, and monitoring expenses.  Must be able to work flexible schedule and be present throughout the week during peak group exercise classes, which also includes Saturday mornings.
  • Create and implement wellness and lifestyle programs, personal training and group exercise participation through product knowledge and interactions with existing and potential members. Collaborate with department leads to maximize enrollments in program registration. Direct staff to support health and wellness initiatives to achieve retention goals.
  • Ensure proper implementation of Field House/wellness floor schedules and procedures to provide maximum opportunities for member/staff connections. Collaborate and work effectively with all departments to achieve desired results.
  • Identify and employ best practices in systems and technology to support effective management of the Wellness department. Utilize available technology, reporting tools and data that enhance wellness participation and member retention.
  • Excellent communication, time management & organizational skills.
  • Develop, coordinate, manage, and expand the weekly group exercise class schedule and personal training.
  • Experience in personnel supervision, recruitment, hiring, training new staff and retain qualified high-energy instructors to effectively operate programs of the department as budgeted and approved.
  • Maintain accurate records current staff certifications.
  • Monitor and track data for class usage, attendance, participation, performance data, appointments, etc. and analyzes data for needed changes.  Implements and oversees program evaluation to instill devotion to YMCA purpose and maintaining high quality YMCA standards.
  • Complete payroll and employment forms for new hires, changes, terminations etc. accurately and timely.
  • Enable proactive, clear, effective and timely internal communications to ensure a positive and consistent member experience.  
  • Represents and participates in YMCA community outreach and membership sales efforts using strategies driven by the Golden Corridor Family YMCA mission.
  • Advises the Executive Director to ensure operational growth of membership recruitment and retention, and retention, and pricing strategies.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations within the service area in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  • Analyze data, systems and processes to recognize growth, retention, continuous improvement opportunities within the Healthy Living department.
  • Assists in and attends major YMCA fundraising activities and special events.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Values
  • Community
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Developing Others
  • Decision Making
  • Change Capacity

Required Certifications

Current CPR, First Aid, AED certification | Current national (YMCA, ACSM, ACE, NASM, or AFAA) personal training and group exercise certification, and YMCA Evidence Based Health Initiatives certifications.

Salary: $38,000.00 - $42,000.00