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Position Detail - Drop-In Class Instructor

Drop-In Class Instructor

Apply now Job no: 493724
Work type: Staff Temporary
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Athletics/ Physical Education

Position Type: Staff Temporary

Hours per week: 1 to 5   

Weeks per year: 30

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; Evening and Weekend Hours Required 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Drop-In Fitness Instructor is a part-time professional staff position requiring a non-traditional schedule to meet the needs of the recreation program, including nights, weekends, and some holidays.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Recreation and Recreation Coordinator, the Drop-In Fitness Instructor will provide group fitness instruction, monitor and educate patrons on fitness and safety, and maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for class participants.

Current opportunities in the following areas:
• Yoga
• Pilates
• Spin
• High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
• Dance
• Kickboxing

In your cover letter, please specify which class(es) you would be interested in teaching.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teaches scheduled classes, beginning and ending on time; provides adequate warm-up, exercises, stretching, and cool-down
  • Instructs patrons on effective workout methods; explains proper techniques, demonstrates exercises; identifies different muscle groups; and teaches appropriate methods to strengthen specific muscles
  • Prepares appropriate equipment, music, and handouts for each class
  • Assists patrons, answers questions, and maintains a positive exercise experience for members and class participants
  • Keeps management informed of customer and facility needs
  • Ensures that safety standards are met and that department and facility policies are adhered to
  • Performs related duties as required 


• The position requires a valid national certification in the respective discipline (ACSM, ACE, or equivalent).
• CPR/AED certification is also required.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Additional specialty certifications.
• CSCS, PES, or other performance certification (preferred)


• National certification for personal training, group exercise, or specific discipline
• CPR/AED certification
• CSCS, PES, or other performance certification (preferred)

Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Light work: Exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If arm and/ or leg control use requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work, the job is rated as light work.
• Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
• Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Sufficient speech clarity required includes those that permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• Employee speaks with students and other faculty by telephone, e-mail, or in person daily.
• Visual Acuity, including color, depth perception, and field vision.

Working Conditions: 

• Non-traditional schedule, including possible evenings and weekends.  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all students, faculty, staff, and those associated with them to carry out the college's mission successfully. The College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires as a condition of employment. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing all employees and students equal access and opportunity in employment and education. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate based on gender in recruiting and admitting students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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