Group Exercise Instructor

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Work type: Auxiliary
Location: Northridge
Categories: Excluded


The University Student Union (USU) at California State University, Northridge is a student centered non-profit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities. The mission of the USU is to foster the achievement of students’ educational goals by facilitating a strong connection between students and their campus community. It is an engaging and energetic campus program that develops students through inclusive activities, meaningful employment opportunities, leadership experiences and innovative technologies, facilities, and services. Facilities include a University Student Union and a 138,000 square foot Student Recreation Center (SRC).  The SRC is a facility for exercise and leisure activity that promotes lifelong health and wellness.


CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.


One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


Reporting to the Fitness Programs Coordinator, develops fitness or wellness routines and programs for groups of participants with a variety of skills and abilities. Routines and programs include a variety of currently popular class formats that fall within the categories of strength training, cardio conditioning, cardio dance, mind and body, aqua, and functional training.


  • Instruct live fitness or mindfulness classes to groups of 3 or more people in formats Instructor is certified/trained in
  • May record fitness or mindfulness videos in formats Instructor is certified/trained in, as requested by Supervisor
  • May conduct one-on-one private lessons in formats Instructor is certified/trained in, as requested by Supervisor
  • Select music that has the correct beats and rhythm based on class type
  • Plan and execute fun and effective exercise routines that are safe and appropriate for participants of all levels
  • Promote and cue proper form and body alignment
  • Provide intensity options and educate participants on how to select movements appropriate for their fitness level
  • Initiate emergency response procedures, as needed
  • Promote SRC programs and events through in-class announcements, as instructed
  • May assist with special programs, services or projects on occasion
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 1 current certification or training from the following categories:
    • A current nationally recognized Group Exercise Instructor certification (ACE®, AFAA®, NETA®, ACSM®, ISSA® or comparable)
    • A degree in Kinesiology or a related field
    • A current specialty certification or training from a nationally recognized certifying agency (Yoga Alliance®, Pilates Method Alliance®, Spinning®, Zumba®, TRX® or comparable)


  • Applicants selected for hire as Group Exercise Instructor I will have a 30-day introductory period.  During this time, work is supervised in order for the Instructor to demonstrate competency before being cleared for independent teaching
  • Current American Red Cross certification (adult CPR, AED and first aid)*
  • Maintain all certifications/trainings, that are required for the position, and keep in a current status during employment
  • May be required to attend Student Recreation Center (SRC) and University Student Union (USU) employee orientation and trainings, as well as department specific trainings and meetings

*Applicants that do not currently hold an American Red Cross certification are eligible for employment consideration; however, must become adult CPR, AED and first aid certified prior to instructing classes and no later than 30 days from hire date. Trainings are periodically offered, free of charge, to USU employees. If employees are unable to attend a USU-sponsored training, he/she/they must obtain certification through American Red Cross at their own expense.

Knowledge, Abilities and/or Skills:

  • Ability to effectively direct and monitor the activities of others
  • Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain a neat appearance
  • Ability to make recommendations and independent decisions
  • Ability to adhere to work rules, follow directions, use time effectively and work productively without close supervision
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse, ethnically pluralistic environment


Work is typically performed indoors.  Ability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, finals weeks, and during academic interim and break periods. Ability to adhere to deadlines. Must be flexible, adaptable, and readily able to adjust to changes in work environment. Position requires public contact and/or instruction via video conferencing softwareDemonstrated physical abilities include fingering, handling, and reaching with hands and arms; walking, running, skipping, jumping, stooping kneeling crouching, or crawling. Employee must occasionally sit and/or stand for extended periods.  Employee must be able to talk and hear.  Employee must frequently move and/or lift 10 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Wage Range: Pay and tier (I, II, III, IV) is dependent upon experience and qualifications

$20.00/$23.00/$28.00/$33.00 Per hour rate for instruction

$15.00/$15.00/$15.00/$16.00 Per hour meeting rate for non-instruction

Work Schedule: Part-time, Temporary Emergency 6 month appointment; May be renewed. Schedule varies based in department need.  Work schedule to be determined by supervisor.


The University Student Union (USU) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is proud to operate on the CSUN campus. As part of the campus community, the USU follows California State University (CSU) policy that requires all faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. The policy does allow for medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. The USU will require all of its employees, current or new, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or present a medical or religious exemption and any appropriate back up documentation.


Applications received through February 1, 2021, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled. In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

To apply, complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any position within the University Student Union and Student Recreation Center. For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


The person holding this position is considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The University Student Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual expression, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion or genetic information.

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