The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Group Exercise Instructor/KROC/Chicago

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Health and Fitness
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview



    Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world?  The Salvation Army is the fourth largest charity in the United States and is an international organization based on Biblical principles created to help people in need.  We are mission-driven, diverse, collaborative, and focused on positive results for people. Join us in making a difference.    


    Position Title:            Group Exercise Instructor


    Location/Dept.:         Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center


    Reports to (Title):     Fitness Center Manager        



    The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Chicago exists to express the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army through a safe, enriching and sacred environment where all individuals have access to opportunities to reach their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.  The Vision of the Chicago Kroc Center is to impact individuals, families and seniors of the Southside while building community, promoting excellence, motivating wellness, teaching character, and encouraging faith.



    Group Exercise Instructors will provide specialized group exercise instruction that contributes to each member’s fitness goals. Classes developed and instructed will be fun, energetic and highly motivational exercise classes for all fitness and skill levels.




    1. Provide instruction in assigned subject/area.
      1. Provide state of the art group exercise instruction that contributes to each member’s fitness goals.
        1. Be on time and prepared to teach your class.
      2. Develop and instruct fun, energetic and highly motivational exercise classes for all fitness and skill levels.
      3. Teach beginners through advanced learners in the fitness programs.
      4. Provide individual and group guidelines for the development in fitness programs.
      5. Critique and give feedback to participants regarding their work and performance level.
      6. Develop, implement and evaluate group exercise programs according to desired outcomes and goals.
      7. Maintain a professional demeanor and attitude with students of all ages, patrons, customers, staff and upper management.
      8. Ensure that any classroom changes or modifications are communicated to all classroom participants in an efficient manner.
      9. Carry out program evaluations as directed.
    2. Maintain a safe learning environment.
      1. Implement safety measures for group exercises classes to insure the health and safety of group exercise participants.
      2. Report all harmful problems with facilities to the proper supervisor.
      3. Adhere to all Safe From Harm Policies and Procedures as established by The Salvation Army.
      4. Generate legible and accurate accident and incident reports as required and immediately rectify or notify appropriate personnel of all accidents or potentially unsafe conditions.
    3. Communication
      1. Maintain an open communication with the Fitness Manager in regards to class development and scheduling.
      2. Ensure customer service standards are met; improved upon issues that arise with direct follow-up with unsatisfied members and/or guests.
      3. Attend all staff meetings.
    4. Maintain the Code of Ethics Policy, which has been established for the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
    5. Recognize the spiritual need of individuals, which may require referral to the pastoral team.
    6. Perform other assignments/duties as directed.




    • Associate or BA in Sports/Physical Education, or related field of study preferred
    • Two or more years experience teaching various or specific group exercise classes and working with fitness equipment.
    • Must have current credentials and/or certificates and /or license, if required.
    • Experience with a computer based work environment.
    • CPR, First Aid, and AED required



    • Excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills.
    • A demonstrated ability to work independently as a self-starter and use initiative.
    • An attentive to and work appropriately with culturally and socio-economically diverse client population.
    • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in light of changing job situations/priorities.
    • A strong personal conviction for the mission of The Salvation Army.
    • An ability to work with confidential material.
    • Successfully complete Safe From Harm training as established by The Salvation Army.



    This position is required to do light to moderate physical work.  In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use equipment that is part of a fitness center.  At times this employee is required to lift up to 40 pounds.  The work environment for this position includes high levels of noise and flexibility in a constant changing environment.



    Adhere to dress code for Instructors


    Position Ranking:     Part-Time Non-Exempt


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