YMCA: Associate-Bilingual (English/Spanish) Wellness Coach-Level II


Bilingual (English/Spanish) Wellness Coach-Level II




Nature and Scope :

Under the direction of the Wellness Director, the Associate – Wellness Coach Level II will build personalized relationships that will support members who report that they have been exercising three or more days per week for 20 minutes or more for six months or longer. The Associate will also support new or returning YMCA members who describe their present exercise level as none at all, infrequent, or only frequent for less than six months with the research-to-practice, stage-matched, exercise-support protocol called THE COACH APPROACH® .   The Wellness Coach-Level II must perform program responsibilities in accordance with the policies, organizational competencies, mission, and values established by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.


The Cowart Family YMCA is situated in a suburban community in the city of Atlanta. The YMCA has been in this community for over 30 years and recently underwent a $5 million dollar renovation which includes a new 7,200 sq foot Wellness Center.  This facility has 56,000 square feet with an indoor pool and convenient access to Blackburn Park directly across the road. The Cowart Family Y serves the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.


Minimum Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in exercise science, physical education, exercise psychology, behavioral science, or a health-related field.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • At least six (6) months of experience in health- or wellness-related field.
  • Must obtain/maintain fullaccess to Y-Exchange (yexchange.org) and to YISE (yise.ymcaatlanta.com).
  • YMCA/ACE online certification and supplemental courses required by Y-USA within 30 days of hire date.
  • Must maintain certifications by uploading continuing education credits via          Y-Exchange (yexchange.org) prior to date of expiration.
  • Must possess current CPRO/AED and O-2 certifications and renew them annually prior to date of expiration. Updated licenses shall be uploaded via Y-Exchange (yexchange.org).
  • Knowledge of general weight-lifting and health/wellness concepts and the ability to demonstrate use of wellness-related equipment.
  • Must be knowledgeable about fitness-related issues, including, but not limited to, aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise, nutrition, benefits of exercise, injury-prevention, and THE COACH APPROACH®.
  • Must possess visual and cognitive abilities to utilize computer-based and written materials to administer all job-related responsibilities.
  • Must possess a high degree of human relations skills, must be able to facilitate class interaction and socialization, and should be considered a team player by members, co-workers and management staff.
  • Must attend an Initial Coach Approach Training within six months of hire date.
  • A working knowledge of computers: MS Word, MS Excel, data base management.
  • Exemplify YMCA ideals and leadership qualities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, to work independently, and to problem solve.
  • Possess effective time-management skills.
  • Strong customer service skills and personal commitment to service and hospitality.
  • Passa criminal background and drug-screening check.


Responsibilities :

  • Carry out daily program tasks related directly to the position’s scope and responsibility.
  • Stay updated on current issues regarding wellness programs.
  • Promote, monitor, evaluate, and ensure that all wellness programs run smoothly with a high level of service to participants.
  • Attend follow-up Coach Approach trainings as offered.
  • Participate in one group exercise class within six months of hire date.
  • Maintain branch and association certifications in CPRO and any other required certifications and/or training required by the Metro Atlanta YMCA.
  • Maintain all wellness certifications by meeting continuing education requirements. YMCA Health & Well-Being certifications require 10 CECs every two (2) years from YMCA/ACE continuing education courses or other courses provided by/approved by national organizations, which are recognized by Y of the USA, e.g., ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, NSCA, etc. per yexchange.org.
  • Secure his/her own substitute coach in a timely manner if he/she is unable to work an assigned shift.  The substitute request must be accepted and approved before the coach is relieved of responsibility for the shift.
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings, including facility or equipment orientations prior to working on the wellness floor.
  • Assist as needed in all aspects of the YMCA and its community.
  • Participate in and partner with wellness cabinet activities.
  • Responsible for maintaining and reporting incident/accident paperwork.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Competencies based on needs specific to role:

  • Establish and maintain a minimum caseload of active members in THE   COACH APPROACH® Program as outlined below:
    1. Full-time coaches:  100 members
    2. Part-time coaches (20 hours a week):   50 members
    3. Part-time coaches (less than 20 hours a week):  caseload adjusted proportionately based on the average number of hours worked per week (e.g., 25 members if working 10 hours, etc.)
  • Must be available to work at least two, four hour shifts per week. Up to 50% of this time may include teaching classes which are listed on the Group Exercise schedule as being beginner and/or intermediate group exercise classes. This does not include Group Personal Training Classes.
  • Adhere to strength training and nutrition guidelines in alignment with   Y-USA/ACE and ACSM guidelines.
  • Must know, understand, and consistently apply Metro Atlanta YMCA risk and safety guidelines, best practices, and branch emergency procedures.
  • Refrain from diagnosing injuries, offering medical advice, and dispensing or endorsing any and all commercial health products, especially nutritional supplements, vitamins, performance-enhancing substances, and/or pain relievers.



This position has a primary impact on the overall effectiveness of the wellness department and the success of services to the community. The effectiveness of this position is primarily measured by the stated satisfaction of members and by ensuring a safe, clean, controlled, and fun environment in accordance with the Metro Atlanta YMCA Philosophy.



Sitting, bending, stooping, standing, 15% repetitive keyboard work, demonstrating equipment use, lifting up to 45 pounds, and exposure to noise levels at an average of 90 decibels (music) over an eight-hour day.



Please use the link to apply: http://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=YMCAPASS&cws=4&rid=4428



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