Chronic Disease Program Instructor

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $15.00/hr




255 S. Marion
Oak Park
United States


The West Cook YMCA Chronic Disease Program Instructor will become trained in and facilitate classes as well as lead physical activity for all evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs including: Healthy Weight and Your Child, a childhood obesity intervention program, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Livestrong at the YMCA, an exercise program for cancer survivors, Enhance Fitness, an exercise program for arthritis management and prevention, Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a diabetes self-management program. They will also provide support to our Healthy Aging programming, Workplace Wellness and Healthy Communities Initiative fitness programming, as needed. 


1. Adhere strictly to curriculum when delivering evidence-based programming. Maintain accurate attendance and program data records.

2. Create a safe, judgment-free and encouraging environment that is friendly and welcoming to all. Encourage group participation and interaction through use of open-ended questions and other facilitation skills.

3. Put the health and well-being of the class participant first in all aspects, providing exercise modifications for participant safety and success.

4. Build authentic relationships with class participants. Help participants connect with each other and the YMCA. Display empathy, support and encourage goal setting, and follow up with participants who miss class. Maintain participant confidentiality.

5. Prepare before each class. Arrive for classes 10-15 minutes early and dressed appropriately. Be accessible to participants both before and after classes to answer questions or address concerns they may have.

6. Promote all chronic disease programs and answer questions from potential participants when needed.

7. Be diligent in maintaining communication through West Cook YMCA email. Attend and contribute to all mandatory staff meetings and trainings.

8. Substitute for other instructors to encourage overall quality programming and staff support. Maintain proper communication with supervisor when seeking/offering to substitute any class. If for any reason a substitute is needed, it is the instructor’s responsibility to find a substitute.

9. Follow all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Respond to all injuries and assist in immediate first aid and proper emergency procedures. Complete incident and accident reports as needed.

10. Perform Additional duties as assigned by the Healthy Living Director or Chronic Disease Program Coordinator.


Values: Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.

Quality Results: Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.

Functional Expertise: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Relationships: Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

Developing Others: Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible.



1. Degree in public health, health education, exercise physiology, kinesiology, or related field.

2. Strong facilitation skills and comfort with public speaking. Knowledge of motivational interviewing techniques highly desired.

3. Current nationally recognized fitness instructor certification through YMCA, ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NSCA, or other reputable national organization.

4. Knowledge of exercise physiology, kinesiology, safe training procedures, exercise program implementation, and proper utilization of cardiovascular, resistance, free weight and related fitness equipment.

5. Strong ability to engage those of all ages and ability levels in physical activity.

6. Strong ability to build community within a group and have empathy for individuals from all walks of life.

7. Certification in CPR/AED and First Aid through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

8. Must have a flexible schedule including ability to work early mornings, in the evenings and on weekends.

9. Must be willing to travel locally to community locations to administer programming.

10. Must be willing to travel, potentially to other states, to receive program trainings.

11. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.



1. Ability to walk, stand and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.

2. Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.

3. Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.

4. Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling and walking.

5. Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.

6. Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.

7. Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement