Health & Wellness Director


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Hale YMCA Youth & Family Center
9 Technology Park Drive
Health & Wellness
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Under the guidance and direction of the Association Director of Healthy Living,  the Health and Wellness Director is responsible for building a team to best deliver health and wellness options, to include: personal training growth, innovative programming, group fitness for all levels and ages, on-boarding and retention of staff and members, outreach in the local community, healthy living engagement, and development of programming outside our walls. The Health and Wellness Director will represent the YMCA of Greater Hartford in a positive, professional manner, resulting in friendly, convenient and courteous service and will display and encourage the character traits of caring, responsibility, honesty and respect in the fulfillment of all job duties.



1. Develops the annual operation objectives and plans for health & wellness and other assigned program responsibility.

2. Recruits, trains and supervises Health & Wellness staff and volunteers.

3. Reviews and evaluates staff performance.

4. Prepares the annual budget for the health & wellness department.

5.  Promote membership enrollment through direct service and building supervisor responsibilities and foster leadership development by encouraging members to be involved in committees and other volunteer roles.

6. Interpret YMCA policy, mission and objectives to members, employees, lay leaders and community.

7. Attend weekly staff meetings.  Meet as needed with key program coordinators.

8. Actively pursue training, learning opportunities, and certifications as they relate to job responsibilities.

9. Participate in branch and Association-wide assignments and special responsibilities as designated by the Association Director of Healthy Living.

10. Evaluate and deliver consistent, innovative, and high energy group fitness programming and special events.

11. Proactively taking lead in Wellness Center as far as all areas are concerned (i.e. staff development, equipment needs, Health & Wellness programs, appearance of room, response to members, broken equipment and cleanliness).

12. Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • Mission Advancement:  Models and teaches the Y’s values.  Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving lives.  Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development and recognition.  Cultivates relationships to support fundraising.
  • Collaboration:  Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives.  Builds relationships to create small communities.  Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict.  Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience.  Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance, and support.
  • Operational Effectiveness:  Provides others with frameworks for making decisions.  Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities.  Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team.  Effectively creates and manages budgets.  Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.
  • Personal Growth:  Shares new insights.  Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change.  Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance.


Minimum Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or related field.
  2. Minimum four years related experience.
  3. Previous supervisory experience required, minimum two years.
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
  5. Must be able to conduct fitness classes, lift, and push and pull heavy weights to demonstrate equipment and technique, and to set up and break down equipment.
  6. Required Industry certifications (ACSM, NSCA, ACE, NASM, TFW and ISSA) and/or YMCA Foundations of Strength & Conditioning.
  7. CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications within 30 days of hire.






  • The YMCA will be recognized by the community as providing excellent service to all who walk through our doors or contact us on the phone.
  • The YMCA will effectively connect and build relationships with its members and the community, resulting in increased member enrollment and retention.
  • Consistent, superior member service and satisfaction resulting in continued growth in membership, programs and special services.



Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of the position.