YMCA Metro Atlanta

Wellness Coach II

YMCA Metro Atlanta
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Posted 60+ days ago

As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest and most essential non-profits serving in Atlanta. Today, we're looking for you to join us as we carry out our mission to positively impact lives and communities across the state.

At the Y, we're an association of like-minded people (staff, volunteers, and members), on the forefront of a movement to ensure that everyone -- especially children -- experience an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. In the course of a year, we provide more than 3,000 children, ages 6 weeks through Pre-K with high-quality literacy and STEAM-infused learning; give 58,000 youth and teens access to sports, aquatics, day and resident camps, teen leadership development programs, and employment opportunities; provide over 200,000 members with programs, services, and facilities to enjoy connection and maintain wellness regardless of age; and engage over 25,000 volunteers and donors from across Atlanta to share in the gift of supporting their communities.

The opportunities to serve are vast, and we're looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, to join us and do their best work. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our people, our members, and our partners. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us different.

Commitment to Health and Safety

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination requirement for all Full-Time positions. For further information, please visit our Vaccine Hub, or speak to your recruiter. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will be considered.

Nature and Scope:

Under the direction of the Wellness Director, the 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 Wellness Coach Level II 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.

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.
  • The Wellness Coach Level II must have at least three months of experience in their current position.
  • Must obtain/maintain full access to Y-Exchange (yexchange.org), to the Metro Atlanta YMCA YISE account (yise.ymcaatlanta.com), and to the Metro Atlanta YMCA Workday account: (https://www.myworkday.com/wday/authgwy/ymcaatlanta/login.htmld).
  • Must obtain YMCA/ACE online certification and supplemental courses required by Y-USA and Y-Metro Atlanta within 60 days of hire date.
  • Must attend Wellness Coaching 101 Specialty Training within 60 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 Basic Life Support/AED and Emergency O-2 Administration 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 member interaction and socialization, and should be considered a team player by members, co-workers and management staff.
  • Must attend THE COACH APPROACH® Initial Training within six months of hire date.
  • Working knowledge of computers: MS Word, MS Excel, database 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.
  • Possess strong customer service skills and personal commitment to service and hospitality.


  • 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 THE COACH APPROACH® Advanced Training upon completion of THE COACH APPROACH® Initial Training.
  • Participate in one group exercise class within six months of hire date.
  • Maintain branch and association certifications in BLS, Emergency O-2 Administration, and in any other 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.
  • Establish and maintain a minimum caseload of active members in THE COACH APPROACH® Program as outlined below:

Full-time coaches: 100 members

Part-time coaches (20 hours a week): 50 members

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.

Employment Requirement:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check including Criminal Record check, Drug Screening and motor vehicle record (MVR) according to company policy.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the US without current or future sponsorship.

This job posting is subject to change at any time.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta offers excellent benefits and career opportunities as part of our culture of excellence. The opportunities to serve are vast, and we're looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY to join us and do their best work.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.


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