U-Prep Instructor



Guiding Principles describe our behaviors to support our organization's work throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in goals, strategies, and leadership. Our Guiding Principles are as follows: We CULTIVATE-We grow staff and volunteer leaders who will be stewards of the Y mission, resources, and opportunities. We OWN-We think long-term and act on behalf of the organization, beyond our own team. We WELCOME-We are inclusive of all people and all communities. We SERVE-We provide timely and excellent service to members, volunteers, community, and each other. We LEARN-We are never done learning and always seek to improve. We are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them. We UNITE-We work together to achieve big goals and speak as one voice. We RESPECT-We treat others with kindness and speak positively about other people in all situations. We PLAY-We celebrate, appreciate, and have fun!

The YMCA of Great Grand Rapids utilizes a Membership By Design framework, which is a member involvement and community building model for YMCAs across the country. All staff members—front-line, management, full- and part-time—and volunteers have a role to play in member engagement. These responsibilities can be broken into six steps:

  1. Enrollment: Staff and volunteers encourage potential members to enroll in programs and activities that meet their needs.
  2. Satisfaction: Staff and volunteers ask members continually about their satisfaction with a program or activity, track responses, listen to suggestions, and respond promptly in a manner consistent with the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
  3. Relationship Building: Staff and volunteers are open, friendly, and approachable to all YMCA members and participants. Staff and volunteers initiate interaction with and between members.
  4. Education and Conversion: Staff and volunteers know about and share their knowledge of the YMCA, its programs, its policies, its mission, its values, and how it benefits members and the community.
  5. Volunteerism and Leadership: Staff and volunteers create opportunities for members to volunteer in their areas of interest, and they ask members to do so whenever appropriate.
  6. Ownership: Staff and volunteers encourage members to own the YMCA, using words such as we, us, and our association (and actions that match those words) to include members as well as staff and volunteers.


The U-Prep Program Instructor leads Physical Education classes. The U-Prep Instructor will ensure a safe, fun area for youth to interact and enjoy. This position requires face-to-face leadership and may involve early morning responsibilities. Must be available Tuesday and Thursday mornings.


  • Creates, maintains, and leads Physical Education classes
  • Demonstrates correct posture alignment
  • Follows safety standards
  • Provides feedback on Physical Education lesson
  • Demonstrates proper exercise form
  • Implements Character Development in programs
  • Maintains all areas in clean, presentable fashion
  • Handles member/student complaints
  • Stays current with advances in the health and wellness field

Performs any other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Association.


$11.91 - $14.89/hour; Non-Exempt; Part Time (up to 25 hours/week)

Free YMCA membership!

. Requirements:


High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED); general knowledge of Physical Education with one year of experience either as an instructor and/or working toward or have a Physical Education teaching degree. Ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. YMCA experience preferred.


  • State of Michigan criminal background clearance (ICHAT)
  • Blood Borne Pathogen training
  • CPR Certification required within the first 60 days
  • First Aid Certification required within the first 60 days


Functional Expertise

  • Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.

Emotional Maturity

  • Acts in alignment with personal and organizational values in all situations.
  • Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others.
  • Accepts responsibility for behavior.
  • Leads with empathy, anticipating how actions and words impact others.
  • Operates with openness and a willingness to receive ongoing feedback from all levels of the organization.

Developing Self & Others

  • Supports members, participants, or project teams in achieving their goals.
  • Reflects on and learns from successes and mistakes.
  • Proactively shares information, experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions to help others be more successful.
  • Volunteers for challenging tasks or projects in an effort to grow and develop.
  • Solicits and is open to informal learning opportunities to gain insight (e.g., performance feedback, coaching, and stretch assignments).


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Ability to speak effectively over the phone and in person with customers, board members, and employees.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

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

Must be able to lift and carry food and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.

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

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

Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.


0-5% of local travel within the state of Michigan; occasional out-of-state travel may be required for educational conferences or training.



Full time
Grand Rapids, MI 49504, US