Employment at GCYC

Athletic Instructor - Fitness

Reports To

Program Director


Part Time

Position Summary

Position Title:     Athletic Instructor - Fitness

Status:                 Part Time Employee
Hours:                 25 hours per week during program weeks only; schedule determined by Program Director each program session (corresponding memo with work hours generated by Program Director each session)
Supervisor:         Program Director

Position Summary

The athletic instructor (fitness) provides physical education programming for Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) members as well as assists the lead PE instructor with the management of sports/fitness related program areas (gym, exercise room, dance room, storage areas, etc.).  The position reports to the Program Director.

Qualifications & Requirements
  • At least two years providing instruction to youth in an urban setting specifically teens
  • Previous youth development experience in an out of school time setting is preferred
  • Classroom management skills that are engaging and age appropriate
  • Flexible schedule for evening and weekend hours
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Able to communicate effectively with students, co-workers, stakeholders and families
  • Demonstrates strong accuracy in writing reports and communication
  • Demonstrated understanding of youth development/programming principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of guidance and discipline principles as well as conflict resolution strategies
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care
  • Competency in MS office applications specifically Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Designs and implements and /or manages Gary Comer Youth Center physical education programs with a fitness focus.
  • Proficient in fitness instruction for youth and/or adults.
  • Maintains fitness equipment as well as program areas (fitness room and dance room) under the direction of the program director.
  • Attends all required meetings and trainings.
  • Assists with game room coverage when needed.
  • Lunch room and snack duty daily for meal service when assigned.
  • o Responsible for maintaining fitness equipment for equipment inventory.
  • Required to develop program plans; complete program evaluations and all other necessary reporting.
  • Assist the Lead Athletic Instructor with the organization and implementation of fitness related special activities/events, as well as spring break & specialty camps.
  • Special projects as assigned by the Program Director or Center Director.
  • Assist in the organization and implementation of youth or adult special activities/events, as well as spring break & specialty camps including Halloween, Holiday Bazaar, Black History Month Events, GCMS Fun Nights/Fests, Comer Awards.
  • Supports the mission of GCYC.
  • Works collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth.
  • Is committed to the safety and development of all GCYC members.
  • Takes on other duties as needed or as assigned.
  • Serves as a role model for youth and community.
  • Abides by the employee handbook and established GCYC policies and procedures.
Experience & Education
  • Two plus years of experience working directly with youth and program development preferred. Youth development/teaching certifications are a plus.
Physical Work Requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to walk and be physically active throughout the day
  • Standing and movement with youth during programs, field trips and special events throughout the day

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/