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Company: University of California
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education



Delay Notice: Due to the current health crisis, candidate selection or hiring steps may be delayed.

UCSC Statement

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be
routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at
the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

Initial Review Date (IRD): 02-10-2021

Dept Marketing Statement

Under the general direction of the Associate and Assistant Directors of Fitness & Wellness, the Certified Group Exercise Instructor is responsible for safely and effectively leading group exercise classes, both in-person and virtually, for UCSC students, faculty, staff, and community members; assisting in program administration; managing class-related facilities and equipment; providing excellent customer service; and participating in program marketing.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Range Information: $20-$50/Hour DOE
No. of Positions: 7
Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is not eligible for benefits.
Schedule Information:
Part-Time, Variable
Percentage of Time: Varies
Average Hours Per Week: Varies
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri, Sat & Sun
Shift Includes: Days & Evenings
Employee Classification: This is a Limited Appointment
Job End Date: 6/30/2021
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus, East Field House, Possible virtual online.
Union Representation: Non-represented

Job Duties

70%: Exercise Leadership

  • Design, choreograph, and lead group exercise classes, both in-person and virtually (live and pre-recorded), in class formats for which relevant certifications are held, according to current industry standards for safety and effectiveness, including proper warm-ups, cool-downs, and exercise/movement progressions.
  • Teach, demonstrate, and promote proper class-specific exercise technique and form.
  • Begin class sessions on time, according to the advertised schedule and class-duration.
  • Provide introductions of self and the class format/topic as well as relevant announcements at the beginning of each class session.
  • Maintain a welcoming, positive, encouraging, inclusive, and non-intimidating classroom atmosphere.
  • Select and play appropriate music (no explicit lyrics or potentially offensive/divisive/controversial subject-matter) at appropriate volume-levels (<90db).
  • Provide safe, appropriate, and effective exercise modifications when needed or requested by participants.
  • End class sessions on time, according to the advertised schedule and class-duration.
  • Frequently update and modify class design, choreography, and music.
  • Maintain current accredited and/or licensed certifications for the class-formats being instructed.
  • Maintain current CPR/AED certification.

15%: Program Administration

  • Arrive to class location punctually, in time to be fully set-up and prepared to begin instruction by at least 5-minutes prior to scheduled start time of the class.
  • Validate membership passes and/or take attendance of participants immediately prior to the beginning of each class session.
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Complete and submit quarterly self-evaluations and peer-evaluations.
  • Read and respond to all communications from supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Promote, enforce, and adhere to all program policies (i.e. class capacity limits, late-admission restrictions, admission pass requirements, etc.)

5%: Facility & Equipment Management

  • Return equipment and supplies to their proper condition, storage space, and organization prior to the end of each class session's room reservation.
  • Return classrooms to their proper set-up, cleanliness, and security prior to the end of class session's room reservation.
  • Report any unsafe facility and/or equipment conditions or repair-needs immediately.
  • Learn and consistently exercise proper use of facilities and equipment.

5% Customer Service

  • Greet participants warmly, enthusiastically, and by name (smiling, eye contact, etc.).
  • Communicate participant issues, concerns, and feedback to supervisor immediately.
  • Be able to accurately answer questions regarding admission fees, sales procedures, class schedules, facility locations/layouts, and program information sources.

5%: Marketing

  • Make pre- and/or post-class announcements regarding program information (i.e. new policies, schedule changes, upcoming promotions, etc.).
  • Participate in demonstration and promotional classes when available.
  • Update biographical and class-description information on website when appropriate.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of 1 current certification or degree from 1 of the following categories:
    • A current Group Exercise Instructor certification from an NCCA-accredited organization (i.e. ACE, AFAA, NCCPT, NETA, etc.).
    • A degree in a related field (Kinesiology, Physical Education, Dance, or comparable).
    • A current format-specific group exercise instruction certification and/or license (i.e. Yoga Alliance, Pilates, Zumba, Barre, Kickboxing, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively relate to and be sensitive to the needs of a diverse population of participants in regards to age, ethnicity, sexual-orientation, physical ability, and exercise experience. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and courteously with a diverse group of individuals.


  • Current format-specific group exercise instructional certification (i.e. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Barre, Kickboxing, etc.).
  • Current CPR/AED certification

Preferred Qualifications
  • Substantial experience regularly teaching group exercise classes with a wide diversity of participants.
  • Ability to effectively use computer-based communication, scheduling, and productivity services such as internet browsers, Gmail, Google Calendars, Google Drive, and Zoom. 
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently.


  • High school diploma or equivalent certification.


  • Current Group Exercise/Fitness Instructor certification from an NCCA-accredited organization (i.e. ACE, AFAA, NCCPT, NETA, etc.) – see
  • Current American Red Cross CPR/AED/First-Aid certification.
  • Current Standard First-Aid Training certification.

Special Conditions
  • Ability to work a variable schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Will be required to complete Title IX (Sexual Harassment) training within one month of hire.
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here:

Safety Statement

All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.  

How to Apply

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. 

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