Elementary Fitness Specialist, Healthy Harlem

New York, NY, US
Jun 11, 2019
Grade Level
Elementary School
Healthy Harlem is an initiative that encourages our students and their families to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives. The program consists of best practices in physical activity, nutrition education, and community support. Healthy Harlem is designed to instill a culture of healthy living throughout the Zone but is more expansive and strategically focused in the way we reach youth in our programs, their parents and care givers, and the community at-large.

We are seeking dynamic, energetic part-time fitness specialists to facilitate daily physical activity for students. Fitness specialists are part of site-based teams dedicated to implementing Healthy Harlem programming at respective sites and report to the health coordinator.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Organize and lead daily physical activity for students
  • Promote physical literacy; the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physicalactivities for life
  • Incorporate sports, games, and a variety of other unique and exciting activities in a positive, fun environment
  • For those working with students in Pre-K - grade 2, incorporate songs, dances, active play, and non-competitive games
  • Adapt activities to creatively engage children with various skill sets and interests
  • Implement physical activities in a variety of settings, including small classrooms, cafeteria, and gymnasium
  • Provide clear classroom instructions, including learning objectives and transitions
  • Provide consistent motivation, enthusiasm, and role modeling for healthy lifestyle choices
  • Gather height and weight measurements and facilitate PACER fitness test

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • Experience implementing physical activities in school-based, after-school, camp, and/or community-based settings. Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Comfortable working in various urban settings and with diverse populations
  • Team-oriented with strong organizational and collaborative skills
  • Animated, energetic spirit and a positive, resilient attitude
  • Adapts well to changes in assignment and priorities with the ability to respond effectively to new information, changing conditions, and unexpected obstacles
  • Must be available to work after-school hours and evenings (2-7 p.m.) for a total of 20 hours per week, as well as attend trainings on the second Thursday of every month, 12-2 p.m.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

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