YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Safety Instructor

Job ID
Training & Development
Part-Time, Variable Hour
Corporate Offices
US-IA-Des Moines (Corporate Offices)
Work Hours


At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Our staff members are people who drive this cause – it is because of our drive, our passion, our belief in others, and our belief in the strength of our mission that we are able to make a difference – every day. 


As a Program Instructor (Safety Instructor), you will have the opportunity to provide a positive program participant experience. You will offer a quality program, promote healthy living, and build relationships with the members and families of your Y. EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


To positively impact others, Y Staff Team Members exemplify CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP competencies.



Demonstrates in word and action the Y's CORE VALUES of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and a commitment to the Y's mission, in all matters at all times



Delivers the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence, and a sense of security to all who seek it



Tells the Y story to help others understand the impact of the Y; develops relationships with members to support fundraising; supports fundraising efforts



Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion and cultural competence



Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work



Listens for understanding and meaning, seeks to understand the other person's point of view and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience       



  1. Prepare lesson plans.
  2. Demonstrate and teach activities.   
  3. Conduct program in a fun, positive atmosphere.
  4. Know emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them.
  5. Report specific problems or needs to supervisor or designated staff person.
  6. Performs additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.
  7. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.



  1. Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions
  2. Online New Employee Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
  3. Online New Employee Safety Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
  4. Y Leaders Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
  5. American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)
  6. American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)
  7. American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Certification



  1. Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate with people and monitor property and activity
  2. Ability to perform moderate physical activity
  3. Ability to adapt to changing working conditions



  1. Ability to work with diverse group of people
  2. Good communication skills
  3. Good organizational skills
  4. Ability to teach/train program participants
  5. Ability to work with minimal supervision
  6. Attend trainings and/or courses as required by the YMCA


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