Healthy Living Director-Full Time-Durham YMCA


Under the supervision of the Associate Executive Director and in cooperation with other YMCA staff, the Healthy Living Director plans, promotes, implements, and manages a variety of wellness activities. As a member of the branch wellness team, they will work to strengthen relationships among members through wellness activities, coaching and creative programs that align with the YMCA of the Triangle long range plan. The Healthy Living Director will be responsible for managing such programs in accordance with established policies and expectations of the YMCA.

  • Promotes and delivers high-quality community wellness programs serving members and program participants with an intentional focus on relationships, engagement and skill development consistent with the long-range plan of the Association.
  • Serves as part of the overall wellness team focusing on health and wellness, personal and small group training programs that are consistent with the YMCA mission and aimed at inclusion, diversity, and creativity.
  • Models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations. Maintains regular, clear, and concise communication within area of responsibility.
  • Recruits and hires diverse staff across multiple dimensions of diversity. Responsible for onboarding and developing them for success through training, leading, scheduling, and evaluating in order to meet the needs of the community. Provides strong leadership and accountability to staff.
  • Responsible for the leadership of the part-time wellness coaches and personal training staff to identify and deliver new avenues for personal and small group training within and outside the branch.
  • Actively accountable for developing, staffing and promoting the new member onboarding wellness options including, Start Strong, Wellness Floor Orientations, Middle School Orientations and Consultations across the 4 Durham YMCAs.
  • Regularly conducts scheduled audits of all 4 Durham branches' wellness areas to ensure excellence in program delivery, member engagement and overall experience.
  • Responsible for the oversight of equipment repair and maintenance for all studios ensuring that it is working safely and efficiently; as well as the general floor and surrounding area are kept clean and tidy.
  • Responsible for helping lead the health and well-being initiatives at the branch. Works towards developing better systems and processes to ensure deeper connectedness among members and create an environment that supports overall health and well-being.
  • Responsible for Adult Pickup Sports across all 4 Durham Branches including programming, scheduling, marketing/promoting and staffing where necessary.
  • Coordinates with the Associate Executive Director to lead the Corporate Wellness initiative including identifying new corporate partners, managing existing corporate partners and working with the Fitness Specialist to customize and deliver unique wellness programs on site at corporate locations.
  • Assists with planning, promotion and execution of broader wellness department events, triathlons, fitness challenges, health fairs, and other health management programs
  • Has a strong presence being visible and available on a daily basis to serve the membership base; committed to building positive, genuine relationships with members. Provides direct leadership through regularly teaching classes and filling in when needed.
  • Responsible for implementing annual budget according to guidelines.
  • Facilitates high quality training opportunities for coaches and trainers.
  • Leads high quality quarterly staff meetings for coaches and trainers.
  • Participates in Association Wellness and Engagement initiatives. (IQ Work)
  • Actively serves as leadership for the Annual Campaign ( We Build People) . This includes but is not limited to recruiting and engaging volunteer fundraisers. Actively telling the story and mission of the YMCA in the branch and the community. Utilizing relationships to raise funds that help run YMCA programs for community outreach. Working with other fundraising team leadership to creatively engage the team throughout the year.
  • Other duties as determined by the supervisor.

  • Bachelor degree in a health/exercise field preferred. 3-5 years of wellness experience required.
  • Must have a high level of initiative, be a self-starter and have the ability to development relationships with members
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain certifications in ASHI BLS, First Aid, and a nationally recognized group fitness certification.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Demonstrated experience in community relations, customer service and leadership of a large group of people.
  • Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Must possess strong communication and computer literacy skills
  • Must have commitment to the mission of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics.
  • Multi-lingual desired but not required.


The 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.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee is often required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for extended period of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Must have the ability and patience to instruct classes while using effective communication and human relations skills to handle situations with people of all socioeconomic levels.
  • Must have the ability to conduct, demonstrate and safely lead classes at the intensity level formatted for participants.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
  • Compliance with all COVID related PPE, cleaning, reporting and prevention expectations efforts. Further training and detail will be provided upon question and/or hire.