Mind & Body Instructor | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Location: Campus Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC) and/or Field House (FH)    

Supervisors: Pat Kutcher

Rate of Pay: Pay dependent upon years of experience, training and certifications


To provide a safe, comfortable, and motivating class for all fitness levels. This position must have the ability to demonstrate sound judgment and are able to promote and deliver courteous, efficient, and memorable service to our participants.  The Mind and Body Instructor must have a genuine interest in, not only the development of fitness, but also the well-being of our staff, members and guests.


  • Enforces facility policies and procedures (accessibility issues, rules of activity).
  • Works cooperatively with other area of the department to achieve established goals. Driven to learn the names of participants who attend your classes.
  • Dressing appropriately for teaching exercise classes.
  • Must be able to think independently and develop safe and effective sequences for teaching various exercise class to all fitness levels.
  • Must be alert and aware of signs of exercise-induced distress.
  • Willingness to seek out educational (such as keeping up-to-date on safety and fitness trends) and sharing this information with your class participants
  • Motivating class participants to the best of your ability.
  • Noting new participants and sharing basic exercise information with them.
  • Instructors should provide an effective, safe, and challenging workout routine for the type of exercise class that they are instructing.
  • Reporting any equipment/facility problems to the Coordinator of Group Exercise or Fitness G.A.


  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness principles and their application to the group setting.
  • Outstanding customer service skills; must have excellent written and oral communication
  • Must be well-organized and prepared to teach classes.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition to teach classes.
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations.
  • Mandatory attendance at meetings, seminars, trainings, and functions as scheduled.
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to accommodate a variable work schedule that may include early mornings, late evening and weekends.
  • Certifications in CPR/AED or willingness to obtain.
  • Complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training.
  • Certification, or in the process of becoming certified, by a national instructor institution (such as ACE, ACSM, NETA, Yoga Alliance, or AFAA) is required.