For up-to-the-minute information on the University of Iowa’s response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Campus Coronavirus Updates website.

Group Exercise Instructor

Rate of pay: Dependent upon years of experience, training, and certifications

Work location: Campus Recreation & Wellness Center and/or Field House

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such as time management, benefits of exercise and being active, customer service experience, and working with people from diverse backgrounds as well as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

To provide a safe, comfortable, and motivating class for all fitness levels and ages. 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 Group Exercise 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).
  • 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 choreography 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
  • Teaching classes with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Motivating class participants to the best of your ability.
  • Noting new participants and sharing basic exercise information with them, helping them to feel comfortable with group exercise.
  • Exceed member expectations by “going the extra mile”.
  • Assist in the training, supervision and evaluation of entry-level instructors. Co-teach as needed.
  • Reporting any equipment/facility problems to the Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness


  • Previous experience teaching is not required; however, instructors with no experience will be required to attend in-house training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness principles and their application to the group setting.
  • Mandatory attendance at meetings, in-service trainings, and functions as scheduled.
  • Must be well-organized and prepared to teach classes; ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to fill in as a substitute instructor, accommodating to a schedule that may include early mornings, late evening and weekends.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition to teach classes.
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed.
  • Outstanding customer service skills; must have excellent written and oral communication

Training requirements

  • Certifications in CPR/AED or willingness to obtain.
  • Complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training.

Jobs listed on this website do not reflect current openings. To view availability and apply for this position, visit this website.

You might also like:

More job listings:

Filter job listings:

Job listings by category:

Human Resources

Safety and Risk Management

Job listings by department:

Dean of Students

Iowa Memorial Union

Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement

Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Recreational Services

Student Disability Services

Student Health

Student Legal Services

No jobs are currently listed.

Student Wellness

University Housing & Dining

Vice President For Student Life

Women's Resource & Action Center

All jobs by title:

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

Persons with disabilities may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or, to inquire or discuss accommodation needs.

Prospective employees may review the University Campus Security Policy and the latest annual crime statistics by contacting the Department of Public Safety at 319/335-5022.