CDOFSS Fitness Instructor

Location US-IL-Chicago
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(3/25/2024 4:12 PM)
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1767 East 79th Street
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Students needed for cutting edge paid exercise instructor positions.


Symbria works with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to deliver Well-Being classes to older adults. We are looking for students who want to help improve the health and lives of older adults and become certified to deliver Fit & Strong!, a top ranked evidence-based exercise program that was developed at UIC. This is a summer job that has the potential to be a permanent part-time job in the future.


Fit & Strong! information: Fit & Strong! is a group physical activity and behavior change program for persons with arthritis. The program consists of 24 sessions each lasting 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes focus on flexibility, low-impact aerobics, and strength training to improve lower body function.  The remaining 30 minutes consist of health education and group problem solving using a structured curriculum.  Participants develop personalized action plans to maintain physical activity and progress after the class ends. Fit & Strong! is effective, engaging, and fun – the program has high retention and attendance rates.

Fit & Strong! is currently offered by community sites across 32 states + DC. Fit & Strong! is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Council on Aging, the American Physical Therapy Association, and is a Research Tested Intervention Program evaluated by the National Cancer Institute/NIH.

Read more about Fit & Strong! here: 



  • Lead evidence-based group exercise classes for older adults throughout Chicago. Classes are offered in senior centers and senior housing buildings across the City. Promote community outreach well-being programs during special events.
  • Instructors can work between 5 to 25 hours/week, between the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Instructors may need to travel to multiple sites and different communities throughout the City
  • Teaching opportunities are available in both English and Spanish



  • Open to current students and graduates with coursework in: kinesiology, exercise science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, pre-medicine, and other relevant majors.
  • CPR Certification Required

Note: CPR certification can be obtained online through the American Red Cross for $37.


Symbria does not discriminate for any reason. We welcome talent who believes in our mission, drives the organization forward and cares about the value they bring to an organization.



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