Phoenix House Weekend Fitness Trainer in Arlington, Virginia

Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance use treatment facility in Arlington, VA is looking for a part-time personal trainer to work with our Adult Men and Adult Women in our residential programs. This is an hourly position, working two weekends a month (both Saturday and Sunday) from 8am-4pm. Must be a Certified Personal Trainer. Other certifications are a plus.

SUMMARY

This position will work with patients in our adult residential substance use treatment programs. Will oversee and direct aerobic activities, specifically spinning and stationary bike routines, strength training, specifically TRX, and stretching on mats and balls and appropriate floor routines for the individual class. We will not have free weights.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work with adult patients of all fitness levels, with an emphasis on proper technique and functional movements

• Demonstrate how to carry out various exercises and routines

• Watch patients do exercises and show or tell them correct techniques to minimize injury and improve fitness

• Give alternative exercises during workouts or classes for different levels of fitness and skill

• Monitor patients’ progress and adapt programs as needed

• Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations on sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment

• Give patients information or resources about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues and their application to substance use recovery

• Design workouts activate the neuroendocrine response (responsible for the “runner’s high”)

• Provide education on maintaining a healthy lifestyle which may also minimize drug cravings, serve as a positive distraction and is a beneficial way to structure the day without using drugs or alcohol

• Administer fitness assessments

• Give emergency first aid if needed

• Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in written form, and interact with staff and patients.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality and discern who has a need to know sensitive data or information

• Ability to instill and maintain a strong customer service environment and a sense of professionalism within a stressful environment

• Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment

• High comfort level with technology, including proficiency in MS Office products

• Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with patients

• Excellent organizational skills

• Flexibility regarding schedule

• Abide by program and PHMA policies and procedures

• Ensure all CARF standards are instituted and maintained

• Continue professional growth by attending workshops, trainings and staff in-service trainings to increase skill and knowledge and to set appropriate example for staff

• Maintain current certifications as required

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor’s degree related to a fitness field (exercise science, physical education, kinesiology or related subject)

• 3-5 years of experience working with patients with substance use disorder or PTSD

• International Fitness Professional Association certification preferred

• CPR and First Aid certification

• Experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

REGULARLY REQUIRED: Must have a high degree of energy, be physically fit and have the endurance to complete workouts and lead groups and physically demonstrate proper use of equipment and sports techniques Frequently required to walk, sit, stand, run, talk and hear. Must use hands and feet to operate objects and equipment.

OCCASIONALLY REQUIRED: to stoop, kneel, crouch or crouch and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

• The work environment is that of a fitness center in a substance use treatment facility. Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office and loud when in the facility and while performing duties

• Exposure to patients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other Infectious Diseases is possible

SCHEDULING NEEDS

Every other weekend and holiday hours may be required.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

I understand the knowledge, skills and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. I certify that I have received a copy of the Position Description that pertains to my employment.

EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled