Gymnastics Instructor


Job Purpose:
To conduct specialized one-on-one gymnastics lessons (rhythmic and/or artistic) for beginning to intermediate levels ranging from children to adults with disabilities, in a fun, safe environment. To teach routines and coach athletes in preparation for the Special Olympic competitions and tournaments.


  • Three to five years gymnastics experience (or 3-5 years coaching gymnastics)

  • Ability to instruct all levels of Special Olympic Gymnastics. See for additional information (click on “Get Involved/Coaches/Rule Interpretations”)

  • Proven experience with children and adults with various disabilities in community recreation or related fields.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions, and experience in planning individual gymnastics lessons.

  • Experience leading and supervising volunteers and part-time staff.

  • Must have good organizational skills, ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in and out of FVSRA.

  • Must demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality.

  • Be a team leader, promoting group cohesiveness.

  • Demonstrate a professional attitude when working with staff, parents and community contacts.

  • Be safety conscious.

  • Good oral and written communication skills are essential.

  • Must be 18 years of age and complete Handle with Care Training within 6 months of hire.

  • Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion.  Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Teach class content appropriate to the appropriate level of skill to each participant and demonstrate gymnastic techniques.

  • Assist in communication of opportunities available at FVSRA and the FVSRA philosophy to participants, parents, and other professionals.

  • Lead programs in areas assigned, and assist in preparing part-time staff and volunteers working in the assigned areas.

  • Prepare and implement behavior management strategies when necessary, to ensure safe involvement in recreation programs by people with disabilities.

  • Supervise part-time staff and volunteers assigned to work in programs or events.

  • Develop skills and abilities necessary to carry out assigned duties by attending meetings, in-service training programs and other opportunities, when scheduled.

  • Adhere to FVSRA safety policies and procedures.

  • Maintain constant communication and quality customer service toward parents, staff, participants and the general public, as a representative of FVSRA.

  • Demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, and take initiative.

  • Responsible for collecting and turning in receipts from program expenses in a timely fashion.

  • Responsible for record keeping such as attendance sheets, as well as incident and accident reporting forms.

  • Provide assistance and instruction to the participants when needed.

  • Complete all weekly and daily paperwork and documentation as assigned by your supervisor.

  • Understand needs of persons with disabilities and adapt activities to enable participation;

  • Communicate effectively with individuals, and large and small groups of people;

  • Full range of physical movement including tumbling, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing with arms and hands, walking, standing, etc.

  • Follows and enforces safety rules and regulations of the gym.

  • Set up and take down equipment as required.

  • Receive and understand written materials, whether by mail, facsimile, or email;

  • Go to and from designated points in a program site quickly and without hesitation;

  • Communicate and interact effectively with supervisors, partner agency staff, emergency service personnel, other seasonal employees, volunteers, participants, and families; and

  • Work efficiently and effectively under pressure such as deadlines or emergencies.

  • Solve moderately complex problems regarding the use of program supplies and materials by participants, behaviors, and facility use;

  • Solve complex problems arising from the supervision of part-time employees and volunteers;

  • Report any problems or concerns to the Support Staff Manager and FVSRA Liaisons.

  • Perform other duties related to the Gymnastic Instructor necessary, or duties in the best interest of the Association when requested by the supervisor.



Collaboration – Promotes and supports work teams and groups

Reliability – Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions Responsiveness – Focuses on the customer, willingly helps others and provides prompt service

Assurance – Conveys trusts and inspires confidence

Empathy – Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others

Self Confidence – Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability

Initiative – Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks

Communication – Shares information, listens to what others are saying

Adaptability – Makes decisions and solves complex problems

Physical Demands:

The Gymnastics Instructor must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions:

  • Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities.

  • Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints.

  • Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain.

  • Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into pool, in washroom facilities, etc.

  • Active participation in programs.

  • Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet.


Working Conditions:
The employee may be exposed to elements when loading and unloading participants or when assisting with outdoor functions. Most activities are performed indoors; these conditions include lighting and temperature.