Oberlin Dance Collective
Personal Movement Coach and Instructor
ODC is a ground-breaking contemporary arts institution: a world class dance company, a presenting
theater, and a dance school for movers of all ages and abilities. Known nationally for its entrepreneurial
savvy as well as artistic innovation, the organization is unique for its fully integrated vision and
commitment to access to art-making space as well as performance, training, and mentorship
programming designed to cultivate artists, inspire audiences, engage the community, and foster
diversity and inclusion through dance. Operating in San Francisco’s Mission District for 49 years, our
programs and activities contribute to both San Francisco’s and our wider region’s vibrant dance and arts
ecosystem, community development, arts education, and access to creative art-making.
Summary and Objectives of Role
ODC is expanding its health and wellness program to provide a fitness program which will deliver a
personalized fitness experience for people who desire the attention of a personal coach, as well as the
community context of a welcoming classroom, and access to ODC’s unique resources. ODC fitness
participants value the strength, balance, and endurance of professional dancers and strive for their own
health and fitness goals. Many also value enhanced access to personal creativity to enrich their overall
well-being. A key component of ODC’s program are personal coaches who help participants develop
confidence and technique so that they may fully experience the program and its menu of services.
ODC is seeking an individual certified in personal training, with the enthusiasm and ability to inspire and
motivate participants. This is an exciting moment to join the ODC team. The Personal Movement Coach
will contribute the design and evolution of the program and play a lead role in its implementation. The
role will contribute to program development/evolution by determining opportunities to expand/refine
existing class offerings, identifying new potential classes and teaching faculty, as well as by assessing
inaugural impact of program and contributing to on-going messaging in order to articulate the value of a
personalized cross-training curriculum to achieve optimal personal health goals.
Specific responsibilities will include one-on-one and small group meetings with participants to learn and
discuss their fitness goals, assess their bodily strengths and weaknesses, and curate a customized ODC
class curriculum for each participant. The Personal Movement Coach will provide assessment and
guidance to facilitate and monitor participants’ progress at regularly scheduled intervals. Initially, using
their expertise in a variety of fitness methodologies, coaches will help develop and teach specialized and
fitness- based classes to a small cohort of students to develop and refine future offerings. Coaches will
also tailor the material of each class to meet the needs of students.
**When appropriate, The Personal Movement Coach will also advise the client on additional, curated
health and wellness resources and provide referrals (eg. ODC’s Healthy Dancers Clinic and/or providers
working in nutrition, mental health and performance coaching, and injury prevention/rehab; an
expanded curriculum including recommended ODC dance classes in a wide variety of genres; and other
health-and-wellness / creativity content).
This position reports to the Fitness Program Business Development Specialist. As a pivotal member of
ODC’s health and wellness program team, charged with assisting in program development, the Personal
Movement Coach will provide regular feedback, data, and agreed-on metrics to relevant ODC staff in the
Executive team, School, Healthy Dancers Clinic, Marketing and Development.
- Meet with ODC staff team to confirm the pre-launch and full program, including architecting intake
process, initial consultation(s), and schedule and format of on-going assessment and coaching
sessions with participants
- In coordination with ODC production and school staff, determine optimal digital adaptations for
processes during SIP mandates, as well as on-going capacity for hybrid delivery of programs
(in-person and on-line)
- Evaluate individual participants’ fitness levels and overall physical condition
- Curate and “assign” individualized fitness offer for incoming participants to respond to their
goals/needs, from the suite of available offerings (e.g.; cardio, strengthening, stretching, and other
types of ODC classes)
- During pre-launch, provide instruction in multiple fitness modalities to determine future offerings.
Review and refine classes as needed during initial program.
- Determine optimal frequency and format to monitor and track participants’ activities,
progress-to-goals, and outcomes
- Update customized recommendations/referrals for participants based on assessments
- Research and monitor emerging fitness/health/dance-based program trends to inform ODC’s
overall approach and relevance of program
- When SF enters appropriate phase of SIP to allow in-person attendance in ODC classes, participate
in program refinement and expansion with relevant ODC staff teams (informed by lessons learned
from pre-launch digital and initial in-studio offerings)
- Build a positive, respectful relationship with participants reflecting ODC’s values to foster mutual
trust and well-being
Job requirements/Desired skills
- Must be at least 21 years-of-age and eligible to work in the US
- Personal training or group training certification
- Previous experience as a personal trainer or relevant role
- Ability to guide and motivate clients
- Available to work flexible hours
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience creating/delivering instruction/coaching on-line (live or pre-recorded) a plus. This
may include experience in / with self-capturing content and/or working with production, camera
and sound crews). Note: O DC is currently delivering all programs in digital format and
anticipates partial on-line delivery even once return to in-person activities in-studio are allowed.
- Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or related field is a plus
- Knowledge and experience of various movement/ athletic training required
- Must have current, valid certificates in CPR and first aid (for once program is in-studio)
- Must be able to demonstrate with clarity and control
This position will work primarily out of the ODC Campus, including the Administrative Offices and studios
located at 351 Shotwell Street, and 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 once ODC is able to
conduct in-person activity as allowed by lift or modification of SIP mandate, as well as from remote
locations and via digital platforms as required by active SIP mandates in San Francisco, and/or California.
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Hours: To be confirmed, est. 4-10 hours a week to start
Compensation: $50 per hr
People of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities, people of color and people with
disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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