Personal Movement Coach and Instructor

  • Full Time
  • Group Training
  • Anywhere

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.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to, stating the job title in the subject line.

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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