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Part-Time Personal Trainer

Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

Get to Know American University

At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail. 


Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


Learn more about American University by clicking here.  

About the Department/Unit

American University’s Athletics Departments features Recreational Sports and Fitness (RecFit) that offer gym memberships, intramural and club sports, group exercise classes, wellness programs, and personal training.  
RecFit Personal Training is comprised of three tiers: Student Personal Trainers, Professional Personal Trainers, and Master Personal Trainers, all of whom report to the Personal Training Coordinator.


RecFit Personal Trainers are part-time positions that help members progress and achieve personal goals in health, fitness, and/or performance through one-on-one, and/or small group instruction.

Essential Functions

  • RecFit Personal Trainers administer detailed fitness assessment for members, design effective training programs based on individual needs and goals, teach proper exercise form and technique, assist with department projects, lead special events for members, help promote programs and services, and offer responsible advice and appropriate instruction in private or small group training sessions.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • RecFit Personal Trainers report to the Personal Training Coordinator, the Manage on Duty (Mod) and RecFit Professional Staff of Coordinators and Directors.

Work Environment

  • RecFit Personal Trainers conduct sessions and special events on the AU campus, which includes two main fitness centers that feature assorted equipment and group exercise studios, and a private training facility, as well as access to courts in Bender Arena, the Aquatics Center, and outdoor track and fields.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • RecFit Personal Trainers are part-time employees that are limited to 28 hours per week as personal trainers. RecFit Personal Trainers are also eligible to work as Group Exercise Instructors and hold other positions on campus.

Salary Range

  • RecFit Personal Trainers are compensated based on education, experience, and skills. The compensation rate ranges as follows for the three tiers of training: Part-Time Student Personal Trainers range from $20-30 per session, Part-Time Professional Trainer range from $30-60 per session, and Part-Time Master Personal Trainer range from $40-95 per session.

Required Education and Experience

  • RecFit Personal Trainers are required to have a current certification in personal training and CPR/AED.
  • No previous experience is necessary, but preferred.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in athletics, Group Exercise and previous leadership roles as well as NCCA accredited certifications in personal trainer are preferred but not required.
  • Additional degrees, certifications, and experience are preferred but not required.


  • All RecFit Personal Trainers are expected to be professional and act in accordance with the AU’s principles of conduct, inclusivity, and respect.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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