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Physical Education and Fitness Instructors

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Job Details

Job Category:

Casual Wage

Position Title:

Physical Education and Fitness Instructors

Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time




Athletic Administration

Wage/Salary Range:

First year, $15.00 / hour

Department Statement:

Colgate University is a special place to work and offers many unique opportunities, including the ability to work with and among world class faculty and staff at a highly selective residential liberal arts institution. This position provides an opportunity to become familiar with the variety of regular positions that are available at the University, as well as the ability to add employment at a distinct University to your resume.

Successful candidates for this position will earn sick leave, paid time off, free parking, and a University ‘Gate Card that provides access to fitness facilities, athletic and cultural events, as well as a discount on many items at the University Bookstore.This type of appointment is not approved to work more than 999 hours per year for all positions combined. Should incumbents work more than a total of 999 hours in a year the appointment may not continue beyond one year of service.
Physical Education Instructors are essential for providing a robust curriculum of wellness courses to meet the graduation requirement for all students. Instructors are needed to teach a variety of topics which may be discussion based or activity based topics. We are currently seeking instructors to facilitate 10 hour courses in the following areas: Spiritual Wellness, Nutrition, Mental and Emotional Wellness, Life skills and Fitness, Life hobbies such as in Golf, Horseback riding, Trap Shooting, Boxing, Racquetball or Tennis. Fitness instructors are needed to Teach 50 minute courses weekly during the semester, including for Focus on Fitness during the lunch hours for employees, many course subjects will require certifications to ensure the health and safety of participants.

Instructors will be required to provide a course description and syllabus as well as maintain and submit course attendance records in a timely manner.

Physical Education courses are offered each semester and student registration is held before each new unit. Course dates for the fall semester typically are the first week in September through the first week of October for Session I, and Session II is typically, mid-October through mid-November. For the spring semester Session I starts in late January and runs through early March, with Session II running late March through the end of April.Fitness and Focus on Fitness courses are offered from early September through early December and early January through early May.
Work under the supervision of the Director of Recreation, Chair of Physical Education or the Assistant Director of Recreational Programs.


Job Qualifications: Experience in area or course. Fitness areas may require a certification. Knowledge of Google Drive and ability to use an iPad. CPR/AED/First Aid certification preferred or willingness to acquire certification within the first six months, certification classes will be provided.


  1. All Instructors are accountable for adhering to and enforcing policies, rules and regulations of the University and Recreational facility.
  2. All Instructors must follow all staff policies and procedures as set by the University and Colgate Physical Education and Recreation Department.
  3. Check patrons and students for proper credentials to use the facility.
  4. Track attendance for all classes, utilizing the forms provided by the department. Attendance \participation is required by students seeking PE credit towards their graduation requirements.
  5. PE Instructors will be provided with Course Makeup Options by the PE department, but each instructor has the option to offer their own makeup option.
  6. PE classes require that excused absences go through the PE Office; Medical excuses come from Deans\ Health Center only.
  7. All instructors must arrive early enough to set up for your class. Classes need to end promptly, to allow the next class to use the space. Most classes end at the 50 minute mark.
  8. All instructors must conduct classes professionally and courteously. Maintain the appearance, health and safety, and functionality of the fitness facility by encouraging participants to clean and put away any equipment used during the class.
  9. Cancelling A Class for the Unit: If the class does not meet the minimum attendance it must be cancelled, no later than after the 2nd class. Notify & Turn in the Card to the PE office. We will transfer attendance for students who need it, they should notify the PE Office
  10. Injuries: The Huntington Cage can provide basic first aid \ ice. Contact Campus Safety for serious injuries at 315-228-7333 or 315-228-7911. Please inform the PE office ASAP. Injury Report should be filled out, they are available in the Cage.
  11. Waivers: Faculty \Staff can join a PE, fitness class as room permits. All classes require a signed waiver form which you will turn into the PE office. If you have others who wish to take the class please inform the PE office.
  12. Payment: Instructor Payroll is submitted bi-weekly through the Payroll app on the Colgate Portal. Once you are set up with Human Resources, you will be given instructions for submitting hours to payroll. Pay dates will be based on the payroll schedule for the year. Colgate employees who teach a class are eligible for payment if the class is unrelated to their job duties. Hourly employees can not teach more than a 40 hour work week when combined with their regular schedule. Supervisor permission is required for any adjustment in schedule. Those that instruct a course related to their regular duties, will not receive additional payment but should work with their supervisor regarding schedule adjustments.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

All Colgate instructors need to be CPR \ AED certified. PERA will provide a 1 – 2 hour certification class. Contact the PE office for more information if you need to take a class. AED Deliberators are available throughout campus, you should know the location of the one nearest your class location. In Huntington Gym, they are located outside the Varsity Weight Room, Fitness Center & Pool

Other Information:

Employment is based on the need and requires satisfactory evaluation.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

Average courses require a minimum of 2 hours per week.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions Summary:

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate fully in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:


The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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