Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

The Connection is a wonderful place to work. Many positions offer flexible hours; and, employees are eligible for facility use and class discounts. Applications are available at the Front Desk or click here to downloadThe Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our differences make us better.

We have put in place COVID-19 safety guidelines for staff and members. These include daily health screenings, face mask requirements, and enhanced facility cleaning.

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Lifeguard

The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking experienced Lifeguards to join our team. In this position:

  • You will monitor swimming areas and provides assistance and protection to users of the pool and aquatic facility
  • You will ensure the safety of patrons of the aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies as a lifeguard.
  • You will supervise and guard the pool and aquatic facility and ensures participants adhere to all Connection aquatic guidelines and procedures.
  • Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service.
Qualifications
  • First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Certification.
  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.
Hours
  • Early morning hours starting at 5:45am
  • Part-time job
Compensation
  • Starting at $11.00 per hour, based on experience
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Swim Instructor

The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking experienced swim instructors/lifeguards to join our team. In this position:

  • You will be responsible for teaching safe pool and water practices to each student while instructing swimming skills and techniques in a manner which is both beneficial and safe.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all class and program participants during youth and/or adult classes.
Qualifications
  • Experience teaching swim classes. Must be comfortable with teaching all age groups.
  • Lifeguard/CPR/AED required. Will be required to take on lifeguarding shifts.
  • Must comply with all safety protocols including those regarding precautions for COVID-19
  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.
Hours

Shifts available: weekdays from 3:30pm – 6:30pm and Saturdays from 9:15am – 12:15pm

Lifeguarding shifts available: weekdays 7am – 8:30pm and Saturdays 7am – 1:15pm

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Extra compensation offered for teaching private lessons.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
  • Free Lifeguard/CPR/AED recertification for current employees
To Apply

Water Exercise Instructor

The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking an experienced Water Exercise Instructor to join our team. In this position:

  • You will provide a challenging exercise routine in either deep or shallow water that utilizes all major muscle groups in the body and challenges the cardiovascular system.
  • You will instruct the water exercise class in accordance with course description and curriculum goals established by Aquatics Director.
  • Instruct each class participant in a way that he/she understands the class format and is exercising in a manner that is both beneficial and safe.
Qualifications
  • Experience teaching water exercise classes
  • First Aid and CPR required. Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively
  • Lifeguard Certification preferred
Hours

Our current need is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am -11am (two 45-minute classes) with extra hours as a substitute available.

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply
Social Media Coordinator
The Connection, a community-based non-profit in Summit, NJ is looking for an experienced and creative Social Media Coordinator to join their marketing team. The Social Media Coordinator will be responsible for developing and implementing The Connection’s Social Media strategy in order to increase online presence and improve marketing efforts.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Manages company social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other relevant platforms.
  • Photographs classes and programs to use on social media.
  • Works with members and staff to create engaging content.
  • Proposes new ideas and concepts for social media content.
  • Works with program directors to create content for blog posts.
  • Shoots and edits promotional videos to use on social media platforms.
  • Organizes and stewards Brand Ambassadors to increase the organization’s online presence in the communities served.
  • Creates content, publishes, and tracks paid advertisements on social media.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • BA in Marketing or related field or equivalent experience
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Video editing skills
  • Graphic design skills
  • Knowledge of WordPress a plus
  • Knowledge of Photoshop a plus
  • Knowledge of Facebook Advertising a plus
Hours

10-15 hours per week. Flexible schedule required.

Compensation
  • $15.00 – $19.00 per hour based on experience
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Custodial/Building Maintenance
The Connection, a leading community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a responsible, reliable person to join our Custodial/Building Maintenance team.

Qualifications
  • Responsible for general maintenance and repairs to the facility as needed and assigned such as minor plumbing, minor building repairs, light painting, changing bulbs, replacing ceiling tiles, etc. 
  • Responsible for maintenance and cleanliness of the total building. This includes sweeping, dry or wet mopping, trash removal, cleaning of men/women’s rooms, etc.
  • Sets up class and meeting rooms (tables, chairs, blackboards, audio/visual, etc.).
  • Must demonstrate the ability to follow instructions and complete assignments independently with minimum supervision.
  • This position includes lifting, bending, stooping, standing, climbing, pulling, and reaching.
Hours
Shifts include evenings and weekends

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Paid sick leave after 4 months, free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Bus Driver

The Connection, a leading community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ is seeking a part-time school bus driver. In this role, you will transport children to and from local schools during the school year.

Qualifications
  • CDL license with Passenger and School bus endorsements. Will consider applicants who do not have P & S endorsements and will assist in obtaining them.
  • 5 year clean Drivers abstract
  • Valid DOT medical card and physical
  • All applicants for bus driver positions with The Connection are subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol tests.
Hours
    • The position available is part-time following the Summit school district calendar: Morning hours are M-F 7:30 am-9:00 am and Afternoon hours are M-F 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    • We offer a three-hour guarantee if hired for both shifts
    • We will consider hiring for only one of the two shifts available
Compensation
  • Competitive compensation starting at $21.00 – $25.00 per hour.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), transit benefit program, free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Pathways Counselor
Pathways, a program of The Connection providing support, education, and wellness programs for women with cancer, is looking for a part-time Counselor to report to the Pathways Director

Responsibilities
  • Conduct intake and assessments of Pathways clients
  • Provide support to existing Pathways clients
  • Provide support to Pathways Director and staff members, if needed
  • Organize and oversee 3-4 workshops per year
  • If sufficient interest is demonstrated by clients, facilitate support groups
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher in one of the following professions: licensed advance practice psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or license clinical psychologist.
  • Experience working with cancer patients is preferred by not required.
  • Experience in counseling individuals and groups and organizing workshops
Compensation
  • We offer a competitive wage based on experience.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Youth Specialty Programs Director
The Connection, a community-based non-profit in Summit, NJ is looking for an experienced and creative part-time Youth Specialty Programs Director. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and management of all parent/child, preschool, and school-age youth programming.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Supervises, manages, and develops all youth specialty classes and programs such as sports and fitness, cooking, art, music, STEM-based classes, and birthday parties.
  • Assists with recruitment and then trains and supervises staff for youth specialty programs and birthday parties.
  • Serves as an instructor for designated youth programs and fills in when necessary to ensure the continuation of all programs.
  • Acts as an instructor an average of 45% of the time including possible off-site locations, or during school break sessions and camp.
Requirements
  • Successful track record of developing, teaching, and managing youth classes such as sports and fitness, cooking, art, music, STEM-based, and birthday parties.
  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising staff.
  • Current certifications in CPR and First Aid.
Hours

Hours are varied and include some evenings and weekends as well as off-site locations in Summit.

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Enrichment Licensing Coordinator
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a part-time Enrichment Licensing Coordinator.

Requirements
  • Responsible to obtain and maintain all required licenses according to local state laws for preschool and afterschool programs.
  • Stay current on regulatory changes related to licensing, as well as the process for submitting license applications and paying for licensing fees.
  • Maintain required files for the pre-school and afterschool programs to remain compliant with licensing regulations
  • Serve as point of contact for the Department of Children and Families regarding licenses
  • Provide administrative oversight to ensure accountability and compliance for meeting all licensure requirements.
  • Manage day-to-day procedures to ensure compliance with state regulations.
  • Serve as a substitute in the afterschool program including working one on one with youth to provide assistance with an activity.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge/experience working with state licensing requirements
Hours

Flexible work schedule August through June during the school year

Compensation

We offer a competitive wage based on experience. Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Acro/Tumbling Teacher
The Connection is looking for an Acro-Tumbling teacher to join our program. In this position, you will be responsible for providing a fun and effective class to members participating in the program. You will teach a dynamic program using the fundamentals of dance and tumbling.

Requirements
Dance and beginner through intermediate tumbling teaching experience is required. Additional training will be provided to the right candidate.
Hours
2-3 hours per week including weekends

Compensation
    • We offer a competitive wage based on experience
    • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Gymnastic-Warrior Coach/Instructor
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a professional, positive, energetic, and reliable Gymnastic-Warrior Coach/Instructor to join our growing program.

Qualifications
  • Commitment to providing a safe positive environment for all participants.
  • Instruction experience in beginner to advanced level gymnastics and Warrior Challenge classes.
  • Potential to coaching recreational teams, pre-team, and competitive teams.
  • Able to effectively manage groups of children from pre-school to school age.
  • Knowledge of safe progression from basic to advanced level skills.
  • Knowledge of drills that reinforce good technique and execution.
  • Able to teach and spot beginner to advanced level gymnastic skills.
  • Must work well with other staff members in a team environment.

Requirements

  • Experience as a gymnastic coach or instructor.
  • Certification or attendance at gymnastic training workshops or conferences.
  • CPR certified
Hours
  • Part time position
  • Availability can vary from morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend hours.
Compensation
    • We offer a competitive wage based on experience
    • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply

Coach/Instructor
The Connection and the Summit Summies, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is looking for a part-time Gymnastic Coach/Instructor who is a professional, positive, energetic, and reliable coach/instructor to join our program. Must work well with other staff members in a team environment. Will consider coaching experiences from pre-team to advanced competitive levels, school age through high school.

Qualifications
  • Commitment to follow all health regulations, policies, and procedures as related to COVID-19 precautions.
  • Commitment to providing a safe positive environment for all participants.
  • Instruction in beginner to advanced level gymnastics.
  • Coaching recreational teams, pre-team, and competitive teams.
  • Working knowledge of USAG JO compulsory through optional levels and USAG Xcel program.
  • Coaching experience that demonstrates instruction using correct technique and excellence in execution.
  • Knowledge of safe progression from basic to advanced level skills.
  • Knowledge of drills that reinforce good technique and execution.
  • Knowledge of safe and effective strength, conditioning, and flexibility.
  • Ability to plan for seasonal training approaches and techniques.
  • Ability to use computers for administrative duties.
  • Able to spot a wide variety of skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills.
Preferred consideration for:
  • BS degree in related field
  • USAG Membership, safety certification, U100, SafeSport, background check.
  • CPR certified
  • Attendance at conferences and workshops
Hours
Weekday afternoon/evenings and Saturdays. All hours of availability will be considered.
Compensation
    • Competitive wage commensurate with experience.
    • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply