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 download. The Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our differences make us better.

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Assistant Fitness Center Director, F/T
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a responsible, knowledgeable and creative individual for the full-time position Assistant Director of the Fitness Center. Working a 12:00-6:00 pm shift Monday – Friday, the Assistant Director will substitute other hours as needed (the Center is open from 5:30 am – 10:00 pm Mon-Fri and 7 am – 5:00 pm Sat and Sun). Primary responsibilities include conducting orientations, assessments and individual/group trainings with members, engaging with members and ensuring their safety while using the equipment, general monitoring of the Fitness Center, maintaining cleanliness and order, opening and closing duties and assisting with Connection member events and initiatives. Experience with special needs populations a plus. The position reports to and assists the Fitness Center Director with management of the Center and development of new initiatives.
Qualifications
  • Current Personal Trainer Certification from a nationally recognized program
  • Current CPR/AED Certification
Hours
  • Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Occasional weekend / evenings (for Events, Street Fairs, etc)
  • Will substitute other hours as needed (early am, evenings, weekends)
Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Lifeguard, P/T
The Connection, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking experienced lifeguards to join our team.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • 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.
Requirements
  • 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
We have a variety of positions available including days (early morning, midday, afternoon), evenings and weekends.
Compensation
  • $10/hour
  • $3 per hour premium offered for shifts worked between 5-8:30am
  • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply
Swim Instructor, P/T
The Connection is seeking experienced swim instructors to join our team.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • You will be responsible for teaching safe pool and water practices while instructing swimming skills and techniques.
  • Instruct aquatics class in accordance with course description and curriculum goals established by Aquatics Director; safely utilizing specific equipment.
  • Instruct each class participant in a way that he/she understands class format, and is swimming in a manner which is both beneficial and safe.
  • Ensures the safety and well-being of all class and program participants during youth and/or adult classes
Requirements
  • 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
We have a variety of positions available late afternoons, evenings and weekends.
Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply
Weekend Supervisor, P/T
The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking experienced weekend supervisor to join our team.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • You will be responsible for teaching safe pool and water practices while instructing swimming skills and techniques.
  • Responsible for supervising staff
  • Overseeing all scheduled programs/activities
  • Assisting with teaching as necessary
  • Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service.
Requirements
  • 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
    • Friday – 8:30am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday – 8:00am – 5:30pm
Compensation
      • Competitive compensation offered.
      • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply
Gymnastics Coach, F/T
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking professional, positive, energetic, and reliable Coaches/Instructors to join our growing program.
Qualifications
      • Commitment to providing a safe positive environment for all participants.
      • Instruction in beginner to advanced level gymnastics and Warrior Challenge classes.
      • Coaching recreational teams, pre team, and competitive teams.
      • Working knowledge of USAG JO compulsory through optional levels, USAG Xcel program and USAIGC 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.
      • Understanding of safe and effective strength, conditioning and flexibility.
      • Ability to plan for seasonal training approaches and techniques.
      • Able to teach and spot advanced gymnastic skills on all competitive events.
      • Must work well with other staff members in a team environment.
Requirements
      • BS degree in related field preferred
      • USAG Membership, safety certification, U100, SafeSport
      • CPR certified
Hours
      • Full Time positions with weekend hour responsibilities
      • Attendance at conferences and workshops
Compensation
      • Competitive Wage
      • Benefit package for full time employees that includes vacation, sick time, personal time, holidays, health insurance, and 401k.
      • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Gymnastic-Warrior Coach/Instructor, P/T
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
      • Competitive Wage
      • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Afterschool Program Assistants, P/T
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking experienced and responsible After School Program Assistants. The ideal candidate has experience supervising groups of Elementary-aged youth and planning engaging activities. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the management of the program, building strong relationships with parents and families, and representing The Connection in the community.
Qualifications
      • Experience working with groups elementary-aged children;
      • Fun, active, and creative mindset toward working with children;
      • Some experience helping children with tasks, such as homework;
      • Ability to commit to a routine schedule with punctuality;
      • Must be able to provide own transportation.
Compensation
      • Competitive compensation offered.
      • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Hours
Monday – Friday, 2:45pm – 6:00pm while school is in session, following the Summit Public Schools calendar. Additional hours may be offered and approved by Director of Enrichment Programs and Camps.
Director of Enrichment and Camps, F/T
The Connection is seeking a Director of Enrichment Programs and Camps. This full time position supervises and directs the operations of After School Enrichment, Nursery, Preschool and Summer Camp programs at The Connection.
Roles and Responsibilities
      • Responsible for securing full enrollment in all programs.
      • Set goals and evaluate programs regularly adjusting program and curriculum to meet the needs of participants.
      • Hire and supervise staff.
      • Secure and maintain licensing/certification of all programs in accordance with state and local laws.
Qualifications
      • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
      • Prior experience in a multi-site afterschool program as well as summer camp a plus.
      • Ability to secure all requirements of state of NJ Dept. of Children and Families including CPR and First Aid.
      • Valid driver’s license to travel to off-site locations necessary.
Compensation
      • Benefit package for full time employees that includes paid time off, employer paid health insurance, life insurance and 401k.
      • Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Youth Enrichment Instructor, P/T
The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatics, fitness and enrichment programs is looking for PT Youth Instructors to join our team. Each class is offered once a week as part of a full spectrum of enrichment classes. Enrichment classes are 45-minutes or an hour depending on the age group of the students.
Roles and Responsibilities
In this position you will:

      • Enrich the lives of children by delivering engaging, enrichment classes in overall and specific areas within the S.T.E.A.M. arena (STEM, Art, Coding, etc.).
      • Guide students in educational activities designed to promote intellectual, social, and physical growth.
      • Teach students to work individually and collaboratively to solve problems and to think both logically and creatively.
Requirements
      • Dependable, punctual and responsible individual with high energy and a child-friendly persona.
      • Classroom or group management skills, particularly with children.
      • Experience in the instructional subject area.
      • Experience developing age-appropriate enrichment curriculum.
      • Ideal candidates are teachers, former teachers, teacher’s aides and education majors.
      • Current college students are encouraged to apply as this position is an excellent way to gain teaching experience.
Compensation
Competitive compensation offered. Membership discounts offered to staff and their families (work hour minimums apply) including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
Contact
Please send resume and availability to Youth Program Director, Lauara Burton, at
laura.burton@theconnectiononline.org
There is a place for everyone at The Connection! If you have the desire to help, we can be flexible to meet your schedule. Volunteer at The Connection and take part in a rewarding experience that will enrich both you and our organization.
Volunteer Dance & Performing Arts Instructor
The Connection is seeking a volunteer assistant Dance & Performing Arts instructor. This is a great opportunity for teens and tweens to gain experience and volunteer hours.
Contact
Please email
jessica.fascenelli@theconnectiononline.org for more information
Special Needs Swim Program Volunteer
Volunteers will be working with special needs participants ages 3-adult with a variety of disabilities. Must be ages 15+ and comfortable in deep and shallow water.
Hours
Saturdays 12-1pm
Sundays 1:30-3:30pm
Contact
Please email
aquatics@theconnectiononline.org for more information
English as a Second Language
Tutor newcomers to the U.S. No experience is necessary. Flexible hours, Monday-Thursday; mornings or Monday evenings.
Contact
Please email
jane.walbridge@theconnectiononline.org for more information
Voluntaria Bilingue | Bi-lingual Pathways Volunteer
Bilingue mujeres sobrevivientes de cancer de seno para proveer apoyo a mujeres de habla hispana.
Bi-lingual breast cancer survivors to provide peer support to Spanish speaking women.
Contact
Please email
pathways@theconnectiononline.org for more information
Drivers and Cooks for Pathways Cooks
Pathways cooks provides healthy, whole foods meals to women undergoing chemotherapy and their families. Drivers are needed on Wednesdays to deliver meals from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and would require between 30-60 minutes of driving time. Cooking volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to prep, cook, clean up or deliver meals. Two hour shifts or full shifts are both welcome.
Contact
Please email
pathways@theconnectiononline.org for more information