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Instruct group exercise participants with acute back pain in exercises designed to strengthen muscles and improve biomechanical function and awareness to the effect of reducing musculoskeletal pain, increasing muscular strength or range of motion, and reducing the use of analgesics among participants. Educate participants as to the benefits/risks of using physical activity to alleviate and prevent back pain in the future; motivate participants to continue with physical activity after leaving the Back Care program.

Required Qualifications*

Position Requirements:

  • Experience and confidence in working with back-pain clients
  • Ability to adapt exercises and provide modifications based on individual participants’ performance and/or feedback
  • Potential candidates must have some knowledge of various back pain diagnosis (SI dysfunction/pain, bulging & herniated disk, compression fx’s, etc).
  • Candidates must also have a basic knowledge of what is most commonly found to be contraindicated for each diagnosis and what motions might aggravate, or increase pain.  
  • All of the attributes of a good teacher/instructor including patience, accommodating, energetic, positive attitude, punctual, accountable, remains within their scope of practice, and demonstrates ongoing outstanding customer service. 

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Nationally recognized certifications in Yoga (such as ITY), Pilates (such as Stott, Polestar, or McIntyre), or Tai Chi
  • Current CPR/First Aid/AED certifications or BLS certification
  • 2 years experience teaching Group Exercise to a diverse population
  • 2 years experience with acute back pain and physical activity

Ideally, applications should be comfortable committing to a one year minimum, with room to continue as the program expands/continues.

Work Schedule

Event hours range from 1 hour to 8 hours in length. Events are usually held Monday - Friday and may be held on Saturdays. Events may be held during evening or night shift hours. Event time includes preparation, set up, and tear down of educational areas.

Work Locations

Events can be located within Ann Arbor or Southeast Michigan.

Additional Information

Posting is for multiple openings.

Please include a cover letter and resume when applying to this position (attach as a single document).

This job posting is for a University of Michigan Temporary position. Temporary employment may be full or part time, but in either case is limited in duration. Please review the full posting description for details. This temporary job opening will be posted for a minimum of two calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

University Human Resources seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.