Gymnastics Instructor (Part-time)

Applications closing on September 13, 2022, 05:00 PM

  • Reference number20282578
  • Job typePart-time
  • Salary range$44,525 to $53,148 annually

The City of Menlo Park is now hiring qualified and talented gymnastics instructors for its renowned gymnastics program at Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center. The City is currently hiring two full-time and one part-time gymnastics instructors in the Gymnastics Division. Our gymnastics instructors enjoy an excellent benefit package and job security, and are represented by Service Employees International Union Local 521. In addition to the current openings, this recruitment will be used to create an eligibility list for future openings in the gymnastics instructor job classification. This is an unparalleled opportunity to join a top-flight gymnastics team and a beloved gymnastics program that is set to reopen later this year after an extended closure during the pandemic. Interested and qualified candidates should apply now.

Gymnastics instructors provide high-quality, hands-on support and instruction for the City’s celebrated gymnastics program by developing age-appropriate gymnastics classes for children from early childhood through the teen years; creating lesson plans; organizing and implementing instructional activities; ensuring safety for all participants and staff; creating a positive learning environment; and performing related work as needed and assigned.

Library and Community Services is responsible for providing exceptional recreational, educational and cultural experiences for children, adults and seniors. Our facilities include 221 acres of parkland distributed among 13 parks, two libraries, three community centers, two public pools, three child care centers, two gymnasiums and one gymnastics center. Included in the parks and recreation areas are tennis and pickleball courts, dog parks, softball diamonds, picnic areas, playgrounds, soccer fields, a skate park, shared use of a performing arts center and open space.

Ideal candidate

Essential skills for the position include but are not limited to: 

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn and adapt to change environments
  • Ability to create learning experiences and activities that develop children’s movement skills and enhance their self-esteem and independence
  • Knowledge of methods, practices and techniques of enhancing development and improving student skills through structured lesson plans, teaching techniques and instructional materials.
  • Proficiency to prepare effective instructional materials including computer skills, organizational skills and gymnastics equipment.
  • Gymnastics practices and techniques, including basic knowledge of progression in movement.
  • Knowledge of children’s physical and emotional development, principles of kinesiology and physiology, basic health and safety.
  • Knowledge of safety principles and practices, including basic first aid and CPR methods
  • Maintain detailed and accurate program records including attendance, lesson plans and incident reports.
  • Maintains classroom discipline; utilize positive reinforcement strategies and methods of positive/progressive discipline, and behavior modification to create a productive and orderly learning environment
  • Observational skills and judgment to detect and report behavioral or learning issues among program participants; identify the resource needs of individual participants; make recommendations for assessments
  • Interact effectively and productively with parents; conduct periodic parent conferences regarding children’s progress; advises parents of children’s development and movement skills, and respond to parental questions and concerns.

Minimum qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade
  • Minimum of two years of responsible experience in recreation programs, ideally focused on gymnastics. Experience in working with a variety of age groups is desirable.
  • First aid and CPR certification applicable to participants under instruction


The City offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • A City-paid Caltrain Go Pass; City Hall is centrally located and within walking distance from Caltrain and downtown Menlo Park
  • For non-Caltrain riders, the City offers employees a commuter check program of up to $150.00 per month toward the purchase of a non-Caltrain monthly transit pass; or a transportation allowance program provides employees with $1.50 per day when they walk, bicycle or carpool to work at least once per week
  • Health insurance: City contribution up to $2,351 per month toward a cafeteria plan which can be used to purchase medical insurance and participate in a flexible spending account for health care and/or child care reimbursement
  • Dental: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: 88–176 hours of vacation leave accrual each year, depending on length of service
  • Sick leave: 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year
  • Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per year, prorated based on hire date
  • Retirement: CalPERS, for classic members 2.0%@60 formula; for all others, 2.0%@62 formula
  • Deferred compensation: Voluntary participation in city plans
  • Life insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1.5 times regular annual wage
  • Long term disability: City-paid coverage
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement
  • Employees receive free on-site gym access

For additional benefit information, visit and review the City of Menlo Park and Service Employees International Union memorandum of understanding.

Special instructions


Please be sure to fill out the required city application completely, including all relevant work experience. Applications with “See resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review. If 26 or more qualified applications are received, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an oral board panel examination. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An eligibility list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The hiring department will review the eligibility list to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

The City of Menlo Park is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Veronica Wortham before the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a reference check, criminal conviction history questionnaire, OccuScreen background and DOJ fingerprinting.

Applicants must be successful in all phases of the selection process to be considered for this position.

All new employees are required to comply with the requirements of our COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy as a condition of employment. This policy requires that an employee provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request and be approved for a medical or religious exception to the policy before their start date. Those who are approved for a temporary or permanent exception, will be required to test weekly while they remain unvaccinated. Candidate start date may be adjusted to meet these requirements. Please contact Interim Human Resources Manager Kristen Strubbe with any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States. The City will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Recruitment contact
Veronica Wortham