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New York Road Runners Striders Coach (Part-Time) in New York, New York

About NYRR

New York Road Runners (NYRR) was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people, and has grown from a local running club into the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire through running, aiming to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.

NYRR’s year-round offerings of races, community events, programs, and training resources provide hundreds of thousands of people with the motivation, know-how, and opportunities to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top professional runners and committed amateurs alike, while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for New York City. NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire children in underserved communities in New York City, nationwide, and around the world.

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR is a 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more, please visit

At New York Road Runners, we are committed to building an inclusive, diverse workplace by finding the best candidate for the job. We understand that skills come from a variety of different backgrounds. Checking off every single requirement on our job description is not necessary to apply. If you think you are a good fit and have a passion for the work we do, please submit your application. We are eager to learn about your experience and skills! You may be the right candidate for this or other open positions.

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About the Department

The Community Impact department encompasses our Youth and Community Program Teams, Community Engagement, and Development & Philanthropy.

NYRR is one of the largest non-profit providers of youth and community fitness programming in New York City (with a growing national/international footprint). Our Youth Program team develops, administers, and supports an evolving portfolio of youth running programs and resources used by schools, community centers, and families throughout New York City and nationwide. Our flagship youth program, Rising New York Road Runners, brings the benefits of physical activity to various sites, predominantly in lower-income communities, to help children develop the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.

Our Community Program team develops, administers, and supports a wide portfolio of programs including our renowned Striders walking/fitness program for older adults, our Open Run platform that provides free running and walking racing and community-building opportunities in parks across the city, and bespoke programs such as Run for the Future and Youth Ambassadors that provide deep engagement with targeted groups.

Our Community Engagement function helps to coordinate our community outreach efforts to better understand our various stakeholders, including (but not limited to) the needs of our local and global running communities. The team manages relationships with local running clubs/crews, like-minded nonprofits, neighborhood coalitions, local businesses and chambers of commerce, government entities (city, state, national), industry partners, etc.

The Development & Philanthropy function is responsible for securing financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. It also oversees Team for Kids (an event-based peer-to-peer fundraising platform that recruits participants to fundraise in NYRR and other events), and NYRR’s membership program, which is designed to enhance runner's engagement with the running community and their experience at NYRR events. Overall, Development & Philanthropy is responsible for expanding and diversifying the organization’s funder base, furthering the potential for future fundraising efforts, and retaining of the growing base of donors who share NYRR’s passion and commitment of helping and inspiring all people through running.

About the Position

The NYRR Striders senior fitness program has weekly sessions, with most program hours occurring between Monday-Friday mornings and afternoons. The Striders program incorporates different types of all-levels activities for older adults at indoor and outdoor locations. Coaches lead weekly walking and fitness sessions and communicate with members about upcoming events. Most sessions are conducted in local parks and senior neighborhood centers throughout New York City.

The   Coach   supports all efforts to foster a safe and inclusive environment and creates strong   team cohesion.  

Please visit our website at for more details.

This is a part-time position, offering up to 5-12 hours a week. Typical shifts are Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Job Responsibilities (primary and secondary duties):

  • Lead a group walk/run session for an older adult population, including people from diverse backgrounds, and all physical abilities.

  • Ensure all participants are supported throughout each session and finish the session safely.

  • Arrive at various locations promptly and as assigned.

  • Complete daily attendance, and support participants with enrollment and event registration.

  • Perform other administrative tasks required for scheduling program implementation.

  • Attend staff meetings, required program curriculum trainings and team events.

  • Maintain regular communication with Director, Striders Program

  • Communicate frequently with the program team. Respond to all correspondence promptly and reply to all requests by the specified deadline.

  • Communicate correct, effective technique and form to improve participant pace and mobility.

  • Contribute program enhancements based upon practice and experience

Job Requirements:


  • 1+ Years of Customer Service experience

  • 2+ years of coaching physical activity with populations of all ages

  • Exposure to teaching older adult and/or non-traditional populations preferred

  • Knowledge and experience with a walking or running training program for beginners or non-traditional populations

  • Experience with group exercise or older adult fitness specialty beneficial

  • Knowledge of best practices in older adult fitness as well as understanding of age-related issues.

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or college experience preferred.

  • First Aid and   CPR/AED certification (or willingness to obtain certification   through NYRR sponsored training)

  • Safesport and NYS Mandated Reporter training (or willingness to obtain certification)

  • Knowledge of   Physical Literacy (or willingness to   attend online or in-person   workshops   through NYRR sponsored training).  

  • Senior Fitness, Group Fitness, and/or Running Coach certified from a nationally recognized program (ACE, NASM, AFFA, APFA, ISSA, USATF, RRCA) preferred.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Ability to   coach and   implement training plan   for   novice-advanced fitness/walker/runner participants.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to facilitate games and   team bonding   activities to create a strong team environment.

  • Ability to motivate   and encourage   new fitness and walker/runner participants.

  • Ability   to implement effective   conflict resolution   as needed.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Knowledge of NYC neighborhoods a plus.

  • Fluency in another language is a plus

Other Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel to all of our sites, located across the 5 NYC boroughs

  • Must be able to work a consistent weekly schedule

  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed for the program and organization’s events and trainings.

Salary: $30-35/hour

NYRR requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.