The Phoenix - Sober Active Community
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

403(b) retirement plan; paid time off (vacation/ sick days/ skill enhancement days); medical, dental, and vision plans

You're an experienced CrossFit instructor or activity leader with a background in cultivating relationships, supporting volunteers, and maintaining positive relationships with community partners. You're an entrepreneurial individual who is willing to test creative ideas that ladder up to a larger vision. You're passionate about recovery from substance use disorder and believe in the power of community. You've seen the challenges that stigma creates and want to help us fight them. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

The Phoenix is looking to scale our national impact and has a goal of reaching over one million people by 2025. As our Detroit CrossFit/Fitness Instructor, you'll contribute to this growth in Michigan. You will oversee launch of new programming operations and expand our reach in underserved communities.

The primary responsibility of the Instructor is to deliver quality classes and help to build The Phoenix community in Detroit. This role will deploy Phoenix's program activation strategy, which includes recruiting and establishing volunteer instructors and ensuring quality programming. Excellent social skills and the ability to connect with partner organizations, participants, and the general public are essential. The ideal candidate will have the ability to instruct CrossFit and possibly another discipline such as boxing, group fitness, yoga, hiking, cycling, social events, rock climbing, mountain biking, or running.

This position will focus on delivering quality programs and helping to build The Phoenix community in Detroit. The ideal candidate is skilled in cultivating, building, and nurturing relationships with participants to ensure that programming offered is consistent with The Phoenix mission and core values. If you are excited about working in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment where you are expected to continually pursue personal and professional growth, we want to talk to you!

The Phoenix is partnering with CrossFit to help build and grow our Detroit program, so familiarity with the sport of CrossFit and/or knowledge of local gyms is critical to this position.


  • Lead multiple events each week, primarily CrossFit and possibly other disciplines such as boxing, yoga, Pilates, dance, hiking, biking, and running
  • Under supervision of the Detroit Program Manager, facilitate Phoenix programs, including free community programs, volunteer programs, and contracted partnership programming with partner organizations
  • Train and mentor additional instructors as program needs increase
  • Ensure quality at all classes and events by cultivating relationships, supporting volunteers, and maintaining positive relationships with community partners
  • Facilitate targeted outreach events, identify outreach opportunities, and schedule events
  • Help build and support a robust volunteer program, including recruiting, training, and supporting a solid and sustainable base of volunteer support
  • Ensure that all programs and program spaces are trauma-informed (fun, emotionally and physically safe, inclusive and accessible), reflect The Phoenix's core values and community standards, and adhere to program and discipline-specific standards
  • Assist with general daily administrative duties of The Phoenix
  • Attend and participate in local and national staff and team meetings
  • Utilize various technology and social media platforms
  • Complete other duties as assigned
  • Work evening and weekend hours as need


  • Passion for recovery from substance use disorder
  • Experience coaching, instructing, or leading CrossFit classes. Leadership experience in one or more of the other above-named disciplines is a plus
  • Organizational, communication and time management skills, as well as professionalism and ability to quickly adapt to change
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people from all walks of life
  • Community relation skills and willingness to initiate introductions with potential partners
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, humility, and integrity
  • Ability to use standard office equipment and computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and email
  • Knowledge and consistent demonstration of excellent customer service skills
  • Certifications in CrossFit, personal training, or other similar athletic disciplines (e.g., CF-L1, L-2, or L-3; NASM, NSCA, ACSM, or ACE; kettlebell or Olympic lifting)


  • Lived experience as a peer in recovery
  • Connections to recovery-centered organizations
  • Bi-lingual/multilingual
  • Familiarity with CrossFit or connections with local CF boxes
  • Certification in other relevant disciplines (AMGA-CWI, SPI, or Rock Guide; IMBA-L1; YT-200, etc.)
  • First Aid Certification (e.g. WFR, WFA, CPR)
  • Ability to facilitate music-themed events


The Phoenix's mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover, and live. We take a new approach to recovery by fostering healing through fitness and personal connection. We offer activities for everyone from weightlifting and boxing to running, hiking, and yoga. All to help people grow stronger together, overcome the stigma of addiction, and rise to their full potential. Since 2006, the Phoenix has helped over 43,000 people across America rise above addiction and harness the power of self-transformation. By participating in our physical, social and education programs, participants build confidence, self-respect, and community. The Phoenix currently operates in 43 communities across 22 states in addition to offering virtual fitness classes, available anywhere. Activities offered include group fitness, climbing, hiking, boxing, running, yoga, socials, road & mountain biking, and strength training. Through traditional fundraising strategies and revenue ventures, Phoenix is able to provide free programs for anyone with 48 hours of sobriety.

At Phoenix, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and strive to create a healing-centered environment that allows everyone to bring their authentic selves to the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

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