Personal Trainers - Volunteer on our Advisory Board

Manhattan Institute - New York, NY3.4


Make a difference!

Manhattan Institute Seeks Volunteers to Serve on its Personal Fitness Trainer Advisory Board.

Please include resume, and a brief cover letter describing why you would like to volunteer on our Advisory Board.

Letter from the President

Welcome and thank you for your interest in serving as a member of The Manhattan Institute's Personal Trainer Program Advisory Board. First formalized and convened in early 2010, the board provides the unique opportunity to further shape our Personal Trainer Program. We are currently seeking board candidates to serve starting 2019 which will run through the end of 2020.

We encourage you to review the information provided and, if interested in serving, please submit a resume for consideration. You will be contacted shortly after submission by a program representative with information on next steps.

Again, thank you for your time and interest. We look forward to the possibility of working with you.

Edward Schwartz

Manhattan Institute


  • Advisory members should be currently working as a Personal Trainer
  • Advisory members should have five years' experience as a Personal Trainer.
  • Advisory members should be a graduate from a Personal Trainer Program.
  • Advisory members should have experience working with externs from Personal Trainer Programs
  • The program advisory board and responsible program staff will work together to ensure that the program is delivering learning that is current, up to date, and relevant to current, industry, labor, and professional employment practices. The boards will provide support and advice to academic programs

Specific duties of board members may include the following:

1. Attend biannual (twice a year) Advisory board meetings Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings. Meetings are held evening or weekends to best serve members availability.
2. Be informed about the program(s), its students, curriculum, services/supports, and activities.
3. Share developments in the field.
4. Provide support and advice to program(s), assist in the development of new programs, and identify best practice standards.
5. Realistically assess the labor market demand for program graduates and advise the program to ensure it produces graduates with the skills required to meet employment needs.
6. Assess the currency of curriculum and teaching practice. Work with program staff and other board members to ensure that the program is delivering learning that is current, up to date, and relevant to current business, industry, labor, and professional employment practices.
7. Assess program marketing and promotion.
8. Identify and present opportunities for students and placement of program graduates.
9. Assist in the identification and recruitment of new board members.
10. Provide recommendations for topic presenters for advisory board meetings.
11. Discuss other presented items. Items will change from meeting to meeting.

Personal Characteristics

1. Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group, and provide constructive feedback.
2. Willing to: prepare for and attend board meetings, ask questions, and share ideas, opinions, and experiences.
3. Possess: honesty, openness to differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, engagement skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, and concern for and interest in program development.


1. Costs related to travel (mileage, accommodations, other expenses) will be reimbursed for up to $100.
2. Buffet style meal before meeting provided.
3. Small takeaway appreciation item such as a book bag, water bottle will be given to all at members.
4. The knowledge that you are helping serve up and coming Personal Trainers.
5. Certificate of service issued each year to each member, to show that you have helped serve your profession.

Job Type: Part-time


  • Personal Fitness Training: 2 years (Preferred)