Associate Aquatics Director

Join our Y Family as a Associate Aquatics Director!
Job Description

Jordan Center YMCA. 


Under the direction of the Center Aquatics Director, this position will:

·       Supervise the development and implementation of the aquatic programs

·       50% time spent in frontline duties and 50% in administrative duties

·       Responsible for working with our staff , our members and program participants

·       Manage day to day operations of the department

·       Program development and promotion

·       Implementation and evaluation

·       Staff scheduling

·       Training and supervision

·       Monitoring safety practices and adherence to standards and financial operation in accordance with Center and                      Association goals, objectives and policies.


This position requires a background of physical education with an emphasis on aquatic and fitness related programming. A BA/BS degree in physical education, recreation/related area is required (with an aquatic/fitness emphasis is preferred) or its equivalent in related professional experience. Two-three years’ experience in YMCA or similar agency is required. This person needs to have a good overall picture of YMCA philosophy and values and holds current certifications in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding. Administrative skills and abilities in the areas of personnel management, program planning, income production, expense control, training, public relations and interpretation, record-keeping and facility utilization, equipment maintenance and care are required. Must possess a leadership style that is team-oriented. Recognizing that this individual may bring skills in areas other than aquatics, it will be desirable to utilize those skills through sharing of responsibilities with other professional staff.

Essential Functions
PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES *Designated as a First Responder in the event of an emergency.  1.              Shares responsibility in the development, administration and control of the designated departmental budget, including meeting income targets and expense control, in consultation with the Executive Director.   2.              Selects, trains and supervises paid and volunteer departmental staff, which includes being certified to train lifeguards, and swim lesson instructors.   3.              Spends time on the pool deck talking with members, program participants and staff. Lifeguarding as well as teaching swim lessons.   4.              Interprets Association and Center goals, objectives and policies to the community and constituency.   5.              Evaluates programs and recommends changes based on compatibility with the Center and Association goals. Shares responsibility for the development of new program thrusts.   6.              Assists assigned Center committees in formulating policies and programs consistent with the Center and Association goals.   7.              Prepares all reports as assigned.   8.              Shares responsibility for Center supervision, public relations, planning and promotions as agreed upon.   9.              Assists in the International aspect of the Association, including World Service fundraising and education.   10.            Evaluates performance of all departmental personnel, at least on an annual basis.   11.           Supervises and is accountable for the care and upkeep of departmental programs, equipment and facilities. Is certified and will perform front line duties including but not limited to lifeguarding and swim instruction as outlined in the job descriptions for these roles. 80% of time will be spent on the pool deck with programming responsibilities.   12.           Shares responsibility for providing income through membership fees and special subsidies.   13.           Assists with any other projects, programs or activities as may be assigned from time to time.   14.           Plays an active role in the Annual Campaign including but not limited to recruiting campaigners and acheving goal buster status.   15.           Assists in developing aquatic programs outside of the YMCA facilty in consultation with the Executive Director (may include involvement with designated community groups in identifying and responding to community needs and issues).   16.           Other duties asassigned.   MEMBER INVOLVEMENT SKILLS 
  • Be informed and up to date on the latest developments in your field.
  •  Acquaint members with other YMCA programs and benefits.
  • Develop relationships that promote building of small communities.
  • Support YMCA Annual Campaign by inviting members to contribute.
  • Be able to articulate the role and importance of volunteers.
  • Provide an environment that values diversity and builds the 40 Developmental Assets and incorporates asset-building into your work at the YMCA


  • Ability to work with chemicals (according to YMCA and OSHA guidelines) associated with pool maintenance. This includes having YMCA of the USA Certified Pool Operator training.
  • Ability to work in a variety of areas, specifically those often subject to dampness and extreme heat.
  • Ability to learn and adhere to YMCA and OSHA safety standards.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to recognize potential hazards/unsafe conditions and respond appropriately, according to guidelines established by OSHA and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with members, volunteers and other employees.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan work activities and use time efficiently.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage demands and deal with frequent change.
  • Actively promote and observe safety and security procedures.
  • Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.


Required Certifications

 Ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, YMCA Lifeguard and YSLI certifications and instruct others in such courses.