Aquatics Director

Wichita has some of the finest facilities in the nation and an affordable cost of living.
Job Description

Under the direction of the Branch Director, the Aquatic Director provides leadership and management for the branch Aquatics department operations, staff, budget, fundraising, as well as the program and membership experience in accordance with all Greater Wichita YMCA policies, procedures, and standards.  A 40-hour work week will be necessary to accomplish the assigned duties and responsibilities. 


  1. Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule, and manage a high-performing staff focused on providing exceptional service and work well as a team.
  2. Develop strategies to provide support and motivation to staff for the achievement of goals and retention.
  3. Review and evaluate staff performance.
  4. Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  5. Maintain staff retention through positive reinforcement and support.
  6. Ensure adequate lifeguard coverage of all pools during operating hours.
  7. Conduct lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and safety certification trainings.
  8. Responsible for safety drills/audits, monthly documented staff meetings/development, and trainings.
  9. Ensures staff certification records are current and fulfill all in-service standards. 


  1. Effectively communicate the mission, vision, and values of the Wichita YMCA.
  2. Ensure all programs comply with YMCA standards and methods of operation.
  3. Integrate member-service and engagement strategies into all programs to ensure positive member recruitment and retention.
  4. Build and expand program enrollment and participation.
  5. Coordinate the Splash outreach program.
  6. Keep accurate records of attendance, retention, member, and non-member participation.
  7. Ensure progress reports are distributed consistently to program participants.
  8. Monitor and evaluate delivery and effectiveness of programs and staff for the highest possible level of quality.
  9. Be visible to staff and members.
  10. Respond to all member and community inquiries and concerns within 24 hours.
  11. Communicate program information, changes, and needs in a timely manner to supervisor and branch staff. 


  1. Develop, monitor, and meet or exceed budget targets.
  2. Produce effective and efficient staff schedules within set payroll budget parameters. 


  1. Provide leadership for assigned aspects of Strong Community Campaign, special events, and other fund development to ensure fundraising goals are met. 


  1. Maintain complete familiarity with all risk management procedures and policies.
  2. Monitor daily pool operations to adhere to all state and local health and safety regulations.
  3. Organize, plan, and schedule pools for instructional and recreational activities.
  4. Maintain program area and equipment in an orderly, clean, and safe condition. Report any irregularities to maintenance personnel.
  5. Keep an up-to-date inventory on all equipment, materials, and supplies. 


  1. Serve as a member of the branch management team performing specific duties which support the overall success of branch operations.
  2. Communicate information promptly to all branch leadership and departmental staff.
  3. Attend applicable training and conferences to further professional development. 
  4. All other duties as assigned. 

EFFECT ON END RESULT:  Provide leadership and guidance to ensure the achievement of goals and objectives of the Aquatics Department with high levels of participation, satisfaction, and retention of members, participants and staff.



     Minimum age of 21

  1. Must have a minimum of one year experience managing a department’s budget, staffing, performance, and supervision of staff
  2. Relevant experience in aquatics
  3. Bachelor’s degree preferred


  1.  Commitment to the YMCA mission, vision, and values.
  2. Must attend New Employee Orientation within 30 days of hire.
  3. Complete BLS/AED, First Aid, O2, Lifeguard Certification, Listen First Workshop, and YSL Trainer in accordance with Conditions of Employment.
  4. Understand and abide by all policies and procedures as set forth by the association.
  5. Work a schedule that reflects the needs of the branch.
Essential Functions


  1. Must be able to frequently perform the following physical activities; swim, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for extended periods of time, walk, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, and communicate verbally.
  2. Must be able to perform work both indoors and out and be exposed to prevalent weather conditions.
  3. Must maintain lifeguard certification level of physical and mental readiness.
  4. Must be able to visually see all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.
  5. Must be able to adequately hear noises and distinguish distress signals.
  6. Must possess the ability to remain alert and maintain concentration for long periods of time to ensure safety of participants.
  7. Must possess the ability to make independent and sound decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
  8. Must be able to show initiative in the absence of supervision.
  9. Must be able to relate to and work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner.
  10. Must be able to handle questions/concerns and resolve conflicts in a courteous and professional manner.
  11. Must maintain a neat and professional appearance.