Director, Aquatics

A key role in the front line operations of the department!  
Job Description


Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Monitors daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local and YMCA health and safety regulations including maintaining safety ratios of guards


Recruits, hires, trains, manages, develops, coaches, schedules, and directs staff and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete. Conducts safety, certification, and service training for staff. 


Builds relationships with and among members, responds to inquiries and solves problems.  Creates a safe and supportive community environment, assists in recruiting and engaging new members, and connects members to the YMCA’s cause.  


Plans and manages department budgets as approved in a fiscally responsible manner.  Responsible for timely and accurate payroll for the department. 


Works with appropriate branch staff to provide program facilities for members that are safe, clean, adequately equipped, well maintained, and attractive. Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.  Part of YMCA Professional Director’s team that provides supervision on regular rotational basis on nights and/or weekends.  


Builds and develops volunteer capacity, sharing the social responsibility. 


Assists in YMCA fund raising activities/events, and engages in collaborative relationships with community organizations in order to strengthen support and build community.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year College or University
  • 5 + years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO).
  • Lifeguard Instructor Certification (LGT) within one year.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • CPR Training certification
  • Current American Red Cross, YMCA or relevant Swim Instructor Certifications.
  • Current American Red Cross CPR, Lifeguarding and First Aid Certifications.
  • Current Lifeguarding Instructor Certifications preferred or completed within first year of employment.


Essential Functions

The Aquatics Director develops, organizes and implements safe, high quality, member-focused YMCA aquatic programs and drives the management of the aquatics facility, aquatics staff and various programs offered within the department. The Aquatics Director works closely with the Aquatics to promote aquatics safety, standards, operations and programming.  The Aquatics Director also play a key role in the front line operations of the department and will fill in as needed with any / all direct service.


Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Mission and Community Oriented – Models and teaches YMCA values, inclusion activities, strategies and initiatives; ensures high-level service. Provide volunteers with orientation, training, development and recognition.

People Oriented – Effectively communicate with audiences of all levels; listen for understanding when dealing with conflict; provide staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Results Oriented – Provides guidance for launching programs and framework for making decisions. Develops plans and manages best practices through team engagement and holds staff accountable for high quality results. Effectively manages budgets and cultivates relationships to support fundraising.

Personal Development – Effectively addresses sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Facilitate change and models adaptability and awareness of its impact.