Aquatic Director

We are looking for an aquatic professional to oversee and direct all aquatic-related activities, swim lessons, and program development.
Job Description


At the Y, you can feel more connected to your community, meet new people, expand your knowledge base, and experience one of the most rewarding jobs by helping support our mission of developing individuals, families, and communities, while having fun in a challenging and dynamic atmosphere. 

Who We Are

The Greater Valley YMCA (GVYMCA or GVY) is a volunteer-led, nonprofit, community organization. The Y is committed to strengthening community by positively changing lives every day. At each of our branches, we concentrate our efforts in three areas: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. And we do so in a way that upholds the Y’s traditional family values of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Honesty.

For over 100 years, the Y has made tangible differences in the communities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, Forks, Nazareth, those comprising the Slate Belt region and the Lehigh Valley as a whole. Founded as individual YMCAs as early as 1897, the following branches of the Greater Valley Y merged together between 2010 and 2015: the Nazareth YMCA, the Suburban North Family YMCA, the Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg & Vicinity and the Bethlehem YMCA. In 2014, the Forks YMCA Education Center was established. The Slate Belt branch was opened in 2015. In January 2017, the Allentown YMCA joined the Greater Valley YMCA. 

What it’s Like to Work Here

Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at GVY is “Fulfilling.” Our team members all share a positive attitude, problem-solving abilities, and patience, enabling them to provide excellent customer service even during fast-paced shifts. Our culture, plus continuous opportunities for growth, have resulted in positive impacts for our communities. Don’t miss out on this rare opening with us! 


It's our mission to unleash the potential in every team, and we know that teams perform best when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. It is the unique contributions of all GVY'ers that drive our success, and we're committed to building a culture where everyone has the opportunity to do meaningful work and be recognized for their efforts. To that end, we are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination for everyone. You can read more about our commitment to diversity and mission here 


We are looking for an experienced aquatic professional to oversee and direct all aquatic-related activities, swim lessons, and program development. The ideal candidate will be well-organized and able to optimize the use of the pool. Leadership abilities and phenomenal efficiency can set you apart from our candidate pool.

To be able to accomplish the goals set forth in this job description, you will need to possess a will to succeed. "What can I do to advance the Y and help it become more successful?" should be the mindset. The heart of the position will be the ability to look past "what is" and to see "what can/should be." These ideas for new systems, procedures, etc. originate from all YMCA upper management leadership positions, therefore, an elevated level of self-motivation and innovation/creativity is required to be successful at this position. 

A Day in the Life as an Aquatic Director

As an Aquatic Director, you will help the GVYMCA achieve its goals to ensure our aquatics programs are safe, filled with program participants, and meet the needs of our community. You will be responsible for direct service in the pool teaching swim lessons, training and development of the staff team, and growth and development of new aquatic programs while helping to promote the work of the GVYMCA as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Who You Would Report to

  • Branch Executive Director 

Expected Hours Per Week

  • Full-time exempt
  • 40.00 hours minimum weekly
  • Flexible hours between 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Where You Would Be Working

  • GVYMCA Allentown Branch: 425 S 15th Street Allentown, PA 18104
  • Occasional travel to GVYMCA branches and other locations throughout the Lehigh Valley


  • Free Membership to the Y
  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Holidays)
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability
  • Training & Development
  • Wellness Resources
  • Retirement Plan (403b)


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent preferred
  • One to two year’s related experience preferred; for example, as an aquatics coordinator or supervisor
  • At least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Within thirty (30) days of hire must complete Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff; Working with Program Volunteers; Professional Rescuer CPR; First Aid; AED; oxygen administration, and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific and trainer certifications YMCA Swim Instructor certification, ARC or YMCA Lifeguard
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred, but not required
Essential Functions

Responsibilities As an Aquatic Director

  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands programs within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules, and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete
  • Monitors daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations
  • Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance
  • Conducts lifeguarding, swim instruction, First Aid, and CPR training. Performs the duties of a lifeguard and swim instructor as needed
  • Creates and schedules swim classes, water fitness classes, and swim team practices and meets
  • Conducts regular audits of the aquatic equipment and facilities making recommendations for repair, and replacement as needed
  • Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information
  • Participates in the planning of the annual budget; manages and implements the approved budget for aquatics and takes appropriate action to correct variances
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program
  • Takes a leadership role in the planning and coordination of branch-wide events
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned