Aquatics Director

To be a Part of Something Great
Job Description

As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job. We offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community.  We are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, experienced Aquatics Director that will be responsible for all Aquatic operations.The aquatics director oversees the management of programs, facilities, volunteer and staff development and financial development.



Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience in Aquatics and/or recreation preferred

Current Lifeguarding Certification, which includes First Aid, CPR professional level, and Emergency Oxygen Administration (YMCA Lifeguarding preferred)

2 years continuous experience in lifeguarding and instructing swim lessons in a group environment

Experience working with children and adults

Experience supervising and training adults

Strong organizational and communication skills

Pool filtration and maintenance experience preferred

YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor certification preferred

YMCA Lifeguard Instructor certification preferred

Supervising a staff team preferred

Experience managing a budget preferred

Completes required abuse risk management training. Adheres to policies and procedures related to appropriate boundaries with children. Monitors building, staff and members and reports suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations to supervisor. Follows mandated abuse reporting requirements to authorities.

Essential Functions


Ability to pass lifeguard water test.

Must be able to remain alert.

Tolerate heat and humidity for extended periods of time

Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.

Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.

Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.

Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.

Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.

EFFECT ON END RESULT: Successful performance in this position results in vibrant and safe aquatics programs and services that utilized to deliver the YMCA mission. Participants will encounter staff and programs that will allow the development of human potential and build good health and promote positive self-esteem and safety. Behaviors of staff and volunteers will reflect the characteristics of welcoming, nurturing, genuine, determined, and hopeful.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Uphold the mission of the YMCA, and demonstrate behaviors that reflect a determined, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming nature.

Establish strategic direction/vision for operations of an indoor pool, aquatic programming, CPR/FA training.

Participate in the Healthy Living and/or Membership Department

Recruits, hires, trains and supervises all aquatic staff including: lifeguards (approx. 15 part-time), swim instructors (approx. 5 part-time), First Aid/CPR instructors (approx. 3 part-time), and water fitness instructors (approx. 3 part-time)

Oversees development and delivery of quality aquatics programs including swim lessons and a diverse and inclusive water fitness schedule (approx. 5 classes)

Develop, manage and monitor department budget of approximately $5,000 revenue and $155,000 in expenses.

Maintains records and prepares reports regarding programs and operations as needed; ensures compliance with all state and county regulations

Ensures excellent customer/member service and meet Association standards

Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign

Participates in branch volunteer committees and advisory board. Develop promotions that recruit and develop aquatic participants

Participates and provides leadership in Association Aquatics cabinet to ensure consistency and quality in aquatic programs and facilities

Establish vision and systems that ensure safety across all aquatic endeavors; lead collaboratively to provide systems that achieve sanitary conditions, safe environments, program excellence, and member service excellence