Senior Aquatic Director

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is looking for a cause-driven leader to join the team and support the work of the Y!
Job Description

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth impacts lives every day.  We are a leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Senior Aquatic Director will lead the development of and implementation of high-quality aquatic programs for the new Bedford YMCA.  The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated track record of delivering high quality programs combined with the ability to manage the administrative components of programming.  Strong organizational and time management skills are necessary to ensure that the participants and families have an exceptional experience at the Y.  Responsibilities include supervision and training of the program staff along with new and innovative ideas to grow and expand existing programming. 

In partnership with the City of Bedford, the YMCA provides a variety of programs and opportunities for the community to engage in healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. The Aquatic Center at the New Bedford YMCA will consist of an indoor and outdoor aquatic area.  The Indoor multi-attraction aquatic facility consists of a 160,000-gallon pool with 4 lap lanes, lazy river, a zero-depth entry leisure area with spray ground, a hot tub and two water slides. The outdoor waterpark consists of an 80,000-gallon leisure pool with zero depth entry, a spray ground, a lazy river, two water slides, and a toddler play pool. This director will be responsible for approximately 50 part time staff year-round and 130 staff during the summer time. It is an expectation that the candidate lives in the community that the Bedford YMCA serves.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture.  It’s who are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day.  We are cause-driven.  We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose.  As a cause driven leader you are expected to be:

  • Welcoming – Accept neighbors eagerly, warmly, hospitably, and as equal participants.
  • Nurturing – To care for, support, and help develop through encouragement.
  • Hopeful – Take an optimistic or positive view of future outcomes.
  • Determined – To devote full strength and concentrated attention to the cause.
  • Genuine – To be honest and open in relationships with others.

We act with intentionality to connect people to our cause.  Join us and help transform lives!


Education & Certifications:  Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent work experience (or currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Program).  Four or more years of program management experience, preferably in a YMCA of other nonprofit agency.  YMCA Lifeguard and or Swim Instructor Certification.  LGI a plus.  YMCA Team Leader Certification preferred.

Experience & Background:  High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail and high degree of initiative will help this candidate be successful.  The ability to direct programs through leading both staff and volunteers, developing and monitoring budgets, developing and marketing programs and bringing enthusiasm and a passion for fundraising.  This leader will also need the ability to connect and relate with diverse groups of people at all levels of the organization. 

Essential Functions

  • Develops, implements, and manages operating plan to promote program growth for the YMCA.  Executes strategies to ensure that program participants connect with one another and connect with the YMCA.
  • Develops and controls department budgets related to this position.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises staff and volunteers in assigned areas.  Facilitates communication and provides leadership.  Models relationship building skills in all interactions.
  • Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign and volunteer committees.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships within in the community.
  • Assures compliance with state and local regulations.  Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.
  • Ensures high quality member-focused programs through innovative program development, evaluations and on-going training of staff.
  • Coordinates special events and activities.
  • Provides data and reports as required for assigned programs.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

  • Philanthropy: Secures resources and support to advance the Y’s work.
  • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.
  • Fiscal Management: Manages the Y’s resources responsibly and sustains the Y’s nonprofit business model.
  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.
  • Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential.