Aquatics Program Manager

Inspiring Change through the Power of Play!  Foglia YMCA located in Lake Zurich, IL is hiring a full-time Aquatics Program Manager!
Job Description

Inspiring Change through the Power of Play! Dive into a new opportunity - Foglia YMCA located in Lake Zurich, IL is hiring a full-time Aquatics Program Manager who is experienced in creating high-quality, and safe programming for our members and program participants. 

Our staff is the Y's greatest asset. Our teams provide valuable skills, knowledge, and the passion that is essential to the contribution and positive impact in our communities, which is why we offer Y employees numerous perks and benefits, including: 

  • Comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees 
  • Opportunity for eligible employees to participate in the Y's retirement fund 
  • Be part of a team that is passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment for all staff, volunteers, and members
  • Do meaningful work and contribute to the advancement of the YMCA vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities
  • Complimentary Adult YMCA membership and an employee discount on select programs
  • Career advancement opportunities - grow your career at the Y! 

As an Aquatics Program Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the day-to-day operation of the aquatic programs which includes planning, promoting, creating, and coordinating programs.  This also includes maintaining records, scheduling staff, and ensuring proper pool maintenance. 

Essential Functions

The Aquatics Manager also networks with a variety of public agencies and community organizations to promote and meet program needs.  The Aquatics Manager is a leader responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising YMCA team members, including team leads/coordinators, instructors, lifeguards, counselors, volunteers, and other team members as assigned.

Required Certifications

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, Recreation, or related field and/or equivalent experience
  • 2 years or more of recreation/aquatics-related experience. Prior team leadership/supervisory experience is essential with the ability to collaborate with others and attract, motivate, and effectively coach teams.  
  • Strong customer service orientation with the ability to relate well with a diverse set of youth, parents, and volunteers. Demonstrates safe and age-appropriate strategies in interactions with youth. 
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to effectively lead in-services and trainings essential
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple, competing priorities to maximize personal and team effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and constituents. 
  • Current, relevant Aquatics training and certifications (e.g., lifeguard, swim instructor, CPR for Professional Rescuer) or the ability to be certified within 30 days of hire. This includes ability to pass a water skills/swim test. 
  • Ability to meet physical requirements of job including the physical stamina, agility and sudden exertion required to safely lead sports and aquatics programs. The YMCA will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.