Aquatics Director

 The Duluth Area Family YMCA is searching for an Aquatics Director to join our growing team in the beautiful city of Duluth, MN! 
Job Description

The Aquatics Director oversees aquatics staff, programming, and operations. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Additionally, the Director maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals.    


Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.  

Minimum of 5 years of experience in Aquatics programming.   

Experience in a supervisory role.  

Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.  

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products and computer skills.  

Commitment of supporting principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action to achieve a diverse work environment.  

Essential Functions

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.   

Oversees aquatics staff and volunteers including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, in-services, scheduling, reviews, and evaluations of performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve department and Y goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.   

Develops and monitors program budget to meet or exceed fiscal objectives. Develops new programs to create additional revenue streams.  

Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises aquatics staff including lifeguards and swim instructors.  Oversees staff development, culture, and engagement. 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.  Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.  

Oversees day-to-day operations of Aquatics programming including swim lessons, facility rentals, and the Northern Swim Team.  

Assists in developing and monitoring budget to meet or exceed fiscal goals.   

Steps in to cover swimming lessons or lifeguard shifts as needed.  Helps give lifeguard breaks, ensures proper coverage of pool, and provides “on-call” support as needed.  

Oversees internal and external safety training including CPR, first aid, AED, blood borne pathogen, and aquatics-specific training.   

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 in-services and training.   

Oversees aquatics programming including swimming lessons, water fitness, and swim team.  

Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.   

Assists in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.   

Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.   

Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in aquatics programming.  

Fosters an inclusive environment appreciative of differences in the workplace. Meaningfully participate in and lead efforts to support the Y’s commitment to equity and diversity.  

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Values: Accept and demonstrate the Y’s values  

Community: Desire to serve others and fulfill community needs  

Inclusion: Work effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions  

Relationships: Build rapport and relate well with others  

Developing Others: Take the initiative to assist in developing others  

Decision-Making: Make sound judgments and transfer learning from one situation to another  

Change Capacity: Demonstrate an openness to change, and seek opportunities in the change process.  

Required Certifications

Certified lifeguard including CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Basic First Aid. Higher levels of certification are accepted.