Aquatics Director - Princeton

With a 150-year-old history, Greater Somerset County YMCA (GSCY) is a pillar of the community.
Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join the Team of a progressive YMCA association located in vibrant Somerset County, New Jersey. The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With a 150-year-old history, Greater Somerset County YMCA (GSCY) is a pillar of the community and has seven locations across three counties, which collectively serve upwards of 30,000 individuals. GSCY has 100 full-time and 950 part-time employees along with operating revenues to $22+ million.  

The Y empowers everyone—no matter who they are or where they are from. To fulfill our purpose of strengthening community for all, GSCY is committed to being an inclusive organization and leveraging our collective impact to address social inequities. To learn more about GSCY, visit our website: 


Under the direction of the Branch Executive Director, the Aquatics Director will provide leadership in developing, implementing, and administering aquatics programs that are consistent with the mission of Greater Somerset County YMCA. Requires some evening and weekend work as defined by the needs of the program and your People Leader.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience managing an aquatics facility including staff supervision.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in physical education, recreation, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in and ability to direct aquatics programming through supervision of staff and volunteers, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, program development and fund-raising experience. 
  • Strong organizational, leadership, administrative, and computer skills including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel.
  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong human relations skills.
  • Strong knowledge of budgeting and expense control.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as required. 
  • Current Lifeguard Certification, Lifeguard Instructor certification a plus.
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification or Y POOL certification.
  • Knowledge of NJ Bathing Code.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.
Essential Functions
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of all aquatic programs including but not limited to swim lessons (parent/child, preschool, youth, adult, private and summer camp), and lifeguard training.
  • Develop and manage the Aquatics Department budget
  • Supervise Deck Supervisors, Swim/Aquacise Instructors and Lifeguards 
  • Recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of Aquatics program staff. 
  • Coordinate and schedule private swim lessons, group swim lessons, water exercise classes, open lane swim and pool rentals.
  • Responsible for training all Aquatics staff on emergency response and opening and closing procedures, Blood Borne Pathogen/HAZMAT, and Child Abuse Prevention Training. 
  • Teach swim lessons, water exercise, swim instructor and LGI trainings and other aquatic classes as needed.  
  • Scheduling and coverage of all assigned lifeguard and/or swim instructor shifts.
  • Responsible for planning and conducting monthly in-service trainings for Aquatics staff who hold Lifeguard certification.
  • Responsible for running YMCA and American Red Cross certification or re-certification classes for current staff and membership population.
  • Responsible for maintaining certification records.
  • Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Maintains a pool schedule that balances the needs of all aquatic groups, planning and conducting regular drills. 
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean pool environment to include properly testing of pool chemicals for proper balance and filtration systems, cleaning all decks, equipment, stainless steel, and slides with the assistance of Lifeguards. 
  • Schedule and assist with yearly shutdown cleaning scheduling and conduction.
  • Meets all annual campaign goals and organizing volunteers to lead in the annual community support campaign.
  • Responsible for promoting Aquatics programs, including developing program information for the website, programming guide, social media, etc.
  • Assist with collaborating and building relationships within the Branch, Association and community organizations, to meet the needs of members, program participants and the community at large. 
  • Maintain rescue and first aid equipment.
  • Responsible for complying with all Greater Somerset County YMCA Policies and Procedures
  • Adheres and incorporates the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and educates members about the YMCA mission and goals.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Aquatic Director.
  • Actively participate in trainings, seminars, special events, and meetings as required. 
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Advancing Mission and Cause: Ensures programs and services meet community needs. Proactively positions volunteerism as a central context of being cause-driven and a way of being socially responsible. Educates staff, volunteers, and members about the charitable nature of the Y. Provides resources, removes barriers, and acts as an advocate for those initiating change. 

Building Relationships: Addresses behaviors and practices that do not support inclusion in positive and equitable ways. Writes clearly and concisely, using correct grammar, vocabulary, and appropriate tone for the message or audience. Identifies and builds relationships with internal and/or external partners or key stakeholders to support programs or projects. 

Leading Operations: Actively looks for and incorporates different points of view when making decisions. Translates organizational goals into executable plans with accountable staff and volunteers by defining tasks, milestones, and priorities for programs or projects. Prepares budgets and interprets balance sheets income statements, cash flow statements, and forecasts.

Developing and Inspiring People: Regulates behavior based on assessment of situation, personal feelings, strengths, and limitations. Recruits and hires diverse staff and volunteer teams across multiple dimensions of diversity.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; run; reach with hands or arms; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.  

BENEFITS: FREE family membership to Greater Somerset County YMCA, including full access to all of our branch facilities including Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Princeton YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. FREE nationwide membership with access to over 2,500 YMCA locations across the country Discounted program fees Paid sick leave and short-term disability insurance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Generous 12% retirement contribution to the YMCA Retirement Fund after eligibility period (no employee contribution required) Medical and dental insurance with prescription coverage Vision insurance Flexible Spending Account for medical and/or dependent care 100% contribution towards life insurance and long-term disability Optional additional life insurance and dependent life insurance available at low rates 403(b) Smart Savings Plan Generous paid time off policy 7 paid holidays Greater Somerset County YMCA is a drug-free work environment. 

We are an Equal-Opportunity Employer and welcome all applicants who share our values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.