Aquatics Director

Enjoy developing and implementing high quality YMCA programs for diverse communities? Come join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Job Description

The YMCA of Snohomish County provides jobs and careers with a cause. Every day, the Y makes a lasting impression in our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our unique work environment constantly changes to adapt to the needs of our communities. We are a non-profit, in the people business. This means that we help members meet a fitness or ability goal, see that children thrive in our child care programs, encourage family togetherness, and give youth an opportunity to learn life skills through water safety, sports, and teen programming.

Deadline to apply: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The YMCA of Snohomish County is the largest single provider of aquatic programs in Snohomish County with 8 pools and 6 aquatic centers. We are looking for an innovative, energetic, inspiring, and experienced aquatic professional to be the face of aquatic programs at our flagship branch- the Everett YMCA.

The Everett YMCA Aquatics Director will oversee the total operations of the Everett YMCA Aquatics Center including facility scheduling, budget development/ management, marketing, promotion, programing, facility/equipment maintenance; staff, participant and member communication; volunteer and staff management, community relations and collaborations with community partners.

The Aquatics Director develops, organizes and implements high quality, member-focused YMCA aquatic programs. Ensures a safe, positive and inclusive atmosphere that promotes participant safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies, practices and procedures.

  • 2+ years direct supervisory experience
  • Ability to direct total aquatics operations through supervision of staff, budget, marketing, public relations, and program development
  • Proven customer service and conflict resolution skills.
  • Current First Aid, CPRPRO, AED and O2 certifications required, or able to obtain within 30 days of employment; trainer instructor preferred
  • Current YMCA Lifeguard orRLSS, CRC, ARC Lifeguard required or able to obtain within 30 days of employment; trainer instructor preferred
  • Current Swim Instructor certification required or ability to obtain within 90 days.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific and trainer certifications within expected time periods.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Has a growth mindset and willingness to learn and develop
  • Emotionally mature and able to manage self and others in high-stress situations
  • Strong computer skills and experience with standard business software, able to utilize and communicate on multiple platforms
  • Strong professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with individuals, families and communities of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Fluency in second language desired
Essential Functions

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  •  This position has direct oversight and leadership of the Everett YMCA Aquatic Center Operations and Programs.
  • Serve as a member of the Everett YMCA leadership team and the Association Aquatic Advancement Team to support the overall objectives of the YMCA
  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of our diverse community and fulfill YMCA objectives for the aquatics department.
  • Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations
  • Promotes a diverse workforce; recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed
  • Reviews and evaluates staff performance
  • Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals
  • 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
  • Ensure the safety and maintenance of high quality facility, and equipment
  • Works with the YMCA facilities department to ensure proper maintenance of pools, maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels.
  • Develops and conducts monthly staff in-service trainings for skill refinement and development
  • Conducts lifeguarding, swim instruction, First Aid and CPRPro trainings
  • Develops and maintains pool schedule to meet the needs of all programs and services.
  • Able to perform and backup lifeguarding and swim instructor jobs as needed
  • Assists in the marketing and distribution of aquatic department information
  • Develops and monitors program budget to meet fiscal objectives
  • May organize and/or represent the YMCA at community events
  • Assists in YMCA fund raising activities and special events
  • Models relationship-building using Listen First skills in all interactions
  • Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a professional and timely manner
  • Assists with task force/committee/parent meetings as assigned. Compiles program statistics
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program to ensure a high quality experience for all members and participants.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Y Culture:

  • Build meaningful relationships with a diverse membership base in culturally responsive ways, connect members with one another and to the YMCA
  • Exhibit Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
  • Complete required training and certifications within established guideline  

Embrace Team Leader Core Competencies:

Mission Advancement:

  • Models and teaches the Y’s values
  • Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving lives
  • Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition
  • Cultivates relationships to support fundraising


  • Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives
  • Builds relationships to create small communities
  • Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict
  • Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience
  • Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support

Operational Effectiveness: 

  • Provides others with frameworks for making decisions
  • Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities
  • Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team
  • Effectively creates and manages budgets
  • Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress

Personal Growth:

  • Shares new insights
  • Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change
  • Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance
  • Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology

Availability: Flexible schedule with ability to adjust as needed for the department and/or be present during peak program times, which may include weekends. 

Our benefits are AMAZING

  • FREE training offered for all positions and get paid while you train for your job!
  • Flexible work schedules and a family-friendly environment.
  • FREE family YMCA membership for all staff.
  • 50% off ECE child care for Full-Time staff (and their dependents).
  • 100% off specific programs and services for Full-Time staff (and their dependents) that include:
    • School Age Child Care, licensed Discovery Camp, Day Camps, 1 session of Overnight Camp, Family Camps, group swim lessons, youth sports, & youth leadership programs
  • Competitive benefits package for Full-Time staff.
  • Two medical plans to choose from: One is FREE for employee.
  • Dental plan is FREE for employee.
  • Life and long term disability with medical and dental insurance begin on the first of the month after start date.
  • 2 weeks paid time off accrued per year to start (accrual increases with years of service) and 8 paid holidays for full-time staff.
  • Sick Pay accrued at rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked.
  • Tax-Deferred retirement account & Roth retirement account available to all employees.
  • 403a Retirement investing account paid at 12% annual compensation after 2 years of service (minimum 1,000 hours worked in each year).
  • FREE Employee Assistance Program.
  • Cheery, dynamic, cause-driven work environment, like no other!
  • We promote from within often. Enjoy your career at our Y! 

The full range of the pay grade for this position is $67,725 - $81,266.

Our Commitment to Inclusion:
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.

We look forward to having you on our YMCA team!

*The YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity at all levels of our organization!