Aquatics Director at Hendersonville YMCA

Nestled in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, work for a top non-profit in our region.
Job Description

As the Aquatics Director, you will be responsible for effectively operating and implementing all elements concerning the aquatics department at the assigned location(s). Responsibilities include but are not limited to program operation, program development and growth, participant satisfaction, participant and member retention and safety, community collaborations, and staff supervision. You will be accountable for delivering exceptional and outstanding programs and services to YMCA members and participants. The Aquatics Director is a vital member of the YMCA leadership staff and a highly visible representative of the YMCA mission and core values. They are accountable for knowing and properly executing all YMCA policies and procedures.

  • Bachelor's degree is required. Degree in human services, social services, business, or equivalent is preferred. Five years equivalent education and/or experience in similar role will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Two or more years of management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
  • Team Leader certification is preferred or obtained within two years from the hire date.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications are required within 30 days of hire.
  • Lifeguard Certification is required within 30 days of hire.
  • Lifeguard Instructor certification preferred.
Essential Functions
  • Models inclusive management behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity by building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to advancing our mission.
  • Contributes to the overall Y mission of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
  • Interacts professionally with other employees, members, program participants, volunteers, and the community while always modeling the YMCA's voice and core values.
  • Develops, coordinates, markets, and evaluates all aquatics offerings and services.
  • Performs quality work within given deadlines and expectations with or without direct supervision.
  • Leads the hiring, training, and supervision of staff within the aquatics department.
  • Manages staff according to the department's budget. Any overtime must be pre-approved.
  • Organizes and conducts aquatics staff meetings as needed.
  • Continually communicates with and informs staff about YMCA programs and current issues.
  • Defines department targets and evaluates performance around achieving goals while motivating staff.
  • Implements the Association's risk management program to ensure safe facilities and programs for members, volunteers, and staff.
  • Ensures emergency preparedness through the regular execution of emergency drills and department assessments.
  • Ensures that all staff maintain required certifications and are aware of the expiration dates of their current certifications.
  • Monitors necessary equipment purchases and ensure preventative equipment maintenance on a routine basis.
  • Develops and manages annual department budget.
    • Submits monthly variance reports and accurate budget forecasts.
    • Ensures programs operate within budget and established standards.
    • Continuously displays effective and efficient fiscal management.
  • Attends, actively participates in and assists with all required staff training, meetings, and program development activities.
  • Supports the strategic direction of the Association, appropriate committees, and work groups.
  • Performs office work as needed, such as filing, copying, record keeping, and payroll completion.
    • Ensures that all necessary paperwork and forms are accurately completed.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key partners and other collaborative organizations and agencies related to the portfolio.
    • Responds to all participant and community inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Develops committed relationships by sharing knowledge of programs, events, and resources with members and participants throughout the facility and within the community when representing the YMCA.
  • Plays a key role in the Annual Campaign
  • Performs other duties as required by the Aquatics Senior Program Director. 


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 use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.
  • The employee is frequently required to sit and reach and be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Sufficient strength, agility, and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
  • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility.
  • Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.


Full-time employees receive medical, dental and vision insurance, group life insurance and long-term disability paid by the Y; short-term disability, term life insurance and dependent life insurance is available for purchase; generous paid time off, retirement plan with employer contribution of 12% of salary (subject to eligibility requirements), free YMCA membership, free afterschool childcare and summer day camp and program discounts.

 The YMCA of Western North Carolina is committed to equal opportunity in terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, faith, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.