Aquatics Director

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is searching for a dynamic, cause-driven leader to serve as the Aquatics Director.
Job Description

Under the direction of the CEO the Aquatics Director oversees the operations of the Westfield YMCA Aquatics Programming.  The Aquatics Director is responsible for developing, organizing, and implementing high-quality member-focused aquatics programs. 

As a member of the leadership team responsibilities include membership development, risk management, building supervision, annual giving campaigns, staffing committees as designated, financial development, and attending YMCA functions.  This position is responsible for modeling, teaching and exemplifying the qualities and values, which are inherent to the mission and purpose of the YMCA.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent preferred.
  • 2 – 3 years of aquatics experience.
  • Maintain certification in field as required for YMCA.
  • YMCA Team Leader or Multi-team/Branch Leader certification preferred.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal skills and be able to communicate effectively with swimmers, parents, and coaches.
  • Experience working with parents and program volunteers.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic, dynamic presence within the YMCA.
Essential Functions
  • Organization, administration, program development, promotion, and daily operation of aquatics programs.  Ensures compliance with state regulations and Y-USA standards for aquatics.
  • Establishes new activities and expands current aquatics programs within the community in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • Ensures a culture of safety.  Leads practices and procedures in accordance with regulations, national safety and training standards, insurance, and Y-USA guidelines.
  • Actively market, develop and promote the swim team, swim lessons, and other assigned programs.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and directs lifeguard and swim instructors.  Reviews and evaluates staff performance on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.
  • Schedule and organize in-service trainings to ensure staff are certified in required areas.
  • Ensures high-quality member-focused programs through innovative program development, evaluations, and ongoing training of staff.
  • Develops and controls department budgets related to the position.
  • Ensure pool licensing requirements are met and a risk management policy and protocol are in place and followed.
  • Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.
  • Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote program and/or membership growth for the YMCA.  Executes strategies to ensure that members and/or program participants connect with one another and connect with the YMCA.
  • Assist as needed with YMCA operations, building coverage, meetings, and special events.
  • Achieve retention goals, as well as growth goals, for department income and special events.
  • Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign and volunteer committees/boards as assigned.  Assist in special events.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations and other entities associated with the swim team.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CEO.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: 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.

Required Certifications
  • Lifeguard Certification.
  • Swim Instructor Certification Preferred.
  • Requirements within 30 days of hire include: completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff; CPR; First Aid; AED; Blood borne Pathogens. 
  • Obtain CPO (Certified Pool Operator) certification within 6 months of employment.