Aquatics Director

We're hiring an Aquatics Director at the Greater Austin YMCA! 
Job Description

How you Will Power our Purpose (Job Summary) 

As the Aquatics Director, you will play a vital role in the Y's mission to enrich and empower the community. Guided by the Associate Executive Director and Program Executive of Aquatics, your primary responsibility will be to oversee all aspects of aquatic operations and programs at the center. Your leadership will be instrumental in ensuring a top-notch experience for all members and participants through effective coaching, ongoing training, and well-organized aquatic staffing. You will be a driving force in achieving department and organization-wide goals by managing existing programs, implementing new strategies, and collaborating both within the department and across functions. Building strong partnerships with the local community will be crucial as you work to provide high-quality offerings that positively impact kids, families, and the community. Additionally, you will actively engage in philanthropic activities such as fundraising and grant management. The success of this position hinges on your unwavering commitment to fostering meaningful relationships and ensuring consistency in all aquatics efforts throughout the enterprise. Your passion for strengthening the community and your dedication to excellence will inspire and lead the way to a brighter and more vibrant future.

You will also support the enterprise's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the core character values of the YMCA. Reporting directly to the Center Executive Director and Program Executive of Aquatics, you will partner closely with other leaders throughout the enterprise to achieve outcomes.


What You Bring to the Community Enterprise (Minimum knowledge, skills, & abilities):  

  • Education & Experience:
    • A bachelor's degree or a blend of education, professional experience, and training.
    • 2-3 years of work experience in aquatics or recreational activities, along with experience in supervising and leading teams.
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and Outlook
    • Ability to apply knowledge of accounting and finance basics.
  • Certifications:
    • Current BLS (CPR-PRO), First Aid, Emergency Oxygen, Lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor and Swim Instructor certifications. YMCA certifications are preferred.
    • Must be able to obtain CPO within 3 months.
    • YLGIT, YSLIT preferred.
    • Bloodborne Pathogens and Child Abuse Prevention trainings provided by the YMCA must be completed before day one.
  • You're a Cause-Drive Leader -- You are effective at:
    • Advancing our mission and cause -- providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community.
    • Building relationships -- connecting people to the Y's cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs.
    • Leading operations -- ensuring the organization's relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community.
    • Developing and inspiring people -- supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y's cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk, and occasionally lift and/or move items, including equipment, furniture, and/or children. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Essential Functions

How You Will Make an Impact (Essential Functions)  

Performance Achievement & Results

  • Risk Management Control and Quality Assurance
  • Maintain proper pool operations and management.
  • Management, quality, and growth of aquatic programming/operations.
  • Compiles monthly statistics to monitor participation and impact in operations/programming.
  • Help develop, implement, and monitor the annual Aquatics budget.
  • Use data-based decision-making for program/operational decisions.
  • Audit staff to ensure staff readiness.

Program Management/Operations

  • Initiation and implementation of aquatics programming/facility operations.
  • Recruit, train, develop, support, and directly supervise aquatics staff in conjunction with association hiring efforts.
  • Plan, evaluate, and ensure all necessary in-services are completed as appropriate.
  • Help review and certify the accuracy of department payroll.
  • Ensure monthly pool and safety audits are completed, including review to ensure current staff certifications.
  • Ensure aquatics information is complete and up to date in the member services system, website, and mobile app at all times.
  • Respond to all member and community inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Conduct annual performance appraisals at least once a year, as well as staff appreciation/recognition, coaching, and progressive discipline when necessary.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet strict deadlines, and manage multiple program areas.
  • Communicate all aquatic-related programming and events via social media, online, and through all intra-center and inter-center methods available.
  • Responsible for both Center operations and supporting Center initiatives.


  • Representative to Impact Team for Aquatics
  • Create a positive and motivational environment for all staff.
  • Serve as a Cause Driven Leader on Duty and/or Director on Duty according to center schedule, and complete CDL report.
  • Provide leadership and coaching to department teams as well as all center teams.
  • Liaison for Project SAFE and other youth development and grant-funded programs.
  • Thorough understanding of the mission and objectives of the Greater Austin YMCA.
  • Ability to manage projects and coordinate events in conjunction with other staff members and volunteers to achieve long and short-range goals of the Association.
  • Complete other duties as assigned. 
  Work Location 1100 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78703   About Us

The Greater Austin YMCA is a nonprofit community enterprise with a vision to cultivate thriving communities across Central Texas where every person benefits from an empowered and well-educated childhood, equitable access to opportunities, resulting in an elevated quality of life, and the promise of a sustainable future. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y has served close to 500,000 people and provided more than $30M in financial assistance and program subsidies over the past 10 years. We operate 8 community centers and Camp Moody along with 6 early childhood education centers, 60 afterschool programs on school campuses in four districts, and 20 summer camps, with 1500 staff team members, 1000 volunteers, and a $47M annual operating budget.

Additional Information

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The Greater Austin YMCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Greater Austin YMCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We Take Care of Our People

Our mission isn't just a statement--it's a guiding force that shapes our actions every day. Rooted in our unwavering commitment to serving our community and esteemed team members, our mission is a true way of life. We're passionate about fostering health and wellness for all, and we're truly excited to introduce the following comprehensive benefits package that has been thoughtfully designed to prioritize your well-being.

  • Health Insurance: We provide comprehensive health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision plans, to ensure the well-being of our employees.
  • Retirement Savings Plan: We offer a 12% employer-funded retirement plan upon meeting eligibility, empowering employees to plan for their future.
  • Paid Time Off: Work-life integration is important to us, which is why we provide up to 48 days of paid time off over vacation, holidays, and sick leave.
  • Additional Perks: Free household membership to facilities operated by the Greater Austin YMCA, which is worth $1,000 annually. 
Pay Range $51,000 - $55,000 annual salary, DOE