Association Swim Lesson Program Director

We are looking for an aquatics ace who can help us continue our life-changing, life-saving aquatics programs. 
Job Description

Do you daydream about splashing, scheduling and staffing? Love the smell of chlorine and the sound of leadership?

We are looking for someone who has grace and gumption: An organized problem-solver and leader who cares deeply about water safety, staff management, programming and customer service. We are looking for an aquatics ace who can help us continue our life-changing, life-saving aquatics programs. The ideal candidate is basically awesome. More specifically, this is what awesome looks like to us:

The ideal candidate can help to lead our team of swim instructors through inspiration, coaching and clearly communicated expectations. They have a strong work ethic and healthy work-life balance. Our future Association Swim Lesson Program Director will be committed to all aspects of the position: working within the framework of an annual budget; helping to hire, train and supervise a strong swim instructor staff team; and assisting with meaningful programming including a competitive swim team league, all while providing excellent customer service to our members and participants.

The ideal candidate will understand that the Y is more than just a gym or a pool. It's a community. And you are not simply helping kids learn to blow bubbles or help adults perfect their stroke technique. You are helping them find a support system, heal, improve their wellbeing, nurture water confidence and develop life-saving skills. You know some members are training for their 10th triathlon while others are stepping into the water for the first time. Either way, you can't wait to welcome them to the Y and show them how we can help.


Develops, organizes and implements high quality swim lesson programs. Under direct supervision of the VP of Operations and SPD Aquatics, the Program Director (PD) assumes responsibility for the daily operations of the assigned departments for the Association. This includes supervising, budgeting, developing and implementing YMCA programs and services. The Program Director participates in Association-wide efforts in order to fulfill the operating objectives of the Association and in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Northern Colorado. Develops, organizes and implements high quality, member-focused YMCA swim lessons programs.

Salary Range: $40,500-$45,000. This position is year-round, full-time exempt and includes generous medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability insurance options, paid vacation, sick and holiday time, free YMCA family membership, 50% reduced rates on YMCA of Northern Colorado programs including personal training, swim lessons, after school programs, day camp programs and more. We provide contributions of 10% of your salary to the YMCA Retirement Fund for eligible staff.

To protect our community, all Licensed Child Care Employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1, 2021 or prior to hire.  Since all other Full-Time YMCA Employees may be called upon to interact with our children and families in our licensed school age programs they too are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1, 2021 or prior to hire.

We were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association in 1844. But today, we are The Y, an association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. At the YMCA of Northern Colorado, we are committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.


Minimum age of 21.

Current YMCA Lifeguard, Red Cross Lifeguard, or equivalent certification.

Current First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Oxygen Administration certification.

YMCA Swim Instructor certification or equivalent.

Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.

Must demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.

Experience in leadership and management roles in aquatics preferred.

Essential Functions

Knows, reviews, and follows all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required, and maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state Health Department code.

Ensures health and safety of all members, guests, and employees by providing consistent enforcement of rules and regulations in the pool and aquatic area.

Maintains effective, positive relationships with the members, participants and other staff. Creates a mission-based environment that enables members, guests, and employees of the YMCA to be engaged in the YMCA movement.

Ensures implementation of all programs and services according to agreed-upon standards. Current programs include, but are not limited to:

·         lap swim, open swim, and water walking

·         group and private swim lessons childcare and community

Assists in program development, promotion, and growth of new aquatic programs.

Assists in daily administrative tasks, including but not limited to:

·         returning phone calls, e-mails, and responding to member concerns and questions

·         checking in on AQ staff and facility walkthroughs

·         updating the aquatic records book

·         scheduling instructors for group and private lessons

·         updating the online APP

Completes "on call" shifts within leadership staff rotation.

Fulfills direct service as lifeguard, swim instructor, or deck manager if necessary. Attends and assists in implementation of staff meetings and in-service training.

Other duties as assigned