Aquatics & Youth Sports Director

This position oversees the development and operations of the youth sports program and department and the aquatics program and department.  
Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Youth Sports & Aquatics Director at Dubuque YMCA oversees the development and operations of the youth sports program and department and the aquatics program and department, ensuring the programs meets their intended goals.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.
  • One to two years related experience (e.g., supervisor or coordinator of child care programs) preferred.
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Within 30 days of hire, completion of Child Abuse Prevention, Working with Program Volunteers, CPR, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific training.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
Essential Functions
  1. Manages the youth sports program and aquatics programs, including developing and monitoring the program budgets to meet fiscal objectives; compiling program statistics to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in programs; securing, scheduling, and maintaining the needed fields and facilities; creating and scheduling activities and events; and maintaining, updating, and transporting program equipment for games and practices.
  2. Ensures programs and services meet community needs, including supervising existing program activities, establishing new program activities, and expanding the programs within the community as needed. Assists in marketing and distribution of program information.
  3. Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as they relate to program areas, including ADA accommodations where appropriate; ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures followed.
  4. Recruits, manages, and hires diverse staff and volunteer teams across multiple dimensions of diversity. On boards and develops them for success. Maintains staff schedules and evaluates staff performance.
  5. Creates teams; develops and distributes team practice and game schedules; trains and schedules sports officials and coaches; develops and distributes rules, guidelines, and handbooks; purchases and distributes team uniforms and awards; coordinates team photographs; organizes and hosts season parties and events; organizes and conducts sports clinics.
  6. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions; develops and maintains collaborative relationships with staff, parents and caregivers, and community organizations (e.g., state child care licensing agency, school administration) to maximize program impact and drive overall outcomes; maintains regular, clear, and concise communication within area of responsibility.
  7. Organizes or participates in Y activities, such as committees, special events, and fundraising.
  8. Would be working in program 75% of the time (teachings lessons, youth sports, lifeguarding, etc.)
  9. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner
  10. Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information, may organize and schedule program registrations. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned. 
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fundraising. 

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. 

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. 

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. 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.