Aquatics Director

Great opportunity to make a impact in someone's life.
Job Description

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Aquatics Director is responsible for the management and operation of the Grant County Family YMCA’s aquatic programs; pool and lifeguard schedules, Red Cross certifications, YMCA swim lesson programming, water aerobics, etc. S/he prepares and ensures attainment of program objectives as part of the annual Operations Plan. S/he assists in the development and oversight of the budget. S/he recruits, trains, and develops aquatics staff. S/he ensures proper care and use of assets, that the pool is maintained, records are accurate, quality checks are conducted regularly, and all class schedules are comprehensive enough to serve the majority of the membership. S/he successfully promotes and markets programs, special initiatives and events. S/he follows and enforces safety standards and other policies and procedures. S/he participates as member of the Leadership Team. This is a “non-traditional” workweek position and must also be available to work some weekends, early mornings, and evenings as needed. S/he performs other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in recreation, aquatics, social sciences, or a related field, and one years experience working in an aquatic’s environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community. 
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. 
  • Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others. 
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations. 
  • YMCA Team Leader certification; if not certified, must obtain certification within 12 months.  Team leader certification requires: Principles and Practices; Introduction to Volunteerism; Introduction to Leading Others; Introduction to Fiscal Management; Leadership competency assessment; Team Leader Certification Test. 
Essential Functions

Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors and healthy living practices.

Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands programs within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.

Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations and pool rental agreements.

Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete along with all in-service standards being met.

Monitors and maintains daily pool operations, maintenance and chemical levels to adhere to all state, local and YMCA of the USA health and safety regulations.

Conducts certification courses in both YMCA and American Red Cross courses.  Teaches in-services in accordance with association policies and standards.

Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.

Creates and schedules swim classes and ensures all programming is accurately entered into Daxko.

Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.

Develops and monitors program budget to meet fiscal objectives. Maintains inventory and recommends purchases as needed. Enters and manages all aquatics payroll.

Assists in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.

Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.

Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.

Collaborates with the CEO to ensure the safe and responsible operation of the Y including rotating responsibilities for overall facility supervision & program coverage and actively participates in branch philanthropy efforts, special events, meetings and training sessions.

Assume any 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 relationshipsto 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

Immediately upon hire:  lifeguarding certification (ARC); Amercian Red Cross First Aid & CPR for Profressional Rescuer; AED Training

Within 6 months of hire:  YMCA Swim Lesson (YSL), Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)

Within 1 year of hire:  become a YSL Trainer.

Within 2 year of hire:  become a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGIT)