Sep 30, 2021

Program Director - Aquatics/Head Swim Coach

  • YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley
  • North Family Ymca, West 53rd Street, Davenport, IA, USA
Full time Head Coach Aquatic Director

Job Description

The YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley, located in Davenport, IA, has an excellent advancement opportunity for an up and coming Aquatics Coordinator and/or Swim Team Coach! We are currently seeking a results-driven leader with demonstrated impact to lead our Aquatics and Swim Team program for our North YMCA branch location. 

For over 160 years, the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley has been an integral part of the Quad Cities area. With 6 branches, numerous child care locations, and Camp Abe Lincoln, we continue to grow and strengthen the community to bring about positive change.  The Quad Cities area, on the Mississippi River, is home to more than 27,000 businesses including John Deere World Headquarters, Arconic, Kraft, Exelon, and a major military installation - the Rock Island Arsenal.  We have low cost of living, great school systems, and several higher education institutions.  Here you can experience a variety of extra-curricular activities similar to those found in big cities but with a small-town feel such as arts, baseball, big-name concerts and events, and much more!

The qualified candidate will possess at a minimum: 

  • Demonstrated Swim Team Coaching experience.
  • Ability to build solid relations and build on current collaborations with school partners and other community entities to grow programs.
  • Demonstrated skill in all areas of aquatics program management.
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate with program participants, parents, members, and community partners. 

As a full-time, salary/exempt employee, the qualified candidate will receive a competitive benefit package to include:

  • Health insurance: Y pays 65-93% for individual and 57-82% for family; Dental: Y pays 65%; Vision available
  • Y Retirement Fund: Y pays 12% after employee meets eligibility requirements
  • Eligible to participate in 403B savings account through Y Retirement Fund
  • Paid Time Off: Begins accruing at 21 days per year up to a max of 32. Caps at 256 hours
  • Y Membership: Free household membership
  • Life Insurance: Y pays 1 X salary, EE has option to purchase additional coverage
  • Long Term Disability: Paid by Y; Employee can elect to purchase Short Term Disability
  • EAP program: Provided by Y

Salary: $40,000

The Aquatics Director/Head Swim Team Coach will create, implement, manage and model systems and practices that support extraordinary member/participant experiences.  The primary goal is to build an overall program that increases reach and impact and become a leader of top-rate aquatics/swim team programs in the community.  

The Aquatics Director/Swim Team Coach is primarily responsible for coaching the Swim Team and managing the aquatics staff.  This person will also develop and implement new and innovative programs following trends in aquatics, swim team, and other program areas.


  1. Serve as a role model to members and YMCA staff. Live the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA movement.
    2. Direct and lead aquatics staff to ensure acceptable performance of assigned duties.
    3. Supervise and provide staff with ongoing feedback and conduct annual performance evaluations.
    4. Oversee development and implementation of staff and pool schedules ensuring they are in line with annual budget and program and association objectives.
    5. Develop new aquatics and swim team programs and continually work to increase enrollment in existing program.
    6. Maintain a professional image within the community and the YMCA.
    7. Must possess excellent verbal/written communication skills in order to effectively communicate with program participants, parents and members.
    8. Responsible for overall supervision and implementation of swim team program and directly coaches the team.
    9. Create, coordinate and implement swim team practice and meet schedules.
    10. Lead swim team parent education meetings.
    11. Develop and implement strategic objectives in conjunction with the annual budget to maximize effectiveness of aquatic and swim team programming and the department as a whole.
    12. Maintain and update accurate certification and other required records and reports for
    aquatic and swim team staff and in accordance with the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley policy.
    13. Instructs Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, CPR/AED/FA certification/training classes.
    14. Instruct swim lessons and perform lifeguard duties as needed.
    15. Stock first aid kits, AED, rescue kits and water chemistry supplies in the facility.
    16. Manage facilities and equipment resources for programs and usage.
    17. Take part in and solicit others to participate in necessary YMCA financial development
    efforts, specifically the Annual Campaign.
    18. Adherence to all policies and procedures of the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley.
    19. Understand and follow all safety rules and regulations including knowledge of emergency procedures and location of emergency equipment.
    20. Regular and timely adherence to respective schedule/meetings.
    21. All other duties as assigned by the Branch Executive.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires physical ability to remove a grown adult from a body of water, move grown adult 100 feet, lift a minimum of 50 lbs, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, stand, swim, walk, balancing, and climb. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee will regularly be required to see at close and distant vision, have good peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a variety of environments which can include but are not limited to, office settings, pools, gymnasiums, and outdoors. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and varying fitness equipment. The noise level in the work environment can vary from quiet to moderate during office hours and moderate too loud during event hours. This position works a varied work week as determined by the needs required to manage operations and events of which can include working evening, weekend, and additional hours to accommodate program and other activities representing the organization and branch operation.


  1. Bachelor degree in related field.
  2. Prior swim team coaching experience.
  3. 2 years prior experience working with aquatics or YMCA professional work in a related field (recreation, physical education, or related field) is required.
  4. 1 year prior supervisory experience.
  5. Proven record of successfully managing multiple programs simultaneously.
  6. Able to respond to critical incidents and act swiftly in emergency situations.


1  Must be able to pass background check
2. Mandatory Reporter*
3. Lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid/AED certification required
4. Swim Coach Certification preferred, required within 3 months of hire
5. Swim Lesson Instructor certification by YMCA or American Red Cross must be obtained within 3 months of hire.
*Note: If not currently certified, must obtain certification within 30 days of hire. The * noted certification training programs are provided by YMCA staff.

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