Feb 14, 2024

Assistant Director of Aquatics

  • West Suburban YMCA
  • 135 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA, USA
Full time Assistant Aquatics Director

Job Description

The WSYMCA is searching for an Assistant Director of Aquatics  to join our team at our Wells Ave location! 

Great benefits included, 12% retirement contribution once vested, FREE family membership, diverse and inclusive work environment - be a changemaker working for a mission-driven organization! 

$45,000.00 To 52,000.00 Annually


Oversees the development and operations of aquatics programs, and/or other programs. Recruits, trains and supports assigned staff. Develops, organizes and implements high quality, member-focused YMCA aquatics programs.  


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. 


Members are the heart of this organization.  They are the reason we exist.  Members are the most important visitors we have, whether they visit by mail, phone or in person.  They are not statistics and always deserve our respect.  No matter what we are hired to do, satisfying member’s needs and wants are everyone’s first and most important responsibility. 


Assists in supervision of program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations. 

Assists in recruitment, hiring, training, developing schedules of diverse staff and volunteers as needed.  Assists the director in reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete. Runs monthly staff in-services. 

Active support of our DEIB statement and putting into practice our commitment to equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion.  Continue to think about strategies to support diversity goals of the organization. 

Monitors daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local and YMCA health and safety regulations. 

Creates and schedules swim classes, private swim lessons, water fitness classes, and swim team practices and meets. 

Conducts lifeguarding, swim instruction, First Aid and CPR trainings and in-services. 

Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information. 

Assists in YMCA fund raising activities and special events, including volunteer opportunities. 

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

Assists with Program Committee meetings. 

Lifeguard and teach swim lessons when needed. 

Assists in oversight of on-site and off-site aquatics facilities (Chickami pool and CFAD Waterfront). 

Ensure cleanliness of pool areas daily, hosing deck, brushing down walls, cleaning staff office, putting equipment away in storage closet neatly, inspecting pool area and reporting all problems appropriately. 


Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent preferred. 

One to two years related experience preferred; for example, as an aquatics coordinator. 

Committing to support and further our anti-racist work as an organization.  Learning about our initiatives and the continuous work and being able to vocalize with members if needed. 

Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community. 

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite, and experience in learning/using other office systems (financial, member management, etc.) 

Minimum age of 21. 

Must be able to demonstrate proficiency of swim skills in accordance with YMCA standards and have a strong foundation in stroke mechanics. 

Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen, Lifeguard Training, YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent. 

Preferred Certifications: Lifeguard Instructor and Angelfish. 

Completion or working toward completion of Team Leader Certification. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.  

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.   

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities. 

Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility.  

Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.  

Physical Demands:  

Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities. 

Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke technique. 

Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child.         

The WSYMCA rewards dedicated employees by offering a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation & holidays, group health with vision & drug prescription, dental & life insurance, paid retirement once vested, YMCA membership, access to child care services, tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities. 

The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable organization that welcomes all by creating a community that hires individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or physical ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.  

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