Mar 21, 2024

Senior Aquatics Director

  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads
  • Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Full time Aquatic Director

Job Description

Under the direction of the Executive Director and responsible to the Vice President of Aquatics Experience, the Senior Aquatics Director develops, organizes, and implements high-quality YMCA aquatic programs.  Ensures the aquatics experience is safe, fun, and enjoyable for members and program participants.

Division of Duties
40% Maintain a safe aquatic operation – including physical facilities with trained and ready staff 
30% Growth of aquatics programming – Swim Lessons and Family Programs
15% Management of Operations – Certifications, Audits, In-Services, Chemical Logs, etc. 
15% Staff Development – Recruiting, Hiring, and Training 
  • Supervision of all aspects of aquatics safety at the assigned center
  • Management of a robust partnership with a large swim team and year-round pool operations.
  • Accountable for budget expectations and outcomes of the aquatics department.
  • Responsible for recruitment of new members and participants through innovative aquatic programming that reflects the mission of current and future programs.
  • Responsible for providing complete aquatics maintenance and pool care.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Association team, work cohesively with outside organizations and partners to ensure the pool is available to meet the ongoing needs of the Community.
1. Budget and Financial Performance
  • Responsible for developing and managing the aquatics budget to meet fiscal objectives.
  • Makes necessary purchases, inventories, and deliveries of all program-related supplies in accordance with Association standards
2. Program Development and Membership Development
  • Directs and supervises all aquatic 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.
  • Creates and schedules swim classes, rentals, water exercise, and family events in the pool.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the program and participation 
3. Team Performance Towards Organizational Goals
  • Recruits, hires, trains, schedules and supervises all aquatic personnel and volunteers.  Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.
  • Conducts lifeguarding, swim instruction, oxygen administration, swim instructor First Aid and CPR training.
  • Assists with Program Committee and Cabinet meetings as necessary. 
  • Ensures all aquatics staff is trained in emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.  Follows expectations of regular in-service training for staff and completes all related reports for record keeping.  
4. Fundraising
  • Actively participates in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.
  • Professional Development
  • Completes employee training as required, including NSO, Bloodborne Pathogens and Child Abuse Prevention.
  • Adheres to all YMCA of South Hampton Roads policies, procedures, rules, COVID-19 health and safety precautions, regulations and best practices as outlined by the Association.
  • Is able to perform all functions as those they supervise and meets qualifications and certifications of Lifeguard III and Swim Instructor.
  • Assists in all areas as assigned.
5. Facility Management
  • Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of outdoor pools and indoor pools. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance in adherence with state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations.  
  • Engaging Community
  • Communication & Influence
  • Developing Self & Others
  1. Minimum age of 21.
  2. Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Diffibulator, Basic First Aid.  
  3. Current YMCA Lifeguarding or Red Cross Lifeguarding certifications (instructor level).   
  4. Current Swim Instructor Certification preferred, or obtained within 90 days of hire.
  5. Current Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator certification preferred, or obtained within 60 days of hire.
  6. Preferred candidates will have a minimum experience of 3-5 years in the aquatics field.
  7. College degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  8. Will be required to have trainer certifications in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED, Emergency Oxygen, Swim Instructor and Lifeguarding within 1 year of employment. 
  9. Ability to maintain all required certifications and the necessary level of physical and mental readiness.
  10. Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  11. 3+ years of supervisory experience in the aquatics field.
  • Requires a person of maturity and good judgment, who can operate with a minimum of guidance from the Executive Director.
  • Requires ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment, to assess facts and issues, and make non-routine decisions regarding day-to-day operational problems and issues.
  • Requires effective team-building and team-leadership skills.
  • Must maintain cooperative, functional relationships with the senior leadership team, peers, and subordinates.
  • Must maintain a positive, energetic attitude toward YMCA work, goals, and values.
  • Must have ability to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, and to travel as needed for operational management, including on-site presence in managing major operational problems.
  • Must have superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to respond to a wide variety of constituencies, including staff, volunteers, members, program participants, vendors, community leaders, etc.
  • Perform the duties of direct reports as needed.
  1. Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
  2. Ability to pass a lifeguard water test.
  3. Must be able to remain alert.
  4. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.
  5. Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.
  6. Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  7. Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.
  8. Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.
  9. Ability to work inside and outside (environments include humidity, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions).
  10. Must be able to lift and pull 75 pounds for a rescue.

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