Mar 27, 2024

Associate Aquatic Director

  • Raritan Valley YMCA
  • Middlesex County, NJ, USA
Full time Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Learn To Swim Director Assistant Aquatics Director

Job Description

The Raritan Valley YMCA is seeking a full-time team member to develop our learn-to-swim and competitive programs.

Job Description:

This position will work with our aquatic team under the direction of the Senior Program Director of Aquatics to oversee and grow our learn-to-swim and water safety programs and competitive swim team, as well as manage and supervise our lifeguard staff. Our competitive swim team and learn-to-swim programs have more than 200 concurrent youth participants each during the school year, and our summer program includes a staff of over 30 lifeguards managing an outdoor aquatic facility. This position is a perfect opportunity for a candidate looking to make a positive impact on youth development, teach swim skills, oversee a safe aquatic environment, and develop learn-to-swim students into confident competitive swimmers. The Associate Aquatic director will be working closely with both the learn-to-swim and competitive swimming elements of our program.


The Associate Director of Aquatics must be at least 21 years of age and have prior experience instructing children in an aquatic environment. A bachelor's degree or a blend of education, professional experience, and training. At least 4 years of work experience in aquatics activities, along with at least 2 years’ experience in supervising and leading teams. Prior experience in competitive swimming strongly preferred.

The Associate Director of Aquatics must obtain a working knowledge of the YMCA, competitive swim team, instructional swim lessons, water safety, and all volunteers, professional staff, for the effective discharge of his/her responsibilities. The Associate Director of Aquatics must be able to establish and maintain necessary relationships with coaches, lifeguards, swim instructors and other YMCA staff, team parents, YMCA members, children and adolescent participants, and the general public.

Requires flexibility in hours (i.e., youth programs taking places evenings and/or weekends).

The individual must have the necessary training and experience to instruct competitive swimming and learn-to-swim programs. Additionally, must have lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certificates, a valid background check on file with USA Swimming, or attain all certificates within 30 days of hire. Lifeguard instructor and/or CPO certification preferred.

Essential Functions

·         Serve as a positive role model for children, parents and other staff members at all times by promoting the YMCA mission and values. Staff members will set good examples by exhibiting personal habits, health, dress, speech, etiquette and relationships that serve as beneficial role models.

·         Understand and adhere to all Raritan Valley YMCA’s policies and procedures.

·         Assist in the supervision, direction and development of any Swim Team-related programs.

·         Responsible for coaching, training, and conditioning of Swim Team members.

·         Assist in the hiring, supervision, job development, certification and scheduling of: swim team coaches, lifeguards, swim lesson instructors and other aquatic staff as needed.

·         Supervise aquatic safety procedures including daily inspection of the on-site and off-site pool facilities under the YMCA’s management. Includes maintenance of pool water and chemical testing, physical pool and surrounding facilities, restrooms, and public areas. Aquatic facility administration will be in accordance with YMCA Aquatic Safety Plan, and state and local law.

·         Supervise duties of Raritan Valley YMCA lifeguards. Assist in training and development of lifeguarding staff.

·         Enforce safety rules and procedures at aquatic facilities.

·         Assist in the development and implementation of progressive swim lesson program and water safety campaigns.

·         Teach YMCA progressive swim lessons and water safety programs as needed.

·         Be responsible for the behavior of Swim Team members.  During practice sessions and at meets, his/her actions should help to instill in the team members a sense of sportsmanship, loyalty to the group, willingness to work hard, and courteous and respectful behavior at all times.

·         Work in collaboration with the Senior Aquatic Director, Swim Team Parents Association, YMCA Director and YMCA Board regarding Swim Team activities.

·         Communicate with Swim Team member parents and guardians regarding parent requirements, scheduling, team goals, and other appropriate communications.

·         Communicate with YMCA and USA Swimming representatives, as well as coaches and representatives of other swim teams, on behalf of the Swim Team.

·         Promote swim team and swim lesson programs to the community. In conjunction with the Swim Team Parents Association, encourage and publicize the opportunity for new members to join the team, and direct open tryouts for new team members.

·         Assist in the development of a competition schedule for the team, including invitational swim meets and dual swim meets.

·         Attend necessary YMCA staff meetings. Attend meetings for New Jersey YMCA aquatics programs, Swim Team Parents Association, and USA Swimming as appropriate.

·         Be cognizant of safety rules and insure they are adhered to regularly.

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