Aug 01, 2019

Aquatics Director

  • YMCA of the North Shore
  • Ipswich, MA, USA
Full time Aquatic Director

Job Description

They YMCA of the North Shore is seeking an experienced Aquatics Director to join our team at the Ipswich Family YMCA. The Aquatics Director is responsible for all aspects of the instructional and recreational aquatics experience. Key responsibilities of this role include recruiting, retaining and transitioning swimmers of all ages and abilities through the programs and working collaboratively with the competitive team to achieve a successful conversion rate of instructional swimmers to the competitive program. Through strong leadership, dynamic planning, high quality engagement, and direct service, the Aquatics Director manages staff, provides guidance on the technical and physical skills of swimming, creates an environment of fun that develops relationships, achievement and belonging while fostering a lifelong love of swimming and the water.


  1. Recruit, hire, train, develop and manage high quality staff for all components of the department.
  2. Ensure records of staff certifications are up-to-date and complete.
  3. Create and lead a culture that provides an excellent participant experience by leading quality programs and services, including but not limited to: aquatics classes, aquatic open times, vacation programs, and special events. Lead site specific events and assist in association wide swim team social event planning, as necessary.
  4. Implement association swim lesson curriculum providing progression through the aquatics program.
  5.  Work collaboratively with the competitive team to ensure progression from instructional to team, be well versed in team schedules and details to provide high quality service to families.
  6. Manage all reporting relative to programming, activities and pool operation management.
  7. Keep detailed and accurate records as needed including attendance, work-outs and swimmer progression, maintenance logs, etc. Manage and maintain all pool operation and programming equipment.
  8. Maintain consistent, clear, effective and positive communication with youth and parents.
  9. Personally build relationships with YMCA members through daily interactions.
  10. Foster and maintain positive relationships with schools, agencies and organizations to expand services, programs and the impact of the Y in the community. Be proactive and flexible in addressing community needs for aquatics programming.
  11.  Establish and innovate new programs and scheduling to increase and improve the quality of programming and quantity of registrants.
  12. Ensure optimal program availability, safety and cleanliness by adhering to all safety guidelines for pool and aquatics operations according to local, state, YMCA and Risk Management guidelines and regulations. Support and directly lead outdoor pools and guards as applicable.         

 Bachelor's degree or commensurate work experience.
 At least 21 years of age with 3-5 years experience as a competitive coach, preferably in a leadership
 At least one year of staff supervision experience including one evaluative cycle and demonstrated
ability to positively develop and support exceptional performance.
 Current USA Swimming and or YMCA Swim coach credentials. Certified Pool Operator CPO, CPR, AED, Basic First Aid certification or ability to obtain within 3 months.
 Must be able to demonstrate proficiency of swim skills in accordance with YMCA standards and
have a strong foundation in stroke mechanics.
 Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to relate to individuals and
families from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
 Enthusiastic presence and ability to appropriately encourage and guide youth and adults to reach
their goals.

The YMCA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, protected genetic information, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation.

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