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Aquatics Director Full-time

at YMCA Wisconsin in Wisconsin (Published at 24-06-2022)

JOIN OUR TEAM! YMCA of the Northwoods, A Fun Place to Be Healthy, is looking for an aquatics leader and someone that loves water and people. Job Description

Under the direction of the Executive Director or Executive in charge, the Aquatics Director is responsible for the development, implementation, supervision, administration, and evaluation of the aquatics department. Duties include staff supervision, program oversight, and development. The Aquatics Director ensures the aquatics experience is safe, fun, and enjoyable for members and program participants. Key deliverables for this position include safety and risk management of our aquatic environment, high-quality drowning prevention, and swim lesson programming.


College or technical degree in athletic training, teaching, or fitness/health field is preferred. Competitive swimming experience is a plus.

Proven previous experience in a supervisory position Must work both independently and as part of a cohesive team.

Certification as a lifeguard, CPR, and first aid required.

Instructional certification to teach lifeguarding and CPR/First aid within 6 months of hire.

YMCA swim instructor training will also be required.

CPO certification is a plus.

Must be able to relate well to children and adults, and must have the ability to multi-task.

Must have high communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication and active listening skills.

Must be able to facilitate and lead physically challenging programs and activities including running, jumping, reaching, bending, and lifting as well as event set-up both in outdoor and indoor settings.

Experience creating and managing a fiscal budget is preferred.

Essential Functions

The position will implement new engagement activities, incentive programs, and special events.

Overall the position will ensure quality swim instruction, aquatic programs, and member satisfaction.

Efficiently market their department with goals to increase program participation.

Teach aquatic exercise, swim instruction, or lifeguard as needed.

Ensure pool facilities and equipment are safe, clean, and operating correctly.

Assume key team leader responsibilities including budget development and meeting goals of the organization.

Supervise and develop staff in accordance with the organization?s policies, mission, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, training, planning and assigning work, appraising performance, and addressing and resolving issues.

Promptly respond to member and participant needs and manage complaints in a courteous, patient manner using active listening and problem-solving techniques.

Accurately maintain participant records and other documentation in accordance with department requirements. Compile program statistics, while monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of and participation in program areas.

Create and maintain positive relationships will the staff, members, participants, and children while providing motivational support and guidance.

Coordinate use of aquatic facilities for program activities and events.

Uphold the core values of the YMCA when working with people within the YMCA facilities and community.

Participate and recruit staff, members, vendors, and program participants in financial development efforts such as the Annual Community Support Campaign.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fundraising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

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