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Head Swim Coach Aquatics Director

Posted: 08/03/2022

Head Swim Coach/Aquatics Director
Job Description
Reports to:    VP of Operations 
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Salary Range: $55,000 – 65,000
Revised Date:  August 3, 2022   
General Description
This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Head Swim Coach/Aquatics Director will provide leadership to our aquatics department and will be responsible for developing and implementing aquatic related programs that will promote membership growth and retention and increase program enrollment as well as lead the Barracudas Swim Team. They will oversee all aspects of operating a successful and safe facility and programs including supervision of all aquatic staff; effective budget development and management; maintenance of supplies and equipment; maintenance of the pool environments to meet or exceed health standards and maintaining of positive relationships with members and the community.
Aquatic Director Essential Functions

  • Exemplify the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all relationships.
  • Work with Assistant Aquatic Director to develop, implement and supervise all aquatic programs with the intent to increase net income including but not limited to lessons for all age groups, recreational swim programs and group rentals.
  • Prepare annual budget and ongoing forecasts for all aquatic programs and departments. Monitor and respond to variances.
  • Evaluate programs in relation to YMCA and departmental targets. Respond in a timely manner to program and membership survey results and/or informal and ongoing feedback.
  • Work with Assistant Aquatic Director to recruit, train, and supervise all staff, lifeguards and instructors.
  • Ensure that all Department of Public Health and YUSA standards for aquatic environments and programs are met or exceeded. Work closely with the Facility Director to maintain the filtration/chemical systems and assist with the maintenance and repair of all equipment and facilities.
  • Work with Assistant Aquatics Director to execute and enforce all safety regulations policies and procedures, including those for the prevention of child abuse & conduct regular emergency drills and debriefings
  • Supervise American Red Cross Trainings and work with Assistant Aquatic Director to coordinate certifications classes throughout the year.
  • Work closely with the Membership and Communications Coordinator to promote aquatic programs through appropriate media, brochure material, flyers, speaking engagements, etc. to help positive impact membership recruitment and retention.
  • Positively represent the YMCA and maintain relationships with professional and community organizations/agencies.
  • All other duties as directed or required for the overall success of the organization.
Head Swim Coach Essential Functions
  • Exemplify the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all relationships.
  • Plan, program and manage all aspects of the competitive Middlesex Y Barracudas swim team including staffing, schedule, curriculum and meet management.
  • Currently the Barracudas are a member of the YMCA Yankee Cluster League and the seasons run September – March for the regular season and May – July for the summer season with the majority of the 62 swimmers on the team in Age Group level. Goal for the new Head Coach would be to continue to develop the Barracudas and lead the teams’ entry into USA swimming by the 2023/24 season.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience
  • At least 21 years of age 
  • At least three years of experience in management of a wide variety of Aquatics programs and pool operations, preferably in a leadership capacity.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a leadership coaching position for a high school, YMCA or USA competitive swim team.
  • At least one year of staff supervision experience & demonstrated ability to positively develop and support exceptional performance.
  • Other requirements include:
    • YMCA or American Red Cross certifications in the following:
      • Life Guarding
      • Swim Instruction (or must obtain within the first 3 months)
      • First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    • Current USA Swimming or YMCA Coach Credentials.
    • Pool Operator on Location certification must be achieved within 6 months of employment.
    • Knowledge of YMCA aquatic programs and curriculum is preferred.
    • Proficiency with a variety of software and other computer applications is required. This includes Internet Explorer, Microsoft office programs and social networking for business development.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving 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
The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout Northern Middlesex County. Every day, our staff -- of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences -- works to bridge the gaps in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving individuals' health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. 
The Northern Middlesex YMCA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The Northern Middlesex YMCA makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.