Aquatics Director

The Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.


Wayne YMCA


Wayne, NJ 07470

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Associate Executive Director of the Wayne YMCA, the Aquatics Director is responsible and accountable for the overall daily operation of the Aquatics Department. Major areas include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, implementing, coordinating, and controlling services of the aquatics program; exercising independent judgment and decision-making authority as delegated; managing budget, staff, policies, and procedures. The Aquatics Director is required to operate the aquatics program in compliance with YMCA best practices. Responsibilities include the overall management of the Swim Instruction and Lifeguard programs as well as the operation, facilitating, planning and coordinating of related events and programs.


  • Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Sports Management or related area or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years working experience in the Aquatics field.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in a related program management role and proven supervisory experience preferably in a pool facility.
  • First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard and Swim Instructor certifications required.
  • Pool operation certification required.
  • Strong human resources development skills; more particularly, hiring, training, motivating, supervising and evaluating staff.
  • Strong administrative skills and well organized in office management.
  • Excellent financial skills including budget preparation.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Experience with relevant software applications such as Microsoft office.
  • Ability to exercise effective independent judgment and sound decision-making.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work as a member of the team, provide high-quality customer service, and maintain productive relationships with other agencies and YMCA members and staff is essential.

Essential Functions

  • Ensure all operations meet consistent safety standards, most importantly, safety around water for participants.
  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule and direct personnel and volunteers as needed.
  • Review and evaluate staff performance. Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Ensure staff certifications are current and keep accurate record.
  • Monitor daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local and YMCA health and safety regulations.
  • Conduct and ensure proper maintenance of pool. Secure and schedule pool facilities. Maintain accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.
  • Implement and comply with all regulations, policies, work procedures and instructions.
  • Implement and comply with all safety rules and use of all appropriate safety equipment.
  • Attend Redwoods Insurance aquatics safety trainings as well as other trainings identified in the professional development plan.
  • Conduct lifeguarding, swim instruction, First Aid, and CPR trainings.
  • Create and schedule swim classes, water fitness classes in cooperation with the fitness department and swim team practices and meets; direct and supervise such program activities and their respective supervisors to meet YMCA objectives.
  • Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information.
  • Develop and monitor program budget to meet fiscal objectives.
  • Respond to all aquatic inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Assist with Program Committee meetings; participate in Association Quality Teams.
  • Compile program statistics. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in programs.
  • Assist other departments to coordinate special events taking place in the pool, including but not limited to; birthday parties, project graduation, baptisms etc.
  • Order and purchase supplies within the confines of the Aquatics Department budget.
  • Establish new program activities and expand programs within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations.

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 fund-raising.

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.

Required Certifications

First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard and Swim Instructor certifications required.

Pool operation certification required.


$51,000.00 - $62,000.00

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