Aquatics Director

The YMCA of Metro Detroit is looking for an energetic, knowledgeable Aquatics Director to join the Birmingham Family YMCA Team!


YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit


Detroit, MI 48226-3364

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Aquatics Director is responsible for developing and implementing high quality programs in aquatics for youth through senior age groups while ensuring a safe aquatic environment. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


  • Bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • Prior experience managing and developing aquatic related programming is required.
  • Previous supervisory experience including hiring, managing and developing staff is required.
  • Current certifications in WSI/YSLI, CPR-Pro, AED, Emergency O2 and First Aid are required. Jeff Ellis & Associates lifeguard license and LGI is preferred or must obtain within 3 months of hire. CPO certification preferred or must obtain with 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

Essential Functions

  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations.
  • Hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers on an ongoing basis. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete. Monitors and approves department payroll. Addresses all department staff disciplinary, behavioral, and performance issues and maintains all appropriate written documentation.
  • Develops annual Aquatics department revenue and expense budget to meet branch fiscal objectives. Monitors financial reports, completes monthly forecasts, participates in quarterly reviews and makes adjustments as needed to meet plan. Accountable for all aquatics department financial results.
  • Maintains the highest standards in pool safety and is in full compliance with association and Ellis & Associates standards and guidelines at all times. Must achieve a “meets” or “exceeds” on Ellis & Associates audits each quarter. Maintains all necessary records & documentation for compliance. Conducts monthly in-services along with other LGIs on staff, completes vat drops and zone validations to ensure compliance with Ellis & Associates requirements.
  • Develops and delivers high quality aquatics programs including swim lessons, water fitness, special populations and other programs designed to meet the needs of the community. Ensures all YMCA Swims Instructor certifications remain current at all times. Enters all aquatics programs into “Active” each session and enters Private/Semi-Private bookings as they are scheduled.
  • If applicable, manages branch swim team including ensuring off-site locations are secured and all safety requirements are maintained. Hires, trains and supervises all swim team coaches. Ensures that swim coach certifications are current and entered into TeamUnify site each season. Participates in all swim team parent board meetings. Ensures that swim team agreements are signed annually.
  • Monitors daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local, Ellis & Associates and YMCA health and safety regulations as well as current ADA guidelines. Along with Central Maintenance, conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance. Enters work orders into Facility Dude as soon as any maintenance issue is recognized.
  • Conducts certification trainings as needed to include (but not limited to) lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR.
  • In collaboration with association marketing department and other branch staff, aggressively markets aquatics programs in order to meet or exceed department registration goals.
  • Serves as Manager on Duty during morning, evening and weekend shifts as assigned.
  • Participates as a member of the branch and program management team meetings.
  • Assists in YMCA fundraising activities and special events as needed.
  • Models relationship-building skills in all interactions.
  • Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints within one business day.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program. Participates with staff team to ensure that target goals for annual membership & staff satisfaction surveys are met.
  • Performs 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.

How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

April 30, 2021

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