26 Apr 2021

Full Time Association Aquatics Director

YMCA of Greater Houston – Posted by mrouser Houston, Texas, United States

Job Description

Develops, organizes, implements and evaluates YMCA aquatics programs with a focus on quality, safety, youth development and healthy living within assigned group of Y’s. Works with the Association Aquatics Leadership Team to focus on program development, innovation, compliance, safety, strategic initiatives and revenue growth. Serves as the technical expert and resource for assigned centers and programs.


Essential Functions:

  1. Develops strategies to increase program quality to grow program retention, impact and revenue.
    1. Ensure that Centers are following program standards, best practices and utilizing association tools and resources.
    2. Develop a plan for seasonal pools to be fully staffed
    3. Work with AD to determine what leadership staffing is needed during peak program times to ensure that consistency of program quality occurs.
    4. Regularly visit and evaluate on-site and off-site programs. Provide feedback to AD to address issues, determine resources needed, etc.
    5. Work with AD to identify program opportunities that would increase revenue and/or increase community impact.
    6. Work with AD to make recommendations on how to maximize program offerings in order to yield higher revenue.
    7. Monitor program registration and give statistic reports each session, month, or as requested by Association.
    8. Monitor program return on investment (ROI) to assess need and operational effectiveness.
  2. Increases innovation in aquatics by working with Association Aquatics team to determine need and priority.
    1. Research technology
    2. New programs
    3. Ways to drive traffic
    4. Opportunities to serve more people
  3. Increases aquatic safety and compliance for Association Aquatics.
    1. Perform Association audits
    2. Holds Centers accountable for aquatic safety guidelines and address as needed.
    3. Assure compliance with State, County, City and YMCA standards.
    4. Work collaboratively with Senior Director of Aquatics to provide guidance and identify opportunities for improvement.
    5. Evaluate centers EAPs and zones and work with Association Senior Director of Aquatics to provide guidance and identify opportunities for improvement.
    6. Ensure that all staff meet certification minimums by conducting monthly evaluation of certifications.
  4. Uses technical expertise to provide support to assigned centers and programs.
    1. Serve as the point person for all aquatics questions from Aquatics Directors.
    2. Work with Aquatics Directors to provide technical expertise that helps centers manage their budget, forecast and reports.
    3. Identify safety, revenue and operational effectiveness opportunities that align with the Association plan and communicate with the Center Leadership to implement.
      1. Review pool schedule, usage and determine ROI in non-peak times.
    4. Assist in sharing content knowledge to assigned centers and programs.
    5. Provide interim support to centers in Director Vacancy.
    6. Attend and participate in 4 hours in-service per month, rotating Centers.
    7. Assist with safety and program development opportunities.
    8. Assist with Aquatics Director in-service, workshops on a needs basis.
    9. Association Day Camp Training for Directors
    10. Committee Meetings
    11. BrandX task items due monthly
  5. Works with Association Aquatics quality teams to determine best practices, tools, resources, and trainings that fall within the Association strategic plan and department priorities.
    1. Provide research on safety issues and give input on standard updates.
    2. Monitor hiring progress and communicate with assigned centers to develop plan.
    3. Assist with their assigned centers leadership staff interviews and give input on hiring when needed.
    4. Assist with new Director on-boarding.
    5. Attend Association Aquatics quality team meeting and participate or lead teams as identified by the chart of work.
    6. Identify ways to increase operational effectiveness.
    7. Cabinet Meetings
  6. Supports the YMCA of Greater Houston Eliminating Drowning Initiative.
    1. Lead efforts to establish the YMCA as leading provider of aquatics safety and quality programs.
    2. Work with AD and ED to identify opportunities and grow year-round safety around water programs and work with centers to identify support and funding.
    3. G4G tracking 2 hours a week for 8 weeks
    4. Ensure training, leadership, tracking, reporting and standards are followed for safety around water (SAW) and go for green programs.
      1. Work to increase participation in SAW and Go for Green.
      2. Increase communication of program success to parents.
  • Connect Center leadership and hub providers to create program awareness.
  1. Support community events, groups, etc.
  1. Responds to all inquiries/complaints within 24 hours.
  2. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent.
  2. Five to seven years of aquatics experience in an aquatics leadership role.
  3. Minimum age requirement of 21.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain collaborations within the organization.
  5. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Completion of following training requirements:

Prior to first scheduled shift: Online training for Child Abuse Prevention, Work Place Harassment & Bullying, Universal Precautions, Information Security and Awareness.  Within 30 days of hire: ASHI trainings for BLS, Oxygen and First Aid.

  1. Completion of YMCA program-specific and trainer certifications:  Lifeguard Certification including ASHI BLS, Oxygen and First Aid, CPO and Swim Instructor.  Preferably Lifeguard Instructor and Swim Lesson Trainer.
  1. Ability to be a trainer level staff within the first 12 months of hire.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please visit www.ymcahouston.org/careers and complete an application.  The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021.

Job Categories: Aquatic Director. Job Types: Full Time. Salaries: $60,000 - $70,000.

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