Aquatics Director

YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Date: Nov 25, 2022
City: Virginia Beach, VA
Salary: $45,000 - $45,000 / year
Contract type: Full time
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
The Y is a dynamic and diverse human service organization committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.


Take the next step in your career with this rewarding opportunity to join the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, as the Aquatics Director at the Hilltop Family YMCA, Virginia Beach, VA


The Y is a dynamic and diverse human service organization committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y is a team effort, right down to our members. The care and concern we show for our members is our success gauge. In order to maintain our success, we must recruit and hire the best employees in the country. The Y commits itself to doing so by providing our employees competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement through our training programs and internal promotions.

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is recognized as a cutting-edge leader in the YMCA movement. The association serves the communities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin, South Boston Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, as well as the Outer Banks, Barco and Elizabeth City in North Carolina. Our facilities consist of 23 Family Centers, 2 satellite fitness centers, 2 regional day camps, 1 resident camp, and a nine-hole golf course operating a successful First Tee program.

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is committed to the development of staff leadership. In addition to a robust benefit program, training is provided to secure a promising future for our employees and the Y. Our association strongly supports staff development and encourages membership in the nation’s largest active chapter of YMCA Professionals Network (YPN).

The excellent benefits package includes membership, generous time off, health benefits, and an industry-leading retirement plan


Under the direction of the District Executive Director and responsible to the Vice President of Aquatics Experience, the Aquatics Director develops, organizes, and implements high-quality YMCA aquatic programs. Ensures the aquatics experience is safe, fun, and enjoyable for members and program participants


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you


Division of Duties

  • 40% Maintain a safe aquatic operation – including physical facilities with trained and ready staff

  • 30% Growth of aquatics programing – Swim Lessons and Family Programs

  • 15% Management of Operations – Certifications, Audits, In-Services, Chemical Logs, etc.

  • 15% Staff Development – Recruiting, Hiring, and Training

Key Priorities:

  • Supervision of all aspects of aquatics safety at assigned center

  • Accountable for budget expectations and outcomes of the aquatics department.

  • Responsible for recruitment of new members and participants through innovative aquatic programming that reflects the mission of current and future programs.

  • Responsible for providing complete aquatics maintenance and pool care.

  • In conjunction with the District Executive Director and Association team, work cohesively with outside organizations and partners to ensure the pool is available to meet the ongoing needs of the Community.

1. Budget and Financial Performance

  • Responsible for developing and managing the aquatics budget to meet fiscal objectives.

  • Makes necessary purchases, inventories, and deliveries of all program-related supplies in accordance with Association standards

2. Program Development and Membership Development

  • Directs and supervises all aquatic program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands programs within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.

  • Creates and schedules swim classes, rentals, water exercise, and family events in the pool.

  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.

  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation

3. Team Performance Towards Organizational Goals

  • Recruits, hires, trains, schedules and supervises all aquatic personnel and volunteers. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.

  • Conducts lifeguarding, swim instruction, oxygen administration, swim instructor First Aid and CPR trainings.

  • Assists with Program Committee and Cabinet meetings as necessary.

  • Ensures all aquatics staff is trained in emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Follows expectations of regular in-service training for staff and completes all related reports for record keeping.

4. Fundraising

  • Actively participates in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.

5. Professional Development

  • Completes employee training as required, including NSO, Bloodborne Pathogens and Child Abuse Prevention.

  • Adheres to all YMCA of South Hampton Roads policies, procedures, rules, COVID-19 health and safety precautions, regulations and best practices as outlined by the Association.

  • Is able to perform all functions as those they supervise and meets qualifications and certifications of Lifeguard III and Swim Instructor.

  • Assists in all areas as assigned.

6. Facility Management

  • Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of outdoor pools and indoor pools. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance in adherence with state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations.


  • Engaging Community

  • Communication & Influence

  • Developing Self & Others


  • Minimum age of 21.

  • Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certification.

  • Current YMCA Lifeguarding or Red Cross Lifeguarding certifications (instructor level preferred). Must have YMCA Lifeguard Instructor Certification within 180 days of hire.

  • Current Swim Instructor Certification preferred, or obtained within 90 days of hire.

  • Current CPO or AFO certification preferred, or obtained within 60 days of hire.

  • Preferred candidates will have a minimum experience of 3-5 years in the aquatics field.

  • College degree in a relevant field is preferred.

  • Will be required to have trainer certifications in CPR, AED, O2, Swim Instructor and Lifeguarding within 1 year of employment.

  • Ability to maintain all required certifications and the necessary level of physical and mental readiness.

  • Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.

  • Supervisory experience required; 3-5 years in the aquatics field preferred.


  • Requires a person of maturity and good judgment, who can operate with a minimum of guidance from the Executive Director.

  • Requires ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment, to assess facts and issues, and make non-routine decisions regarding day-to-day operational problems and issues.

  • Requires effective team-building and team-leadership skills.

  • Must maintain cooperative, functional relationships with the senior leadership team, peers, and subordinates.

  • Must maintain a positive, energetic attitude toward YMCA work, goals, and values.

  • Must have ability to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, and to travel as needed for operational management, including on-site presence in managing major operational problems.

  • Must have superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to respond to a wide variety of constituencies, including staff, volunteers, members, program participants, vendors, community leaders, etc.

  • Perform the duties of direct reports as needed.


  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.

  • Ability to pass a lifeguard water test.

  • Must be able to remain alert.

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.

  • Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.

  • Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.

  • Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.

  • Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.

  • Ability to work inside and outside (environments include humidity, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions).

  • Must be able to lift and pull 75 pounds.


Accountable for completion of assigned goals as measured by the number of people served, cause driven measures, service satisfaction scores, operating results, and supervisor evaluation of assigned duties


An offer of employment is contingent upon receipt of satisfactory results to meet minimum requirements of the position. They may include criminal background and reference checks, E-Verify, drug test, driver’s license record, and/or a Child Protective Services Check (CPS). Additional driver’s license check, CPS, criminal background check, alcohol, and/or drug testing may be required to be processed in the future in order to meet and/or maintain the requirements of this position


On the YMCA of South Hampton Roads’ Job Opportunities Page, at submit an online application. Cover letter, resume and references should be uploaded in one document

Internal Candidates - Currently active employees of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads should apply through Careers on the Employee Dayforce Account. Cover letter, resume and references should be uploaded in one document.

The YMCA of SouthHampton Roads is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at YSHR will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. YSHR does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or genetics.

Please Note: Requirements, skills, and abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essentialfunctions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive.

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