Seattle Parks & Recreation is looking for an Aquatics Manager that is a visionary leader who can develop relationships with staff, community agencies, and community leaders. A strong candidate for this position must possess superior leadership skills, demonstrate sound judgment, initiative, program development and independent thinking and be a great communicator. This position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities.
Reporting to the Recreation Director, the Aquatics Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and supervising the 14 year round direct reports and 2 seasonal direct reports for operation of pools and small craft centers. The Aquatics Manager is also responsible for 72 year-round, staff members, up to an additional 400 summer lifeguards and temporary staff, and an annual budget of approximately $10 million. This position has oversight of 8 indoor pools, 2 outdoor pools, 25 wading pools, 11 spray parks, 2 Rowing and Sailing Centers, 7 boat ramps and 9 lifeguarded summer beaches. The Aquatics Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and evaluating aquatics programming in order to provide diverse recreational and instructional opportunities for individuals of all ages.
Managing daily operations at all aquatics facilities, and ensure that all safety, health, and maintenance protocols are consistently enforced. Manages and supervises subordinate supervisor with total direct and indirect supervision of approximately 500 employees. Recruiting, hiring, training, leading and evaluating a staff of aquatics coordinators, lifeguards and others that operate year round aquatic facilities with expansion to add additional seasonal programs. Managing a staff of approximately 200 people year round and an additional 300+ people in the summertime. Monitors performance, evaluates and manages performance expectations. Manages expense budget of about $10M with delegated authority to exercise substantial discretion in allocating financial resources, including budget adjustments, dealing with multiple funding sources and complying with funding source requirements. Manages all revenue streams, including collection, accounting, and routing of funds for recreation programs, facility rentals, contractual relationships, and merchandise sales; maintains accountability for all reports, reconciliations, and expenditures. Plans, develops, creates, implements and evaluates significant programs to achieve broad objectives; defines measurements; Utilizes and applies "best practices" and national standards in risk management decision making.
Develops and implements strategy for targeted outreach in attracting and developing a diverse team; along with strategy for City's Race & Social Justice initiative in terms of workforce
Develops policy options and recommendations on highly visible or sensitive issues integral to the Seattle Parks and Recreation priority programs, develops recommended solutions to significant policy issues; develops recommendation plans; provides authoritative recommendations of long term impact to elected officials and executive decision makers. Understands programmatic needs of swimming and boating activities. Ensures all aspects of aquatics operations are in compliance with all Washington State Health Department regulations, policies and industry best-practices; ensures all pools have adequate equipment and supplies, and that all procurement is compliant with and City policies. Serves as a key contributor involving aquatic facilities, and capital projects. Proactive identification of routine maintenance needs and capital improvement requirements. Works as part of a team to develop preventative maintenance closure plans. Has a knowledge of pool chemistry and mechanical systems; has technical knowledge of the needs of swimming beaches, boat ramps, small craft centers, and other aquatic program areas. Manages and promotes external relationships/partnerships with Seattle Public Schools, Seattle – King County Health Department, Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Unit, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and others. Represents the organization at external meetings and committees throughout the city, as needed; and performing related duties as required.