The purpose of this position is to develop, promote, organize and supervise a variety of year round aquatics programs.
Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities include planning, implementing, and supervising year-round aquatics programs and effectively supervising program staff. The following duties are normal for this position and are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties will be required and assigned.
Research, plan, develop and schedule aquatic programming.
Recruit, hire, assign, supervise and evaluate lifeguards and instructors.
Plan and lead staff training including staff in-services, lifeguard and CPR instruction.
Conduct evening and weekend program visits to observe and evaluate staff and program delivery and effectiveness.
Maintain knowledge of existing safety codes related to aquatic program operations and staff certifications. Make adjustments as needed.
Research, purchase, organize, maintain and distribute aquatic equipment and supplies.
Collaboratively complete aquatic portion of MSCR program guide three times per year.
Assist with the development of program budgets and monitor expenditures and revenue.
Develop marketing strategies to increase and maintain diversified enrollment.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with program personnel, with other MSCR staff, with MMSD staff, with the public and with community organizations.
Work closely with American Red Cross to maintain course records and personnel certifications.
Track participation statistics, maintain records, develop and submit required reports.
Monitor and approve employee payroll.
Maintain AED’s and CPR equipment for MSCR programs.
Required Skills and Knowledge
Knowledge of aquatics safety codes, laws and best practices.
Knowledge of the principles and methods of the American Red Cross Water Safety Program.
Ability to communicate effectively and interact with a diverse clientele, staff, and the community, orally and in writing.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public, develop rapport with groups of participants at varying levels of skill, ability and age.
Skilled in leading and motivating staff.
Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare concise reports.
Ability to recognize potentially hazardous conditions or situations.
Organizational and time management skills, the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and to work under tight deadlines.
Experience working cross-culturally and/or commitment to work towards improving one’s own cultural competence, i.e., valuing difference/diversity, recognizing personal limitations in one’s skills and expertise and having the desire to learn in these areas.
High school diploma or GED, plus a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration, Physical Education, or related field, and a minimum of two years experience working in and supervising aquatic programs, supervising swim instructors and lifeguards; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
Licenses or Other Requirements
Ability to obtain & maintain the following American Red Cross certifications within the first 6 months of employment
Life Guard (LG)
Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer
Valid Driver’s License
Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGIT)
About Madison School & Community Recreation
Madison School & Community Recreation(MSCR) serves a community of 230,000 in Madison, WI, with 75 full time and 2200+ seasonal staff members. MSCR offers a full range of recreation programs and services utilizing school facilities, parks, and other community facilities. Programs include 50+ fitness, aquatics, adult and youth sports, after school child care, summer camps, outdoor adventure, middle school youth resource centers, arts, and sports camps. MSCR is a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, providing public recreation and after school programming for the Madison community since 1926.