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Job Category:

Sports & Recreation

Position Title:

Aquatics Director

Position Description:

HealthFitness has a great opportunity for a full-time Aquatics Director at our prestigious MIT client site located in Cambridge, MA. This premier program consists of a 150,000 sq ft facility complete with two floors of fitness activity space housing over 40 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, two full lines of strength equipment, free weight room, squash courts, multi-activity court and is connected to 3 additional athletic facilities housing multiple gymnasiums, an indoor track and ice rink. Serving an eligible population of 15,000+, this program incorporates comprehensive fitness and recreational programming all into one facility.

SUMMARY This position is designed to assist the Director of Recreational Sports in all aspects of operation of the Zesiger Aquatic Center and Alumni Pool, and related programs and services. Specifically, the Aquatic Director directs all aspects of aquatic and general recreation programs. Staff reporting directly and indirectly include: water fitness instructors, lifeguards, events and facility operations, and program management staff. Responsibilities include creating, approving, directing, managing, budgeting, marketing and evaluation of staff, programs and events in the Aquatic program. The Aquatic Director assists in the development, interpretation, and enforcement of all systems, policies and procedures of Recreational Sports programs and services. Other major responsibilities include providing customer service, facility security, special events support and special projects and oversight of the Health & Safety Committee.

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES (Duties & Responsibilities) This job is responsible for the performance of the following duties and responsibilities:

Primary: Staff Management: Direct and support aquatic professional staff – meet weekly (3-5 total). Share leadership in organizing and facilitating program/marketing meeting- weekly. Lead aquatic team meetings. Provide oversight and management of all personnel decisions and actions in the aquatic program. Liaison to MIT for all union lifeguard needs. Approve new hire paper work, weekly and bi-weekly payroll for 60+ staff. Approve all in service program outlines and staff training lesson plans/programs. Compile full-time program staff schedules. Recruit, hire, train, develop, and evaluate all interns, coordinators, assistant, and associate directors. Review and approve all other personnel matters in the aquatic program.

Program Management: Develop and monitor budget for Aquatic programs. Approve all aquatic expenses. Reconcile credit card monthly. Evaluate and provide direction to program staff on the development, administration, and evaluation of all aquatic programs. Develop 2-3 campus-wide recreational and wellness programs through program staff and collaborative efforts with other departments each year. Provide oversight and development for student leadership initiatives and interns in aquatic programs. Review and approve all aquatic program marketing, registration, and staffing plans and information.

Facility Management: Review, evaluate, and advise program management staff on program and facility equipment inventory: purchases, repair, and replacement. Liaison with all athletic reservations from DAPER Coaches, Physical Education, and community rentals in the Aquatic program. Assist staff in the development, review, and approval of all aquatic rentals and long term user reservations. Review and approve weekly pool schedule. Serve as Meet Director for designated meets. Facilitate all aquatic special events and collaborate with other program directors and departments on Recreational Sports events. Conduct daily facility audit and submit related work orders.

Project Management: Facilitate and submit quarterly and annual reports for aquatics. Coordinate the compilation and analysis of group and individual participation counts daily, weekly and quarterly. Review, update, and approve all related staff manuals. Monitor Aquatic web pages. Facilitate Aquatic annual shut down.

Health & Safety: Oversight and leadership of Recreational Sports Health & Safety Committee. Direct semi/annual emergency action plan evacuation drills. Perform risk assessment and analysis of program, services and operations.

Secondary: Attend administrative staff meetings. Researches purchases. Attend Central Management Team staff meetings. Teach and lifeguard as needed. Open and close building as assigned. Submit work orders as needed. Complete special projects as assigned. Develop new program concepts and relationships. Develop proposals and conduct program analysis. Monitor and approve payroll through ADP. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS The following minimum qualifications are required in order for an individual to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job: Education, Experience and Certifications: Master’s Degree in Recreation, Physical Education, or related field required. 3-5 years’ experience working in the field of collegiate recreation, at or above the Assistant Program Director level or equivalent. Experience should include program management, staff management (instructional, health fitness instructors and lifeguard) and event management experience. Current CPR, FA, AED and BBP certifications required. Desirable Certifications: Pool operator, CRSS, SCUBA, LG, LGI, LGIT, WSI, WSIT, ACE, AFAA, NSCA, and water fitness experience.

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Ability to multi-task and meet timelines consistently. Attention to detail. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Solid computing (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and customer service skills. Experience working with Spectrum NG CSI Software, Dream weaver, Desk top publishing Pagemaker or Print Shop, Colorado Timing, and EMS. Experience working with implementation of union employee contract. Hours will be determined based on program needs. Weekends and evenings will be involved.

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Sports Movement and Recreation

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Elizabeth Ecere


Health Fitness Corporation


Health Fitness



500 Salem Street







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Springfield College 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109-3797 413.748.3000
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