INSTITUTION/DEPARTMENT: The University of Houston is a Division I college with over 45,000 undergraduate and post graduate students enrolled. This campus is considered to be one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. The Department of Campus Recreation has a $53 million facility that contains various activity spaces including gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, and an indoor climbing wall. The aquatic facilities recently went through an $8.6 million dollar renovation and include a natatorium complete with competition pool, indoor spa and dry sauna; and outdoor leisure pool featuring waterfalls, slide, outdoor spa and sand volleyball. The 70-meter indoor competition pool contains three fiberglass bulkheads allowing for unique set-up opportunities for competitions and recreation. The natatorium is home to the UH varsity Swim and Dive program, as well as partners with several local organizations.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Aquatics Program Director will oversee all aspects of the University of Houston Campus Recreation aquatic programs and facilities including the day to day operations for the 70 meter (1.3 million gallon) indoor competition pool, outdoor leisure pool with slide and spray features, as well as two spas (indoor and outdoor) and dry sauna. Responsibilities for operations of risk management, pool maintenance, chemical treatments and balancing, pool scheduling capital equipment planning and replacement; as well as planning and executing high profile swimming and diving meets. Evening, weekend and holiday work is required.
Directs the recruitment, selection, supervision, evaluation, and coordination of two full-time staff as well as indirect supervision of 80 or more, part time aquatic staff. Responsible for professional development and training for staff and provide guidance to ensure program initiatives are accomplished. Assign responsibilities and provide feedback to staff to promote growth and development.
Directs the day to day operations of one indoor competition pool, one outdoor leisure pool and two spas including; identify and execute preventive, routine, and deferred maintenance, anticipate and correct facility issues related to mechanical/filtration systems to ensure cleanliness, sanitation, and safety standards.
Inspect facilities, analyze malfunctions to identify repairs, adjust and calibrate controls for air and water quality, and adjust pool chemicals to ensure proper water chemistry. Operate and maintain Colorado Timing Systems scoreboard, timing and scoring equipment.
Direct planning for aquatic program by establishing and executing short and long-term goals, develop and administer assessments/evaluations related to student learning outcomes, evaluations of programs, services, and staff; develop and administer the aquatic operating budget of approximately $600,000, maintain financial record maintenance, and payroll process; meet yearly revenue goals in excess of $150,000; create and maintain various annual and semiannual reports as needed.
Evaluate, develop and implement the comprehensive aquatic emergency action plan, provide feedback regarding the departmental emergency action plan.
Serve on the departmental risk management committee, oversee the Red Manikin Drill Team, and assist with planning and execution of departmental risk and safety initiatives including staff training, risk and safety equipment, inspections, and audits. Assess, evaluate and mitigate risk for all aquatic facilities and programs to ensure the facility is compliant with university, local, state and industry standards.
Analyze and execute facility scheduling for aquatic programs, departmental programs, Varsity swim and dive practices, competitions, student organizations, university departments, and external guests. Create and submit rental contracts for long term partners, as well as one time renters including, creating invoices and quotes, ensuring university procedures are completed, and income tracking. Plan and execute event logistics related to facilities, and equipment, including contingency plans.
Participates in on call shift rotation for pool operations including nights, weekends and university holidays.
Serve as the point of contact for all aquatic rentals and events; facilitate day of event operations of major and national swim and dive meets (i.e. Men’s and Women’s AAC Championships, Men’s and Women’s WAC Championships, Gulf Swimming LSC events, High School Invitational and Regionals), and special events.
Provide guidance and oversight of all aquatic related programs including certification courses, swim instruction, SCUBA, and serve as the liaison to the American Red Cross.
Serves on department and division committees, perform special projects or other job-related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Health Education, Physical Education, Sports Management, Recreation or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator as well as five years’ experience applying above certifications. American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor or Instructor Trainer preferred or ability to obtain within six months of hire.
Requires a minimum of five (5) years of direct job-related experience in management of pools with at least one larger than 250,000 gallons as well as mechanical and operational experience of a multiple pool facility and competitive aquatic event administration including experience with NCAA competitive events. Knowledge of Colorado Timing System preferred. Requires experience supervising fulltime staff; strong problem solving and decision making skills under pressure. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated leadership ability are also desirable. Team oriented ideals, willingness to work hard, and a desire to learn is important in this position.
APPLICATIONS: Applications will be taken until the position is filled, however priority review will begin on October 5th. Applicants must apply online at the University of Houston, Human Resources page at http://www.uh.edu/human-resources/uh-careers/. Please submit cover letter, resume and list of 3 references with online application. The Taleo system for applications provides the ability to upload a resume and have it fill out the application with that information. Please ensure when completing the application that resume and cover letter are both loaded for the specific position being applied for. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
About University of Houston
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is a culturally diverse public urban institution seeking to become one of the nation’s top research universities. The University is located on 567 beautifully landscaped acres near downtown Houston. The University has over 45,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The student population has more than 60% minority students (African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American) and 9.4% are international students representing more than 100 countries. UH is considered to have one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. UH is located in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the world.