JOB SUMMARY: Assist in the management and development of Aquatics student staff and Learn-To-Swim program. Oversee the daily operations of the aquatics program including but not limited to: scheduling, lifeguarding, supervising, training and risk management. The secondary purpose of this position is to provide development opportunities to the incumbent which could include special projects and/or assignments.
Associate Director of Programs
Assistant Director of Aquatics and Risk Management
Aquatics Graduate Assistant
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Aquatics Operations & Administration
Assist with the daily management and programming efforts for (3) pools located within Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) facilities – (1) outdoor 50M pool, (1) indoor Olympic-sized competition pool, and (1) indoor leisure pool & spa
Continually develop, update, and implement aquatics policies and operating manuals
Assist with programming and scheduling of the Learn-To-Swim Program (upwards of 1,000 annual adult & child participants), (6) aquatics sport clubs, birthday parties, American Red Cross safety programs, university bloodborne pathogens standards, and other aquatics events
Assist with the coordination and execution of aquatics in-services, student payroll, staff on-boarding procedures, programs, and staff schedules
Maintain a balanced office hour schedule and aquatics evaluation schedule that may take place after regular office hours
Collaborate with lead aquatics staff on budget planning, equipment purchasing, training plans, staff incentive programs, staff disciplinary actions, program offerings, and maintenance repairs
Attend all aquatics staff meetings, orchestrate audit team activities, lead monthly head lifeguard in-services
Ensure all staff remain compliant with necessary certifications and arrange certification courses
Provide timely response to customer service inquiries specific to the aquatics programs
Perform data collections and assessments of aquatics programs and facility usage to advise departmental decision-making
Must maintain compliance with state codes and national standards including Illinois Department of Health bathing codes, National Swimming Pool Foundation guidelines for operating pools and spas, and the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines regarding accessibility of recreation and pool facilities
Student Development and Supervision
Recruit, motivate, hire, train, mentor, and evaluate all aquatics staff [approximately (65) lifeguards, (15) head lifeguards, (40) swim instructors, (6) audit team members, and (6) student coordinators]
Assist in the supervision and continued development of the entire Aquatics student staff
Serve as liaison between professional and student staff with efforts focused on communication of department initiatives and training staff performance and efficiencies
Serve on a committee responsible for planning Student Staff Appreciation, Staff Olympics, and the End of Year Celebration
Adhere to and maintain divisional performance criteria at a satisfactory level; maintain current certifications
Collaborate with other Campus Recreation units as needed to execute array of programming efforts for diverse participants
Conference and professional development travel participation [state and regional annually, national during second year of assistantship]
Opportunities to work in different areas of Campus Recreation to broaden recreational learning experience and serve on departmental committees
Based on applicant’s desired interest areas, can be flexible creating leadership roles and working opportunities within aquatics program
Participation in departmental committees
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
Demonstrate excellent written, phone, and in-person communication
Ability to learn and perform job duties using Microsoft Office, Connect2 Concepts, and CSI Spectrum Software
Knowledge of facility procedures and emergency action plan
Maintain current certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training with CPR/AED/First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen for lifeguards or equivalent
Possess or have ability to obtain American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification by end of the first semester
Possess or have ability to obtain American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification by end of the first semester
Have opportunity to seek and obtain Certified Pool Operator license from National Swimming Pool Foundation during second year as graduate assistant
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Position requires flexible work schedule, including evenings, weekends, and academic break periods as necessary
MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Must have lifeguard and swim instructor experience, preferably with management experience of lifeguard staff and learn-to-swim program. Should have the ability to teach swimming classes to varied ages of participants and lead staff in-services
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Recreation, Sport, Tourism Management, Kinesiology, Community Health or Education.
Acceptance into graduate school at the University of Illinois: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/requirements
Email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Mike Jones, Campus Recreation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2020.
Cover letter or resume should indicate (yes or no) if you meet the minimum qualifications for graduate school admission.
About University of Illinois Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation provides a welcoming environment that inspires the university community to engage in recreation and wellness opportunities. With approximately 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor recreation space, 75 acres of outdoor fields, and a diverse variety of fitness, wellness, and recreational programs, there are many opportunities for students to stay active.
We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds who can help foster communities that strive toward the mission of providing “A place for everyone.” This includes supporting the academic mission of the University by developing environments conducive to student learning and academic success, respecting, appreciating and advocating for the diversity of our student population, and supporting the holistic development of all our students.