Aquatics Supervisor – Full-time

Job Description:

Date posted: May 27, 2022

Location: 1849 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR, USA

Aquatics Supervisor

1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205, USA Req #402
 Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Multnomah Athletic Club has a rich story of excellence in Portland, and its 130-year history makes it a cornerstone organization of the city. The club is owned and governed by a membership of 22,000 and operated by staff in a beautiful downtown clubhouse with 600,000 square feet of athletic and social spaces. MAC’s mission is to enrich lives, foster friendships, and build upon traditions of excellence in athletic, wellness, and social programs. The staff team embodies this mission and looks for ways to partner with members and work collaboratively to bring it to life.


Eagerly and enthusiastically leads the successful organization, implementation and supervision of the MAC Swim School & Lifeguard programs, their staff and aquatic facilities.

Empowered to

  • Lead staff and swimmers to excellence in programming, skill development and water safety
  • Provide excellent customer service on a daily basis
  • Keep up on personal professional advancement
  • Communicate with members as needed, via email, phone, in person meetings, etc.
  • Develop and regularly use motivational tools for staff and swimmers
  • Lead coordinators, lifeguard and swim school staff toward excellence in safety, programming and member service
  • Continually enhance program curriculum, teaching methods and keep all staff trained on the latest proven techniques and aquatic industry trends
  • Reach out in the community to promote drowning prevention and water safety

Essential Job Functions

  • Hires, supervises, coaches, motivates, develops and trains all swim school and lifeguard staff. Will step into “on deck” roles as needed.
  • Oversees and monitors the performance of instructional and lifeguard staff and coordinators on a daily basis
  • Responsible for certifying all instructors and lifeguards in accordance with American Red Cross and Swim America standards
  • Responsible for processing payroll for hourly aquatics staff
  • Works with the ASCA and Swim America National Offices to certify instructors in the Swim America system and to ensure that instructors receive their correct experience cards
  • Communicates pool schedule and changes to members and aquatic staff
  • Conducts performance appraisals and reviews for hourly aquatic staff
  • Continuously recruits and interviews aquatic staff candidates
  • Assists in the development of the swim school and lifeguard budgets and operates within each
  • Develops and assigns work schedules for coordinators, lifeguards and swim instructors in order to ensure complete coverage of pools and programs
  • Conducts staff in-service trainings on a regular basis
  • Submits maintenance work orders as needed
  • Attends weekly meetings with the Aquatics Manager and other meetings as assigned
  • Promotes member participation in aquatics programs
  • Manages medical emergencies as they arise and notifies the Aquatics Manager as needed
  • Makes recommendations to the Aquatics Manager as to facility, equipment, supplies, procedural improvement and modifications as necessary
  • Maintains effective and open communications with subordinates and supervisors
  • Complies with all Club safety policies and procedures demonstrating safe work practices. Identifies and reports unsafe or hazardous work conditions. Reports all workplace injuries and illnesses to supervisor
  • Promotes the MAC code of conduct in club activities and demonstrates the importance of providing quality service to members
  • Plans, coordinates and leads the night of annual water safety event
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance but remains flexible due to the needs of the department
  • Works directly with HR Training Coordinator to provide club-wide CPR, First Aid and Blood Born Pathogen Trainings.

Secondary Functions

  1. Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor
  2. Participates in all club-related training classes

Essential Tools, Equipment, Vehicles, and/or Machinery

Essential job functions require the use of a telephone, computer, copy machine, mechanical lifts to move stairs and bulkhead, and other equipment associated with lifeguarding. Must demonstrate the ability to differentiate shades of color as it relates to water chemistry testing.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • Must be able and willing to work long hours including mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Essential job functions require walking, sitting, pulling, pushing, swimming, and the ability to rescue and lift swimmers out of the pool.


  1. Current Lifeguard, CPR-PR and First Aid certifications.
  2. Three years lifeguard and swim instruction experience.
  3. Prior supervisory or lead worker experience required.
  4. Bachelor’s degree required
  5. Completion of ASCA Level 2 and Swim America supervisor training within first year of employment.
  6. Completion of American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification within first year of employment. Lifeguard Instructor Trainer certification obtained within the first year
  7. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  8. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Ability to effectively motivate and develop staff.
  10. Excellent customer service and decision making skills including the ability to work effectively with parents and juniors.
  11. Ability and skill to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members and staff.

COVID-19 considerations: Your health and safety are a top priority at the MAC. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities, we have implemented specific precautionary measures and processes for employees. Beginning October 1, 2021, all MAC employees must be fully vaccinated or have been approved for a legal exception. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following receiving the second dose of a two-dose or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination. Job offers are contingent on providing proof of vaccination or securing a documented and approved medical or religious exception. 

The Multnomah Athletic Club is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

How to Apply

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Contact Information

Joshua Udermann

1849 SW Salmon St.,
Portland, OR 97205

phone: 503-517-7510