Assistant Director, Aquatics

Applications due 01/31/17

Job Description:

Assistant Director, Aquatics

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*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects of Wake Forest’s aquatics program including staff hiring, training, and oversight, management of pool and support areas, and revenue generation through master’s swim program, swim lessons, summer camps, and rentals. Responsible for establishing and achieving area and employee goals, assessing performance, providing feedback, and making data driven decisions.  The Assistant Director increases participation and diversification of aquatic programs and participants, and collaborates with Campus Life partners to promote student engagement and foster physical wellbeing for all members of the campus community.  Additionally, the Assistant Director leads the department’s CPR and First Aid training and departmental emergency management and risk management. In conjunction with Associate Directors, the Assistant Director coordinates the summer youth athletic camp program.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops, directs, markets, and assesses a comprehensive collegiate aquatics program and facilities.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, schedules, supervises, develops, and evaluates part-time and student aquatics staff delivering a high and consistent level of customer service. Fosters substantive student employment development.  Creates and enforces staff expectations.  Maintains appropriate records to ensure all aquatic staff are trained, qualified, and certified in their respective areas including regular in-service training.
  • Directs and oversees the day-to-day aquatics activities and events including, but not limited to master swim program, student swim club, swim lessons, aquatic fitness, scuba certification, and social/recreational activities. Develops and market aquatic programs which increases and diversifies participation.
  • Oversees aquatic facility scheduling to ensure that all user groups, both internal and external, receive adequate and appropriate use. Serves as the point of contact for groups using the aquatic facilities including contracts, revenue, and risk management.
  • Designs and maintains cleaning and maintenance schedules for the pool and associated support spaces. Ensures facility maintenance issues are addressed in a timely and proper fashion.  Coordinates all aquatic equipment purchases and maintenance and chemical purchases and deliveries.
  • Develops annual aquatics program goals and appropriate evaluation and assessment metrics. Regularly prepares activity, attendance, and other reports.
  • Formulates and manages the aquatics revenue and expense budgets. Develops new and expand existing revenue streams.
  • May be asked to teach and/or coordinate for-credit aquatic courses in the academic department of Health & Exercise Science (e.g., life guard certification class).

Other Functions:

  • Coordinates First Aid, CPR, AED, bloodborne pathogens, and other safety training for all Campus Recreation staff.
  • Directs departmental risk management policies, procedures, and training in concert with Assistant Director of Outdoor Pursuits.
  • Coordinates summer youth summer camp program and WFU employee family program, in collaboration with Campus Recreation colleagues.
  • Works a variable schedule including regularly working evenings and weekends.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of two years of aquatics management experience.
  • Prior experience with aquatic staff supervision and facility management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in working autonomously with initiative and creative thinking.
  • Life Guard Instructor (LGI) certification.
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification.
  • Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification must be obtained within first 6 months of employment.
  • Aquatics Facility Operator (AFO) certification must be obtained within first 12 months of employment.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Aquatics management experience in a collegiate environment.
  • Budget Administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of aquatics best practices and national trends, preferably in a collegiate environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with promoting student leadership development.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Manages staff/student workers.
  • Budgetary responsibilities.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

 In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

 Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Job Location
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Position Type
Employment Type
Full-Time Exempt Staff
Benefits Eligibility
Available at full-time University sponsored rates
Grant funded
Scheduled Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Number of months per year
Campus Recreation
Hiring Range
Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Closing Date
Open until filled.

How to Apply


Contact Information

Joseph Cassidy