Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Director

Applications due 04/30/19

Job Description:

Location: Fort Dodge, IA, USA

Head Swim Coach – Aquatics Manager

Salaried with Health Insurance and Retirement.

Description of Work

General Duty Statement

Performs work under direction to implement and supervise a wide variety of aquatic programming activities within the City of Fort Dodge, including administration and lead coaching for Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club – Ft Dodge year-round swim club.



Works under the general guidance and direction of the Marketing and Operations Supervisor and Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director with independence in decisions related to assignments.  Works closely with the Competitive Swim Program in the community, including the Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club Head Coach.


Supervision Exercised

Supervises City’s seasonal staff, lifeguard operations, aquatic programming, activities and ACAC’s year-round coaching staff, all as assigned.


Essential Functions & Competencies

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices of organized aquatics and general operations and maintenance of aquatic facilities.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate a variety of aquatic programming, lessons, and activities for all ages/abilities, as well as special events.
  • Supervise aquatics program staff, review and evaluate work, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Ability to coordinate training and practice groups through the year-round competitive swim club program; oversee all practices and related activities.
  • Responsible for the quality of services and aquatic programming activities delivered including lifeguard operations and swimming instruction.
  • Organize and conduct community and school CPR and SFA certification classes.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of appropriate safety procedures and discipline to ensure safety of activity and program participants to minimize the risk to the employer and participant.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recruit and train seasonal staff and volunteers in techniques and proper applications relevant to the activity season.
  • Demonstrates the ability to promote and publicize activities.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding and ability to implement established policies.
  • Demonstrates the ability to maintain the proper paperwork and reports needed for all activities.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel) and the ability to learn other appropriate software.
  • Demonstrates the ability to maintain necessary certifications and physical skills to perform safety and rescue operations.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of organized aquatic activities and swim team performance management (i.e. TeamUnify).
  • Ability to take direction and to exercise sound judgment in enforcing rules.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; listening, using tact, patience and courtesy with patrons and the general public.
  • Ability to foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others.
  • Ability to improve participation in revenue generating programs.


Essential Physical & Mental Abilities

  • Clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate well with staff and the general public.
  • Vision at the level of 20/40 or better (preferably 20/20) with or without corrective eyewear.
  • Audio acuity (may be corrected) sufficient to hear calls for emergency assistance from a distance of no less than 100 yards.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs., carry or assist in the movement of objects.
  • Manual dexterity which allows the employee to operate a personal computer or other similar device used in the performance of the job.
  • Personal mobility which permits the employee to effectively demonstrate, instruct, perform life saving functions and water rescues.  This includes the ability to climb ladders and stairs.
  • Ability to pass employment physicals including drug testing.
  • Maintain mental capacity permitting the making of sound decisions and using good judgment.
  • Effectively handle a work environment and conditions that involve exposure to dust, dirt, sewage, loud noises, fumes and odors.
  • Regular, dependable attendance to work at the designated time and place; ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays.


Must have at least two (2) years of aquatic management and programming experience, with a minimum of two (2) years coaching experience. Must possess a current lifeguard certificate.  Must have USA swimming coach certification or ability to obtain within the first 3 months of employment, including satisfactory background check.

Prefer a college degree in recreation or a related field.  Competitive swim background is highly desirable. Must obtain CPO certification and lifeguard instructor certification within first year of employment, if not already held upon hire.

Must possess a valid Iowa Driver’s License and meet the requirements of the City’s motor vehicle policy.  Must pass criminal background check, pre-employment physical and drug screen.  Must be able to effectively communicate (orally in person and over the telephone and in writing using electronic devices and handwritten) in English with others.  Bilingual a plus, but not required.

How to Apply

Please contact Mike Peterson at [email protected]

Contact Information

Michael Peterson

phone: 5154508432