Illinois Swimming Performance Director

Applications due 08/02/22

Job Description:

Date posted: May 27, 2022

Location: 1400 E Touhy Ave, Des Plaines, IL, USA

About Us:

Illinois Swimming, Inc. is one of 59 Local Swim Committees (LSC) organized under USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States. We are chartered to advance the aims of USA Swimming in our geographic boundaries and administer competitive swimming through the furtherance of our mission:

To promote and achieve excellence in performance through education, innovation, service and committed leadership. Illinois Swimming is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all participants. To do so we have athlete protection policies and guidelines in place.

The Position:

The Performance Director is a new position to the organization, which will report to the Board of Directors, through the direct supervision of the General Chair. Their primary roles will be to manage the affairs of the organization, be its emissary both within and outside of the swimming community, expand its membership, and aid in athlete and club success.

The Board seeks an individual with both athletic and business sense. The candidate who is selected will demonstrate understanding of swimming in all its facets, have a passion for promoting the sport to diverse groups, have a grasp of the process for creating elite athletes, and be dedicated to the advancement of our organization and its members. We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic individual willing to partner with our Board and committees to maximize the potential of the LSC, its athletes and its member clubs. The Board envisions that the ideal candidate will grow with us, and that there is potential for personal and professional advancement in the role. We seek a person with a high level of initiative, strong planning, organizational, and time management skills and the capability to understand the business needs and governance oversight of a non-profit USA Swimming organization.

Key Responsibilities:

Internal Development and Strategy Implementation:

The Performance Director shall:

  • Be a liaison between LSC committees, membership, and the Board of Directors, and will take part in Board meetings and take part in strategic planning. The ideal candidate will be able to add original ideas to the organization’s strategic planning and ensure the sharing of best practices between USA Swimming and members, and among members themselves.
  • Act as the primary driver of ISI’s strategic initiatives to increase competitive success of athletes, expand membership, and provide programming and educational opportunities to both athlete and non-athlete members.
  • Chair ISI’s Performance Committee and function as liaison to the technical committees (Age Group, Senior, Coaches, Open Water, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
  • Maintain performance metrics to measure the success of the strategic initiatives.
  • Create programming for member clubs staff development, including programs to recognize top-performing coaches and clubs and opportunities to improve club organizational effectiveness and “build the base.”
  • Aid clubs in program implementation as well as club efficiency, parent education and volunteer involvement.
  • Interface with USA Swimming staff and committees to ensure a prompt and complete flow of information and ideas related to the development of clubs, coaches, and athletes to our members.
  • Provide organizational continuity in the planning and implementation of strategy.
    • Attend BOD and House of Delegate meetings.
    • Participate in budget process.
    • Work with the Governance Committee to conduct orientation and onboarding of BOD members.

Program Facilitation:

The Performance Director will:

  • Be involved in the planning and execution of:
    • Championship Meets
    • Athlete Recognition Banquet
    • Meetings and symposiums
  • Attend all major Illinois Swimming events.

Organizational Ambassador:

The Performance Director will:

  • Act as liaison as needed with other governing bodies including NFHS, IHSA, NCAA, and YMCA.
  • Promote member opportunities at the Zone and National level.
  • Aid in the identification and cultivation of sponsors and other partners to advance the organization.
  • Extend hospitality to guests of the organization.

Other Important Skills and Qualifications

  • An ability to engage in a friendly manner in the exchange of ideas, an openness to new ideas and a willingness to take direction from the BOD; able to build consensus between parties.
  • A willing partner to elected and non-elected volunteers, and an ability to collaborate with others in the execution of policy, programming and the implementation of our goals and mission.
  • Timely and effective communication with stakeholders.
  • Understanding and observance of the organization’s Bylaws, Rules and Policy and Procedures as established by the House of Delegates and Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-Athlete member of USA Swimming, or the ability to obtain that membership prior to commencement of position; continued ability to maintain that membership. Knowledge of USA Swimming and its rules and structure.
  • Compliance with all current requirements and recommendations of USA Swimming on new hires, and willingness to meet all such expectations.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Seven years’ experience in coaching in YMCA or USA Swimming setting, showing development of athletes with a preference to having developed national level athletes.
  • Verbal and written skills sufficient to communicate effectively with athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff, and members.
  • Proven ability to develop positive professional relationships, work in a collaborative environment and build effective relationships both within and without an organization.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in MS Office suite and email. Preference for those who can effectively use Team Unify, QuickBooks, SWIMS database, and social media.
  • Willing to work weekends and evenings as needed to succeed in position.
  • Ability to travel to events and to interact with members and clubs to build relationships as needed to further the mission of the organization.
  • History of increased responsibility and achievement in prior employment.
  • A demonstrated personal commitment to advancing the sport of swimming at all levels.

About the Position:

  • Our office staff works in a hybrid environment, remotely and onsite as needed. Reliable high-speed internet at residence is needed. The remote work expectation includes full-time availability and work in the appropriate hours to succeed in the position.
  • The Performance Director should be able to travel to the office, usually one or two days a week, and throughout the geography of our organization as needed.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience with benefits including a health insurance stipend, matching retirement contribution plan and paid vacation.





How to Apply


  • ISI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter demonstrating the above skills and requirements to Jeff Arce, General Chair of Illinois Swimming via email to [email protected].
  • All applicants will receive a reply once their application is reviewed.
  • Those who are selected to interview will be expected to provide personal and professional recommendations.
  • First interviews will be done remotely.
  • We expect to fill this position prior to September 1, 2022 with a start date to be determined shortly after that date.

Contact Information

Jeff Arce

1400 E. Touhy Ave.
Suite 410

phone: 8473721541