Senior Director of Aquatics

Applications due 01/01/24

Job Description:

Date posted: November 29, 2023

Location: YMCA of Greenwich, East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT, USA


The YMCA of Greenwich has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, aquatics leader and subject matter expert to join the leadership team of our growing, future-oriented Y! The Senior Director of Aquatics, reporting to the Vice-President of Operations, assumes responsibility for the daily operations of high quality, member-focused programs within our premier aquatics facility. Guided by the mission of the YMCA, the Sr. Director of Aquatics will oversee the development, administration, operations, scheduling, and supervision of, but not limited to, lifeguards, swim school, competitive teams, lap and recreational swimming, annual budget, and safety and risk management. The Sr. Director of Aquatics will create a transformative experience that builds loyal participants and families, energizes employees, engages partners, and stimulates program growth and innovation. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.




            Member Experience and Program Development

  • Plan, develop and schedule mission-driven program offerings within the framework of policies and procedures established by the Association.
  • Work collaboratively with competitive aquatic coaches, swim school manager and participants to drive program enrollment and growth while ensuring a high-quality, safe and transformative Y experience.
  • Monitor and engage in family and participant communication.
  • Troubleshoot/resolve member issues professionally and promptly.

Team Management

  • Hire, train, coach and supervise all direct reports of aquatic staff and volunteers.
  • Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Facilitate communication and provide leadership.
  • Model relationship-building skills in all interactions to execute exemplary customer service.



Fiscal and Risk Management

  • Ensure accountability and compliance with all YMCA safety standards and best practices, and regulatory health and safety requirements in the aquatic facilities including safety checks, emergency drills, and in-service training.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive, association wide year-round training plan for designated areas of focus related to lifeguards, swim instructors, trainers, to include prerequisites and opportunities for National YMCA certifications. Ensure all in-service and audit requirements are up-to-date and training calendar is followed.
  • Responsible for the development of an annual budget and ensure successful execution of the plan within association guidelines and practices.


  • Ensure the aquatic environment is well-maintained, safe and clean, following public health guidelines and YMCA practices.
  • Take ownership of pool operations including but not limited to appropriate water quality, chemical testing, pump room duties, and required chemicals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.





  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 6 years of aquatic leadership experience with multiple pool management preferred.
  • Must have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in the area of highly competitive aquatic programs.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities.
  • Current YMCA or Red Cross certifications in First Aid, CPR /AED and Lifeguard/Swim Instructor required.
  • Certified Pool Operator or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Strong computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Publisher and Access.
  • Demonstrates exceptional time management abilities, capable of managing various tasks concurrently and meet challenging timelines.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Salary is competitive dependent upon experience. YMCA provides a full package of benefits including healthcare and dental insurance, retirement plan, competitive vacation and paid holidays.


I understand and agree to perform all duties listed above.  In order to enhance the overall operation of the YMCA of Greenwich and to support teamwork, I will accept additional responsibilities as assigned.

How to Apply

Email resume to [email protected]

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