Swim School Instructional Coordinator

Job Description:

Date posted: October 5, 2023

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

Multnomah Athletic Club is more than Portland’s most legendary hub of sports and socializing. It’s like a small city unto itself. Where else can you find four restaurants, three pools, a climbing gym, state-of-the-art studios and fitness suite, a complex of racquet sport courts, full massage and physical therapy offerings, a boutique, plus a grand ballroom and variety of events spaces all in one place? To say that every employee of MAC has room to move is an understatement almost as big as MAC’s 600,000 square feet of recreational possibilities.

Want a career with a future? A campus worth exploring? A one-of-a-kind community on which you can have a direct impact? MAC is all of those things and more.

Like water itself, MAC Aquatics can take any shape. Flexibility in hours and schedule is just the shallow end of the metaphorical pool. Apply for a job as a swim instructor, and you can work extra hours as a lifeguard. Even dedicated professionals working multiple jobs can find a way to supplement their income in just 10 hours per week. And that’s not even mentioning all the kinds of aquatic pursuits in which you’ll have the chance to school some of Portland’s most ambitious residents. From elite-level athletes training for international competition to lessons for every age, artistic swimming to water polo, few facilities on the West Coast cater to this many kinds of sport and recreation.

If you’re a competitive athlete yourself, or just someone who likes to cross-train for your own fitness and wellness goals, the sheer breadth of facilities available at MAC will allow you to pursue your passion like never before. Be part of a community that forges lifelong connections and pushes every member to be their best during every season of the year.

Dip your toes into a career in Aquatics at MAC and discover depths of potential you’ll never tire of exploring!


Eagerly and enthusiastically assists with the organization, implementation, and management of MAC aquatics programming, including the SwimAmerica instructional program. Leads swim instructors and students to achieve their ultimate potential through proper training and the creation of a positive and healthy environment.

Empowered to

  • Lead swimmers to excellence in 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 swimmers
  • Assist the Aquatics Supervisor to continually enhance the MAC swim lesson program with the latest proven techniques and industry trends
  • Lead Swim Instructors to excellence in instruction of MAC swim lessons
  • Assign instructors and students to class rosters each swim session, based upon registrations and staff shift assignments


  •  Full-time employees may choose from a comprehensive benefit & welfare package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Facility use privileges including exercise room, climbing gym, swimming pools, and exercise classes
  • Free parking
  • Discounted public transportation passes
  • 401(k) retirement program with employer match
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Access to Headspace wellness app
  • Discounted club services and meals

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists the Aquatics Supervisor in orienting, training, communicating, and assigning duties to the Instructional staff.
  • Coaches, develops, encourages, and inspires swimmers toward swim skill development and progression.
  • Establishes an environment that fosters positive attitudes, encourages water safety practices and reinforcement.
  • Communicates with swimmers, parents, and staff.
  • Utilizes back-of-house programs and Excel for member communication and program registration.
  • Promotes member participation in aquatics department programs.
  • Handles emergencies, injuries, and illness as they arise.
  • Attends regularly scheduled in-services and instructional meetings.
  • Promotes the MAC code of conduct for self, staff, and members.
  • Complies with all club safety policies and procedures, demonstrating safe work practices.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.
  • Trains & continuously coach instructional staff on delivery of curriculum, best teaching practices and industry trends.
  • Regularly bills each session of swim lessons to reflect accurate revenue streams to the department.
  • Schedule private lessons with appropriate instructors
  • Conduct specialty trainings for infants, special needs, and advanced stations to instructional staff.
  • Develop training programs, curriculum, and teaching methods in accordance with industry trends.

Secondary Functions

  • Assists Aquatics Supervisor with in-service trainings as needed.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor and/or manager.
  • Participates in all club-related training classes.
  • Promotes swim school classes and programs through direct internal marketing methods.
  • Meets weekly with Aquatics Supervisor
  • Meets regularly with swim team coaches to maintain a strong relationship between swim school and swim team


Essential Tools, Equipment, Vehicles, and/or Machinery

Essential job functions require the use of a computer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, swim lesson equipment and knowledge of other miscellaneous athletic training equipment.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Must be able and willing to work long hours including mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Essential job functions require speaking, hearing, seeing, walking, sitting, standing, and swimming and the ability to rescue and lift swimmers out of the pool.


  1. Must be available to work whenever swim lesson classes are offered.
  2. Current Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certifications (or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire date).
  3. Lifeguard and swim instruction experience.
  4. Completion of ASCA Level 1 and 2 Stoke School and SwimAmerica Site Supervisor training within 6 months of hire date.
  5. American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification preferred.
  6. Experience teaching SwimAmerica swim lessons and parent-tot swim lessons preferred.
  7. Working knowledge of computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets.
  8. Ability to learn new computer programs, such as back-of-house software, within first 30 days of employment.
  9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  10. Experience or ability in establishing and maintaining effective communication with staff and members.
  11. Ability to effectively motivate membership.
  12. Ability to perform the essential job functions.
  13. Ability to coordinate all scheduling requirements.
  14. Ability to effectively motivate and develop staff.
  15. Excellent customer service and decision-making skills including the ability to work effectively with parents and juniors.

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