Swim Job: Duke University seeks Director of Aquatics


Position Summary

Duke University, Recreation logoThis position will report to the Managing Director of Recreation Facilities. The position is responsible for overseeing the utilization, operation, and maintenance of the Taishoff, Brodie Aquatics Centers and Central Campus Pool. Position will monitor all aspects of pool safety to ensure state health codes and university policies are enforced; overseeing membership program for public users, university staff students, and private clubs/groups; and coordinating the aquatic program activities within the overall mission of Recreation and Physical Education.
This role will include providing the community with exceptional aquatics programs and being a leader on campus in recreation, health, wellness and fitness education. The successful candidate will promote and cultivate an environment that values inclusiveness and diversity, engage in evidence-based decision-making, and promotes student development and learning. This position will oversee the Aquatics Coordinator, part-time, contracted staff and the Program Assistant/Intern.


  • Creates and implements safety plans for the Aquatics Center.
  • Coordinate with Recreation and Physical Education in scheduling courses for the recreational and sport clubs, group fitness classes, non-credit instructional and certification courses, and competitive and recreational swimming and diving.
  • Coordinate with Varsity Swimming and Diving, to schedule access to the facility for practices, work outs and swim meets.
  • Work with the Managing Director of Recreation Facilities to develop and update a policy and procedures manual for pool use by all types of user groups.
  • Serve as the department payroll custodian to process and maintain the staff payroll records.
  • Assist Program Coordinator with oversight of semester certifications of CPR/AED, First Aid, and Child & Infant CPR certifications as needed.
  • Certify, re-certify, and train Recreation lifeguard staff as needed.
  • Assist with developing the Recreation and Physical Education Risk Management manual and committee.
  • Oversee the Aquatics Program Coordinator in the development and implementation of certification courses, learn to swim program, camps, special events, and student programming.
  • Work with FMD for timely and accurate completion of maintenance issues.
  • Develop and implement maintenance improvement plan with the Managing Director of Facilities and FMD.
  • Prepare the facility for swim meets, to include but not limited to arranging custodial services, and electrical services through FMD.
  • Acquire specific equipment to accommodate the various programs and patron utilization at the facility such as timing system, bleachers, ADA specifications and other equipment as needed.
  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of rentals including formalizing rental agreements and contracts.
  • Solicits facility rentals to groups outside the university and local community.
  • Coordinate joint activities with other university groups and organizations.
  • Create and implement fee structure for rentals.
  • Develop Aquatics Advisory board with monthly meeting.
  • Oversee the Aquatic Program Coordinator in the recruiting, training, scheduling and coordinating Aquatics Center staff.
  • Instructs Physical Education classes as assigned.
  • Additional relevant duties performed in support of Recreation and Physical Education as assigned by the Managing Director of Recreation Facilities.

Policy-making and/or interpretation

Responsible for the development, implementation, and interpretation of the policies and procedures necessary to conduct and manage a safe, healthy environment for the Aquatics Department.

Program Direction and Development

Directs the daily operations of Aquatics facilities, staff and programs.

Supervision Received

Reports to the Managing Director of Facilities for the Recreation and Physical Education Department. Day-to-day functions are accomplished with minimal guidance or supervision in accordance with established policies and directives. Overall guidance is accomplished through supervisory conferences setting broad goals and objectives

Supervision Exercised

Supervises the Aquatics Coordinator and part-time staff and student employees.

Level of Public Contact

Serves as public contact for students and other members of the campus community who use recreation facilities and program opportunities. Coordinates programs with other university departments and staff members as necessary.

This position requires excellent communication skills.

Monetary Responsibility

Monitor the Aquatics budget and appropriate use of financial resources to include purchase and inventory.

Responsibility for Confidential Data

Has access to records which are confidential data and must be judicious in the discussion of information contained therein. Adheres to laws relating to the confidentiality of information on students.

Marginal Functions of the Job

Performs other work related duties as directed. The ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Requires some evening and weekend work.

Type and extent of instructions or directions normally given to the incumbent of this position by the immediate supervisor.

Acts independently without the need for daily supervision. Seeks guidance as necessary and keeps supervisor informed of area operations and potential problems.


Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Education, Recreation, Physical Education, Sports Management or related field and six years of appropriate experience in a variety of aquatics programs. Current lifeguard training certification as issued by the National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program (NPWLTP), American Red Cross or YMCA. Current CPR/AED and First Aid certifications as issued by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council or the American Safety and Health Institute. Current Lifeguard Instructor Certification as issued by National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program (NPWLTP), American Red Cross or YMCA. Must have CPO certification. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Sports Management and professional work experience in a variety of aquatics program, with four years of supervisory experience. Water Safety Instructor or Learn to Swim Instructor, First Aid and CPR Instructor, National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Instructor. Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification issued by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI) or other licensed/accredited program.

Knowledge, Skills, Ability

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Ability to communicate with diverse populations. Demonstrate understanding and a strong commitment to customer service orientation. Knowledge of risk management planning. Ability to prepare financial reports, statistical reports, inventory control, and budget management. Shares the responsibility of the mission, strategic planning and goals for Recreation and Physical Education. Knowledge of the principles and practices governing the management of recreational facilities; knowledge of the principles and practices used in planning and equipping recreational facilities; knowledge of the principles, practices and theory of recreation administration; working knowledge of the OSHA regulations governing the operation of specific equipment used at recreational facilities . Ability to plan, organize, schedule and promote recreation activities and programs; ability to supervise and direct the work of others.

Knowledge of current literature, trends in aquatics, recreation/aquatics management, and risk management. Knowledge and ability to perform daily maintenance procedures and monitoring of pool equipment and chemicals. Must have the ability and skills to deal with the public in a prompt, professional and courteous manner. Ability to work in a highly dynamic and diverse university setting. Knowledge of or ability to learn computer software used for member tracking, desktop publishing, and the ability to perform basic computer skills. Ability to swim, ability to lift 50lbs*. Ability to keep current with professional development opportunities such as conferences, training sessions, memberships, etc. The ability to supervise full and part time staff.


Email reumes and cover letters to [email protected]

About Duke University

Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 30,000 employees.

Swimming News / Swimming Job is courtesy of Duke University.

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