Head Lifeguard

Job description

Category:: Other
Department:: Trefethen Aquatic Center
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: May 2, 2018
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time Non-Exempt

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit www.mills.edu.

Job Description:

Summary of Position:
Being a Head Lifeguard is essentially being a shift leader. During their shifts they are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the aquatics programs at the Mills College Trefethen Aquatic Center. In keeping with the Mills College Strategic Plan, the Head Lifeguard helps to ensure that through training and enforcement the Trefethen Aquatic Center is operated in a safe and compliant manner. Employment opportunities are provided which assist with student satisfaction, retention, and programming supports the development of a vibrant campus community.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Acts as shift leader during assigned shifts. In charge of decisions and communication regarding staff, patrons, and the facility during each assigned shift.
  • Assists Operations Manager or Program Manager in carrying out supervisory responsibilities to effectively manage the aquatics programs and staff in accordance with the Mills' policies and applicable rules and regulations during their shifts.
  • Performs regular lifeguard and swim instructor duties during times not in the shift lead role.
  • Maintains constant surveillance of the pool area. Knows, understands, and consistently applies, enforces and models safety and pool rules, policies and guidelines.
  • Maintains constant overview of staff and patrons during their shift.
  • Responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with Trefethen Aquatic Center policies and procedures.
  • Communicates well with and maintains effective relationships with the staff to assure they do what is asked of them.
  • Communicates well with the public, including parents of swim lessons, participants in all programs, and all users of the pool.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective customer service orientation toward all personnel contacted during the course of job performance. This includes maintaining and protecting confidentiality of information.
  • Acts as the "go to" staff member when needed for any program and/or shift.
  • Documents and notifies the Operations Manager or Program Manager of incidents/accidents, member questions/concerns, damaged equipment, supply needs, etc.
  • Ensures the outlined procedures for opening/closing the pool area are fully completed.
  • Performs general housekeeping tasks to clean and maintain the pool area.
  • Records and keeps accurate records of all pool chemical readings and takes appropriate actions, as needed.
  • Maintains all American Red Cross certifications required (Refer to Education and Training section for all required Certifications needed).
  • Leads or participates in ongoing in-service trainings, staff meetings, or other trainings as directed by the Operations Manager.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance. Secures a substitute if unable to cover scheduled shift and notifies Operations Manager or Program Manager of schedule substitutions prior to the change.
  • Assists with preparation, planning and implementation of special events, rentals, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Must be able to comfortably interact with public and staff, and making and enforcing decisions decisively
  • Lead sections of staff meetings
  • Must have regular weekend availability
  • Help organize, teach and manage specific shifts of American Red Cross swimming classes to the public and staff
  • Perform special projects as assigned and/or as determined by the TAC management team
  • Other reasonable duties and tasks as assigned by a supervisor for the benefit of the Aquatics Department.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Possesses a courteous, professional behavior
  • Must have been a certified lifeguard and have worked as a lifeguard for at least one year, including during a full summer season
  • Must have been a trained swim teacher and have worked as a swim teacher for at least one year, including during a full summer season
  • Able to act in a professional and calm manner while experiencing the mental and physical stress of responding to an emergency

Education and Training:

  • Lifeguard Instructor Certification ( Must obtain 6 months after date of employment)
  • Current Lifeguard (ARC) certification
  • Current CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (ARC)
  • Current First Aid certification (ARC)
  • Current AED certification (ARC)
  • Current Oxygen Administration certification (preferred)
  • 1 year working as a lifeguard, including a full summer
  • 1 year teaching swim lessons, including a full summer, and group lessons

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:

  • Must be able to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time while maintaining optimum scanning vigilance of the pool
  • The incumbent will often spend long hours expected to work in varying climates outdoors
  • Work requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, swimming distances and sprint swimming
  • This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Additional Information:

This is a temporary, part-time position that begins as soon as possible. Additional semester appointments are possible, based on job performance. The pay is commensurate with experience and certification (between $15.00 and $18.00/hour). Mandated benefits, including Social Security, State Disability Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sick leave are included.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to: https://inside.mills.edu/administration/administrative_offices/policies/nondiscrimination.php.

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit:

  • resume
  • cover letter and
  • contact information for three references

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




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Posted: 12/26/2018
Application Due: 7/5/2019
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