Manager of Aquatics

Colorado Springs, CO
May 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Manager of Aquatics will provide significant leadership and management of 20+ aquatics student staff, instructional aquatics programs, and operations of the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center Aquatics Center while emphasizing a safe, well-maintained and proficiently staffed environment. The successful candidate will promote and cultivate an environment that values inclusiveness and diversity, engage in evidence-based decision-making, and promote student development and learning while supporting the mission and values of the department. Typical work schedule Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM including occasional evening and weekend work depending upon programmatic offerings and department/university events. This position includes on-call to respond to personnel and facility emergency situations. No vacation permitted the week prior to and first week of each fall and spring semester.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

Program Area Management:

Responsible for the supervision and daily operations of the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center’s Aquatics Center, featuring (4) 25-yard lap lanes, leisure area with vortex pool, water slide, and 20-person hot tub/spaIn coordination with the Manager of Facilities Operations, manages all aspects of the aquatics and safety program including but not limited to open recreation swim and activities, learn to swim and water fitness non-credit instructional programs, specialty aquatics-based certification programs, summer youth and community aquatics programs including pool parties, and safety certification classesDirect, design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive high-quality aquatics recreation program that meets and balances the needs of the campus community and provides a positive experience focused on healthy behaviors and individual/team well-being through aquatics recreation activity programsCoordinates/assists in developing, planning, administering, and implementing revenue-generating aquatics events and programs and works collaboratively with other members of Campus Recreation and Wellness and our division staff to conduct special events and programs for the campus communityCollaborates in aquatics and safety programming throughout campus including partnership efforts with Manager of Wellness Promotion, the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Lane Center, Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center, Student Activities and Club Organizations, Greek Affairs, ROTC, Family Development Center, and Intercollegiate AthleticsAdministrative Duties:

Develops and updates appropriate programming, policies, and procedures to ensure safe, inclusive, and customer centric programs and services.Works collaboratively with member services and facility operations to manage operational software application data input related to aquatics program registrations and associated business functionsDevelops and implements assessments to measure customer satisfaction, participation statistics, and learning outcomesCompletes area of management annual report informationAttends professional development conferences, workshops, seminars and advocates for professional development throughout the department in order to stay abreast of current trends and industry standardsUtilizes department strategic plan to guide area goals and priorities and completes necessary plan updates and documents completion of plan milestonesInstruct American Red Cross (ARC) safety and training classes to Campus Recreation professional and student staff: first aid, CPR, AED, bloodborne pathogens, lifeguard trainingParticipates in the development of ideas and suggestions for program, facility, and service improvementsPosition is required to attend Campus Recreation classes and/or programs and use various facilities and equipment periodically to ensure that they are meeting or exceeding department and industry standards and risk management guidelinesPersonnel Management and Student Development:

Recruit, hire, supervise, and manage 15-18 lifeguards, 3-6 swim and safety instructors and 2 Aquatics Student Program AssistantsProvide ongoing training and development opportunities through staff meetings, in-service trainings, and performance evaluations ensuring that staff learning outcomes are developed and associated assessment is conductedPrepare, review, and submit hiring documents and manage proper payroll records and proceduresAssist in creating aquatics-based opportunities for intern and practicum experience studentsFiscal and Resource Management:

Assists directors in the development and management of operating and personnel budgets in excess of $120,000 for assigned areasMaintain budgets in accordance with department and division policies and proceduresReconcile expenditures and ensure prudent stewardship of resourcesEnsure that business functions employ best management practices and are consistent with university standardsResearch, select, and purchase equipment and supplies for the areas of responsibility while maintaining appropriate inventory control proceduresWork collaboratively with leadership staff and business office to regularly assess appropriate fee structuresProvide short and long-range planning and fiscal management related to aquatics and safety program administration and aquatic facility operationsRecommend operating and capital reserves projects/purchases by providing research and assessment relevant to area needs and product availabilityCoordinate contracted facility services and supplies such as swimming pool chemicals and facility maintenance with the Manager of Facility Operations and facility services building trades personnel.Facility and Risk Management:

Assist with pool operations including water and air quality, chemical feeders, filtration, documentation and state inspectionsEnsure that the aquatics center complies with state health code standards and are prepared for inspectionsMaintain current records of aquatics and first aid safety equipment as it relates to mandated safety replacementsAssist with the review and management of incident and accident reportsServe as the department liaison with ARC, UCCS Environmental Health and Safety, and other areas that are relevant to the management of safe water practices in collegiate recreationCoordinate aquatics program safety auditsServe on the department Risk Management CommitteeFacilitate and maintain emergency policies and procedures for aquatics and safety programs and facilitiesCollaborate with and assist the facilities operations staff in coordinating operational and break hours, aquatics facility maintenance closures and facility and program reservations and accessPromotions and Marketing:

Promote and market aquatics and safety programs in collaboration with the Program Coordinator of Membership and CommunicationsRecommend marketing and promotional campaigns and media forums to advertise aquatics-based programs, services and special eventsRegularly review marketing materials and website information for accuracy and current contentOther Duties:

Collaborate and assist with other divisional and departmental planning, policy development, implementation, evaluation, and special events as assignedServe on assigned departmental and University committeesOther duties as assignedJob Competencies:

Aquatics facility operations and programming experienceRisk management and policy developmentAmerican Red Cross safety and training certification classesDemonstrated ability to work autonomously with initiative, critical and creative thinkingDemonstrated experience working with budgets and aquatics facility risk managementDemonstrated ability to collaborate, develop partnerships and work effectively as a member of a fast-paced, results- oriented teamDemonstrated knowledge of national trends and best practices in collegiate recreation aquatics facility managementDemonstrated knowledge of theories and practices in promoting student development and learningDemonstrated experience organizing and developing leaders through practical application and learningDemonstrated integrity, ethics, and commitment to diversity and inclusionCommitment to promoting healthy and active lifestylesThis position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $40,204 - $53,606

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of May 24, 2021.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of May 31, 2021.
  • The potential employee start date is July 1, 2021.
  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specializationThree years of appropriate experience in aquatics programming and facility managementOne year of appropriate experience in safety certification instructionOne year of appropriate experience in managing Learn to Swim programCurrent American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certificationTo be obtained within 4 months of hire:Certified Pool Operator or Aquatics Facility Operator certificationCurrent American Red Cross Training Instructor for First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Preferred Qualifications:

    Master’s degree in appropriate area of specializationCurrent American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certificationCurrent American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer (WSIT) certificationCurrent American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (LGIT) certificationCurrent Certified Pool Operator (CPO) or Aquatic Facility Operation (AFO) certificationAmerican Heart Association Instructor Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is required to move, including in-water instruction and possible swim and rescue efforts. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Student Services
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: May 4, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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