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Diving Coach and Aquatics Director

Kenyon College
Gambier, OH

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 493079
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Diving Coach and Aquatics Director. This is a full time, 12-month reporting position with benefits. The Diving Coach and Aquatics Director is responsible for all phases of managing a successful diving program and managing and programming the Jim Steen Natatorium during the academic year and summer months. This position reports to the Head Swimming and Diving Coach and supports the mission of the College in its focus on student development, outcomes and success. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: recruiting, arranging travel, managing budgets, coaching, tracking equipment, developing alumni contacts, managing meets, teaching lifeguard certification classes, and hiring and supervising lifeguards.

It is also expected that the Diving Coach and Aquatics Director will embrace the department mission of fostering learning and developing community with a focus on the values of citizenship, competition, resiliency, sportsmanship, and teamwork within Kenyon’s unique campus culture. Successful candidates will be able to show a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their support for students from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and national backgrounds.

Essential Functions:
Diving Coach

  • Teach and instruct student-athletes in the rules and fundamentals of diving.
  • Develop and implement in-season training and workouts, practice and game-day coaching, including set-up and teardown of practice equipment.
  • Compile training results for all events and assist with statistics verification for official records and sports information.
  • Assist with home meet management for swimming and diving, including set-up and tear down of equipment.
  • Recruit academically and athletically strong applicants for admission in the selective, highly competitive application pool at Kenyon College utilizing Front Rush software, including preparing promotional materials.
  • Maintain excellent record keeping for all purchases and expenses for the program, to stay within the budget.
  • Inventory and safety check all equipment and facilities for diving.
  • Work in conjunction with Sports Performance professionals to maintain student-athlete welfare.
  • Stay up-to-date with sport and coaching best practices in order to provide opportunities for all involved in the program to become students of the game by sharing knowledge of the sport.
  • Participate in the NCAC governance for Swimming and Diving at coaches meetings.
  • All coaches are assigned additional duties in the areas of facility and event /game management and teaching. These responsibilities are determined annually by Coordinator of Lifetime Fitness, Game / Event Manager, Facility Manager(s) and Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation.

Aquatics Director

  • Hire, train, and supervise lifeguards for the Jim Steen Natatorium throughout the calendar year.
  • Teach lifeguard certification classes in accordance with Red Cross standards and curriculum.
  • Provide leadership in aquatic management and programming of Kenyon’s Steen Natatorium during the academic year and summer months.
  • Provide up-to-date and timely pool schedules to Kenyon community (Academic Year, October Break, Thanksgiving Break, Semester Break, Spring Break, Summer).
  • Coordinate with college’s maintenance staff regarding health and safety standards of the facility, including climate control, cleanliness, and all related maintenance.
  • Serve as Aquatics Director and assume other duties as assigned during the College’s Total Performance Swim Camp.

Other Expectations:

  • Serve as a member of the Athletics, Fitness and Recreation team, responsible for providing leadership, goals, and program implementation at a fully residential campus housing 1800 undergraduate students.
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative working relationships with student affairs colleagues, faculty, and other campus partners to accomplish shared objectives and tasks.
  • Lead and assist with designated departmental, divisional, and/or College committees, initiatives and processes.
  • Develop meaningful connections with students, staff and faculty by being available and visible on campus.
  • Assist with special projects and duties, as needed.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and compliance with the College’s and Department of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation policies and procedures as well as the North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA constitutions, bylaws, legislation and regulations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Department of Athletics’ student-athlete handbook, and the Student Affairs and College’s mission statements.

Success Factors:

  • Collaborative mindset.
  • Extensive knowledge of teaching technical skills of diving.
  • Demonstrated support for students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Community relations experience.
  • Swimming and Diving meet management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Strength and Conditioning as part of comprehensive Diving program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal growth and learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to athletes as students.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, and supervise lifeguards.

Working Conditions:

  • Some heavy lifting / moving equipment is required.
  • The working schedule is not traditional nor regular: early morning, day, late evenings, weekends are required, as may be work during college breaks and summers.
  • Travel for athletic contests, recruiting, coaches meetings and convention/caucus attendance is required.
  • The ability to obtain College driver certification is desirable.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience instructing on the rules and fundamentals of diving.
  • Collegiate diving coaching experience is preferred.
  • Experience in recruitment of academically focused-student athletes is preferred.
  • Lifesaving or Lifeguarding Certifications, CPR/AED, and First Aid Certifications from a nationally recognized program required.
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer Certification required (or obtained within 6 months of employment).
  • Skill in rescue work, resuscitation, and first aid.
  • Two years’ experience working in aquatic program and facility management (or comparable experience).
  • Considerable swimming ability.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 90% tuition waivers at eighteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

Advertised: 22 Mar 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Working at Kenyon College

Living and Learning in the Kenyon Community and the Surrounding Area

Excellence. Engagement. Community.This is what Kenyon values. There is a distinctive brand of community that is Kenyon's. We believe that individuals are not limited to who they are on paper, where they have been, or what they look like.

We believe that this place, Kenyon College, is a beautiful place in which one can build a beautiful life. And when someone's interests and strengths match the opportunities that this place has to offer, fulfillment happens.

Our faculty and staff have come here from all over the country-indeed, from all over the world, and from all kinds of backgrounds. They stay and live a life some never expected to live. Former urbanites raise sheep and practice carpentry when they are not engaged in academics. Faculty and staff walk their dogs around campus. For a change of pace, some will make the 50-minute drive to Columbus for some great dining, arts and cultural events, or shopping.

Kenyon is the kind of place where living the life of the mind matters. Discourse happens every day, and students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to learn to practice it with civility. It is the kind of place where people come together to support someone in a crisis large or small. It is collaborative more than competitive. If you want a place where individuals care deeply about learning and about one another, come here. If you want a change of pace, come here. If you strive for the best in yourself, professionally and personally, and want your students to do the same, come here.

Come be a part of Kenyon.

What's the area like?

Kenyon and the surrounding area are often remarked upon for their beauty. Very near campus is the Brown Family Environmental Center, where nature lovers will often attend free programs and events for kids and adults alike that include night hikes, bird-watching, or native plant and animal exploration. Through it runs the Kokosing Gap Trail, on which casual walkers and sports enthusiasts alike will hike, run, or bike the 14 miles (and growing!) of former rail line. The Rural Life Center explores and promotes the lifestyles present and past in Knox County , in which Kenyon is located. Knox County exemplifies Midwestern openness, and also an increasing diversity typical of the rest of the country.

Mt. Vernon, located 4 miles from Kenyon College, is the seat of Knox County. Mt. Vernon boasts both a public square surrounded by historic buildings, an active theater community, and a commercial district which includes a movie theater, retail stores, and restaurants.

Finally, there is Columbus, a vibrant city with diverse shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities. Its many neighborhoods, including notably the Short North, host a tremendous array of independently owned restaurants, varying from those with a heavy farm-to-fork emphasis to numerous international cuisines brought to the city by its multinational population, and much more. Columbus's cultural scene includes an outstanding symphony orchestraballet company, and several theater groups. Its historic theater buildings host the Broadway in Columbus seriesthroughout the year. Located throughout the city are also several major shopping areas, including Polaris and Easton. Columbus is, finally, home to three professional sports teams, and to the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose football and basketball teams especially enjoy loyal and very spirited fans at their games.  Located less than an hour away from Kenyon, Columbus is an attractive destination.

What if I have a spouse/partner?

Dual job searches are often a challenge. If there is no suitable position available at Kenyon for a spouse or partner, there are opportunities close by. Knox County is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and several large employers who often have openings for healthcare workers, engineers, and other professionals: the Knox County Community Hospital Kokosing Construction Company, and Ariel Corporation, to name a few. Many of these attract professionals from all over the country. Within an hour, there are also opportunities in neighboring cities and counties. Columbus is home to Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Abbott Nutrition, among other large employers. As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is also home to many state government positions

For academic spouses and partners, the Five Colleges of Ohio ("Ohio 5") often have postings at those institutions. The Columbus metro area is also home to The Ohio State University's flagship and regional campuses, as well as more than 40 other colleges and universities.


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