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Aquatics Manager

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Job Description:

Aquatics Manager

Job Category:

Recreation & Athletics


Campus Recreation and Athletics

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Open until filled, However, review of applications will begin on 2/3/2020.


$47,500 - $52,000 Annually



Background check:

Background check is required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

Under the general direction of the Associate Director of Recreation, this position develops and manages aquatics programs and is responsible for the management of the aquatic s facility. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for the development and management of departmental risk and safety programs for a diverse recreation and athletics program. The incumbent is responsible for the day to day operations of a 50-meter aquatics facility, including, but not limited to, facility scheduling, lifeguard certification, training and scheduling and aquatic program development.

This position is also responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of all department wide risk and safety programs and training. This include, but are not limited to, management of the Emergency Action Plan, scheduling and managing training CPR, AED and first aid training for departmental staff. Working with program areas within the Recreation & Athletics department to ensure proper training for all student staff.

Key Responsibilities:

Program/Operations: Establish risk management policies and guidelines that are written, implemented, trained and updated. Coordinates and documents emergency action plans for natural disasters, drowning, heart attack, diving injury, etc., as appropriate. Initiate, organize and manage a robust aquatics program in conjunction with other programmers within the recreation program on campus; Ensures that staff enforces rules of conduct and safety in an impartial and effective manner; Sets up and maintains regulations and conditions conducive to maximum sanitation and a wholesome environment for the swimming program; Inventories and evaluates pool equipment quarterly (include rescue, safety/first aid, activity and events). Researches, selects and purchases pool equipment and pool chemicals; Establishes future estimated pool equipment/maintenance needs; Responsible for all risk management related duties pertinent to aquatic program participants and staff to include appropriate training and establishment of policies and procedures to reduce general liability and enhance overall safety. Keeps up to date on changing federal, state, and local laws regarding aquatic facilities and emergency response; Serves as the primary point of contact for all aquatics related suggestions and complaints, works with students, faculty, staff, and community members to resolve those issues. Works within the approved annual budget; Oversees operational expenditures and consults with supervisor on all major expenses, planned or unplanned, relating to the operation and maintenance of the aquatic facilities; Prepares monthly management reports to senior department management staff for patron usage numbers, energy program results, memberships and staff payroll totals, etc; Prepares expense & revenue reports for analysis and makes recommendations for departmental cost savings.

Risk and Safety Programs: Develops, implements and manages departmental Emergency Action Plan; Works with athletic training staff to manage EAP at all athletic events; Coordinates and provides for training for all
student staff in CPR/AED, First Aid, Blood borne Pathogens and Lifeguarding; Manages all training and certification records for the department; Develops and implement in service training for all program areas in the department around risk management/safety; Point of contact for the department with Risk Services, Campus Safety and EH&S.

Facility Management: Creates program policies and procedures for swimming pool maintenance/upkeep guidelines and pool chemical testing; Enforces cleanliness of the facilities, in a manner consistent with University and state regulations; Works with staff to maintain daily and or weekly checklists; coordinates & works with maintenance when problems arise; Develop awareness in formal and informal inspection of equipment conditions and needs, report needs to supervisor; Ensures compliance with all Federal, State & County regulations; Oversees and manages day to day pool preventative maintenance for the aquatics complex; Manages facility use schedules for aquatics center using EMS software; Works with Athletic Event Operations Manager to coordinate special events in the aquatics center.


Bachelor's degree in related area and three years management experience and/or 3 years in professional aquatics management required.

Masters degree in related field preferred.

Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification required.

Standard First Aid Instructor Certification required.

Lifeguard Certification required.

California Title 22 Instructor Certification (must be obtained within 3 months of hire) preferred.

Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator Certification (obtain within 3 months of hire) preferred.

Water Safety Instructor required.

Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (obtain within 3 months of hire) preferred.

Ability to successfully pass FBI and DOJ Criminal Check required.

Strong knowledge of program activity and industry best practices required.

Demonstrated strong leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization, internally and externally in non-routine situations required.

Uses highly developed and creative problem-solving skills to deliver and foster a strong service orientation, program management, and sound judgment and decision-making; uses strong critical thinking skills to develop original ideas, in a varied and challenging environment required.

Previous experience training/certifying lifeguards and aquatics staff required.

Thorough demonstrated verbal and written communication skills required.

Experience with Fusion, Activenet or Class software or equal preferred.

Demonstrated experience recruiting, hiring, training and evaluating student staff required.

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