Be Part of Our Mission
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.
Under the direct supervision of the Camp Director or Program Director, the aquatic director coordinates and supervises the day to day operation of the waterfront or pool programs in resident camp.
Scope and Responsibilities:
- Organize interesting and safe programs that meet the camper's needs.
- Train staff in pool/waterfront safety standards and emergency procedures.
- Maintain high levels of safety standards and enforce strict safety standard rules at aquatic areas.
- Maintain high levels of lifeguard duty; pull any staff person not upholding those high standards.
- Assist with the over-all functions of the camp daily schedule.
- Responsible for the overall safety and cleanliness of all aquatic areas and its equipment.
- Assist to supervise counselors.
- Assist in organizing and teaching waterfront search and supervise practice drills.
- Responsible for security of the aquatic areas.
- Supervise camp staff working the aquatic areas.
- Supervise and organize additional aquatic activities, i.e., swim parties, blobbing, etc.
- Responsible for aquatic keys loaned out to staff wanted to swim on time off.
- Report all injuries and complete required forms to the Camp Director/Program Director.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
- Assist in keeping the camp looking nice-pick up litter- it can be contagious.
- Deal with any staff management issues promptly- You are committing to report any staff issues to the Camp Director immediately. You are expected to not ask your staff do to anything that you would not do yourself.
- Evaluate camper swimming ability at the beginning of every session.
- Organize pool lifeguard rotations daily.
- Assist in initiation of a strict and efficient water safety program for the entire camp in keeping with the American Camping Association, YMCA, and Red Cross requirements.
- Be on the pool deck at all times, never leave the deck unattended.
- Serve as a positive role model for staff and campers set example of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
- Follow opening and closing procedures for all aquatic areas. Follow opening and closing procedures for all aquatic areas. Responsible to be sure aquatic areas are locked up and secured while not in use.
- Provide leadership to staff training.
- Assist in conducting evaluations for counselors.
- Plan and implement camp pool and/or waterfront programs and activities
- Supports the commitment of the YMCA to child abuse prevention by:
- Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor.
- Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
- Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
- Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Current Lifeguard certification
- Current CPR and First Aid Certification (within the last year)
- At least 1 year aquatics and supervisory experience
- Proficient in swimming and safety skills.
- Must pass a water skills test and written exam.
- Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers. Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.
- Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200lb person. Physically able to see, hear, and communicate clearly.
- Able to read, write, and perform basic math to complete daily chemical logs and individual must possess strong organizational, budgetary, computer and communication skills, written and verbal.
- Ability to communicate and work with all ages of campers and skill levels