Director of Aquatic Safety

Company : Name Linked Lake View YMCA
Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Location : Address
3333 N. Marshfield
Variable Schedule
Business hours plus additional hours as needed




Director of Aquatic Safety

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is seeking an aquatic safety leader responsible for driving compliance with the Association’s high aquatics standards and elevating the culture of safety throughout the Association. This position is tasked with measurably increasing compliance, mitigating risk exposure in the area of aquatics, and reducing aquatics-related claims.

The Director of Aquatic Safety is responsible for designing, planning, implementing and overseeing comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance strategies for the Association’s aquatics standards, and elevating the culture of safety throughout the Association. This role will identify and assess risks to help develop strategies and training to manage such risks. This position is responsible for measurably increasing compliance, mitigating aquatics risk exposure, and reducing aquatics-related claims. To improve compliance, this role is responsible for developing and communicating strategic and operational goal setting and conducting employee evaluations for aquatic safety.  

The Director of Aquatic Safety will collaborate with various leaders, including the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations and other staff throughout the Association to ensure the safety and security of program participants; and operate in accordance with the State of Illinois licensing regulations and the YMCA philosophy and goals.


Job Responsibilities

  • Leadership position responsible designing, planning, implementing and overseeing comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance strategies for the Association’s aquatics standards, and elevating the culture of safety throughout the Association
  • Identify and improve organizational strategies in consultation with Vice President, Legal & Risk Management to identify talent, structure, and program changes, as needed
  • Partner with leadership to coach and mentor aquatics staff with the goal of measurably improving compliance with internal policies and mandated standards
  • Audit and measure compliance through:
    • Monthly in-service training (facilitate and conduct as-needed; unannounced audits)
    • Comprehensive safety checks
    • Weekly center audits
    • Daily scanning drills and safety spot checks
    • Periodic review of training certifications and records
    • Randomized review of surveillance footage and reports to Executive Directors
  • Create and facilitate dynamic trainings for lifeguards, swim instructors, and aquatics directors with a focus on areas requiring improvement
  • Identify best practices and elevated aquatic standards; create clear consistent communication and measures of accountability in sharing those with aquatics staff and measuring performance
  • Make recommendations to leadership to advance aquatic safety goals and mitigate risk
  • Evaluate program results, identify areas for improvement to achieve desired goals and objectives
  • Facilitate safety culture to demonstrably reduce aquatics-related claims

Skills/Qualifications and Professional Competencies

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor certification required
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer and Swim Lessor Instructor Trainer required
  • Strong familiarity with compliance standards for:
    • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
    • Water Safety Instructor training
    • Swim Lesson Instructor certification
  • Understanding of Certified Pool Operator/Aquatic Facility Operator certification requirements (CPO and/or AFO certification preferred)
  • Extensive knowledge of lifeguarding best practices and effective training methods to maximize effectiveness and compliance
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills required, particularly in the establishment of metrics and analytics to measure compliance with internal policies and mandated standards
  • Effective communicator with strong customer service instincts
  • Strong reporting and presentation skills; high proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Project planning and management skills
  • Strong skills in organizational learning and change management


  • 8-10 years of substantive aquatics experience
  • 3-5 years of training and compliance experience
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Degree in Recreation, Management, or Physical Education preferred

Child Abuse Prevention / Support the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training, as required


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