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Job Title: Aquatics Manager
Department: Gainesville Parks and Recreation
Location: Gainesville, GA
Job Code: 729
Application Deadline: 2018-01-31
Minimum Education: 4 Year College Degree
Minimum Experience: 2 Years Experience in Aquatics
Salary: $35,318.40 - $56,534.40 annually
Date Posted: 2017-08-01
Last Updated: 2017-11-28
Contact Name: Meghan Modisette
Contact Method: By Email
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 7705335853
Contact Address: 830 Green Street NE
Gainesville, GA  30501

Under the direction of the Frances Meadows Division Manager, the Aquatics Manager assists in developing, organizing and implementing high quality aquatic programs. Provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for aquatics staff in accordance with GPRA policies and procedures.


Interviews, makes hiring recommendations, plans and assigns work, reviews and evaluates performance of 80 PT Lifeguards/Water Safety Instructors; provides guidance, discusses problems or concerns, trains and counsels staff as necessary to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

Plan and conduct staff orientation, training, and in-service programs.

Conduct all aspects of pool operations in conjunction with the FMACC Operations Manager and Division Manager to ensure the health, safety, and sanitation standards are maintained.

Hold and maintain current certifications in ARC LG, WSI, CPR and FA. Instructor level certifications are required.

Function as on-site supervisor, lifeguard, swim instructor and other staff level positions as needed.

Meet the public and positively represent GPRA to promote water safety, instructional services and recreational opportunities.

Plan, oversee, and assist with aquatic program registration.

Promote and provide public information concerning aquatic programs including addressing public questions and concerns.

Develop and implement programming to include but not limited to Learn-to-Swim, Water Safety, Junior Lifeguard Camp, Lifeguard Classes, and special events in conjunction with the Frances Meadows Center Division Manager and other key staff.

Coordinate with swim teams, special groups and populations for program / facility usage.

Maintains certification records for all aquatics staff including lifeguards, lifeguard instructors, and water safety instructors.

Assures that all patrons and staff adhere to GPRA policies and regulations and effectively mediates and handles all patron and/or staff disciplinary actions.

Maintains and updates manuals and training documents on a yearly basis.

Complete and submit all required reports on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to include short and long range aquatic plans, budget, goals, and capital needs.

Accountable for all income generated on a daily basis.

Responsible for properly opening and securing the aquatic complex daily.

Interact with other departments within GPRA to assure proper mechanical / sanitary operation.

Execute and enforce any proclamation from the Director, Deputy Director, FMACC Division Manager, FMACC Assistant Division Manager or high authority.

These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


Education and Experience:

Four year degree in Recreation or related field with at least two years of related experience and/or training that includes aquatic administrative support or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the minimum level of qualifications stated above.

Licenses and Certifications:

Current American Red Cross Waterpark Lifeguard Certification

Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification

Current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification

Hold an AFO and/or CPO certification.

Desired: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer Certification, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer Certification, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional

Valid Class C Driver’s License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Have knowledge of and skill in approved water-rescue and accident-prevention techniques, emergency procedures, simulation drills, water-safety policies, first aid, and CPR, including backboard rescue.

Have extensive knowledge of mechanical/chemical/maintenance of pool systems.

Have knowledge of state and local heath/sanitation/safety codes for public aquatic facilities.

Considerable knowledge of current theories, practices and procedures in aquatic functions and programming.

Ability to give directions and gain compliance from subordinates.

Have excellent public relations and communication skills (oral and written).

Possess strong organizational, planning, leadership, supervisory, and problem solving skills.

Ability to effectively manage emergency situations.

Physical ability to perform the duties associated with job description.

Skill in public relations.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to handle multiple priorities, problems and demanding situations.

Must possess a strong customer service orientation.

Ability to organize time, priorities and schedules and plan tasks, project plans and timelines.

Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude.

Must be highly organized and have the ability to multi-task.

Must have experience and comfort in operating pools.

Must have ability to plan and meet deadlines.

Must be able to work with limited supervision.

Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.

Hours may be long and irregular.

Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to moderate work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (20-50 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as wetness, humidity, temperature/weather extremes, or traffic hazards.

Must be goal and results driven.

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