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Aquatics Manager

Seattle Parks & Recreation is recruiting an Aquatics Manager with experience operating public swimming pools, swimming beaches and small craft facilities. This position manages 8 indoor pools, 2 outdoor pools, 25 wading pools, 11 spray parks, 2 Rowing and Sailing Centers, 7 boat ramps and 9 lifeguarded summer beaches, and the associated staff.

Your contribution to Seattle Parks and Recreation will make a difference

In addition to planning, organizing, directing, and supervising 14 direct reports and 2 seasonal staff who operate public swimming pools and small craft centers, you will also have indirect supervision of 72 year-round staff and several hundred temporary staff. 

In this job you will:

  • Manage daily operations at all aquatics facilities, and ensure that all safety, health, and maintenance protocols are consistently enforced.
  • Develop and implement strategies to build a diverse workforce, deliver aquatic programs and services consistent with the City's Race & Social Justice Initiative. 
  • Manage expense budget of about $10M with delegated authority to exercise substantial discretion in allocating financial resources, including budget adjustments, dealing with multiple fund sources and complying with fund source requirements (grants). 

kids having fun in an indoor swimming pool 

  • Develop and recommend solutions to problems through a keen understanding of industry requirements and operating standards for public aquatic facilities.

kids on dock near small sailboats with sails raised

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Business Administration, Public Administration, Leisure Services or related field or four years of equivalent experience and/or education and/or training which provides an equivalent background to perform the work.
  • Five years of full-time recreation work with increasing responsibility for planning, coordinating, and implementing a variety of aquatics and/or recreation programs. At least three (3) years of this experience must have been in a management role with experience in business and large budget operations, project management, people management or human resources.

You have these skills or abilities: 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles, methods, techniques and practices of contemporary, urban, public recreation programming and administration
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in motivation techniques and delegation skills
  • Knowledge of facility maintenance operations and planning
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a variety of settings (e.g. public meetings, Commission meetings, with the media, staff reports, major studies, etc.)
  • Ability to manage and direct a professional staff by ensuring the quality and efficiency of work, the understanding of their responsibilities and the resolution of their questions
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the public, answer questions, and resolve problems

lifeguard overlooking grassy beach on lakeside with many swimmers

  • Ability to spark, manage, and lead, change with in a dynamic organization
  • Ability to work in an urban environment with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds; experience with diversity including, but not limited to economic, ethnic, age, and gender

Additional desired qualifications, position functions and information can be found in the detailed job posting.