Coordinator - Aquatics & Safety

Location US-WV-Huntington
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CENTERS is a management company that specializes in campus recreation. We partner with universities to manage their departments, facilities, finances, and deliver exceptional customer service. Since 1998, Centers remains the first and only mission centric organization committed to student development and departmental excellence on behalf of its clients. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at ten universities/colleges within the United States.


The Coordinator of Aquatics & Safety is responsible for the oversight and management of aquatic programs and staff. This position will manage all aspects of the learn to swim program as well as safety certifications and programming. The Coordinator will be responsible for assisting in the management of the natatorium.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Assist for the management and upkeep of the natatorium
  • Hire, train and evaluate program and operational staff
  • Manage all aquatic and safety related programming as it relates to participation, revenue and staffing
  • Serve as co-chair of risk management committee
  • Manage safety trainings, mock emergencies and semesterly audits on behalf of the department
  • Manage the department certification database as it relates to operational and program staffing

Administrative Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for the preparation, forecasting and monitoring of income and expense budgets as it relates to areas of responsibility
  • Responsible for the supervision of part-time employees within scope of program areas
  • Evaluate performance and program effectiveness through regular assessment
  • Responsible for ensuring areas of responsibility stay in line with current trends
  • Oversee policies and procedures development for all areas of responsibility
  • Manage budget, strategic planning, and assessment as it pertains to the program area
  • Prepare regular written communication such as monthly and annual reports, financial and participation reports and equipment inventory reports


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
  • At least two years of programming experience preferred
  • Experience working in a collegiate/community recreation environment, strong communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience within aquatics
  • Knowledge of standard practices and demonstrated experience in recreational sports
  • Leadership and supervisory abilities
  • Ability to work as part of, and lead a team that collaborates effectively with colleagues
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm
  • Analytical skills to: identify problems, assess alternatives, and render consistent, logical decisions
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyle choices
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification (or willing to obtain)
  • Current American Red Cross CPR/AED/FA Instructor certification (or willing to obtain)
  • Current CPO/AFO certification (or willing to obtain)
  • Current LGI & WSI certifications (or willing to obtain)



Technical Competencies

Some knowledge of HR theories and best practices in recruitment and staff development

  • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of understanding budgets
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Professional Competencies

  • Adaptability, analytical & critical thinking, initiative & motivation, planning & project management, decision making & judgment, business acumen, customer service, teamwork, diversity awareness, interpersonal relationships, communication, integrity, leadership, long-term focus, organizational learning & change management

Human Relations:
Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external customers and vendors. Contact involves troubleshooting, informing, exchanging information, negotiating, making recommendations, and giving information or instructions.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Work Environment and Physical Demands:


Work Environment

  • Office environment/ pool environment
  • Non-smoking environment 
  • Moderate to loud noise
  • Local, regional and national travel as required
  • Evening or weekend work as required                             

Physical Demands

  • Sitting at desk or table for at least 70% of the work day
  • Walking or working with natatorium/recreation facilities 30% of the work day
  • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
  • Occasional bending, stooping
  • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
  • Hearing and talking


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