• Associate Director - Aquatics & Programs

    Location US-WV-Morgantown
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Associate Directors
  • Overview

    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 university campus recreation centers at ten site locations within the United States.


    Mylan Park owns, programs, leases, and manages over 350 acres of mixed-use recreation, social, health, and wellness facilities for the Greater Morgantown community.  Through a public private partnership with WVU, Mylan Park is also home to a variety of both indoor and outdoor Intramural, Club Sports, and NCAA Big 12 Collegiate Athletic programs and the state’s only 50M aquatic facility.  This partnership provides priority use of over 50 acres of field space, and more than 140,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art indoor facilities, for programs including WVU Swimming & Diving, indoor soccer, softball, rugby, flag football, WVU Women’s Track & Field, cheer, boxing, outdoor soccer, lacrosse, roller derby, and more.


    The Associate Director of Aquatics & Programs will be responsible for overseeing a high-functioning area of the department to include all aspects of aquatic and programming operations throughout the park.  The Associate Director works closely with all staff and stakeholders to provide strategy, coordination, communication, and successful implementation of all park programs including assuming the primary operational responsibility for the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.  The Associate Director is responsible for supporting park users, tenants, lessees, and stakeholders through development and execution of the park’s program plan. This position requires strong critical thinking skills as well as an entrepreneurial and customer service focused attitude.  The Associate Director applies the CENTERS Essential Attitudes for High Performance as the standard for leading a team of professional and part-time employees.


    Recruitment/Staff Development:

    • Lead a dynamic and comprehensive team to meet the aquatics, traditional, and non-traditional programming facility operations needs of Mylan Park and its stakeholders, including the specialized needs of our NCAA, Club, and H.S. user groups
    • Hire, supervise, train, mentor, and evaluate both full-time and part-time staff (Including supervising a minimum of two full-time direct reports and three indirect full-time reports. 
    • Create, encourage and support professional development opportunities for the team, including professional association involvement, training programs and mentoring
    • Lead the aquatic and facilities and operationsprogramming  teams in creating, developing and administering of park policies and procedures that support the mission, vision, goals and objectives of Mylan Park
    • Develop & execute the comprehensive risk management plan for the department including program, facility, and event based EAPs
    • Oversees safety & skills certification program including lifeguarding, CPR/ First Aid & AED, WSI, and other related trainings for both employees and the public

    Fiscal Accountability:

    • Prepare and monitor income and expense budgets for areas of responsibility
    • Work closely with the Associate Director of Facilities & Operations to review price quotes for the procurement of parts, services, and labor for aquatic and athletics facility related projects
    • Develop and implement departmental maintenance & capital planspool chemical and supply operational plan and budget
    • Prepare and submit quarterly and annual reports for areas of responsibility
    • Coordinate facility equipment and supply purchases in accordance with annual expense budget 

    Strategic Accountability:

    • Create an environment that inspires innovation, entrepreneurialism, and high levels of client and customer service
    • Develops and maintains positive relationships with co-workers, volunteers, vendors, stakeholders, customers, and client.
    • Oversee the comprehensive departmentwide assessment strategy for all programs & services 

    Facility Management:

    • Oversees aquatics and other program equipment inventory, policies, and procedures
    • Assist in the strategic planning of aquatic and program related facilities including the feasibility of new facilities, and the capital repair & replacement plans for existing.
    • Works closely with the coordinator of marketing and membership to recruit and retain members and aquatic center rental groups  
    • Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of pools. Assist the Coordinator of Competitive Aquatics in securing and scheduling all pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.
    • Responsible for administering regular and scheduled safety drill and audits for all park facilities and staff.
    • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal safety & environmental regulations as they relate to pool operations. 
    • Including adherence to permitting requirements, health department codes, and model aquatic health code standards
    • Works closely with other department managers to ensure that the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park meets the programming, operations, and event needs and requirements of our users

    Other Responsibilities:

    • Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required
    • Attend Mylan Park Foundation board meetings as required
    • Is available on-call for facilities related emergencies


    • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree preferred
    • Must have at least five (5) years of professional experience in aquatic management related field
    • Demonstrated experience in facilities and operations management; experience must include aquatic facility management
    • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of developing and analyzing budgets
    • Fiscal accountability
    • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities
    • Ability to write concise, logical reports
    • Knowledge of industry standard practices
    • Demonstrated experience and ability to work as part of, and lead a collaborative, professional team
    • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm



    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:

    • Office, aquatic, and outdoor environment
    • Moderate to loud noise
    • Occasional regional and national travel

    Physical Demands:

    • Sitting at desk or table for at least 50% of the work day
    • Standing or walking for at least 50% of the work day
    • Occasional heavy lifting
    • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
    • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
    • Hearing and talking 


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