Graduate Supervisor - Aquatics

Location US-OH-Cleveland
Job ID
# Positions
Graduate Assistants
Salary Min
USD $17.00/Hr.


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.


Under the direction of the Coordinator, Aquatics & Safety, the Graduate Supervisor of Aquatics & Safety has responsibility for assisting with the day-to-day operations and management of the following positions: Lifeguards, Aquatics Supervisors, Swim Instructors, and Safety Instructors. In the event of a vacant shift in these positions, the Graduate Supervisor, Aquatics & Safety may need to provide coverage on a case-by-case basis.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist the Coordinator, Aquatics & Safety with the oversight, training, and supervision of Aquatics staff, including hiring, scheduling, and completion of bi-weekly payroll
  • Lead disciplinary meetings with part-time student staff
  • Conduct part-time staff meetings with the assistance of the Coordinator, Aquatics & Safety
  • Create, develop, and enforce policies and procedures, budget oversight, and revenue projections as it relates to the aquatics department
  • Inventory and purchase first aid supplies for the Recreation Center and Student Center
  • Attend mandatory meetings including full-staff and assigned committee meetings
  • Program/plan one special event or program each academic year

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Lead certification courses in Lifeguarding and CPR/AED/First Aid for Professional Rescuer
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings hosted by the University Recreation and Wellbeing department
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, Higher Education, Education, or related field
  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University
  • Current certifications in Lifeguarding and CPR/AED/First Aid Professional Rescuer, or the ability to obtain within 30 days of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a professional team that collaborates effectively with colleagues
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values entrepreneurial spirit, high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles

Preferred Requirements:

  • One year of undergraduate experience in campus recreation and knowledge of basic practices in recreational sports
  • Certifications in Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor, or willing to obtain within 30 days of employment
  • Certifications in Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor Trainer, and/or Certified Pool Operator
  • Experience with Adapted Aquatics or Special Needs Individuals

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Work Environment:

  • Office environment/pool environment/fitness facility environment  
  • Non-smoking environment  
  • Moderate to loud noise
  • Local, regional, and national 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 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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