CPRS Job Listing

Job Ad ID: 2368

Aquatics Coordinator

Salary: $65,555.46 - $81,869.79
Location: Indio, CA
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DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, schedules, assigns, reviews, supervises, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the direct delivery of aquatic and swim programs and services; organizes and coordinates aquatic programs, services, activities, and facility operations across multiple sites; develops, implements, evaluates, promotes, and supervises programs and program staff; fosters cooperative working relationships with various public, private, and community groups; provides technical and specialized assistance to management staff; and performs related work as required.

Supervision Received AND Exercised: Receives general direction from a Community Services Manager. Exercises direct supervision over technical, administrative, and program support staff.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS: This is a full supervisory-level class within Community Services that exercises independent judgement on diverse and specialized aquatics programs with accountability and ongoing decision-making responsibilities associated with the work. Incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of staff and for providing technical support to management in a variety of areas. Performance of the work requires the use of independence, initiative, and discretion within established guidelines.


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Plans, organizes, supervises, coordinates, reviews, and evaluates aquatic and swim programs, services, activities, and facility operations; establishes schedules and methods for providing aquatic programs and services; recommends improvements or modifications. Supervises, coordinates, and participates in the day-to-day operations of recreation programs and facilities.
  • Supervises, coordinates, and participates in the day-to-day operations of aquatic programs and facilities.
  • Assists in the recruitment and selection of staff and provides recommendations; provides supervision, training, orientation, and guidance to assigned staff; prepares weekly and daily schedules; provides input and documentation for performance evaluations.
  • Participates in the implementation of program goals, objectives, policies, and priorities in line with the District’s vision and master plan.
  • Monitors program budgets and participates in annual budget preparation; identifies resource needs; prepares detailed cost estimates with appropriate justifications; monitors and approves expenditures.
  • Assists with the preparation and facilitation of CPR and First Aid classes for various District personnel.
  • Works with community groups and residents in the development, coordination, and promotion of aquatic recreation and leisure programs; oversees and coordinates facility usage, and scheduling of activities, instruction, and events.
  • Researches trends, community demographics, and recreational interests and needs related to aquatic recreational programs through a variety of methods including but not limited to community consultations, surveys and focus groups; analyzes and interprets data to assist in formulating recommendations and strategic plans.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of pool operations and program and service delivery methods, based on measurable outcomes; recommends and implements modification as necessary.
  • Monitors contract agreements with service providers; assists with recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of contract employees.
  • Coordinates assigned services and operations with those of other departments/divisions and outside agencies.
  • Provides reliable, effective lifeguard services and medical equipment in the field.
  • Creates marketing materials for aquatic programs, including developing and preparing brochures, flyers, newsletters, and other materials; maintains and updates informational channels such as bulletin boards and websites including social media as needed.
  • Acts as a representative to patrons and residents regarding questions, problems, concerns, and activities in the provision of aquatic program and pool operations, activities, and services.
  • Represents the District in meetings with members of other public and private organizations, community groups, contractors, and the public.
  • Maintains accurate records of services and activities, including recreation schedules, program participation and analysis, rosters of participants, revenues, expenditures, grants, contract programs, accidents, and vandalism.
  • Maintains current knowledge of aquatic recreation program topics and issues; recommends improvements, as appropriate.
  • Ensures staff observe and comply with all District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of recreation program development, implementation, review, and evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Recreational, cultural, age-specific, and social needs of the community.
  • Principles and practices of aquatic programming and service delivery, including rules, materials, and equipment.
  • Community organizations to source and partner in the provision of recreation and community programs and services.
  • Basic principles and practices of budget administration and monitoring.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of basic public relations techniques including the utilization of social media.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to aquatic recreation programs and activities.
  • Research and survey techniques including data collection methodologies and statistical analysis.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Methods and techniques of conducting training in assigned program area.
  • Methods of preparing, processing, and maintaining records, reports, forms, and other documents and correspondence.
  • District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols, including basic first aid and adult and/or child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) methods.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability to:

  • Plan, oversee, coordinate, review, and evaluate aquatic program operations and activities, as well as staff, contractors, and volunteers.
  • Plan and prepare recreation activity schedules, staffing schedules, reports, and other related program materials.
  • Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Recommend and administer program and project budgets.
  • Select and supervise staff; provide training and development opportunities; ensure work is performed effectively; and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Develop promotional materials and effectively market District aquatic programs and services.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Conduct a variety of training programs in assigned area.
  • Effectively represent the department and the District in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
  • Respond quickly and appropriately in emergency situations and deal effectively with injuries and accidents resulting from aquatic/recreational programs and activities.
  • Maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: Equivalent to an associate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in sports administration, physical education, recreation, or a related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience developing and instructing aquatic recreation programs and swim instruction, including two (2) years in a lead capacity.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of valid certifications in First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Training, and Water Safety Instructor Training, to be maintained throughout employment.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

When assigned to an office environment, must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and visit various District and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; ability to stand and walk between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.

When working in an external environment, position requires sitting, standing, walking on slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stopping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 50 pounds, or heavier weights, in all cases with the use of proper equipment and/or assistance from other staff.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees also work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, hazardous physical substances and fumes, dust and air contaminants. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

How To Apply:

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