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Department Statement

Colgate University is a special place to work and offers many unique opportunities, including the ability to work with and among world class faculty and staff at a highly selective residential liberal arts institution. This position provides an opportunity to become familiar with the variety of regular positions that are available at the University, as well as the ability to add employment at a distinct University to your resume.

Successful candidates for this position will earn sick leave, paid time off, free parking, and a University ‘Gate Card that provides access to fitness facilities, athletic and cultural events, as well as a discount on many items at the University Bookstore.

This type of appointment is not approved to work more than 999 hours per year for all positions combined. Should incumbents work more than a total of 999 hours in a year the appointment may not continue beyond one year of service.


The Lifeguard Supervisor is primarily responsible for the management of Colgate’s natatorium while actively participating in and contributing to continuous quality improvement.
The duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Staff Recruitment and Training: Recruiting, hiring, and training lifeguards to ensure they are prepared with the necessary skills and certifications, such as CPR, first aid, and lifeguarding techniques, to effectively monitor the indoor pool area.
Shift Scheduling and Deployment: Creating and managing lifeguard schedules to ensure adequate coverage during all operating hours, including weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Assigning lifeguards to specific pool zones based on swimmer density and risk assessment.
Supervision and Monitoring: Directly supervising lifeguards during their shifts, providing guidance, support, and feedback to ensure they adhere to safety protocols and maintain vigilance in monitoring pool activities.
Emergency Response Coordination: Overseeing emergency response procedures and coordinating with lifeguards during water rescues, medical emergencies, or other incidents. Acting as a point of contact for emergency services and providing support as needed.
Equipment Maintenance and Inventory: Ensuring that all lifeguard equipment, such as rescue tubes, first aid kits, and communication devices, are regularly inspected, maintained, and stocked. Coordinating repairs or replacements as necessary to ensure readiness for emergencies.
Safety Inspections and Risk Assessment: Conducting regular inspections of the indoor pool area to identify potential hazards, such as slippery surfaces, malfunctioning equipment, or inadequate signage. Implementing measures to mitigate risks and enhance safety for patrons and staff.
Policy Enforcement and Patron Management: Enforcing facility rules and regulations related to pool safety, such as swimming restrictions, diving policies, and behavior guidelines. Addressing any violations or misconduct among patrons promptly and appropriately.
Customer Service and Communication: Providing excellent customer service to pool patrons, addressing inquiries or concerns related to pool operations, safety procedures, or facility amenities. Communicating effectively with staff, patrons, and management to maintain a positive and welcoming environment.
Documentation and Reporting: Maintaining accurate records of incidents and accidents as well as staff training and certifications. Generating reports for management and regulatory agencies as required to ensure compliance with safety standards.
Continual Improvement and Training: Participating in ongoing training and professional development opportunities to stay current on lifeguarding techniques, safety protocols, and industry best practices. Providing training and guidance to lifeguards to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • One (1) year of lifeguard experience
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications
  • American Red Cross Certification as Lifeguard (LG) and Instructor ( LGI )
  • All required certifications must be current and attained prior to the first day of employment
Preferred Qualifications
  • Water Safety Instructor ( WSI ) certification is preferred.

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

Please share the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Copies of Current Required and Related Certifications (under the additional documents section of the application)
EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition.

Colgate attracts world-renowned faculty in a breadth of subject matters as well as innovative leaders in higher-ed administration, all dedicated to building on an educational tradition that has prepared generations of Colgate graduates for success. 

Colgate is deeply invested in employees’ success, and we all work together to ensure that students receive the premier education that is at the University’s core.

The Colgate campus, ranked as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is a place where students develop lifelong bonds with each other, faculty, and staff.

Colgate is located in the village of Hamilton, a community of about 3,800 residents who enjoy downtown’s art galleries and restaurants and who take pride in the many historic homes and public buildings.

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