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Recreation Manager #606005

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Informal Recreation, the Aquatics Program Manager is responsible for creating a safe, participant-centered environment reflecting current trends and industry standards for an aquatic environment at the Wall Aquatic Center. Primary functions and responsibilities for this position include programming, student events and activities, coached programs and management of the Learn to Swim program.

Program Management - 30%

  • Responsible for all aspects of the Learn to Swim program (group, private/semi-private and adult swim lessons), including: scheduling trained staff, staff training, maintaining/creating new documentation/support materials as needed, and evaluating instructors.
  • Assist in the recruitment, supervision and training of qualified lifeguards, WSI’s, and coaches.
  • Foster a safe working and learning environment for student staff through comprehensive training, coaching techniques, constructive communication and timely evaluation (emphases: accountability, customer satisfaction and safety) while serving internal and external guests.
  • Assist and serve as back up for operational and program management at WAC.

Program Supervision - 30%

  • Oversee recreational swim times, programming and special events (including associated equipment setup and takedown).
  • Assist with facility scheduling, including working with the event reservations team for pool rentals.
  • Collaborate with departmental team to initiate, execute and evaluate signature events and creative programming, including: implementation, execution, supervision and evaluation of programs and events hosted in the aquatic facility.

Risk Management - 20%

  • Assist in development and maintenance of a risk management plan at the Aquatic Center.
  • Provide on-site coordination and evaluation of activities.
  • Advise, address and resolve issues, problems, conflicts and concerns as assigned, and interact with pool operators (CPO’s) to ensure that accurate information is provided, and positive experiences are attained.
  • Support national recreation trends identified by department, with the intent of remaining a leader among peer institutions.

Marketing and Promotion - 15%

  • Assist in marketing and promotion of aquatic activities within Campus Recreation, including social media networks and website page maintenance.
  • Provide accurate and timely communications to the Recreation Center Manager and the Assistant Director of Informal Recreation.

Other - 5%

  • Serve as a contributing member of staff.
  • Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, serve on committees and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Utilize strategic planning, conceptualization, critical thinking, independent judgment, problem solving, creativity, initiative, vision and innovation to ensure quality in all areas of responsibility.
  • Participate as a representative of Campus Recreation at university programs and events such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Orientation, Expos and New Employee Orientations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Park & Recreation Management, Health Education/Promotion or field related to Aquatic programming; AND,
  • Two years of administrative/coordinative program experience.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification in CPO and/or AFO.
  • Additional work experience beyond the minimum qualifications in the field of Aquatics.
  • Experience supervising, training and evaluating staff.
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard, WSI, CPR for the professional Rescuer and LGI certification.
  • American Red Cross LGIT, WSIT, CPR-Instructor.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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