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Manager of Aquatics

Job Details

Recreation Center of Highland Park - Highland Park, IL
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$80,500.00 - $92,575.00 Salary/year



Responsible for the operations and associated aquatics programs at the Recreation Center of Highland Park (Indoor Pool), Hidden Creek AquaPark (outdoor aquatic park), Rosewood Swimming Beach, Park Avenue Boating Facility and other Lakefront Facilities/Park Properties. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises aquatics at the revenue facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, the swimming beach, concession stands, and parking lots.
  • Supervises the monitoring of patron access control, behavior management, conduct ordinances and park district policies related to various park properties with an emphasis on lakefront.
  • Directly supervise park ambassadors who supervise the access, safety, and security of lake front properties. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and provide leadership to employees that will give them the tools necessary to fulfill Park District goals.
  • Conducts investigations and studies when operationally required, providing results and recommendations to the Assistant Director of Recreation Services
  • Creates and recommends a detailed annual operating budget for Hidden Creek AquaPark, Rosewood Beach, Park Avenue Boating Facility and aquatics-related programs, camps, and facility rentals, including estimates of all sources of revenues and expenses; makes recommendations on all fees and memberships; explains the necessity of items in the budget to the Assistant Director; supervises the expenditure of funds once the budget is approved.
  • Makes arrangements with the Communication/Marketing Department for dissemination of news releases, flyers, brochures, and other public relations and materials.
  • Processes bills, request forms, memberships, registration forms, bid specifications, etc., as related to areas of responsibility.
  • Keeps files, supervises programs, and conducts inservice training for aquatics staff.
  • Responsible for purchase of supplies including capital development for aquatics operations.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, including end of season reports, financial reports, board and variance reports, enrollment reports, and other reports as requested. 
  • Prepares all accident and incident reports for the areas of responsibility and forwards them to the appropriate personnel.
  • Reviews and approves payroll and submit with proper account distribution to the Assistant Director of Recreation Services
  • Inspects facilities on a daily basis, and report maintenance and safety issues to the appropriate staff member.
  • Attend staff and Board meetings as directed by the Assistant Director of Recreation Service 
  • Prepare, review, and make recommendations on operating policies and procedures at all levels.
  • Assist in setting, upholding, and enforcing safety standards, including but not limited to the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the facility and train staff on the same.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

This position directly supervises the Recreation Supervisors of Aquatics - Program and Lakefront, Recreation Facilities Coordinator, and part-time and seasonal staff at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, Hidden Creek AquaPark, and Rosewood Beach. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Education and/or Experience: 

Bachelor's degree from a fouryear college or university or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A minimum of four years management experience in aquatic supervision, recreation program planning and operational duties. Related professional certification preferred.



Computer Skills: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software, Internet software and Word Processing software.



Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification, Valid Drivers License 
American Red Cross CPR/AED Certification, Certified Pool Operator preferred, Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront Certification preferred. 

Schedule: Typically, Monday through Friday with nights and weekends required as needed. The employee will need to be on call for emergencies and accessible outside of regular office hours via cell phone and email.

Classification: Full-time, exempt

Benefits: Excellent benefit package including paid holidays and paid time off, health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending, a defined benefit pension plan (IMRF) and a voluntary deferred retirement plan, opportunities to get involved in recreational programs for free or reduced cost, and more.

The Park District of Highland Park is an equal opportunity employer.