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Summer Programs - Aquatics Director

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The Potomac School - McLean, VA


The Aquatics Director is a seasonal position that reports to the Director of Summer Programs. The aquatics program will run from June 20 - August 4, 2023 (no camp on July 3 and 4). The expected hours of work are 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The Director is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and  maintenance of Potomac’s aquatic facility and equipment, prioritizing safety of the campers and supervising the aquatics team. The Director is a leadership presence in nurturing a sense of community and creating a healthy camp environment.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Potomac Schools' Auxiliary Programs team to oversee recruitment, training and schedules of the aquatic staff.

  • Serve as a mentor and trainer to the aquatic staff. Supervise the team’s day-to-day activities. Schedule and lead weekly meetings and safety drills. Complete staff evaluations at the end of the season.

  • Be easily accessible to the aquatic team to support them, specially with camper discipline and emergency situations.

  • Ability to communicate and give swim instructions effectively to campers age 5-15.

  • Oversee camper placement within the aquatic program. Implement and oversee swim lessons, free swim and pool safety. Ensure that the activities are age appropriate and offer a safe, engaging and high quality summer program. 

  • Ensure all safety protocols and procedures established by Summer@Potomac are followed by campers and staff. 

  • Ability to assess camper behavior and implement safety and emergency procedures, if needed. Communicate with camper families, if needed. Maintain a log of communication with camper families.

  • Actively participate in Summer@Potomac camp activities and build relationships with campers and other members of the team.

  • Adhere to the procedures and policies outlined in the Summer@Potomac Handbook.

  • Oversee the maintenance of the pools, to include chemistry, climate control, cleanliness, and related maintenance. Ensuring that all appropriate water, environmental, health and safety standards are maintained; pools are compliant with all local, state and national requirements.

  • Manage the ordering of camp supplies and equipment. Ensure the proper use of Summer@Potomac facilities and equipment.

  • Ensure the pool area is clean, safe and free from debris and hazardous materials.

  • Communicate effectively with the Director of Summer Programs to report any concerns about a camper’s and a staff member’s health, safety and behavior. 

  • Participate in staff orientations, pre-camp staff training, preparations for camp opening and meetings. Ensure that the pool is ready for the first day of camp - June 20, 2023. Participate in weekly director staff meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Must be 21 years of age and possess a degree.

  • Must be a certified Lifeguard and have First Aid CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.

  • Current pool operator license.

  • At least 1 year of previous experience as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor.

  • Prior experience in managing pools and supervising staff is preferred.

  • Strong social, organizational, communication and computer skills are required.

  • Responsible, energetic, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude.  

  • Physical ability to participate in activities with campers outdoors (run, sit on the floor, walk and stand for longer periods of time).

  • Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences within a diverse population of campers and staff.

  • All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background investigation which involves fingerprinting and TB screening.


In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued. We are an equal opportunity employer.