Aquatics Program Manager

University of California Merced

Merced, CA

ID: 7081103
Posted: July 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Aquatics Program Manager

University of California Merced

Hiring Range

Level 3: $50,000 - $56,000

Level 4: $56,000 - $68,000

Job Closing Date

Review of applications will begin 07/06/21

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

Under the general direction of the Associate Director of Recreation, this position develops and manages aquatics programs and is responsible for the management of the aquatic's facility. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for the development and management of departmental risk and safety programs for a diverse recreation and athletics program. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 50-meter aquatics facility, including, but not limited to, facility scheduling, lifeguard certification, training and scheduling and aquatic program development.

This position is also responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of all department wide risk and safety programs and training. This include, but are not limited to, management of the Emergency Action Plan, scheduling and managing American Red Cross training CPR, AED and first aid training for departmental staff. Working with program areas within the Recreation & Athletics department to ensure proper training for all student staff.

This position is also responsible to oversee the cleanliness and maintenance of the water systems, drains and pool decks through subordinate staff.

*Note: The level of which the position is hired will depend on the qualifications of the individual.


Level 3:

• Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years professional experience managing aquatics programs or a 2-year graduate assistant position.
• Master's degree in related field. Preferred
• Demonstrates advanced client service leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative thinking skills to resolve non-standard issues.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language. Demonstrated ability to incorporate key program information for inclusion in web-based and other marketing materials.
• Advanced proficiency in the use of computer applications relevant to job duties.
• Advanced knowledge of campus policies and procedures.
• Advanced knowledge of program activity and best practices. Demonstrated ability to analyze and improve programs and processes as needed.
• Skills to deliver highly effective service orientation, program management, and make sound judgments decisions; able to use critical thinking skills to develop original and creative problem-solving ideas in a varied and challenging environment.
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization.
• Experience with Fusion, Activenet or Class software or equal (preferred).
• Strong knowledge of program activity and industry best practices.

Required Certifications:

• Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification
• CPR for the Professional Rescuer First Aid Instructor Certification
• Lifeguard Certification
• California Title 22 Instructor Certification (must be obtained within 3 months of hire)
• Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator Certification (obtain within 3 months of hire)
• Water Safety Instructor
• Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (obtain within 3 months of hire).

Level 4:

• All requirements listed for level 3, plus three (3) additional years of management experience.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting is required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
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