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Assistant Director of Aquatics

Company: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Recreation Services at the University of Iowa is seeking an Assistant Director of Aquatics to assist in the programming and operation of Aquatic programs and facilities. This position will have primary responsibility as it relates to programming, aquatic event preparation, and the oversight of all aquatic equipment. The Assistant Director will also be responsible for the training, supervision, and evaluation of part-time Aquatics staff. This position will also manage competitive aquatic events for Iowa Swimming and Diving and the Iowa Flyers Swim Club. In addition, this position will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all aquatic equipment and supplies.

For a detailed job description, please email Melanie Bell at

About Recreational Services:

The Department of Recreational Services is an integral part of the Hawkeye tradition. Part of the Division of Student Life, the department promotes and coordinates campus-wide competitive and recreational activities. Recreational services works to provide a diverse recreational experience that encourages active lifestyles for the University of Iowa community. The department's goal is to support the academic mission of the university while contributing to the holistic development of each individual.

About the Division of Student Life:

The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 15 departments that span from Recreation Services to the Office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. One of our division priorities is to advance UI's goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Physical Education, Recreation Administration, Sports Management, or related field.
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) working in collegiate or competitive aquatic facilities.
  • Working knowledge of aquatics functional processes and associated operating requirements; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations including technical proficiency in aquatics sports timing equipment, audio/video systems, and event management software.
  • Commitment to and alignment with the values of the Division of Student Life, including a demonstrated commitment to excellence through anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Working knowledge of aquatic event management processes and activities; ability to plan, organize, and execute events and to coordinate resources before, during, and after an event.
  • Extensive understanding of effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.
  • Ability to lift up to fifty pounds.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of competitive aquatic events (swimming, diving, water polo).
  • Demonstrated experience using Hy-Tek Meet Manager, Daktronics, and Colorado Time Systems.
  • Knowledge of the prevention and treatment of intentional or unintentional injuries; ability to implement emergency procedures in accordance with appropriate safety plans.
  • Previous supervisory experience (typically 6 months or more).
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED Certification.
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor (LGI) Certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certification or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.

Application Details:

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. For questions or additional information, please contact

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Recreation Prgm Asst Director
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 4A
  • Starting Salary Minimum: $46,000.00

Contact Information

  • Organization: Student Life
  • Contact Name: Melanie Bell
  • Contact Email:

Keywords: University of Iowa, Iowa City , Assistant Director of Aquatics, Other , Iowa City, Iowa

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