City of Ventura

Aquatics Supervisor (#S80)

Unit: SEIU - Supervisory Unit (S)
$34.79-$46.62 Hourly / $6,029.73-$8,079.95 Monthly / $72,356.75-$96,959.41 Yearly


Under direction, develops, coordinates, implements and supervises the City's comprehensive aquatics programs, classes, rentals and events utilizing a multi-pool aquatic center. Supervises full-time and temporary part-time staff, including lifeguards and recreation staff.  Plans, coordinates and supervises day-to-day operations, general and preventive maintenance and instructional and recreational swimming programs. Coordinates and develops aquatic programs and activities to meet the needs of the community. Trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff.


Incumbent may work irregular schedules, including evenings, weekends and holidays.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Plans, organizes, coordinates and supervises the daily operations, general and preventive maintenance and varied programs of a public community aquatics facility for instructional, community and recreational swimming. Ensures that operations are in compliance with federal, state and local public pool regulations. Assists with sanitary control measures performing occasional pool maintenance clean up, and pre-measured chemical treatment in the absence of aquatic maintenance personnel.

Coordinates and develops aquatic programs, classes and activities to meet the needs of the community. Markets and promotes programs and events. Plans, coordinates and supervises data collection regarding program effectiveness and community needs. Evaluates the progress and effectiveness of each program.

Assists with the development of annual budget. Prepares resource and revenue projections. Administers and monitors assigned budget monies. Purchases equipment and supplies according to established procedures.

Plans, schedules, supervises and evaluates the work of assigned staff; determining job assignments, reviewing work products, and training staff as necessary.

Maintains a variety of records and reports, including staff certifications, bank deposits and other related information. Operates online registration systems; processes, troubleshoots and reconciles point of sale and memberships transactions.  Prepares and maintains reports, activity records and grant applications.

Organizes, schedules, monitors and trains full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff. Monitors performance, prepares evaluations, and participates in progressive disciplinary process for assigned staff. Trains staff regarding new laws and changes in policies and procedures. Instructs aquatic staff in a variety of Red Cross certification courses. Schedules and supervises routine preventive pool maintenance activities.

Maintains positive relationships with organizations and various community agencies to provide information related to facility rentals, scheduling and use agreements. Maintains master calendar for facility use. Provides lifeguard staffing and equipment for events. Schedules and assigns work to assure proper coverage of events.

Administers first aid and responds to emergency situations as necessary and oversees accident/incident report submittals.  Composes professional memos, letters and emails.

Coordinates aquatics programs, events and activities with other City departments, outside agencies and service providers. Responds to citizen inquiries and input. Attends meetings, workshops and conferences, making presentations and providing information.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of: principles and practices of planning, developing and directing creative and innovative aquatics programs; principles and practices of water safety, swim instruction, lifeguarding, first aid and CPR instruction; regulations, techniques and procedures pertaining to the operation and maintenance of public swimming pools and aquatic facilities; public relations and marketing of community-based programs; program administration, budget preparation and control; standard and accepted English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; computer software operation and applications; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; strong leadership and visioning skills; common recreational, cultural and social needs of various age groups; and principles and practices of supervision and training.

Ability to: plan, coordinate and supervise the daily operation and general and preventive maintenance of a community aquatics facility; develop aquatic activities to meet the needs of the community; read, interpret, and apply rules, policies and procedures; observe health and safety regulations; work with and secure cooperation of all age groups; operate a variety of office equipment such as personal computers and calculators; establish and maintain a variety of record keeping, and tracking systems; communicate effectively, tactfully, professionally and positively both verbally and in writing, in one-on-one settings or when giving formal presentations to large audiences; facilitate group meetings and large training sessions; train, supervise, mentor, guide and evaluate staff and volunteers; work independently with little direction; prioritize and schedule work; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner for self and others; analyze situations and identify pertinent problems and issues; prepare complex written material, which may include grant applications and agenda reports; and recommend and implement appropriate courses of action.


License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificates: Possession of the following valid certifications are highly desirable at time of application submittal and are required within a specific time frame as follows:

Within six months of appointment:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  • American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer (CPR/FPR)
  • American Red Cross Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • American Red Cross Emergency Response Training (Title 22)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certificate or Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certificate

Within one year of appointment:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer


Environment: Works inside and outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions; works on slippery surfaces, where water and swimming pool chemicals are frequently encountered; may drive a vehicle to different locations; works irregular schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays; and subject to emergency situations. Physical Abilities: Swimming sufficient to perform lifesaving techniques and rescues; travels across wet, sloping surfaces; vision and hearing sufficient to and communicate across a noisy public swimming pool; speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, on the telephone, or at formal presentations; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate pool equipment; bending, stooping, reaching, kneeling, or crouching; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; and lifts, pushes and pulls 50 pounds when responding to emergency lifesaving situations. Hazards: Chemicals associated with a swimming pool; contact with blood, other body fluids, and communicable diseases; fumes, dust and other air contaminates; and slippery, uneven surfaces.


A combination of education training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with major coursework in recreation, communications, business administration, public administration or a closely related field, and two years of progressively responsible experience in recreation program operations, including experience in the organization and implementation of aquatic-related programs, are required. Some experience with supervision and program evaluation is required.

CLASS: S80; EST: 8/1/2004; REV: 12/28/2018;