Aquatics Supervisor

Recruitment #18-S80-001


Are you a natural leader with a passion for leading and delivering innovative and quality aquatics programs?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for the Aquatics Supervisor vacancy at our state-of-the-art aquatic center which features a 50-meter competition pool, 25-meter recreation pool, a zero-depth water playground, and two 20-foot waterslides.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity in our Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department, apply online at by the 2/12/2019 filing deadline!

For more information about the Ventura Aquatic Center, visit


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.


  • Is a motivated, self-starter, with initiative and a working knowledge of public aquatics programs
  • Is energetic, organized, and able to balance community needs with program goals
  • Is an experienced supervisor, with proven ability to hire, train, and evaluate staff and volunteers
  • Is patient and understanding with people of all ages, while resolving problems and conflicts diplomatically and tactfully
  • Has excellent communication skills, including both writing and public speaking
  • Exercises independent, sound judgment in emergency situations, while remaining calm


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.


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.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.  

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage provided for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being in March 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: