The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District (The District) was formed in December 2009 as a new municipal corporation. Its purpose is to operate the Mt. Rainier Swimming Pool in Des Moines WA. Currently the District is conducting an Aquatic Feasibility Study to help determine the future of aquatics in Des Moines.
After years of operation by an outside contractor, the District is now embarking on direct operation of the Mt. Rainier Pool. The Aquatics Manager position is the lead for all day-to-day operational aspects of the Mt. Rainier Pool and will immediately be leading the interviewing and selection of staff.
The Aquatics Manager will be a working management position. Key responsibilities will be to
Manage and coordinate the recruitment, interviewing, hiring, training, certification and performance of aquatic staff including supervising the day-to-day activities of the staff.
Ensure that all appropriate water, environmental, health and safety standards are maintained and that the pool is current on all necessary certifications required for operation including water chemistry, climate control, cleanliness and related maintenance.
Oversee aquatic programing
Schedule staff and program events
Staffing & Training:
Recruit, interview, select and hire employees. Monitor performance, oversee employee goal setting and conduct employee performance reviews at least once a year
Develop, advise and facilitate an active aquatic training and certification programs for staff
Conduct in-service training sessions for staff and ensure compliance with District standards by staff
Develop, update and conduct drills on emergency procedures for the pool facility
Directly manage up to two Assistant Aquatic Manager positions
Promotion & Marketing:
Oversee the design, development, implementation and success measurements of a variety of multi-generational aquatics programs, leisure activities, wellness programs and special events.
Ensure that patrons and others receive excellent customer service
Develop promotional and marketing strategies
Conduct surveys to determine needs and desires of the public regarding pool programs, hours of operation and latest trends
Maintain budgetary goals as set by the District
Supervise cash processes, prepare daily bank deposits and uphold fiduciary functions at the pool facility
Ensure the accurate and timely submittal of staff time-cards
Utilize the District’s standard procurement and invoicing processes
Develop and maintain records of operational facility usage, monitor and maintain inventories of pool equipment and supplies
Prepare monthly reports for pool usage, program metrics and other reports under the direction of the District General Manager
Familiar with WAC 246-260 (related to water recreation) and RCW 35.61 (metropolitan park districts) and RCW 70.90 (water recreation)
Education and Experience
A bachelor degree or comparable college coursework in recreation
A minimum of three years’ experience in aquatics
Or a combination of education, skills and experiences that demonstrate competency in fulfilling the job requirements
Minimum of one year experience in performing routine pool maintenance and standards for maintaining a pool in excellent condition
Minimum of one year experience supervising staff
Current Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) or Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
Current lifeguard and lifeguard instructor certification from American Red Cross (or equivalent)
Current Water Safety certificate
Current CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid certificates
Current Water Safety Instructor certificate
Experience in developing, scheduling and coordinating high-quality aquatic programming
General knowledge of swimming pool systems and operation, such as filtration systems, chemical controllers and feeders, HVAC, safety systems, pumps and electric motors or a willingness to learn
Ability to lead an organization to exceptional performance levels, model positive work ethic and to integrate efforts of the entire organization
Able to identify problems, collect data and analyze situations, identify options, make recommendations, implement action plans, monitor progress, measure success and continue improvement
Intermediate level proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Works well with people, treating everyone with respect and building trust
Takes appropriate initiative
Timely follow through on commitments
Delivers high quality work performance
Projects and maintains a positive image at all times
Works well as a team member/leader in all interactions
Provides consistent high quality service
Always puts safety first
Able to set and achieve goals with a strategy of continuous improvement
Maintains focus and achieves results relying on facts and data to support recommendations
Must be able to maintain flexible work hours spread over days and times of pool operation
Able to work occasional evenings
Must possess a Washington state driver’s license and a driving record free of moving violations for the past three years
In 1968, voters of King County supported the construction of community swimming pools. In 2009, voters of Des Moines reconfirmed their desire to continue to maintain an indoor aquatic facility within the community. Mount Rainier Pool provides vital services to the community by offering swimming lessons, water exercise opportunities, recreation and high school swim team events. As the Waterland ...community, the concern of water safety is of great importance and the primary goal of the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District is to ensure everyone, especially children, know how to swim.Mount Rainier Pool originally opened on September 15, 1975 as a result of a bond issue in1968 called Forward Thrust. The Forward Thrust bond eventually built 16 public swimming pools throughout King County. Budget constraints, beginning in 2000, led to the closure or transfer of many of these pools after county officials sought to turn the facilities over to local governments. Mount Rainier Pool was operated jointly by the cities of Des Moines, Normandy Park, Sea-Tac and the Highline School District until it was slated for closure in 2009.The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District was created by a vote of the citizens of Des Moines in November 2009 to acquire, maintain and operate Mount Rainier Pool. The measure was approved by 64 percent of the voters and five initial commissioners were elected. The first official meeting of the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District was December 3, 2009. The City of Normandy Park and the Highline School District remain involved in the operation of Mount Rainier Pool.