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Program Manager, Aquatics & Safety

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati puts education into action, ranking among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.


At UC, today’s possibilities spark tomorrow’s reality.


Job Overview

Teamwork. Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Fun. The team at Campus Recreation provides facilities, programming, and recreational activities to inspire UC and the surrounding community to reach and maintain their fitness and wellness goals.


The Program Manager has primary oversight for the development and management of all aquatics programming, student staff hiring, training and development, facility rentals, birthday parties, swim lessons, and program marketing and social media. Secondary oversight includes planning and facilitating aquatic staff training, preparing rental contracts and teaching safety training courses such as CPR/FA, LG and LGI. The Program Manager will teach safety training courses and may serve as a lifeguard and/or teach swim lessons on an intermittent basis as needed. Vital components of this position are a demonstrated ability to work autonomously with initiative, critical and creative thinking, as well as a strong commitment to student development, collaboration, and customer service. Additionally, this position has significant financial, administrative and personnel responsibilities.


Essential Functions

  • Manage, design, develop, modify and present programs.  Perform program needs assessment and make recommendations.
  • Implement policies and procedures. 
  • Maintain budget, prepare contracts, approve and monitor expenditures, prepare budget requests and financial reports. 
  • Act as liaison to internal departments, external entities and community organizations.
  • May prepare and edit reports and/or newsletters and develop publication materials.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years of experience in aquatics programming/operations/management or related area.
  • One (1) year of staff supervision.
  • Current certification in the following: American Red Cross (ARC) CPR/AED/FA Professional Rescuer, ARC Lifeguard Instructor or other comparable nationally recognized certification.
  • Previous experience hiring, training, developing, and evaluating lifeguards and other aquatics staff.


  • American Red Cross Lifeguard.
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.
  • American Red Cross AED/CPR/First Aid Professional Rescuer.
  • Campus Recreation recognizes that other aquatic based national certifications are available with comparable skills (ie, YMCA, Ellis).
  • Must hold all certifications by the American Red Cross within six (6) months of employment.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Previous experience managing and facilitating facility rentals, aquatic related programming and scheduling multiple bodies of water.
  • Proven experience to student/staff development and customer service.
  • Strong communication, organization, management, leadership, and professional skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems, assess alternatives, render consistent and logical decisions.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Often
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Talking - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Seldom
  • Stooping - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Crouching - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 82929 


Program Manager, Aquatics & Safety

Date:  Jul 1, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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