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Employees of the Y are a diverse community of people with a shared commitment to healthy living, personal development and social responsibility. Our employees share their talents through childcare, sports, fitness, aquatics, administration, community outreach, and more.

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GENERAL FUNCTION:

Under the supervision of the Director of Aquatics & Competitive Swimming and within the policies established by the Wallingford Family YMCA, the Aquatics Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and supervising the daily activities of a variety of aquatic programs. The Aquatics Coordinator will supervise, schedule, evaluate staff and programs to ensure the highest quality and safety for all members and program participants. Weekend and daytime hours required in coordination with the Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in the Aquatics field
  • Current Lifeguarding Certification and CPR/AED/First Aid Certifications required
  • YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Certification, Pool Operator Certification, Lifeguard Management Certification within 6 months of hire
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Trainer Certification preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation or a related field preferred
  • Good communication skills; Leadership skills are imperative.
  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Must exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all aspects of work with the YMCA.

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

In performing the duties of this position the Aquatics Coordinator shall:

  1. Uphold and exemplify high standards of customer service.
  2. Assist in recruitment, training, development, and evaluation of aquatics staff.
  3. Coordinate substitute procedures for staff; record all changes and maintain up-to-date staff schedule. Be accountable for coverage of all assigned lifeguard and swim instructor shifts.
  4. Supervise aquatic staff in the absence of the Director of Aquatics.
  5. Ensure records of staff certification are current and complete.
  6. Teach and/or guard in the absence of a scheduled lifeguard or swim instructor as necessary.
  7. Provide direct service as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor as needed.
  8. Assist with leadership at all lifeguard/swim instructor in-service trainings and meetings, including evaluations of swim instructors.
  9. Coordinate and schedule swim lessons including group and private lessons.
  10. Plan, coordinate, and implement the daily activities of aquatics programs, and any assigned programs.
  11. Recommends policies and procedures for assigned programs.
  12. Evaluates existing and proposed programs.
  13. Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information.
  14. Coordinates special events and facility use.
  15. Answer questions and explains aquatics programs to the public, including answering emails, voicemails, and in-person inquiries.
  16. Gathers information and prepares reports as directed.
  17. Participates on at least one committee within the YMCA or community.
  18. Create and run on Aquatic Safety & Awareness event per year.
  19. Participate in and/or volunteer for at least one Community Support Campaign event per year.
  20. Inspect and ensure high standards of maintenance, cleanliness, and repair of aquatic equipment and supplies, including first aid supplies.
  21. All other duties as assigned.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Risk & Safety Management program as directed by the management.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All new hires go through a 90 day introductory period, during which time an employee can be terminated if they are not adapting to the department policies. The introductory period begins with the employee’s department orientation.

Contact Sally Darrow, sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org, for more information.

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, the Head Swim Team Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, clinics, meets and other events for the Wallingford Dolphins Swim Team.  This team is sponsored by the Wallingford Family YMCA and participates in the Yankee Cluster Swim League. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming.  

This is a part time, non-exempt(up to 28 hours per week, with seasonal fluctuations) position

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING, & EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of Lifeguarding (YMCA or ARC) and CPR/AED/AEO is required.  
  • Coaching certifications from one or more of the following certifying agencies: YMCA of the USA, or USA Swimming (both will be required within 90 days of hire), or ASCA is preferred.
  • Two to four years competitive coaching experience is required.  
  • Two years Head Coach preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching young swimmers.  
  • Demonstrated ability to build a team of quality coaches.
  • Great communication skills a must as well as supervision and public relations skills.  
  • Sexual harassment training must be obtained within 6 months.
  • Additional certifications preferred: Lifeguard Management, WSI and/or Y Swim Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and Pool Operator.

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Contribute to and supervise the fulfillment of the YMCA Mission and character development values through the Wallingford Dolphin Swim team program.
  2. Develop staff through supervision and team-building.
  3. Recruit, train, and supervise all level swim coaches, coach’s assistants, and parent volunteers.
  4. Recruit and oversee the Parent’s Association volunteers, attend monthly Parent Association meetings or arrange a coach representative. Assure that monthly all-parent meetings are held (this can include the spring banquet) where parents vote on Association budget and membership and any other business.
  5. Encourage recruitment of swimmers through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Aquatics Director.
  6. Develop and maintain a recordkeeping system of the status and progress of each swimmer.
  7. In conjunction with the assistant swim coaches, prepare all meet entries assuring that every child swims in every meet they attend.
  8. Develop a schedule for swim team practices across multiple facilities, and develop competitive swim clinics each year.
  9. Update, maintain, and distribute the Dolphin Swim Team handbook.
  10. Communicate regularly Aquatics Director and all coaches.
  11. Maintain communication and rapport with all swimmers and their parents.
  12. Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude towards the team and provide a positive learning environment for all.
  13. Oversee the Dolphin website and other social media and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  14. Assist in the preparation of an annual budget under the guidance and supervision of the Aquatics Director, and manage that budget for the Dolphin Swim team program in accordance with established procedures and expectations.
  15. Represent the Wallingford Family YMCA at YMCA regional events and trainings.
  16. Continue to develop and evaluate the USA Swimming program as part of the Dolphin Swim program.
  17. Report any facility problems, needed repairs to the Facility Director following the work order procedure.
  18. Evaluate all programs annually to ensure they meets the needs of program participants.
  19. Keep current with swim coaching techniques and issues. Membership in ASCA recommended.
  20. Keep all certifications current and monitor coaching staff to ensure their certifications are also kept current.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Staff Administration: Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, will assist in recruitment, hiring, training, supervising, motivating and evaluating swim team staff, as well as taking disciplinary action up to and including termination as needed.
  2. Program Development: Assist with the evaluation and improvement of the swim team program.  Assist with the creation of new programs and new collaborations.
  3. Supervision:  Supervise all assistant coaches, coach aids, volunteer coaches, and mentors.
  4. Complete reports, projects, and assignments as needed or assigned.
  5. Attend meetings and trainings as needed or assigned.

SAFETY

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the Wallingford Family YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by the management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  2. Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.

EFFECT ON END RESULT

The Head Swim Team Coach’s success will be measured by:

  1. Providing a high quality swim team experience to all participants.
  2. Ensuring maximum safety of all program participants.
  3. Sound administration as evidenced in purposeful records systems.
  4. Steady improvement in the quality and strength of the swim team program.
  5. Consistent scheduling of staff with no interruption of services provided to swimmers.

For more information, contact Sally Darrow, sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org.

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Lifeguard at the Wallingford Family YMCA creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals while promoting and maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck and surrounding areas in  accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

OUR CULTURE:
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Maintains active surveillance of the pool area.
2. Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures; completes related reports as required.
3. Responds to challenges with possible solutions in a timely manner.
4. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
5. Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others.
6. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code.
7. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
8. Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving.
9. Performs chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action.

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES:
 Inclusion
 Critical Thinking & Decision Making
 Emotional Maturity

QUALIFICATIONS:
 Minimum age of 16
 Certifications: Basic life support or professional rescuer CPR/AED and first aid
 Current YMCA Lifeguard or equivalent
 Child abuse prevention training within 30 days of hire date
 Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness
 Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Physically perform all skills required of a lifeguard.
 Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility.
 Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.
 See and observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.

For more information, contact Sally Darrow, sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Swim Instructor at the Wallingford Family YMCA maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swim classes and for private lessons.

OUR CULTURE:

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1.    Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly, and supports members and program participants in achieving their goals.
  2.    Develops and maintains positive relationships with volunteers, members or program participants, and colleagues at all levels of the organization; helps participants and families connect with each other and the YMCA; and encourages parent or caregiver involvement.
  3.    Conveys information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refers program participants and families to other programs.
  4.    Maintains records as required (e.g., attendance, progress reports).
  5.    Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  6.    Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.
  7.    Trains and supervises class aides as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent.
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid certifications required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • At least 16 years of age.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques.
  • Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child.

SAFETY

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the Wallingford Family YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by the management.

Please contact Sally Darrow, sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org.

GENERAL FUNCTION

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director and the Head Coach, the Swim Team Assistant Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, motivating and energizing swimmers, and for developing proper stroke technique and swim skills for members of the Wallingford Dolphins Swim Team. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins, Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of American Red Cross Coach’s Safety Training and CPR with First Aid is required within 6 months of hire (YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding preferred).
  • 1-3 years competitive coaching experience is recommended, and at least 4 years of competitive swimming experience is preferred.
  • YMCA Principles & Practices of Swimming and Diving is preferred (required within 3 months of hire).
  • Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching age group swimmers.
  • Candidates must also exhibit exemplary communication skills and the four YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect & responsibility.
  • Team Unify experience preferred.
  • College degree preferred.

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES &  RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Share a love of swimming and working with young people, with the expertise and disposition to enhance competitiveness of WFYD’s growing program.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude toward the team & provide a positive learning environment for all.
  • Be focused on the task at hand & be present during practices, meets, & WFYD events as required, representing the Wallingford Family YMCA>
  • Help maintain a record keeping system of attendance, swimmer progression, and be able to prepare meet entries for swimmers in assigned group.
  • Maintain positive communication and rapport with swimmers and swim team families.
  • Candidates should be able to provide relevant examples of teaching quality technique as well as have a record of producing well-rounded swimmers. Must keep up to date with techniques and training practices.
  • Encourage participation through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Aquatics Department.
  • Be willing to obtain/maintain YMCA and USA Coaching Certifications.
  • Report any facility problems to management following the work order procedure.
  • Conduct oneself in accordance to the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  • Dress appropriately at all WFYD practices, events, and meets.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Part time work requires evening and weekend hours.This position is seasonal, 5+ hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours per week.

SAFETY

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the Wallingford Family YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by management.

EFFECT ON END RESULT

The Assistant Coach’s success will be measured by:

  1. Providing a high quality swim team experience to all participants.
  2. Ensuring the maximum safety of all program participants.
  3. Dependability with regards to record keeping including payroll, attendance, etc.
  4. Encouraging youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility within each swimmer.

For more information, contact Sally Darrow, sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is seeking part time teachers for our Child Care programs. Teachers are responsible for assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of all classroom and program activities. Teachers are also responsible for contributing to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of the children. 

We are looking for Assistant Teachers at The Learning Community (TLC) located on the Choate Rosemary Hall Campus. TLC serves children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K. The center is open 7am – 6pm and is open year round.  We also have a need for Head and Assistant Teachers for our School Age Growth & Enrichment (SAGE) and ELMS programs. SAGE is based out of all 8 Elementary Schools in town servicing children ages 4-12 year olds. SAGE hours are 6:45-9am and 3-6pm school year and follows Wallingford Public School Calendar. ELMS, our middle school program is offered just in the afternoon and is located at our Teen House, 55 S Elm St Wallingford.

Requirements for Head Teachers: CT Head Teacher Certificate or CDL or extensive classes in education.
Requirements for Assistant Teachers: Classes in Early Education or Education and/or experience working with children including all volunteer roles. Teachers for the Infant through Pre-K program at TLC must be willing to change diapers and assist with potty training.

With a scheduled week our employees receive a free membership to both of our locations. We have 2 pools and a variety of fitness classes offered at no cost. For those working 20 scheduled hours or more we offer a free family membership.

Contact Emily Walter for further information: ewalter@wallingfordymca.org

General Function:

Under the direction of the Coordinator of Community Initiatives, the Youth Fitness & Wellness Coach will plan and supervise youth activities to include fitness programs, sports, nutrition lessons and Family Nights. They will form positive relations with Fit to Go youth enabling kids to promote healthier, more active lifestyles. They will follow the practices of Living Our Cause and will exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of their work with the YMCA.

Candidate Requirements/Qualifications:

  1. General and/or specific knowledge of fitness class or sports activity.
  2. Experience working with youth and assisting with sports/fitness related programs.
  3. Personal Training or comparable fitness certification desired
  4. CPR/AED and First Aid certification

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Lead group fitness activities and nutrition lessons in a positive and professional manner.
  2. Conduct pre- and post-program fitness assessments, with accuracy being of utmost importance.
  3. Work with supervisor on continued program improvement and development.
  4. Report accidents or injuries and complete insurance reports as required.
  5. Record attendance and maintain proper records.
  6. Serve as an enthusiastic and positive role model of healthy and active lifestyles.
  7. Develop positive relations with youth and families to encourage long term physical activity and healthier nutrition choices.
  8. Promote the YMCA Mission and exemplify the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility in all programming.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Office/recreational environment. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking are required. 
  2. Hours may include evening and weekend work.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA.  Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management Program as directed by the management.  

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Eileen Farmer for further information: efarmer@wallingfordymca.org

General Function:

Under the direction of the Member Services Coordinator, the Member Services Associate will provide excellent customer service to YMCA members. They will be well versed and educated on all facets of YMCA programs and services and will be able to articulate this information to new and existing members. The Member Services Associate, working as part of the Membership Team, will deliver professional customer service and relationship building skills to create a welcoming environment at the YMCA. They will follow the practices of Living Our Cause and will exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of their work with the YMCA. The Member Services Associate will have solid communication, computer and customer service skills. Accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Candidate Requirements/Qualification

  1. Must be 18 years of age.
  2. Customer service background
  3. Computer literacy
  4. Certification in First Aid, CPR and AED are required within 90 days of hire

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Deliver exceptional service by listening and responding to member and guest needs and resolving conflict or concerns effectively and professionally.
  2. Strive to know every member by name and maintain a positive, ongoing relationship with all members, guests, staff, and community partners.
  3. Record sales receipts, program transactions, and memberships in a timely, accurate manner. Handle financial transactions, including cash, with accuracy.
  4. Maintain timely, relevant knowledge of all YMCA programs and services in order to accurately inform customers of the services available.
  5. Check in and greet members and guests accurately and efficiently.
  6. Answer telephone in a professional, courteous manner.
  7. Work with team members to encourage the use of YMCA services, programs, and membership opportunities.
  8. Support and contribute to a safe, clean environment for staff and customers.
  9. Uphold YMCA policies and procedures in a respectful, positive manner.
  10. Assume other responsibilities as deemed appropriate by supervisor.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Office/recreational environment. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking are required.
  2. Hours will include evening and weekend work.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA.  Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management Program as directed by the management.

Contact Jerry Maust for further information: jmaust@wallingfordymca.org