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Aquatics Coordinator

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Recreation Services at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for the Aquatics Coordinator position! This professional exempt, full-time position is responsible for assisting in the overall operation of Aquatics Facilities including 3 swimming pools and assist in the supervision of the ice rink student staff. Oversee and work with campus partners in supervising special events in the pool and rink facilities.

The responsibilities include: property (aquatics and ice rink) management, personnel management, budget/forecasting, program creation and management, financial management, internal and external customer relations, and compliance of local, state, and federal regulatory laws and issues pertaining to these areas. Regular organized users of these areas include all program areas: fitness/wellness, outdoor program, intramural sports and club sports.

Experience in aquatic facilities will be required and willing to learn Ice Rink/Arena operations and become familiar with rink equipment and systems.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Recreation Services is a valued campus resource and partner dedicated to supporting student success. We offer a variety of high quality, convenient, innovative and inclusive ways to help you connect with yourself and your campus community. The Rec is a LEED Platinum (highest ranking sustainable design) facility with over 300,000 square feet of recreation and fitness activity space. We are a student fee-funded service and our student-led, CUSG Recreation Board and team of experts will ensure we meet the evolving needs of a dynamic recreation, fitness and wellness service that supports student engagement, academic and personal success.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be


  • Assist the Assistant Director of Aquatics and Ice Rink with all phases of Ice Arena, and Aquatic operations and programs, and personnel.
  • Place work orders, purchase orders, etc. in a timely manner. Order parts, supplies, and equipment as needed.
  • Assist with plans for maintenance and capital improvement projects.
  • Maintain records and completes required reporting. Data entry experience and skills required.
  • Able to demonstrate initiative, outstanding organization skills, and strong leadership skills.
  • Serve on departmental and university committees.

Ice Arena & Aquatic Management

  • Assist in management of Ice Arena, and all swimming pools operations and programs. Work closely with, advises, and coordinates with the Assistant Director of Aquatics and Ice Rink to operate the pools safely and in a fiscally responsible and professional manner.
  • Schedule maintenance around participant usage to improve efficiency and minimize disruption to Recreation Center members, program competitions and practices.
  • Inventories all equipment. Learn use and operating standards of equipment and tools used in ice rink and swimming pool maintenance including driving Zamboni for ice rink maintenance as required.
  • Knowledge of safe use, mixing, and application of commercial products specific to ice rinks and swimming pools.
  • Work independently and be a self-starting problem solver.


  • Assist in Supervising approximately 25 - 50 student staff.
  • Skill in recruiting, hiring, supervising, training, monitoring, evaluating and motivating personnel.
  • Assist with payroll for the student staff and oversee trainings and in-services for staff.
  • Interpersonal skill to resolve conflict and work with supervisors, officials, employees, members and the general public.
  • Ability to anticipate personnel, equipment, and material requirements related to ice rink/swimming pool maintenance and repairs.

Special Events

  • Lead, oversee, and be the point person for all internal and external special events/users in the pool and ice rink facilities.
  • Work with colleagues in Recreation Services Events unit and on campus partners to help with planning and to develop goals and outcomes for each event.


  • Develops, performs, and evaluates assigned programming.

Campus Involvement

  • Coordinate and/or assist with special events and activities as necessary.
  • Building and strengthening campus involvement will be vital for this position.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • Starting salary is $46,000 - $48,000.
  • Onboarding assistance is available within Student Affairs division guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, physical education or related field. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Certified Pool Operator, Aquatic Facility Operator, or similar pool operator’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Current, American Red Cross, Ellis, Star Guard Lifeguard Training and CPR/FA, Emergency Oxygen, and Blood Borne Pathogens certifications or ability to obtain current certifications prior to employment.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of recreation facility management, pool, or ice rink operations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Excellent risk management judgment.
  • Ability to plan, advise and evaluate the work of student employees.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s Degree prefer degree in recreation or related field
  • Experience developing, implementing, and assessing aquatics or recreation programs, preferably in a university setting.
  • Experience with safety and risk practices as they relate to event and facilities management for recreational and competitive sports in both indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • Four-years progressive experience in Aquatics program management.
  • American Red Cross Certifications in the following areas: Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR & FA Instructor Trainer.
  • Experience operating an ice rink facility, operation of an ice resurfacer, ice edger and skate sharpening machinery.
  • Preferred Certifications: SIRO, IMEO, BAR, CIT.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by June 30, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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