Aquatics Manager (At - Will) Open Competitive

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Sep 23, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $9,854.65 - $12,535.11 Monthly USD

Job Description


This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review of applications will be completed on Thursday, O ctober 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after October 26, 2023, may not be considered.

A resume and compelling cover letter addressing your education, your paid work experience developing, managing, organizing, supervising, promoting aquatics programs, and licenses you hold, must be submitted with your online application to be considered complete. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.

The City of El Segundo, incorporated in 1917, is a unique, quaint city by the sea. Home to approximately 17,000 residents and over 75,000 private sector employees of major aeronautical, sports, media, industrial and multiple Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Chevron and most recently, the Los Angeles Times and Beyond Meat. Further, El Segundo has become the headquarters for major sports franchises, including the LA Lakers and LA Kings. As the economy broadens, El Segundo is becoming home to a variety of high tech and “creative economy” start-up companies. This is reflected in the City motto "Where Big Ideas Take Off!"

Manages, promotes and enhances the image and awareness of the City’s comprehensive aquatics programs at multiple aquatic venues, which includes daily operations, facilitating, coordinating, and marketing community programs and activities, overseeing customer service, partnering with permit organizations for facility rentals, leading staff development, and promoting the safety and wellbeing of all patrons and staff.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED : Receives administrative supervision from the Director of Recreation, Parks, and Library. Exercises general supervision over administrative and operations staff.

Essential Job Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Positions in this classification typically perform a full range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:

  • Develops, manages, oversees, and supervises the City’s comprehensive aquatics facilities and programs including instruction, recreational classes, and marketing events for the community;
  • Directs and works collaboratively with aquatics staff to provide and promote a full range of aquatics services and programs;
  • Oversees general operations and partners with Public Works to facilitate maintenance and upkeep of city facilities that support community aquatic programs;
  • Develops and implements operation policies, identifies and documents preventative and emergency maintenance needs and future capital improvements;
  • Determines annual staffing levels and partners with Human Resources to ensure staffing levels are met;
  • Supervises the preparation and administration of program budgets and assists with the preparation and administration of the department budget;
  • Coordinates the preparation of revenue projections;
  • Evaluates appropriateness of fees and charges;
  • Monitors and controls expenditures;
  • Researches funding sources and implements fundraising efforts;
  • Researches, identifies, and capitalizes on business opportunities (i.e., advertising agencies, filming companies, regional athletic events, conferences, etc.);
  • Oversees the negotiation and administration of joint-use and funding agreements and contracts with other public and/or private agencies;
  • Pursues opportunities to increase and maximize aquatic event revenues;
  • Monitors customer preferences to solicit new or continuing business for the city and market opportunities to expand client pool;
  • Creates and implements systems for reviewing event and program profitability, while monitoring expenses and maximizing revenue;
  • Oversees development of schedules for permit groups in accordance with the City Council approved Pool Allocation Guidelines;
  • Develops annual work plans for each aquatics site, including a master calendar of events and special activities;
  • Makes revisions as necessary;
  • Monitors and evaluates overall effectiveness of aquatic programs;
  • Implements ongoing assessment of aquatic operations and programs;
  • Makes recommendations regarding short and long-term goals and objectives for programs and services;
  • Analyzes aquatic and recreation trends, and evaluates program requirements, community concerns and resource utilization coordinates services with other programs, departments and agencies to develop plans to expand and promote aquatics programs;
  • Analyzes community needs, including capital facilities planning;
  • Develops and monitors standards and service levels;
  • Oversees execution of marketing and communication strategies developed in collaboration with the department’s communications coordinator;
  • Ensures all aquatic rules and regulations are clearly posted and enforced;
  • Recommends procedures consistent with department directives, policies and regulations;
  • Ensures appropriate policies and procedures are followed by subordinates and program participants;
  • Establishes strong relationships with all user groups, neighbors, and community stakeholder groups;
  • Develops methods for regular and ongoing communication;
  • Attends and represents the City at public and community meetings;
  • Handles sensitive patron complaints in a timely and effective manner;
  • Conducts studies and user surveys, maintains, and analyzes records and prepares a variety of reports including customer satisfaction reports, and periodic status reports to advisory groups and commissions;
  • Keeps abreast of and provides regular department updates on changes in state code, and new quality standards in aquatics;
  • Prepares and presents staff reports;
  • Attends City Council meetings as needed;
  • Regularly and predictably attends work; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
  • Modern principles, practices and philosophies for maintaining and operating aquatic facilities;
  • Professional certifications of aquatic service delivery;
  • Aquatic facility management and operations;
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations related to aquatics programs and facilities;
  • Curriculum and program development for aquatic programs;
  • Budget development and management;
  • Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, and training;
  • First aid methods and safety precautions used in aquatics;
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training;
  • Effective management and leadership techniques;
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of marketing, public relations, and communications;
  • Effective customer service techniques; and
  • Safe work practices.

Skill in:
  • Planning, organizing, and coordinating the operations of a comprehensive aquatics program at multiple sites;
  • Preparing and presenting clear and concise oral and written reports and recommendations;
  • Fostering a strong sense of teamwork and a positive organizational culture of the aquatic staff;
  • Addressing and resolving conflicts and disputes with a high degree of responsiveness;
  • Collaborating with staff and organizations to develop programs and strategies that promote and enhance the image and awareness of the City’ aquatics facilities and related offerings;
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Leading, managing, supervising, and training of employees;
  • Using a personal computer and applicable software applications;
  • Understanding and following directions and instructions;
  • Appearing for work on time;
  • Following directions from a supervisor;
  • Understanding and following posted work rules and procedures;
  • Accepting constructive criticism;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including City staff and City officials, community groups, boards and commissions, and the public; and
  • Will be required to work weekends, evenings, and extended hours.



A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five (5) years of recent, paid work experience developing, managing, organizing, supervising, and promoting aquatics programs, including two (2) years of supervisory experience is required.

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 120 units) in Recreation, Public, or Business Administration or a related field is required.

  • Due to the performance of some field duties which require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, possession of a valid and appropriate California driver's license and acceptable driving record are required;
  • Possession of valid American Red Cross or other National/State accredited certifications in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and Water Safety Instructor are required at appointment; and
  • Possession of a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor Certificate or Water Safety Instructor Trainer Certificate and a Certified Pool Operator License within six months of appointment.

Supplemental Information


The work is regularly performed indoors and outdoors in variable weather conditions. May encounter pool chemical odors and first aid related biohazards. Required to work a varied schedule that will include days, evenings, weekends, and holidays. May be required to wear a uniform while on duty. Physical demands may include bending, kneeling, squatting, sitting, running, swimming, standing, water rescue, climbing and lifting moderate weight.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

Benefit Summary

PERS Retirement :

Miscellaneous employees - Tier I-2% @ 55 . Tier II-2%@60 for individuals employed by the City on or after 12/30/12 who are already PERS members.Tier I and II members pay 7% of PERS member share and 1% shall be employee-paid cost-sharing of the City's contribution under Gov. Code section 20516(a).Single highest year is coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. PERS 2%@62 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13.Three year average coordinated with Social Security and Medicare.Members pay 50% of normal cost (6.75%).

Safety employees (Battalion Chiefs) - 3% @ 55 for current employees and individuals hired by the City who are already PERS members.Single highest year. Employees pay a total of 12% towards retirement. 2.7%@5 7 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13.Three year average final compensation.Members pay 50% of normal cost .

Social Security: The City matches employee’s Social Security contribution, which is 6.2% of your salary and is made on a pre-tax basis. The 2023Social Security income cap is $160,200.

Medical - Monthly medical contribution of $1,650 ($735for medical and $915for flex dollars). Flex dollars may be used toward a medical premium, deferred compensation plan, or flexible spending/dependent care allocations. Employees are responsible for paying any out-of-pocket balance of the medical plan premium through a pre-tax payroll deduction.

Retiree Medical: Executive Management, Mid Management, and Confidential employees service retiring concurrently from the City of El Segundo after a minimum of five full-time years of service and CalPERS on or after June 21, 2022, shall be eligible for a retiree medical benefit equal to the PEMHCA amount filed by the City with CalPERS supplemented by a City contribution to a healthcare reimbursement account. The amount of the healthcare reimbursement supplement shall be no more than the amount necessary to cover the health insurance premium cost for the employee and eligible dependent(s) for the selected CalPERS health plan, but in no event shall the total monthly contribution (PEMHCA contribution + healthcare reimbursement account) exceed the amount provided to active employees in the Management Confidential Series. For 2022, this total monthly contribution is $1,650 per month.

Deferred Compensation: Voluntary participation in Mission Sqaure 457 plan.

Dental & Vision : MetLife Dental and VSP vision benefits are provided with a City contribution up to $135 per month.

Flex Plan :Section 125 Plan, allows for payment of employee-paid insurance, medical treatment, and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Employee Assistance Program : Employees are eligible for the basic level of service.

Life Insurance :$50,000 term life policy provided by City; employee can purchase additional self and dependent coverage at group rates.

Long-Term Disability: In addition to basic LTD plan (662/3 % of first $9,750 after 60-day waiting period), City provides Executive LTD which pays 75% of first $12,000 of employee's salary less the amount of any other income, up to a total of $2,500.Applies to non job-related occurrences.90 day waiting period.

Holidays :11 fixed paid holidays plus one day of personal leave/floating holiday per year.Battalion Chiefs paid 156 hours.

Vacation Leave :96 hours (1-5 years); 120 hours (6 - 10 years); 144 hours (11 - 14 years): 200 hours after 14 years.Leave can be used after 6 months of service.Annual cash conversion option. Upon reaching "E" step, employees accrue vacation based on total years of public sector service.

Sick Leave :8 hours per month.

Administrative Leave: Mid-Management and Confidential positions shall recieveup to 56 hours per calendar yearupon reccommendation of the Department Director and approval of the City Manager.

Bereavement Leave: Three (3) working days (or 40 hours where travel is 500 miles or more) for qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement :Up to $2,000/year for work-related college courses.

Cell Phone Stipend: $80/mo for Managers who opt to use their own personal device.

Educational Incentive Pay :Battalion Chief $1170.19/mo for Bachelor's, $1755.28 for Master's.

Certification Pay :$585.09 Chief Officer Cert Pay for Battalion Chiefs.

Other : Uniform Allowance ($40/mo) for Battalion Chiefs; Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Payroll Direct Deposit; Long-Term Care (premiums paid by employee).

1/14; 12/15; 8/19; 8/22

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map