Assistant Director Campus Recreation-Aquatics


University, MS, US, 38655

Department:  Campus Recreation (10001014)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position administers and coordinates a variety of programs, activities, functions, and personnel required of an aquatic facility. The incumbent is responsible for development and administration of plans to minimize risks associated with participation in Campus Recreation programs and facilities. The incumbent frequently makes decision by exercising discretion and independent judgment.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Directs all programs and services associated with the department’s comprehensive aquatics program including; scheduling, marketing, promotions, budget, pool filtration, maintenance, equipment purchases/inventory, program development, and student personnel.
  • Directs student personnel during the performance of their assigned duties and responsibilities as lifeguards and swim instructors.  Supervises staff and develops/maintains ongoing evaluation records.
  • Develops in-service training programs such as lifeguarding and first aid/CPRO/AED.
  • Conducts programs in residence halls on aquatic opportunities at Ole Miss.
  • Develops, implements, and supervises a comprehensive risk management program for the department that will assure all participants safety during activities and programs offered within the department.  
  • Works with each programming area within the department to assess and coordinate risk management.  
  • Develops risk management policies and procedures and maintains risk manual, emergency action plan, and inventory of Campus Recreation’s first aid kits.  
  • Evaluates indoor and outdoor facilities to ensure safe facilities are being provided.
  • Evaluates revenue generating ideas and programs.  Gathers data from other colleges/universities on creative and unique programming.
  • Develops and administers a quality maintenance program for pool and filtration equipment.
  • Keeps up-to-date with new technology associated with the aquatic environment.
  • Inventory staff, equipment and programming needs, and estimated costs.
  • Oversees usage policies for the Natatorium and stays abreast of equal access policies for all eligible users of the Natatorium.
  • Assists in the development, implementation, and assessment of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Represents the Department of Campus Recreation and The University of Mississippi on various committees, boards, and associations.
  • Attends local, state, and national workshops and conferences; hosts and presents at various workshops.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Directs all programs and services associated with aquatics program.
  2. Administers plans to minimize risk associated with participation in Campus Recreation programs and facilities. 
  3. Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates student lifeguard/teaching personnel.
  4. Assists in the development, implementation, and assessment of departmental goals and objectives.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master's Degree in Recreation Administration, Leisure Management, Physical Education, Sports Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university.




Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Instructor in First Aid/CPRO/AED and hold a Water Safety and Lifeguard Training Certification or obtain the listed above within 6 months of hire date.
Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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