Health and Fitness Programs Specialist - Aquatics

Full Time Regular

Posted date: December 01, 2017

Position vacancy Closing date: December 15, 2017
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID740
EffectiveJanuary 2018
Reports to Health and Fitness Program Supervisor (Aquatics)
Location / RegionToronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre
Application DeadlineDecember 15, 2017

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre provides a variety of health, fitness, recreation, and community programs to more than 10,000 members, including children, youth and adults, who represent the diversity of Toronto and its communities.

Reporting to the Health and Fitness Programs Supervisor (Aquatics), the Program Specialist (Aquatics) provides direct leadership in our initiatives to provide a superior experience to our members. Implementing our Member Insight Strategy and using our Membership Involvement Model, the Program Specialist identifies initiatives to increase Membership on Roll, Retention, Satisfaction, and Philanthropic contributions in the membership plus areas, and assists with a specific project or portion of the department functions.  A minimum of 50% of the position is spent using specialized skills for program development in Aquatics Leadership.


  • Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates processes and systems impacting the experience of members in aquatics programs.  Provides support to supervisor in development or modification of Aquatic programs and events, setting long term and short term goals in area of expertise and focus that align with strategic plan; researches, monitors and evaluates trends in area of Aquatic Leadership programs.
  • Delivers programs in a manner in which the Mission, Vision, values, goals and practices, including Priority Sam Standards, of the YMCA of Greater Toronto are being met; ensures that YMCA Aquatics best practices (as outlined by Priority S.A.M.) are followed.
  • Delivers Aquatic Leadership Programs and gives leadership to YMCA Aquatics Quality process including audits.
  • Acts as the Pool Operator as outlined in the Ontario Health Regulations 565.
  • Ensures the safety of all members, property and staff by following established Workplace Health & Safety practices and procedures and being responsible for the stocking and ordering of First-Aid Supplies; monitors the safety of all activities and programs throughout the duty period.
  • Supports supervisor in maintaining relationship with Life Saving Society 
  • Recruits, coaches and develops a team of volunteers, staff and participants for aquatic leadership courses.
  • Builds relationship with members and seeks opportunities to share the YMCA story.  Educates members and guests on the YMCA as a Charity.
  • Assists with scheduling and logistics of Aquatic Leadership courses and events; assists supervisor in determining long term and short term goals for quantity, quality and type of aquatic programs in alignment with strategic plan.
  • Provides leadership and support as a member of the Centres’ senior staff team.  Acts as an effective Service Leader and Acting General Manager as required.
  • Participates in task groups, special assignments and opportunities that further the Association mission, vision and strategic initiatives including the Group Fitness Functional Group; connects with community and external organizations, and other YMCAs to participate in a community of practice for group fitness program development, measurement and design.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.  Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Diploma or Degree in Recreation Leadership, Kinesiology, Physical Education or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years experience delivering aquatics programs
  • Certifications in National Lifeguarding Service Award, Life Saving Society  FA Instructor, Life Saving Society Lifesaving Instructor;  YMCA Swim Instructors certification, YMCA Trainer and Life Saving Society IT preferred
  • Other Recognized Swim Instructor Qualification (Red Cross, LSS)
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications
  • Current WHMIS certification preferred
  • Previous experience in development and implementation of new programs an asset
  • Demonstrated leadership skills developed through progressively responsible experience; ability to encourage, motivate staff and volunteers, acknowledge and appreciate contributions
  • Proficiency with computer software including Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Well developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Flexibility regarding assigned hours of work, including days, evenings and weekend
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Relationship Building and Partnering; Effective Interpersonal Communications; Ethics & Self Management; Being Member Focused;  Being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

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