PROGRAM SUMMARY: The Children’s Beach House (CBH) is a private, non-profit organization organized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a public charity. CBH was founded in 1936 by Lydia Chichester DuPont with the mission of improving the lives of children, youth, families, and communities by helping them to identify, understand, and utilize their own strengths, talents, and resources. CBH strives to help Delaware’s children and their families that face the most adverse circumstances. The positive youth development model offers support and suggests that helping young people to achieve their full potential is the best way to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviors. CBH gives youth the chance to exercise leadership, build skills, and get involved. The self-confidence, trust, and practical knowledge that young people gain from CBH experience will help them grow into healthy, happy, self-sufficient adults. This assets-based approach seeks to strengthen the time-tested supports that reduce risks and foster resilience in children and youth. Central to the CBH initiative is the belief that families are the most fundamental factor influencing young people.
Youth development programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a structured, progressive series of activities and experiences, which help them obtain social, emotional, ethical, physical, and cognitive competencies. CBH, YDP addresses the broader developmental assets all children and youth need (such as caring relationships, safe places and activities, physical and mental health, marketable skills, and opportunities for service and civic participation). The program stands in sharp contrast to deficit-based approaches which focus solely on youth problems.
POSITION TITLE: Children’s Beach House Aquatics Director
Reports To: Camp Coordinator
Job Type: Seasonal
Supervises: Lifeguards when on duty at pool and bay, all water-based activities and their safe operation while running
The Aquatics Director oversees all programming and safety planning at the pool and at the bay. This includes responsibilities to:
*Oversee and coach lifeguards
*Lead aquatic in-service sessions
*Perform swim checks and split campers into swimming groups by ability
*Create swim lessons and activities to improve abilities
*Create lifeguard schedules and rotations
*Observe and check lifeguard skills
*Maintain appropriate records
*Maintain and review equipment at pool and at bay, alerting appropriate personnel of any needed repairs
*Maintain and enforce safety standards at pool and at bay
*Develop, implement, and practice emergency procedures
*Ensure policies and actions are in compliance with applicable regulatory agencies, including American Camping Association, Ellis & Associates Lifeguarding, and Division of Public Health
The Aquatics Director will also be expected to assist the Camp Coordinator in the daily tasks of running camp. These include but are not limited to:
*Camper and staff scheduling
*Planning and implementing special events
*Running Evening Programs
*Coaching campers and staff
*Assuming responsibility if Camp Coordinator is absent or unavailable
*Other tasks as decided by the Camp Coordinator
Must be at least 21 years old, with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
*At least 6 weeks previous experience in a management or supervisory position at a similar aquatic area or completed additional aquatics management or supervision training from a nationally recognized aquatics organization.
*Ability to lift at least 55 pounds.
*Current or recent (within 3 years) lifeguard certification from a nationally recognized certifying body
*Experience and comfort in both pool and open water environments
- One of the following certifications:
- US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1
- American Sailing Association Instructor Level
- US Sailing Sail Counselor Certification
- American Canoe Association
- Red Cross Canoeing Association
- Experience with and knowledge of pool chemicals and daily pool maintenance
- Experience coaching, teaching, or other recreational work with children and youth