Hood College-Director of Aquatics/Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Swimming


Under the general direction of the Director of Athletics, the Director of Aquatics develops implements and coordinates all aspects of the aquatics program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

Head Coach (30%)

Coaching, Instruction, and Team Administration

  • Model and instruct student-athletes in departmental, College, Conference, and NCAA policies and procedures including Hood Honor Code, Alcohol Policy, Code of Conduct, Travel Policy, Conference bylaws and proceedings, and NCAA guidelines;

  • Organize and conduct practices during the traditional season (as defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association) for this sport. Non-traditional (or out of season) practices may be required;

  • Develop team travel and security plans in compliance with departmental and College guidelines for safety and other requirements;

  • Serve as the representative of the department and the College during team travel for in- and out-of-season competition. Supervise team during all travel, lead team during the event;

  • Manage and account for team money distributed for meals and/or other expenses. Submit required forms and reports to Director of Athletics and Accounting Department;

  • Responsible for assisting in the management of operational budget issues: participate in uniform and equipment purchase process; plan and coordinate team travel under the supervision of Director of Athletics’ Office; develop and implement fund-raising strategies;

  • Complete in-and off-season scheduling for the program. Work within NCAA guidelines regarding the start of the season, dates of competition and end of the season;

  • Assure currency with NCAA regulations, Conference bylaws and proceedings, and departmental policies. Participate in NCAA and Conference meetings and voting procedures as appropriate;

  • Refer student-athletes to College resources as necessary to assist with academic, medical, and/or personal issues that may arise throughout the year;

  • Represent the Department of Athletics at all on-campus Admission Open Houses and/or other predetermined events;

  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Athletics.

Management (30%)

  • Assist Hood faculty and staff offering College swimming programs. This includes activities of the swim team, swimming classes, and special events.

  • Plan, schedule, assign and supervise the work of lifeguards, swim instructors, cashiers, and attendants.

  • Plan and administer the aquatics budget, monitor and accounts for revenue and expenses.

Marketing (20%)

  • Promote community participation and use of aquatics facilities as a source of additional revenue for the College.

  • Negotiate contracts with outside groups that want to use Hood College aquatic facilities.

  • Assist with the development of the aquatics programs.

  • Ensure that all rules and regulations are properly enforced.

  • Market aquatics programs through press releases, display advertising, and special promotions.

  • Respond to questions and concerns from the public.

Recruiting (10%)

  • Work with Director of Athletics and Department of Admission to develop annual recruiting plan for identifying prospective student-athletes;

  • Work with Liaison to Admission and Department of Admission to recruit qualified student-athletes; both incoming freshmen and transfers, to Hood College; included are off-campus contacts and evaluations, as well as, serving as College representative during on-campus prospect visits;

  • Work closely with Sports Information Director to develop annual media plan that includes media guides, news releases, etc. for promotion of student-athletes, the team, and the College;

  • Respond to prospective student inquiries and maintain record of contacts.

Maintenance (10%)

  • Operate and maintain the pool.

  • Ensure that pools are maintained in a manner that meets all state and county health code guidelines.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

Manages Assistant Director of Aquatics and supervises a total of 12 Campus Employment workers. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Also directly supervises a seasonal staff of six non-supervisory employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree in Recreation or related field; two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education or experience in the delivery of aquatics programs and/or aquatics center operations. Experience in the delivery of recreation and leisure services preferred. Requires experience as a supervisor, preferably in Aquatics. Commitment to the concept of wellness.

Language Skills 

Oral communication skills to enable the incumbent to effectively present information and respond to questions from and build relationships with groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manuals.

Mathematical Skills 

Demonstrated experience in fiscal management to include experience in budgeting, tracking revenue and expenses. Ability to work with mathematical concepts and apply concepts such as fractions.

Technology Skills 

Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Desktop publishing and web page development skills a plus.


Current CPR certification, Pool Operator’s Course certification, and First Aid certification. Prefer current Lifeguard Training Instructor certification and Water Safety Instructor Certification. Valid driver’s license and good driving record.

To Apply 

Please visit www.hood.edu for more details, including a description of the position. 

We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references. 

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email humanresources@hood.edu or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer 

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit http://www.hood.edu/non-discrimination/.

About Hood College

Founded in 1893 in Frederick, Maryland, Hood College is a coeducational, independent, liberal arts college, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates. Home to approximately 1,200 undergraduate students from 25 states and 15 countries, Hood offers 32 majors, 50 minors, and pre-professional preparation in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, dentistry and law. Hood students experience small class sizes, where they receive individual attention from supportive faculty.