• As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest, most nimble and essential nonprofits in Atlanta. Mission-bound to serve, we are an organization designed to meet all people where, how and when they need us. In times of peace, we are a catalyst for connection; in times of crisis, a source of comfort and security. Join us as we carry out our commitment to positively impact lives and communities across the state.

    The opportunities to serve are vast, and we’re looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, to join us and do their best work.

    Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our people, our members, and our partners. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us different.

    Nature and Scope:
    This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the guidance of the Aquatic Director the Swim Team Coach is responsible for the implementation of the Competitive and/or Recreational Swimming Program following the YMCA Philosophy, Aquatic Guidelines, and the YMCA Competitive Sports Guidelines. The Head Coach will be responsible for the organization, supervision, and implementation of the year-round Swim Team season and clinics. Support the YMCA vision to strengthen the foundations of the community thorough programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
    Minimum Requirements:
    • Candidates must have a background in competitive swimming either as a coach or swimmer.
    • High degree of human relation skills: strong communication and relationship building skills with swimmers, parents, and coaches.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Ability to effectively communicate and manage information to program participants, community leaders, volunteers and staff of all ages.
    • 2-3 years of coaching experience with various ages.
    • Applicant must have excellent teaching skills with expert knowledge of training and stroke development.
    • Ability to establish, collaborate and maintain relationships with all stakeholders.
    • Exemplify YMCA ideals, leadership qualities and a professional image.
    • A high level of knowledge of computers, various technology and applications.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work independently, problem solve and possess effective time management skills.
    • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
    • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred (within 1st Year).
    • YMCA Swim Instructor Certification (within 1st 90 days).
    • Minimum age of 21.
    • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check, drug screen and motor vehicle record.
    • Within 30 days of hire, completion of Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming, Team Unify Training, Child Abuse Prevention, Working with Program Volunteers, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.


    • Promotion of the program through news releases, flyers, and handouts.
    • Able to manage all groups by developing a coordinated training and practice plan.
    • Ability to develop a coaching staff and evaluate performance and training needs for the staff.
    • Set and evaluate swim team members individual goals; provide individual and team feedback for improvement and recognition.
    • Responsible for developing the team roster, team registration, meet lineups, volunteer recruitment, and all other administrative aspects of running the team.
    • Communicates information on swim team meets; provides information on location, transportation, and other areas of logistics.
    • Coordinating and working closely with the Parent’s group to develop volunteers and advocates.
    • Active work with Community involvement and Fundraising for the YMCA as well at the team.
    • Maintains records of achievements, progress reports, skill development.
    • Attend League meetings as scheduled.
    • Represents the YMCA at meets, various community events, meetings.
    • Responsible for the safety of all participants at all times.
    • Maintain current knowledge of emergency procedures; report incident and accident events in complete and timely manner.
    • Promote the team philosophy and foster a positive and friendly practice environment for athletes in the water consistent with the YMCA Mission.
    • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Influence
    • Developing Self and Others
    • Community Engagement

    The effectiveness of this position is primarily measured by the stated satisfaction of members and ensuring a safe, clean and controlled environment in accordance with the Metro Atlanta YMCA Philosophy.
    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
    The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand; walk and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
    McCleskey East Cobb YMCA

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