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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Great Opportunity: Assistant Manager - Aquatics at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

As Assistant Manager of Aquatics, you will lead and manage the overall operations at the Malkin Athletics Center (“MAC”) pool, one of 2 pools operated by the Recreation department within Athletics.  Responsibilities include leadership, programming, and operations of the MAC pool.  Overall operations include:

  • Managing a large staff of lifeguards and monitors, including hiring, scheduling, training and supervision. Some employees are full-time, union members; many are contingent workers (part-time workers and students).  Ensure adequate staffing for recreational programs, Varsity athletes, and special events.  Ensure compliance with University staffing and payroll policies;
  • Overseeing pool operations, including scheduling, facility maintenance and improvements, policy development and enforcement, equipment procurement and maintenance; and
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, including the State Health Code for pool safety and operations.

You will also play a key role in managing the overall operations of the Blodgett pool, an Olympic-sized pool that is the home of our Varsity Men’s & Women’s Swimming, Diving and Water Polo teams.  Blodgett operations include the same functions as at the MAC pool as well as planning and preparing for numerous events, including Ivy League championships, Special Olympics, Club competitions, and some national/ regional championships.

Pools are open up to 7 days per week, 18 hours per day, 360 days per year and serve a wide variety of customers, including Varsity athletes, faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors.

You will work with the Aquatics Manager and the Associate Director of Athletics as a key member of the Aquatics management team.
Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  At least 3 years’ experience managing and supervising people.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience in Aquatics strongly preferred.  Should have current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification and Lifeguard Instructor certification.
  • Strong track record of successfully managing a large staff, including hiring, scheduling and motivating employees to work in a setting that is open many hours, including nights and weekends.  Experience running a business operation.  Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills, including the ability to work with and relate well to a diverse group of employees, customers, athletes, administrators, and University constituents.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Must be willing and able to work nights and weekends.  Schedule will vary according to the needs of the Aquatics program.  In rotation with Aquatics Manager, will be on-call during non-work hours to handle emergency situations and to ensure proper staffing levels.

To apply:


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