Recreation Superintendent - Athletic /Aquatics Job Description

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Under the general direction of the Recreation Manager performs professional and administrative work in directing the aquatics, athletics, and tennis programs as well as the special events and pool maintenance at the 3 City Pools- Fee Ave., Lipscomb, and Sherwood Pools. Work is guided by City rules and regulations. Work is reviewed through attainment of program objectives, observation, reports and results obtained. Supervision is exercised over senior recreation supervisors, recreation supervisors, recreation aides, athletic league workers, lifeguards, swim instructors, and aquatic maintenance. Performs other work as required.



Plans, organizes, promotes, and directs the Swim season at the 3 Athletic Pools, planning and overseeing swim lessons, creating pool special events, and supervising and planning swim team & meets.

Plans, organizes, promotes, enforces rules, and directs the adult softball and kickball leagues and creating any other athletic leagues for the City which includes supervision of league personnel.

Hiring, supervising, coaching, managing, and training staff for athletic leagues and aquatics- lifeguards, swim lesson instructors and coordinators, pool managers and continual training during pool season.  

Supervises the maintenance and operations of 3 City Pools- Fee Ave., Lipscomb, and Sherwood Pools including Pool maintenance chemicals and equipment and enforcing all codes and ordinances regulating Pools including coordinating certification of ADA lifts, slides, and health care certifications. 

Coordinates maintenance and repairs of athletic fields and surrounding facilities.

Maintains all pool equipment and coordinates and recommends repairs & replacement within budget.

Prepares and administers budget for recreation programs & oversees ordering of equipment, supplies, and material. 

Coordinates rentals and collection of all revenue of Athletic Leagues, field rentals, outdoor public assembly permits, youth organization fees, and Athletic Pools by daily users, swim lessons, swim teams, day cares, and private rentals and record all fees in RecTrac system.

Creates and coordinates special events for City of Melbourne at various locations which includes obtaining sponsorship and work other special events at other locations in Recreation Division

Instruct CPR, Life-guarding, and Swim Instructor certification classes creating the ability to train staff to hire for summer positions.

Complete pre and post-Program Evaluations summarizing the Revenue and Expense for each program.

Complete monthly and yearly press release and Guide information and recording and posting pictures for Facebook & Recreation Guide.

Plans, assigns, and directs the activities of employees engaged in the promotion and operation of the City's Parks and Recreation programs and facilities.

Prepares and administers division budgets for recreation facilities and programs, and determines the need for equipment and capital improvement projects. Orders equipment, supplies and material within budgetary limitations. Reviews and approves purchase requests from staff to verify expenditure and necessity. Monitors budget expenditures and revenue collection in all areas.

Performs public relations duties and services and maintains effective communication between City, boards, other City departments, and community organizations including Play Melbourne website and Facebook.

Investigates and responds to inquiries and complaints relating to citizen use of recreation programs and facilities and providing the highest level of quality customer service.

Determines present and future program and facility needs, and goals and objectives for the Recreation Division areas.

Prepares Bid Specs for procurement of supplies, services and construction.

Coordinate and organize registration for recreation aquatic and special event programs in RecTrac and Play Melbourne website

Directs the research, analysis and preparation of special reports, studies and surveys.

Frequently inspects operations to assess the needs for facilities, personnel, equipment, forms, and policy or procedure changes.

Remain on-call after regular hours including weekends, nights and early mornings.

Enforcement of yearly contracts, rules, maintenance issues, and collection of fees with youth organizations.



Completion of an Associates or Bachelor Degree in Recreation Administration or related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible management/supervisory experience in a public or private recreation agency.  Must hold an AFL and/or CPO certification and current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification, or obtain certifications within 6 months of hire date.  Must have current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification, or obtain certification within 6 months of hire date.  Also must be American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor, or obtain certification within 6 months of hire date.  Must have a valid State of Florida Driver License. Applicants who possess a valid out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida driver’s license within 10 days of employment.


Knowledge of planning and coordinating citywide special events.

Knowledge of aquatic and recreation programming, principles, practices and techniques including life-guarding and swim instruction skills.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Ability to manage and supervise a wide range of subordinate personnel.

Ability to establish and maintain effective public relations.

Knowledge of codes and ordinances regulating recreational facilities.

Knowledge of recreation facilities, operations, maintenance and equipment.

Ability to work effectively with the public and City Boards and Departments. Must be able to communicate with a large number of people or one-on-one.

Knowledge of aquatic maintenance and operations procedures including life-guarding skills.

Skills in managerial and budgetary practices and procedure.

Ability to develop long-range planning techniques, policies and procedures and promotional techniques for recreation facilities and programs.

Knowledge and skills in the use of personal computer and various application programs including RecTrac and the internet.


Ability to communicate in English clearly, both orally and in writing.

Ability to sit for long periods of time not to exceed eight (8) hours in one day.

Ability to read and understand complicated reports.

Ability to use hands, wrists and fingers.

Ability to write reports that are legible and understood by others.

Ability to lift and move tables, chairs and aquatic equipment.

Ability to walk, stand, reach, kneel, stoop and lift throughout the working day and participate in activities which requires physical dexterity.

Ability to drive to recreation sites throughout the day.


This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Revision Date – 1/9/18