1174 Director of Aquatics and Wellness – West Plains


TITLE Director of Aquatics and Wellness – West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Community Engagement


The Director of Aquatics and Wellness – West Plains is responsible for the development and management of individual and group aquatics and wellness programs for men and women as a part of the Athletics and Community Engagement division, Aquatics and Wellness Department at the West Plains Civic Center. Patrons of the program include the students, faculty, staff and administration of Missouri State University-West Plains; residents of West Plains, Missouri; and citizens of the seven counties comprising the Ozarks Heritage Region of south-central Missouri (Howell, Oregon, Texas, Douglas, Wright, Ozark and Shannon counties).


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Education, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, Business or a related field is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least two years of experience is required in progressively responsible positions involving the development and management of individual and group wellness, fitness, health education, strength training, and/or aquatics programs. Experience at the college/university level is preferred. Any experience in management of a health/fitness, weight training, and/or aquatics facility is preferred.

Skills: Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Excellent supervisory and organizational skills (e.g., ability to organize, plan, coordinate, and direct activities) are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification or Certified Personal Trainer required. Also certification in First Aid & CPR, Lifeguard Instructor Certification and Aquatics Facility Operators Certification required/or to be obtained within one year of employment. NSCA or ACSM certifications are preferred. Additional certifications in the areas of health and wellness will be considered.

Effort: Scope of the position requires ability to perform and/or demonstrate various physical fitness and strength exercises, and to assist others performing those exercises. Position requires some handling of hazardous materials in the operation of the aquatic’s facility.

Other: The scope of this position may require attendance at activities on weekends and nights.


1. Coordinates instructions of CPR and AED, first aid, blood-borne pathogen, and other fitness certifications.

2. Assists in the development of goals and budget for the aquatics and wellness department.

3. Develops specifications for the purchase of aquatic and wellness department equipment and develops and maintains the inventory, a preventative maintenance plan, and a schedule for repair and replacement.

4. Develops and coordinates an aquatics program. Hires and ensures proper training and certification of lifeguards.

5. Ensures that the West Plains Civic Center swimming pool and fitness room are operated in a safe, effective, and professional manner by supervising operations of the swimming pool and fitness room, instructing lifeguards and staff on policies and procedures regarding pool and fitness room usage, oversees maintenance and cleaning of pool and fitness center equipment and facilities and providing administration for special scheduled events in the pool area.

6. Develops and coordinates a Wellness Program for patrons.

7. Reduces the likelihood of injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during training sessions by being knowledgeable of injuries and proper prevention methods. Directs appropriate pre-training sessions and warmups. Works with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers.

8. Promotes healthy lifestyle alternatives for Aquatics and Wellness Program patrons and coordinates and implements a comprehensive health education program for the campus.

9. Identifies the health, fitness, and strength training needs of patrons through development and use of appropriate evaluation tools regarding health education issues.

10. Works with Business Services to develop, review and/or maintain aquatic and wellness contractual agreements. Develops and maintains positive relationships with outside partnerships.

11. Coordinates the recruitment, hiring, evaluation and scheduling of aquatic and wellness staff.

12. Reviews and approves all payroll associated with the aquatics and wellness staff

13. Promotes a positive image of the campus by participating in community and professional organizations, representing the campus at professional meetings and on community committees.

14. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

15. Maintains competency and professional currency through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Community Engagement.

16. Contributes to the overall success of Missouri State University-West Plains by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Director of Aquatics and Wellness – West Plains exercises considerable independent judgment in the management of the Aquatics and Wellness Program. The Director exercises supervision of any student or non-student assistants who may be employed in the Aquatics and Wellness Program.


APRIL 2024