Work at the Y

The YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County is looking for dedicated, qualified individuals to help in our cause. If you think you are up to the challenge, below you will find a list of employment opportunities currently available.

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We are currently seeking:

Head Lifeguard
The Head Lifeguard is responsible for the overall supervision of the lifeguard staff to ensure the safety of patrons in the aquatics area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Participates in the hiring and training of all lifeguards. Manages the scheduling of lifeguards to ensure that adequate coverage of pool areas are maintained during operating hours. Fills in with scheduling conflicts and absences of lifeguards to ensure that adequate coverage of all pool areas are maintained during operating hours. Works at least a minimum of lifeguard shifts. Must be flexible with working hours, morning, afternoon, evening, weekend shifts, and holidays. Participates in the process of staffing Borg Warner's outdoor pool according to agreement. Ensures that lifeguards perform in accordance with established safety regulations and requirements. Acts as a liaison between lifeguarding staff and management. Maintains constant surveillance of patrons; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of emergency. Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service. Performs various maintenance duties (i.e., tests the chemical levels of pool water according to regulations) as directed to maintain a clean and safe facility. Prepares and maintains appropriate reports. Retains Red Cross training/train the trainer certifications. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age, 2+ years lifeguarding experience, CPR Certified; current certification as Lifeguard by a recognized source of training, Red Cross training experience, Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
Desired Qualifications: Lifeguard Instructor Certification (LGI), Previous experience with lifeguard supervision
Knowledge and Skills: Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations, Skill in the application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques

Swim Lesson Coordinator
The Swim Lesson Coordinator's primary function is to supervise and implement the YMCA swim lesson program at specific times as agreed upon with the Aquatics Coordinator. At current time, no certifications are required for this position. However, the Swim lesson Coordinator should be willing and able to attain the following certifications when they are offered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillator, Oxygen Administration, First Aid, YMCA Lifeguarding OR YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistant, Fundamentals of YMCA Swim Lessons, YMCA Parent-Child/Preschool Instructor, YMCA Youth/Adult Instructor, YMCA Swim Lesson Trainer. All swim instructors must also receive pre-employment facility specific training and attend at least one hour per month of in-service training. Principal Activities Excel at performing all duties outlined in the Swim Instructor Job Description. Provide direct supervision of swim instructors and lifeguards during lessons. Communicate with parents, children, swim instructors and the Aquatics Coordinator. Schedule instructors for weekend swim lessons based on their skills. Complete necessary paperwork neatly and on time. Distribute and collect program evaluations. Assist Aquatics Coordinator with other duties as assigned.

Camp Adventure Assistant Director
The YMCA of Ithaca requires a Camp Adventure Assistant Director who is excellent with supervising operations of small and large groups, possesses a calm and assured character who can think on their feet. The candidate must have have at least 2 years in experience of developing and organizing camp activities and programming, have superior supervisory skills of staff, possess exemplary communication skills when interacting with children and parents, and have a lot of energy. Under direction of the Early Education and Child Development Director, the assistant is responsible for the daily operations of the program. Employee must be at least 18 years old. Position requires high school diploma and 2-years of experience in developing, organizing, supervision, implementing and leading camp programs and/or classes for youth ages 5-12.

Camp Adventure Counselor
Have fun with children while changing the lives of children in a positive way. Y Camp includes social responsibility along with youth development and healthy living protocols, and features sports and games, outdoor education, music, arts & crafts, swimming, reading, trips to the Y outdoor education land once a week, trips to area parks once a week, special guests, and theme weeks. In addition, highly qualified staff work together as a team for positive reinforcement with children as mentors, and personal and positive interactions with children and parents alike. Safety and security is highly observed in the Camp Adventure program. Candidates should be equipped to handle discipline in a positive manner, as well as keeping records and being able to start a game or conversation on an impromptu basis, developing enriching activities for the youth ages 5-12. Counselors should be experienced for at least 1 year working in a camp or youth educational setting, and be at least 18 years of age. To apply for this position please fill out our camp application.

Front Desk and Building Supervisor
This job opportunity offers the energetic candidate many diverse responsibilities incorporated into one important, front line position. Candidates should demonstrate a desire to serve others by providing excellent member service while understanding and exhibiting YMCA values. The applicant must be able to communicate effectively and engage well with others. Excellent work ethic, punctuality and reliable attendance are a must. Candidates should have no less than 2 years of customer service and member engagement experience, work well both by themselves and as part of a team, and must be responsible and honest. The Y is seeking individuals for positions that are both during the week and on the weekends, and candidate must be willing to pick up additional shifts when able.

School Age After School Counselor
Motivated youth development counselors are needed at the Cassavant Elementary School (Dryden school district), Groton Elementary School, and on-site at the Ithaca YMCA (Ithaca and Lansing school districts), to work at the YMCA school age childcare after-school program during the 2017/2018 school year. Staff are needed 5 days a week for both the before-school and after-school times at the Groton and Cassavant sites. Qualified candidates are positive youth role models age 18 years old or older, with a high school diploma and at least 1 year of experience working with children ages 5-12. Energetic candidates are involved in development, organization, and implementation of elementary school age programming, including games and sports, reading and literacy, arts and crafts, homework assistance, snack preparation, creative play, and character development according to YMCA best standards. Please fill out the application to apply and resumes are encouraged.

Experienced candidate who works with a team and appreciates youth ages 6 weeks to 9 years is sought to provide support and implement activities for member and non-member children in a safe, creative, and fun atmosphere. Job requirements include one year previous experience in a group child care setting, and/or education in related field. General responsibilities include ability to respond to needs of children, initiate and interact with games and play, enforces safe practices, and do arts and crafts projects. Candidate must be a role model to all participants and to other staff, members and children, participate in staff meetings and in-service trainings, and ensure procedures for sign in of children are accounted for on documentation. Candidate must support the mission and direction of the YMCA, understand and support the cause of the Y, display Y values, and convey enthusiasm for the YMCA and his/her work, while providing a quality experience for members, participants, and others.

Needed to work various shifts at the YMCA in Ithaca. Applicants should be at least 16 years old, responsible, and must have reliable transportation. Applicants must hold current American Red Cross or similar Life Guarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer/Lifeguard Certifications.

Swim Instructor
The Ithaca Y is looking for dedicated individuals who want to help enrich the lives of the local children and adults while teaching swim lessons. We offer lessons everyday of the week, all year long. The swim instructor's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of all participants in his/her class. The ideal candidate would provide quality aquatic instruction in adherence to the Ithaca YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum and offers feedback to both the child and the child's parents.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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