Adaptive Aquatics Instructor
JCC Greater Boston is seeking a part-time Adaptive Aquatics Instructor. This position is a great opportunity for someone who thrives on making a difference and has experience in teaching skills that enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities. The JCC Greater Boston's Adaptive Specialist Swim Program is an opportunity for you to transform the lives of people you work with while developing lifelong skills.
JCC Greater Boston is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs, or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston’s core values — Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration, and Transformation — which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish.
At JCC Greater Boston, our Adaptive Swim Instructors use previous experience, coupled with the Swim Angelfish methodology, while receiving significant team support. The Aquatics Team is a lively and fun group to work with. We seek new team members who possess high standards, are customer service-oriented, and are collaborative.
This position will pay in the range of $30-$40/hr. as a starting salary. The salary offered will ultimately be determined by the hours the employee will work, the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity. The hours for this position would be +/- 15 hours/week.
Responsibilities of Adaptive Aquatics Instructor
• Create a safe, supportive environment which fosters confidence and develops swimmer proficiency
• Ensure the safety of all swimmers by implementing preventative measures and minimizing hazardous situations
• Teach swimming techniques and water safety skills to students of all ages with special needs, using prior experience and the Swim Angelfish curriculum
• Establish individual swim goals, identify roadblocks, address challenges, and help swimmers meet swim skill benchmarks that create water safety, increase leisure and promote overall swim abilities
• Use discretion, adapting the approach, as needed, to meet the unique needs of each swimmer
• Provide ongoing, effective communication with the supervisor regarding all classes and programming
• Maintain class records
• Manage equipment used for sessions
• Recognize and respond according to protocols for emergencies
• Other duties, as assigned
Qualifications of Adaptive Aquatics Instructor
• Is 16 years of age or older
• Has a high school education or equivalent
• Is calm, patient, flexible, creative, and empathic
• Has prior experience working with various populations in the adapted space, including children and adults
• Has a love working with both children and adults, helping them achieve their goals
• Has strong customer service and teamwork orientation
• Has intermediate swimming skills
• Is able to use a gentle, effective approach when working, being able to adjust to different personalities, aptitudes, and attentional levels
• Is able to attend in-person and online training (Paid Training)
• Is able to work a flexible schedule
• Demonstrates an ability to communicate with community members and coworkers in person effectively - in person, over email, and on the phone
Essential Functions of Adaptive Aquatics Instructor
Is able to:
• see, hear, and cognitively recognize situations requiring lifeguarding services
• work in a high temperature and high humidity environment for extended periods while wearing required personal protective equipment
• make safety-related decisions
• read routine and technical documents, write, understand, and speak English.
• follow set instructions for the swimming program
• stand, walk, sit, stoop, and kneel frequently
• swim at an intermediate level
• lift up to 30 pounds
• use a computer and answer a telephone
JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization with roots in earlier Settlement Houses and Young Men’s Hebrew Associations; JCC Greater Boston today offers a wide range of services and program activities throughout the Greater Boston region (~50,000 individuals annually in 98 communities). The organization provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including preschools, day camps, a regional model of Jewish family engagement, a fully equipped fitness and aquatic center, arts and culture classes, performances, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations.
Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by:
• Creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships
• Welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston
• Supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life
• Nourishing minds, bodies and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences, and
• Expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as a whole
JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff, children, and program participants very seriously. On an ongoing basis, we align our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC and the state. In response to current local public health situations, our practices have previously included, and in the future may include, ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, vaccination requirements, and use of face coverings to promote the health of our staff and program participants.
JCC Greater Boston welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds who meet the requirements specified above. If you want to share your talents with a great team, co-creating a thriving, dynamic organization which is devoted to community building and lasting impact, please send a cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifications: 0-2 years of experience.