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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 24, 2021
Enhancing the health and wellness of our Cal community is a big job. Rec Sports is dedicated to providing an ongoing variety of educational, fitness, and wellness opportunities to support a healthy lifestyle. We offer classes and facilities to support our students, faculty, and staff in both their personal growth and physical fitness goals.
Swim instructors provide instruction in swimming techniques, skills, and water safety to participants in the Cal Youth Camps. Swim instructors are supervised by the Aquatic Coordinator and the Aquatics Director.
Program Instruction (40%)
- Effectively teach swimming skills and water safety to children in a progressive sequence.
- Run organized and well executed classes.
- Incorporate diverse and fun activities into lessons.
- Assess participant swimming skills for appropriate level placement and for completing progress reports.
- Interact with every child in the class for each lesson, avoid playing favorites.
Child Supervision & Class Management (40%)
- Maintain a safe class atmosphere and keep constant watch over participants.
- Follow check-in/out procedures.
- Walk children safely between meeting location and pool, monitor locker room changes when applicable.
- Demonstrate good judgment.
- Resolve disciplinary problems appropriately, complete Incident Reports as needed.
- Demonstrate responsibility in regard to work schedule, meetings & trainings.
- Demonstrate responsibility toward equipment, e.g. clipboard, pool toys, pool covers and supplies (keep in order, well maintained, and return to their proper location).
- Complete and submit paperwork accurately and on time (course record sheets, progress reports, attendance, timesheets, lesson plans, etc.).
- Maintain and submit copy of current certifications as listed in the job description.
- Follow all aquatic program, pool facility, camp, and emergency policies & procedures.
- Dress in appropriate and well maintained attire/uniform while instructing. Instructors are required to purchase their own navy blue one-piece or two-piece workout swimsuit.
- Maintain a positive attitude while working, help wherever needed, work well with co-workers.
- Display good customer service skills, especially with the public, parents, and recreational swimmers.
- Accept feedback and make necessary corrections.
- Display appropriate behavior (action and language) around campers, parents, and staff.
- Perform miscellaneous tasks as requested by supervisor.
- Ability to work and relate well with children (ages 6 months -18 years old).
- Swim Instructors must also be able to exercise good judgment and safely supervise children.
- Applicants must have the sensory abilities (e.g. hearing, seeing) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- American Red Cross First Aid – required
- American Red Cross CPR and AED for Adult and Child
- Previous experience as swimming instructor is also preferred.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a part-time, variable, Contract (temporary) appointment with an end date of October 7, 2021.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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