Graduate Assistantship Position – Aquatic Supervisor – Marshall Recreation Center

Marshall Recreation Center
Overview CENTERS, established in August 1998, is the first company in the United
States organized solely for the purpose of providing management services for
university recreation, fitness, and wellness facilities. Our management team
has more than 100 years of professional experience in planning and implementing
recreation facilities and programs, with a focus on market responsiveness,
mission sensitivity, cost effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence on
behalf of our clients.
About Graduate Supervisor The Graduate Supervisor Aquatics and Safety under the direction of the Sr. Asst. Dir. of Facilities and Operations, is responsible for the scheduling and supervision of the Aquatic Staff, as well as Aquatic and Safety certification programs. Daily responsibilities, includes but is not limited to, hands-on program delivery in one or more area including swim instruction, lifeguard training and safety classes (First Aid and/or CPR AED).Also responsible for periodic recertification of department staff, assisting with “red shirt” safety drills, ongoing trainings, and assisting with MRC special events.


A graduate supervisor at Marshall University will gain essential work and educational experience needed to obtain full-time employment in the field of campus recreation.  A graduate supervisor works a schedule of generally 20 hours per week in their area and in Graduate Team activities and receives a nine month stipend (paid bi-weekly) of $7000.  (An additional three month, summer contract may be available.) While tuition remission is not included with this position, it may be available to candidates who wish to teach academic classes in addition to their responsibilities as a graduate supervisor.

In addition, your annual earnings will help offset the cost of tuition and it is important to note Marshall University charges a base tuition of $330 per credit hour and has one of the lowest tuition rates in the State of West Virginia and surrounding region (fees vary by program and campus.  More detail available on the Bursar’s office website – Graduate supervisors must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies at Marshall University (minimum of 2.75 GPA).

Primary Responsibilities Staff Management:

  • Assist with hiring, training and supervising undergraduate aquatic and safety instructor staff.
  • Schedule Aquatic Supervisor and Lifeguard staff.
  • Schedule and instruct all Aquatic Supervisor and Lifeguard in-service trainings.
  • Schedule Swim Instructor staff.
  • Provide ongoing training of Swim Instructor Staff.

Instructional Programming:

  • Schedule and instruct Learn to Swim sessions.
  • Schedule and instruct private swim lessons.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing staff for promotion of the MU Learn to Swim and Safety Certification classes.

Safety Operations and Programming:

  • Schedule and instruct lifeguard training and safety classes including First Aid and CPR AED.
  • Schedule and instruct recertification classes for department staff.
  • Assist with the scheduling and delivery of “red shirt” safety drills
Other Responsibilities
  • Attend Graduate Supervisor Training Week & Staff Retreat in August
  • Assist with the All Staff Training in the fall and spring
  • Conduct evening supervision of the Marshall Recreation Center on a rotating basis
  • Hold regular office hours each week
  • Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required
  • Work within a non-smoking environment
  • Pursuing a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies at Marshall University.
  • Current certifications in Lifeguard training, CPR for Professional Rescuer/Lifeguards, First Aid.
  • Lifeguard Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Water Safety Instructor certification preferred
  • Leadership and supervisory abilities.
  • Knowledge of standard practices in recreational and aquatic facilities.
  • Knowledge of American Red Cross programs and procedures.
  • Ability to write concise, logical reports.
  • Possess analytical skills to identify problems, assess alternatives, and render consistent, logical decisions.
  • Ability to work independently and thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles.
Work Environment
  • Office environment/fitness center environment/ aquatic environment
  • Moderate to loud noise
  • Occasional evening or weekend work
Physical Demands
  • Standing or walking for at least 50% of the work day
  • Ability to swim and otherwise be in a pool some portion of most days
  • Occasional bending, stooping
  • Hearing and talking
Anticipated Start Date   August 5, 2014