About Wave Aquatics
Wave Aquatics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a range of public aquatics programs and facilities management services in order to enhance the health, fitness, safety, recreation, and quality of life of Seattle’s Eastside residents. Programs instill confidence, resilience, team work, health, and a strong work ethic.
Founded in 1987, the organization began when Northshore, Redmond, and Totem Lake swim teams merged in order to provide more opportunity and a stronger foundation for swimmers in the Lake Washington and Northshore school district areas. Since then, Wave has expanded its reach to include services at the Juanita Aquatics Center, Redmond’s Hartman Pool and the Willows Preparatory School Pool. Their programs serve nearly 2,000 Eastside residents monthly through its competitive swim team, swim lessons, Lake Washington Masters swim program, water polo team, recreational swimming and pool rentals. With Eastside pool capacity rapidly falling behind population growth, Wave Aquatics is the proven leader in aquatics management poised to partner with local governments to solve this problem by refurbishing and expanding facilities.
Wave Aquatics operates as an independent nonprofit with a staff team of 85. The organization is in strong financial standing, with an annual budget of approximately $2.2 million and a healthy financial reserve. Wave has a dynamic and growing team led by Interim Executive Director, Matt Eldridge, and a dedicated Board of Directors.
About the Position
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure Wave Aquatics achieves its mission through providing high-quality aquatics programming to Puget Sound’s Eastside community. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the staff leadership team, the Executive Director is the key thought leader of the organization and responsible for developing and ensuring implementation of all strategic plans and initiatives. The Executive Director directly supervises the staff leadership team, which is comprised of: Aquatics Director, Swim Team Head Coach, Masters Head Coach, Water Polo Head Coach, and the Business Manager/Controller.
Board Development and Management
The Executive Director supports the Board of Directors to execute the organization’s strategic plan and recruit, orient, and train new Board members. In collaboration with Board leadership, the Executive Director ensures Wave Aquatics operates as a financially sound business with strong administration and operations practices, and brings vision and passion to Wave Aquatics’ strategic growth.
Fundraising, Community Relations, and Marketing
The Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization’s community relations, marketing, and fundraising efforts. This includes garnering support for Wave Aquatics’ continued growth and impact by developing a comprehensive fundraising plan and engaging in major donor cultivation, overseeing grant writing, supporting board members in fundraising efforts, and building philanthropic and corporate partnerships.
Financial Management and Oversight
The Executive Director provides overall financial oversight for the organization and works with the Board Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget and financial reports. Ensures adherence to finance policies and accounting procedures are in place and followed.
Staff Team Management
The Executive Director is directly responsible for hiring, supervising and prioritizing professional development of the staff leadership team while providing leadership and motivation for all staff members. The Executive Director communicates vision and goals clearly to staff, solicits staff input, and models and encourages effective teamwork and collaboration.
Strategic Partnerships and Facility Expansion
The Executive Director is responsible for fostering and strengthening relationships with strategic partners, including, but not limited to, the Cities of Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue, King County, and the Lake Washington School District. This includes advocating for aquatics programs and working collaboratively with public sector partners to improve and expand aquatics facilities in the area.
The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Director of Operations, ensures program goals are aligned with the strategic plan, fosters program partnerships, and ensures facility operations and management are effective and efficient and evaluation practices are followed to ensure quality program services.
The Ideal Candidate
Wave Aquatics is looking for a unique leader who demonstrates a genuine understanding of and commitment to aquatics programs and shares our values and enthusiasm for enhancing the health, fitness, safety, recreation, and quality of life for Eastside residents.
Specifically, we are seeking an individual with 5 or more years of relevant leadership experience, with a focus on managing a complex organizational structure and budgets of $2-5 million, and supporting a large, young staff team. Ideally s/he will have prior experience with recreational programming, as well as experience with facilities management. Experience should include a proven track record of effectively working with city and county governments to develop and expand successful public-private partnerships.
A successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with the ability to facilitate crucial conversations and make tough decisions. An important talent is to listen and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences: parents, staff, Board and community partners. The ability to develop strong and trusted relationships with each of these audiences to build long term partnerships for Wave Aquatics is key.
S/he will have experience effectively hiring, supporting, and managing staff and providing opportunities to foster professional development and growth. Demonstrated success at working in partnership with an independent board of directors to achieve goals is another important criterion.
As the leader of an 80+ staff member organization, it is key the Executive Director have an aptitude for delegation and prioritization of duties to appropriate administrative/management staff, with a clear understanding of risk and impact.
Strong candidates will have good computer skills and the ability to effectively review, analyze, and present business and financial information to help the organization make the best decisions. Successful fundraising experience, including grants and cultivating major donors, is a priority.
- Significant past leadership experience overseeing an organization, program, or team, ideally as an Executive Director. Experience with facility management and leading large staff teams is particularly desired
- A strategic thinker who is able to think conceptually, imaginatively, systematically, and opportunistically to achieve organizational success
- Long-term relationship builder and proven networker who can catalyze participation and investment from a wide array of partners
- Proven track record of success with fundraising, especially cultivating and asking for gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as experience managing a CRM such as Salesforce
- Excitement about program and facilities expansion, and willingness to take on the challenges that naturally occur with organizational growth
- Experience recruiting, developing, and working with a board of directors
- Prior experience building capacity and growing an organization or program of significant scope
- Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including public speaking
- Comfort working independently, as well as collaboratively in a larger system
- A Bachelor’s degree; Associates degree and progressively-responsible experience may substitute for Bachelor’s degree.
This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Board of Directors and requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel to the aquatics facilities in Kirkland and Redmond. The expected salary range is between $90,000 - $110,000, depending on experience and skills.
Wave Aquatics offers a benefits package including medical and dental insurance. Wave Aquatics provides 10 days of vacation as well as 8 days of paid holidays. The work schedule is very flexible and employees receive a 15% discount on Wave program fees. Wave Aquatics’ administrative offices are located in Kirkland, Washington on Seattle’s Eastside in the beautiful and scenic Pacific Northwest.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Apply online by clicking on this link: https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01npl
Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your qualifications, experience, and interests are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.
We will be accepting applications through October 5; early applications are encouraged. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the search committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received, and interviewing will begin in late September.