Head Swim Coach (19940730)

Part Time
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$22.50-$25.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


540 Crespi Drive Pacifica, 94044


The Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department within the City of Pacifica works closely with the community providing programming to youth, seniors and all citizens.  We strive to foster a collaborative atmosphere among staff while providing high quality programs, activities and events to the community and neighborhoods. We take pride in offering excellent community service while remaining adaptable and responsive to our residents' needs and expectations.


Currently, the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, goal driven individual to join our team as our next Head Swim Coach!


If interested, apply today!


Under the supervision of the Recreation Coordinator, this position is assigned to the Aquatics Division of the Recreation Department at the City of Pacifica.  The Head Swim Coach teaches the fundamentals of competitive swimming in a positive environment.  The duties include coaching the swim team (Pacifica Sea Lions), providing instruction and guidance during training sessions, supervising several assistant swim coaches, and performing other related work as required.


The Head Swim Coach is responsible for working with the Recreation Coordinator to ensure the development of each individual swimmer while encouraging sportsmanship, healthy competition, and attendance at meets.  This position is expected to enforce the discipline of regular swimming practices consisting of technique demonstration and drills along with age-appropriate motivation, encouragement and fun.


Essential Functions of the Position

  • Attend all scheduled swim meets; supervise all swimmers; coordinate volunteers (in conjunction with the Pacifica Sea Lion's Parent Board); create all swim meet line-ups and information.
  • Coordinate practice group scheduling and assign athletes to appropriate training groups; maintain appropriate records for team members and meets.
  • Plan, prepare, and conduct team practices; develop strong team building qualities through demonstrated leadership.
  • Attend all swim team staff meetings; attend all registration and parent meetings; coordinate and attend all swim team special events and fundraisers.
  • Actively coach swimmers in competitive stroke training to improve technique.
  • Recruit new swimmers to program.
  • Have basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel or related programs.
  • Possess excellent customer service skills in all forms of communication.
  • Meet all safety and operational requirements in the facility; abide by the USA Swimming Code of Conduct and Park, Beaches & Recreation policies and procedures.


Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives direction from the Aquatics Recreation Coordinator.  Exercises supervision over all assistant swim coaches and all swim team participants.



Minimum two-year history of coaching on a competitive swim teams is mandatory, plus a minimum two-year history as a swimming instructor.  Familiarity with the USA Swimming rules and local swim conference rules and regulations.  Certification in Safety Training for Swim Coaches or equivalent is required, if candidate does not currently possess this certification they must obtain it within 30 days of employment.  Current lifeguarding and C/PRO certification required.  Current and valid California driver’s license required.  Experience as a head coach of a competitive swim team is highly desirable.  A Bachelor’s degree or an Associate Degree in physical education, recreation, or a related field also is desirable.


All employees of the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Department that work with children in any capacity need to successfully pass the Department of Justice fingerprint requirements prior to employment.  All employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Working Conditions

Environmental working conditions include outdoor and indoor swimming pool environment; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, heat, cold, sun, and inclement weather conditions; and work around slippery surfaces.


Please note, the job description listed in this advertisement is currently under review and may be revised pending approval. 


This position is part time (approximately 1,500 per fiscal year) and non-benefited.


This position is eligible for CalPERS  retirement enrollment. Retirement formula based on membership status. 

Special Instructions

Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application in  Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.  Applications can be obtained online at

Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. The most qualified applicants will be invited to interview. 

Apply immediately, applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and interviews will be scheduled as needed. This position is open until filled and may close with minimal or no notice. 

Human Resources has the right to revise this process as needed based on business needs.  


At the City of Pacifica, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. To us, equal opportunity employment is not just about compliance, it’s about who you are, how you can help our City and who you want to be. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and residents.

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