2019 Sailing Program Director
West Dennis Yacht Club
259 Loring Avenue PO Box 422
West Dennis, MA 02670
Application Closing Date
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The Sailing Program Director is responsible for the design, operation and teaching of the West Dennis Yacht Club Sailing School (WDYCSS) in accordance with the policies and directions fo teh Fleet Captain and Club Manager. The program includes classes at several different skill levels and periodic interclub, regattas and special events. The other major responsibilities of the Program Director are to mange the administrative aspects of the WDYCSS and ensure safety for all participants therein.
The Program Director reports to the Fleet Captain for sailing program related business and the coordination of Yacht Club operational issues and to insure the smooth functioning of the Sailing Program. He/she supervises the Racing Instructor and works with him/her to coordinate all aspects of the Racing Team Program. The Director also supervises any Sailing and Junior Instructors.
Specific Job Accountabilities:
Budget - assist in developing, keep up-to-date records and adhere to guidelines
Supervise and direct sailing office coordinator to assist in administrative responsibilities (i.e. attendance records, consent forms, parent checklists) and to create job description
Supervise and direct sailing office coordinator to assist in record-keeping: attendance records & current files including performance, attendance & medical forms on all students and instructors
To help organize and run the WDYCSS graduation with Fleet Captain, Club Manager and Sailing Committee.
To help organize and run the WDYC Invitational with Fleet Captain, and Sailing Committee.
Oversee safety at the Club within sailing program; instructors, students and parents
Parent communication/interface (Send spring letter regarding program, newsletter, registrations,
events, regattas etc…)
Occasional meetings with entire WDYCSS staff, member(s) of the Sailing Committee other than the
Develop & execute special events/trips (graduation, interclub, regattas, rainy day classes, etc.)
Registration (prepare and mail spring letter, pre-season enrollment, and student packages &
Oversee power and sail boat & equipment maintenance (minimum 1x weekly washing, repairs &
boat maintenance log submitted) with staff. Boat Log to be submitted to Fleet Captain.
Assist in improving curriculum
Implement and administer achievement testing program and awards
Adhere to program procedures and operational controls
Maintain WDYCSS database including class assignments for following year
Problem solving all issues regarding WDYCSS
Teaching (classes tbd):
Develop lesson plans to achieve curriculum objectives for classes that you lead
Teach classes and sub for staff when needed
Instructor orientation and training with staff prior to Program starting. (develop & conduct minimum
one day program)
Conduct daily meetings with sailing staff regarding lesson plans and general plans for the day.
Hire (with club manager) and support sailing program staff
Create and implement staff orientation and training, working with the Fleet Captain.
Create daily check list for sailing staff
Supervise sailing staff, establish expectations, and conduct performance reviews
Mentor and develop teaching skills in sailing staff
Review staff’s lesson plans and ensure adherence to curriculum
Ensure that sailing staff attains/maintains appropriate US Sailing certification (training, CPR, first
aid) and certifications are on file.
Other Duties, Club Operations:
Teamwork w/ other Club staff
Weekly safety checks (w/written report and follow-up)
Promote & support the overall image of the Club, Officers, staff & programs.
A candidate must have a thorough knowledge of small boat sailing/racing skills, especially seamanship and sportsmanship. He or she should be a minimum of 20 years old, with experience and interest in working with children in a safe and caring environment to develop a lifelong interest in sailing. An applicant must be a self-starter as this is a flexible program and instructor input is essential.
US Sailing Certification (Level 1 required, Opti and 420 Boat Instructor and Instructor Trainer preferred), 4 years teaching experience, small power boat handling experience, and current CPR & First Aid Certificates are required.
Program Director is expected to work full-time Monday through Friday (Saturday and Sunday if needed) for 11 weeks in season (Mid-June to Late August). Plus approximately 65 hours off-season for hiring, planning, scheduling, and attending meetings, in addition, several pre- and post-season weekends for program setup and breakdown.
Employer Contact Information
West Dennis Yacht Club
259 Loring Avenue
PO Box 422
The West Dennis Yacht Club was officially opened on July 18, 1959 with a ceremony attended by families of the charter members, several town officials, local builders and developers. The WDYC Sailing School began during the first summer of the Club’s existence. It has evolved into an outstanding program, teaching junior sailors from ages 5 to 18yrs in recreational and racing skills.