The Hotchkiss School seeks an accomplished and enthusiastic coach to assist in the school’s sailing program at the varsity level. The team is rich in young talent, providing an excellent opportunity to mentor some high-level young sailors. The Assistant Coach plays an important role in achieving the overall goals of the program by providing technical, strategic, and mental coaching to student-athletes during practice and competition.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Support safety and skill development of varsity sailors with a range of racing experience.
- Work directly with student-athletes to enhance their performance and teamwork.
- Help foster a collaborative and fun team culture.
- Track each student's sailing proficiency skills while focusing on teaching general sailing knowledge and boat handling.
- Contribute with suggestions and recommendations to planning and implementing daily program needs.
- Support travel logistics and accounting for team travel.
- Maintain First Aid/CPR AED certification.
- Contribute to the overall success of the program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Collegiate and or elite competitive sailing experience preferred.
- Coaching experience at high school or club level preferred.
- Experience creating training programs.
- Possess a valid US Sailing Certification (preferred) or be able to obtain one within six months of employment.
- Experience maintaining day-to-day operations, including rigging and boat maintenance.
- Experience organizing race schedules and managing regattas.
- Strong ability to foster enthusiasm with young people, through a positive, patient, and encouraging coaching mentality.
- Demonstrates a sincere interest in the academic, personal, and physical welfare of each student-athlete,
- Demonstratives a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions interactions, and communications with others.
- Eligible for CT public service license or comparable out-of-state license to drive students.
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.
The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination).
In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
Reports to: Director of Athletics & Head Sailing Coach
Schedule: March through May, Variable afternoon practice hours & weekend regattas
Travel: Frequent for Athletic Contests
ABOUT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL:
Located in the scenic Berkshire-Taconic landscape in the quiet northwest corner of Connecticut, The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of nearly 600 students who come from around the country and the world.
In the 2023-2024 school year, our student body includes 37% students receiving financial aid, 13% international students, and 40% domestic students of color. Geographically diverse, our students represent 38 states, 34 countries, and span 6 continents. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.