Assistant Sailing Director

American Yacht Club
499 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye, NY 10580
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Job End Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
No no
Housing Provided
From $50,000 To $70,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Reports to: Sailing Director, General Manager

Works with: Committee Chairs, Marine Department

Supervises: Head Instructor, Sailing Staff, Volunteers and Sailors

Education and/or Experience

  • A degree in Recreational Management, Physical Education or Early Childhood Development preferred

  • Experience working in a club or program atmosphere

  • Strong experience and skills related to high school, college, and/or big boat sailing

  • Experience as a sailing instructor required

  • High proficiency operating power boats required

  • Extensive on the water experience including sailing, tuning, maintaining, and limited repairs of sailboats

Job Knowledge, Core Competencies, and Expectations

  • Have a passion for sailing and working with people

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Friendly, approachable, and able to relate well with children, teenagers, and adults

  • Positive role model for members, students, and staff

  • Skill and experience with mentoring and inspiring all levels of sailors

  • Ability to function under potential stressful, emergency or crisis situations

  • General knowledge relating to all types of boats including:

                              Big Boat


                              Cruising and racing

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Sailing Director, help run a successful waterfront and sailing program. Manage club assets, help lead the management of adult sailing, junior sailing, Ideal 18 programs, waterfront activities, and club regattas. This role works with numerous member-run committees which include Sailing, Race Committee, JAYC, After School, and Frostbiting.

Job Tasks/Duties

  • Work with the Sailing Director by organizing, managing, and overseeing all aspects of the junior sailing programs

  • Teaching and instructing on various sailboats and powerboats

  • Promote member interest for both adult and junior sailing programs

  • Organize and oversee adult sailing and waterfront activities including Women on the Water, Ideal 18 Program and Club Racing

  • Attend regional sailing meetings as applicable

  • Travel with team for some away regattas for coaching and or participation

  • Submit billing through our NorthStar system for member lessons, lockers, parts, or other charges

  • Monitor, update and enforce policies that maximize the safety of program participants

  • Assist in updating curriculums for the junior and adult programs and review with the Sailing Director

  • Give input on instructor assignments and monitor and review/revise job descriptions for all coaches as needed

  • Oversee start-up operations, including several days of staff orientation and training plus managing, maintaining and upkeep of Ideal 18 fleet

  • Oversee Ideal 18 program including tracking participants, checkouts, maintenance and programming

  • Oversee in-season day-to-day operations, including:

  •  supervising instructors, providing guidance and feedback;
  • assisting the sailing staff schedules and hours;
  • giving instruction as necessary;
  • keeping all Club boats in top operating condition;
  • managing department inventory controls on all boats and equipment
  • keeping the sailing room, office, bulletin boards, and storage lockers organized and clean
  • Review relevant literature and content for various programs including club publication articles as needed

  • Meet with the Sailing Director and the Race Committee Chair as needed to solicit input and discuss the status of all aspects of the program, including staffing, lessons, regattas, events, and equipment needs

  • Work with committee chairs and provide assistance as needed

  • Be on call for private lessons

  • Oversee weekly operations of the lesson programs including up to date boat and equipment inventories and keeping a comprehensive status/ repair list


  • Team-spirited coworkers

  • World class sailing location with scenic backdrop of NYC

  • Professional development in club management and the sport of sailing

  • Waterfront resources and club support needed to help run a very strong sailing program

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • IRA retirement plan

Job Requirements
Certification from United States Sailing or similar required
US Powerboat Certification preferred
US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor preferred
CPR/First Aid and AED certification
Safe Sport Certified

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must often work in a warm and humid or cold and freezing dynamic outdoor environment
Ability to bend, stretch, twist or reach, walk, stand, stoop, climb stairs, balance and/or crouch
Ability to perform continuous repetitive motions
May be asked to perform physical exertion over long periods of time
Ability to push, pull and lift 50 pounds
Kevin Broome
499 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye NY 10580
United States

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