CCIA Program Director

Christmas Cove Improvement Association
South Bristol, ME 04568
United States

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Experience Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description
2024 Sailing Program Director Optis/420s
Job Description:
CHRISTMAS COVE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, SOUTH BRISTOL, MAINE The Christmas Cove Improvement Association (CCIA) is a summer community in beautiful midcoast Maine approximately one hour fifteen minutes north of Portland. The junior sailing program supports young sailors ages 8-16, and participates in local and regional regattas. The well-maintained instructional fleet currently consists of 18 Optimists, 7 420s and 5 coaches boats. This position is a visible and substantial leadership role in the sailing program and in the community as a whole. Sailing Program Directors often make deep friendships with families and peers and return to visit for many years after their tenure.
The Job:
The Sailing Program Director manages and leads the Junior Sailing Program and works closely with the Head Sailing Instructor and Club Manager. Developing and putting into practice a robust instructional program that supports the growth of young sailors from beginner Opti through Opti and 420 racing is the central responsibility of this position. The CCIA Junior Sailing Program has up to 40 sailors a week over the 8 week summer program. The position is Monday through Friday (generally 37 hours per week), plus office and supervisory responsibilities up to three weekend days, along with some off-duty time spent as needed developing lessons and meeting the needs of the sailing program. This position reports to the CCIA Club Manager(s) and is supported by the Vice President of the Junior Sports Program and the Junior Sailing Program Committee.
Duties Include:
  • Supervising and evaluating a staff that usually consists of a Head Sailing Instructor, an assistant head, and numerous junior instructors
  • Setting curriculum and lesson plans for all levels and ensuring that staff is following plans, that children are appropriately placed in classes and progressing toward goals in conjunction with Head Sailing Instructor, coach racing classes in developing skills
  • Overseeing maintenance of motorboats and sailboats which includes leading staff in preparation of the boats during set-up week
  • Serving as liaison with the boatyard for fees and services
  • Creating a safe and positive learning experience for all children
  • Working with Club Manager in creating consistent and positive incentives for good behavior and consistently apply consequences of poor behavior
  • Serving as liaison between the staff and the CCIA Adult Sailing Fleet, which may include attending Fleet meetings
  • Organizing with the Head Sailing Instructor participation in club, local and regional regattas and providing on-site coaching
  • Coordinating with the Head Sailing Instructor special sailing events for children and/or adults as directed
  • Assist sailors participating in 4 weeks or more of the CCIA Program to complete small boat performance sailor certification booklet (The Little Red Book) for submission to receive a Small Boat Sailor Performance Certification by US Sailing
  • Performing additional duties with the Heads of Sailing, Swimming and Tennis to offer Junior Program events and occasionally assisting with Club events or weekend office support
Candidates should be motivated, independent college-age or older sailors who enjoy working with children and will be mature role models for younger staff members.They must have:
  • US Sailing Small Boat Level I Certification and Level II Certification
  • Current First Aid and Advanced CPR Certification
  • Extensive experience as a participant in competitive youth and collegiate sailing 
  • Extensive experience teaching beginner through intermediate level sailors in Optimists and 420s (using spinnakers and trapezes)
  • Experience managing a staff ranging in age from high school to early college
  • Competency in day-to-day sailing fleet maintenance
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a comprehensive competency-based sailing program ● Familiar with all aspects of running races
  • Valid driver’s license, boat trailering experience if possible 
  • Strong communication, organizational and leadership abilities with respect to children, parents and young staff alike 
Additional Requirements & Information:
  • All CCIA Junior Sports Program staff are expected to participate in the Junior Program picnics, Recognition Nights and Swim Days, Cove Swim, and to help with clambake preparation and other club activities, if needed. Also, it is important for all instructors to participate in set-up and clean up days. The Program Director is paid by the hour for these activities.
  • CCIA is a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences. All CCIA staff must understand that they are role models for the younger members and represent the CCIA. Adherence to the rules of the CCIA and the laws of the state of Maine is mandatory. Maturity, consideration, enthusiasm, discipline, skill and safety awareness are attributes needed at all times at work and after hours.
  • Housing is provided for three Head Instructors and the Sailing Program Director in the CCIA’s waterfront instructor cottage.
  • The position offers the candidate the opportunity to teach private lessons during unscheduled hours. * Sailing Instructors are added as Additional Insureds under the General Liability coverage form of the CCIA Policy. 
  • Costs incurred while traveling for regattas attended by sailing program participants is covered by the club. 
The Christmas Cove Improvement Association is a coastal summer community located in South Bristol, Maine approximately one hour and fifteen minutes north of Portland, Maine. Information about the club can be found at: or on our Facebook page: SALARY: Very competitive and commensurate with experience. Housing and a small food stipend is provided as well.
Bruce MacNeil - or 617-680-4840
Holly Welles - or 415-307-2603
Bruce MacNeil
106 Texas Rd
South Bristol 04568
United States

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