Chicago Yacht Club -- Director of Community Sailing
The Chicago Yacht Club (CYC), one of the top yacht clubs in the United States, takes pride in its rich heritage as the city’s foremost sailing destination. It has been the launchpad for numerous esteemed sailors, including Olympians, top match racers, and College All-Americans. CYC has a long history of community outreach, from its training of naval officers in the early 20th century to its development of the oldest Sea Scout Ship in the United States to its many community outreach initiatives led by the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. During the past two years, CYC and the Foundation have collaborated in a significant expansion of its community outreach program. To build on this explosive growth, CYC is hiring its inaugural Director of Community Sailing. The Director of Community Sailing will report directly to CYC’s On-the-Water Director and work with the Foundation’s Board of Directors. In this role, he/she will execute an exciting and ambitious strategic plan, which calls for rapid growth of the organization and a meaningful positive impact on the lives of thousands of Chicago youth. Duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Develop a series of programs designed to introduce large numbers of Chicagoland’s children to boating on the lakefront at Chicago Yacht Club’s two facilities at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. In particular, the successful candidate will lead a new collaboration between CYC and the Foundation to build a community sailing program in Chicago’s downtown Monroe Harbor and will play a leading role in overseeing a fleet of keelboats and associated programs.
2. Launch a new joint initiative to build high school sailing teams in underserved high schools in Chicagoland. Coaching assistance for High School Sailing at our Belmont location would be needed during the off-season or shoulder season. CYC accommodates six teams, ranging from beginners learning to sail to Junior and Varsity teams.
3. Develop a series of programs designed to develop boating skills in Chicagoland youth from underserved areas and groups, including support of the Sea Scout Ship Privateer.
4. Develop a series of community engagement programs designed to provide interested Chicagoland kids the opportunity to learn about boating in a series of intensive multi-day camps in Chicago and elsewhere around the Great Lakes.
5. Assist in marketing, including building out of the Foundation’s social media presence and curation of the Foundation’s website and photo galleries.
6. Assist in developing relationships with community partners, including various social service agencies and schools.
The successful candidate will have a strong interest in boating and community outreach, will excel in working collaboratively with many different groups of stakeholders, including volunteers, community partners, CYC Members, and Foundation Donors, and enjoy developing creative and innovative solutions. Strong team leadership, communication, organizational skills, and an ability to connect with and mentor youth sailors is required. Must be physically fit and able to participate in sailing activities. Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and during peak sailing season.
Previous experience in sailing instruction and program management is required. Certification from a recognized sailing association is preferred, such as US Sailing Small Boat Level 1. Preferred Level 3 or international equivalent. SafeSport, CPR and First Aid, NASBLA Safe Powerboat Handling or equivalent.
Some travel via car within the Chicago metropolitan area will be required, and candidates should have a valid driver’s license and a car. Prior experience in youth education, sailing education, development of community sailing programs, STEM education, marketing, and fundraising is preferred.
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience. This is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to make a difference while having the maximum license for creativity and innovation. Visit www.chicagoyachtclub.org and www.chicagoyachtclubfoundation.org to learn more about the Club and the Foundation.
The Chicago Yacht Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Individuals of all genders, individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position. Materials should be submitted via e-mail and be addressed to:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply before March 1, 2023, to receive full consideration.