Education & Race Instruction Director (FTE, Year Round)

Wayzata Sailing
456 Arlington Circle South
Wayzata, MN 55391
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
From $40,000 To $55,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Wayzata Sailing  is seeking an energetic, hard-working, organized sailing instructor who has a passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of life long sailors, in competition and adventure. Coaching responsibilities would include spring and fall HS seasons, as well as choice of summer racing or instructional programs. Travel options are open to scheduling and interest of sailors and coaching staff. If you’re looking for a community focused, fun, and flexible position - we’re the spot. We want a candidate who is interested in developing the program along their interests. 

Wayzata Sailing and the Mike Plant Community Boathouse are a nationally known small boat training center, in the heart of one of the most active sailboat racing communities in the US, Lake Minnetonka. Its facility is within a 15 minute drive of downtown Minneapolis, and is host to an expansive fleet. Our neighbors, Wayzata Yacht Club, maintain one of the largest racing fleets in the country - including Thursday night racing with over 130 keelboats. Wayzata Sailing itself is a 501c3 Non-profit sailing center, with a mission to create access to sailing for everyone. Equal access to both racing and basic instruction is our passion. We aim to create lifelong sailors in both the racing and recreational sailing worlds. We currently own over 150 watercraft from Optis and O’pen skiffs, to J22s and J70s, along with significant safety equipment. This allows us to offer a broad range of programming including Learn to Sail, Adaptive, Outreach, and of course - top flight racing instruction.

Position allows your (friendly) dog onsite, is salary based, with flexible and generous schedule in the offseason. Includes offtime access to windfoiling and sailing equipment, including racing at Wayzata Yacht club in our J22s or J70s.


  1. Positively contribute to the community of Wayzata Sailing

  2. Manage and build race programs, teams, recruitment, and staff

  3. Lead winter education programs, working in conjunction with Shop Manager

  4. Lead hiring process for seasonal educational staff

  5. Work collaboratively with staff on tasks as assigned by Executive Director



    1. Act as head coach for all scholastic teams

    2. Organize and assign instruction responsibilities to assistant coaches

    3. Travel, organize, and coach at selected racing events

    4. Keep current on policies, rules, and schedules for MISSA, ISSA, ICSA, MCSA, MSS, class associations, and US Sailing.

    5. Coordinate content for Wayzata Sailing’s social media outlets & Newsletters

    6. Manage day-to-day communication and travel planning

    7. Maintain equipment required for sailing, teaching, and support of coaching duties


    1. Facilitate curriculum creation and implementation under guidance of Executive Director

    2. Provide guidance and lesson planning assistance to seasonal staff members

    3. Run & present slate of education and community programming over winter

    4. Implement hiring process for summer seasonal staff, including (but not limited to): application, document collection, interviews, etc.


    1. Promote Wayzata Sailing within the community through active participation

    2. Create community through laughter, events, fun, and creativity

    3. Emphasize the positives of competition before results

    4. Model and require respectful communication

    5. Promote safety in all aspects of the job while on and off Wayzata Sailing property

    6. Communicate respectfully to (and when discussing) parents, students, other employees, community members, and board members


    1. Oversee Ultracamp and Class management software

    2. Advise Executive Director immediately of any issue and/or concern that may affect the Wayzata Sailing or students.

    3. Manage and maintain all student evaluations and recommendations for future classes

    4. Maintain accurate attendance and lettering records (if applicable)

    5. Create accurate event & trailer sign-up systems

    6. Manage mailing lists and contact information in conjunction with Executive Director

    7. Create and keep accurate logs of class equipment


    1. Build and maintain sailing, racing, and on-the-water skills

    2. Maintain optimistic outlook and positive attitude that benefits an organization

    3. Encourage personal empowerment and fun for all in the community

    4. Construct questions from a position of inquiry and curiosity, not accusation

    5. Foster an open and collaborative exchange of information inside and outside of the office.

    6. Ask for help before a situation or relationship issue escalates

    7. Stay abreast of safety innovations, education trends, new coaching approaches, and areas of future growth.

Job Requirements
US Sailing Certification (Level 1 minimum)
Familiarity with ISSA or ICSA sailing
Ability to pass a background check
Effective communicator in person, phone, and digitally
Ability to work collaboratively with staff members
Active sailor & racer (results immaterial, must relate to student experience through active participation)
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