Executive Director

The WaterFront Center
1 West End Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
United States

Charitable / Not for Profit
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
From $90,000 To $120,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

The WaterFront Center (WFC), a not-for-profit organization, provides public access to Oyster Bay, NY by offering marine education programs, sailing instruction, junior summer programs, rentals of sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards, and cruises on the historic oyster sloop, Christeen. Its mission is to connect people to the water through education and recreation, fostering stewardship of the environment.


With an operating budget of about $1.1mil., the WFC has 5-7 full-time staff and an additional 60-70 part-time and seasonal employees. Over 15,000 people interact with the WFC annually. Assets under management include about 80 boats (dinghies and keelboats), a dozen support power boats and several large floats. The WFC operates on public land managed by the Town of Oyster Bay.  About a quarter of its operating budget comes from charitable donations generated by fundraising activities and an Annual Appeal. 


For more information about the programs the WFC offers, visit TheWaterFrontCenter.org


The WFC seeks an enthusiastic leader who is passionate about the marine environment and who believes in the mission of making the waterfront accessible for all. The right candidate will be a self-starter, multi-tasker and a positive motivator who will promote marine-inspired STEM programs as well as recreational and competitive sailing and other on-water activities.  


Leadership Responsibilities

  • The Executive Director is responsible for managing the organization according to its mission and the direction of the Board of Directors. 
  • Hire, supervise and collaborate with WFC staff.
  • Communicate and coordinate as necessary with the president and members of the Board


  • Develop operating and capital budgets. 
  • Establish effective financial and management controls and reporting.


  • Oversee day-to-day operations of a 7-day peak season and reduced off-season calendar.
  • Work with the staff to create programs that meet the needs and interests of the public we serve.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable Federal, State & Local laws and regulations and SafeSport.
  • Develop, implement, maintain and update all safety guidelines and requirements.
  • Develop an organization that promotes growth, communication and development of its staff, emphasizing teamwork and cross training.
  • Create and implement volunteer programs to assist with boat maintenance, fundraising, benefits etc.


  • Be responsible for maintaining and upgrading all facilities including power and sailing vessels, docks and building.
  • Communicate and work with State and Town officials and other government agencies.


Public Relations

  • Represent The WaterFront Center and be responsible for promoting programs to the public, helping to advance community involvement.
  • Work with government and community officials in communicating and coordinating various projects.


  • Develop and coordinate fundraising activities, schedules and materials, with staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee the database of donors.
  • Research and apply for grants.

Professional Qualifications

·      Bachelor’s degree.

·      An entrepreneurial aptitude, high degree of energy and strong work ethic.

·      High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the WFC’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.

·      Ability to effectively communicate the WFC’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.

·      Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

·      Sailing experience, knowledge of boats, boat maintenance, and marina facilities and maintenance preferred.

·      Nonprofit management experience is preferred.

·      Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, promoting a positive and collegial environment.

·      Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence, including donors, partner institutions and volunteers.

·      Experience working with a Board of Directors is preferred.

·      Working knowledge of MS Office and other computer programs (ie QuickBooks).

·      Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

·      Strong written and oral communication skills.

·      Public speaking ability a plus.

·      Demonstrated experience with customer relations as a critical skill to building new business, the donor base, and board involvement.


  • Health Insurance. 
  • 401K. 
  • Salary commensurate with experience and bonus based on merit and financial performance of the organization. Salary range: $90 -$120K
  • Possibility of assistance securing local housing 


Start date:  Immediately


Submit resume and application here or email resume and cover letter to:



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George Ellis
1 West End Avenue
Oyster Bay NY 11771
United States
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