Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association (SBJSA), a non-profit sailing and watersports educational center on Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario since 1956, seeks a year round Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will work collaboratively with our Board of Directors, staff and participants and be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising and day-to-day operations, while helping to create, fund & execute a strategic plan. Sailing/boating experience is ideal but not required. Hours and compensation are flexible & depend on experience & anticipated results. Position reports to the SBJSA Board of Directors.
Our facilities and fleet are comprised of: a versatile 3,000 sqft Sailing Center on the waterfront with staff room, instructional & storage space and over 75 boats, including: (3) Whalers, (4) RIBs, (18) 420s, (24) Lasers, (24) Optis, Kayaks, SUPs, Rowing Shells and (3) 19-23’ sailboats for adult instruction.
Specific Responsibilities of the Executive Director (ED):
a. Leadership & Management: Implement the mission and priorities established by the Board of Directors, as discussed and agreed upon in consultation with the ED. Provide effective leadership of marketing, program & curriculum development and HR management. Provide strategic guidance. Clearly articulate mission and strategic direction of the organization to all stakeholders. Responsible for day-to-day operation of all programming, staffing and instructional plans through the Program Director. Interface and work with all Board members to deliver everything necessary to ensure the annual success of SBJSA. Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation and quality of administration, communications and systems.
b. Public Relations & Communication: Be the public face of SBJSA. Speak and lead interactions with media, school districts, donors, area junior sailing programs and yacht clubs, community organizations & members of SBJSA and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance SBJSA’s mission and reputation. Expand donor and grant-based funding. Grow enrollment and expand programs based on stakeholder input. Together with the Board Director of Marketing & Communications, deepen and refine all aspects of communication, from website content and social media presence to external relations, with the goal of growth and creating a stronger brand. Refine, maintain and effectively utilize our donor database to communicate outwardly.
c. Finances: Propose and work with the Board to develop actionable fundraising plans. Research, oversee and manage implementation of grants, donor opportunities (including scholarships) and funding responsibilities in collaboration with designated Board members and others as necessary, with the goal of bringing in funds that support programming & needed equipment and helps justify the ongoing role of the ED. In collaboration with the Board Treasurer, be a key contributor to our budget process and the management of our day-to-day income and spending efforts/transactions. Understand organizational finances and reporting requirements.
d. Operations: Responsible for recruitment and retention of competent and appropriately trained staff that teach to a high standard, as well as supervision thereof, including job expectations and overall record keeping of all HR-related documentation. Responsible for effective day-to-day operation of all programs (spring, summer and fall), oversee campus and fleet maintenance to a high standard of readiness. Develop and implement a parental volunteer “network” with roles outlined for parent and other adult volunteers.
e. Organizational Development: Advocate for systemic improvements and changes to policies and procedures to maintain professional standards & safe practices and improve team behaviors & programs. Set strategy to achieve outcomes, including participation growth, ensuring quality and effectiveness of programs, staff training, development, and monitoring staff expectations, etc. Participate in SBJSA’s Long Range Planning process and help identify improvement & growth opportunities and new directions for the organization, including needed resources (staffing, boats, infrastructure, materials, etc). Be an active member of and maintain a strong connection with US Sailing in order to stay abreast with and learn about the latest trends and best practices that may be applicable to SBJSA.