Executive Director, Community Sailing New Orleans

Community Sailing New Orleans
101 N Roadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70124
United States

Charitable / Not for Profit
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
From $90,000 To $135,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Community Sailing New Orleans
Executive Director Job Description



Community Sailing New Orleans, Inc. (CSNOI) shall positively impact lives by providing accessible educational opportunities and the promotion of health on Lake Pontchartrain for all in the population of the region regardless of age, background, and abilities including, as a core mission, serving the low and moderate income and minority communities in metro New Orleans by providing access to a community asset that has been historically inaccessible to those large segments of the population.

Organization and Facilities

CSNOI operates from The Libby and Robert Alexander Community Sailing Center, a half-acre site that accommodates 60 boats, floating docks, and a hoist. The Sailing Center is thoughtfully designed to ensure accessibility to everyone – all ramps are ADA compliant, the finger piers for the wet slips are wide enough for wheelchair accessibility. The organization has completed the pre-development phase of planning for a headquarters building, fully equipped with classrooms, multipurpose space, offices, and equipment storage space. Capital campaign efforts have been successful and construction for the headquarters is scheduled for this Fall (2023).  CSNOI is structured to serve 2,300+ individuals annually, ensuring Lake Pontchartrain and its environmental characteristics are accessible to all. Our programs focus on serving youth; minority communities; individuals with disabilities – physical and cognitive; women and girls; veterans; and anyone facing economic barriers to sailing. In collaboration with local community partners, CSNOI delivers programming that develops independence, improved communication, rehabilitation support and additional workforce readiness skills including focus, goal-setting skills, problem solving and conflict resolution abilities. 

Position Summary

CSNOI seeks a visionary leader to advance the organization at a time of tremendous opportunity. The Executive Director will be committed and passionate about the mission of CSNOI. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall responsibility to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the growing organization; develop and expand programs; increase organizations’ profile within the community; and to provide direction and leadership toward the advancement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, and strategy.
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • Reports to: CSNOI Board of Directors
  • Classification: Permanent, fulltime position
  • Benefits: Relocation stipend, health care benefits, matching retirement plan, paid time off and paid holidays, compensatory time, collaborative and collegial work environment, professional development opportunities and other benefits as described in the CSNOI Personnel Policies.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

Organizational Mission & Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach. Collaborates with Board to create and implement a strategic planning process resulting in a strategic plan that ensures CSNOI successfully fulfills its mission into the future.  Responsible for the enhancement of CSNOI’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

Fundraising and Development: Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, and establishing strategies to approach funders and secure support.  Responsible for implementing the annual giving campaign; growing the individual donor base; and cultivating relationships with current and potential corporate & foundation sponsors, and major donors.

Organization Operations: Responsible for implementing all programs and ensures the operations are in accordance with by-laws and industry standards. Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures. Continue to develop and grow a leadership team of dedicated and talented staff members.  Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and ensures the financial health of the organization. Develops program budgets and tracking to ensure that programs operate within financial parameters set forth in the board-approved budget.

Community and Governmental Relations: Develops collaborative relationships with community members, partner organizations and elected leaders. Nurtures relationships with schools and potential partnering organizations to strengthen connections within the community. Builds a sense of welcoming and trust for the organization among minority communities where history often has not created a situation where those feelings come naturally.

Board Administration and Support: Recommends new policies, programs, and action plans consistent with the vision of the organization; executes all policies/decisions of the Board. Provides advice and counsel to the Board to assist in setting policies and monitoring the performance of the organization. Conveys ideas, suggestions, and solutions to the Board of Directors in a thoughtful, well-reasoned manner with a high level of integrity results in high levels of respect.


All interested applicants are advised to email a single PDF including cover letter and resume to: Kate Neubauer, Neubauer Consulting Group  kate@neubauerconsultinggroup.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Job Requirements
This full-time position requires weekends and occasional evenings. Current CPR, First-aid, and SafeSport certifications must be obtained. In accordance with CSNOI’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our participants, visitors and the community at large. Prior to employment, the successful candidate will have a background check conducted.

The ideal candidate will have a notable record of nonprofit administration, sailing leadership and the capacity to ensure scalability and long-term sustainability for CSNOI. Specific requirements include:

• Strong personal qualities of integrity, confidence, credibility, energy, commitment, and humor along with exemplary ethics.
• Demonstrated track record in building collaborative relationships with diverse communities and individuals along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs.
• Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
• Senior management experience in a community sailing center or educational nonprofit with a strong skill set in on-water risk management.
• Expertise in fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.
• Strong written communication public speaking skills.
• Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
• Strong organizational abilities including planning, program development, data driven evaluation, delegating, and task facilitation.
• Ability to gain support and execute approved plans and directions, sometimes exhorting the Board to make actionable decisions, with a strong and natural ability to analyze and communicate the reasons behind recommendations.
• Excellence in talent management with the ability to hire, coach, manage, collaborate, and develop high-performance staff and teams.
• Ability to adapt and positively contribute to changing and evolving circumstances.
• A commitment to inclusion and diversity.

CSNOI is an equal-opportunity employer that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. The organization does not tolerate any discrimination, harassment, or bias based on race, color, religion, sex, orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or varying ability.
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