Oakcliff is a training and coaching center located in Oyster Bay NY with an America’s Cup-like campus consisting of a boat shop, boat yard and meeting spaces and a fleet of over 100 boats. The Onshore Coach’s responsibilities evolve with the seasons and as the fleet grows and changes, but is primarily responsible for the operations and maintenance of the large fleet and the shore side facilities. This position has managerial responsibilities but it is also very much a hands-on job where the candidate is performing a large variety of the work, not just managing.
Overall, the candidate should have strong all-round boat working skills, specifically on racing sailboats. They should be able to clearly and calmly instruct individuals with varying degrees of experience and talent. Their organizational and multi-tasking skills must be superior as the program is subject to and will change as there is damage, marketing demands etc.
He or she has at their resources a full time staff with various specialty skills and summer trainees with basic skills. This is a perfect position for someone looking to gain shop & managerial skills, while also having a multitude of sailing opportunities as part of the job.
Spring Launch: March to May, responsible for scheduling, launching and ensuring all boats are race ready for training and competing as scheduled with the Race Program Director. This phase is mostly a M-F 9 to 5 work schedule.
Summer Programs: Responsible for coaching the trainees (Saplings and Acorns) in the various onshore jobs: rigs and rigging, composites, painting, sail-making, engine repair, electronics, safety etc. During the phase the trainees do most of the work once they have been taught. The Onshore coach works closely with the Training Program Director in this phase and utilizes the visiting industry experts to provide additional instruction. This phase is a Tuesday noon through Friday full time schedule, as well as most weekends.
Fall Haul: September to November, responsible for the scheduling of haul outs as race and training permits. Emphasis on getting routine maintenance done as the boats are hauled out and winterized to minimize spring prep. This phase transitions to a M-F 9-5 schedule.
Winter: Thanksgiving until Spring Launch, from haul to the end of the year the focus is on ensuring all normal maintenance is done and scheduling, ordering and preparing for any major work that needs to be done is accomplished. After the holiday break, the schedule increases in tempo until boats go into the water. This phase is a solid M-F 9 -5 schedule with a 3-week break at the Holidays.
Ideally this is a person who has a wide array of real-life experience to convey to future rock stars of our sport both on the water and in the boat shop.
Reports to: COO
Coordinates with: Development, Race and Training Program Directors