Program Director

Community Sailing of Colorado
5565 51st St
Boulder, CO 80301
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Housing Provided
From $30,000 To $45,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Community Sailing of Colorado, Denver/Boulder, Colorado

Community Sailing of Colorado (CSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1994, located in beautiful Denver and Boulder, CO. We are an instructional sailing organization committed to providing public access to sailing for all through sailing camps and classes at the Cherry Creek and Boulder Reservoirs. Our Junior Sailing Program runs 10-11 weeks of summer day camps for beginning to advanced sailors (ages 5-17) along with a Junior Race Team that practices from May-September with multiple regattas. Our Adult Program serves beginning sailors (ages 18+) in the spring, summer and fall seasons. We also offer an Adaptive Sailing Program to those living with disabilities as well as a diversity-building Community Partnership Program. Our fleet consists of Vanguard Prams, Optimists, Teras, Fevas, Picos, Topaz Unos, RS Fevas, Lasers, Club 420’s, Access 303 Dinghies, Venture Keel 18s, a Santana 20, J/24 and more. We also host community fundraising events throughout the year to supplement our Adaptive, Community Partnership, and Scholarship programs.

Full-Time Program Director Job Description

CSC is seeking a Program Director to supervise and manage its sailing programs at both Boulder and Cherry Creek Reservoirs, along with assisting event management and organizational growth in the off-season. This is a full-time year-round position that will report to the Executive Director. This person is responsible for the following:

High Season Duties (Spring - Fall)

  • Overseeing sailing programs at both locations providing supervision to the different locations’ designated Shore Directors, Instructors, and volunteers.

  • Providing observation and guidance to staff on camp management, including things such as risk management, equipment upkeep, creative engagement, curriculum adherence, professional parent interactions etc.

  • Reviewing daily Incident Reports and Daily Debrief Reports to assess programmatic needs, equipment needs, and implementing necessary adjustments.

  • When necessary, providing guidance and assistance to Shore Director with behavior management of students.

  • If needed, step in as Shore Director role in the instance of Instructor absence where Shore Director takes over for Instructor.

  • If necessary, assist in on-water emergency response protocol.

  • Performing boat repair and maintenance duties of sailing equipment and power boats, as well as communicating any issues with the Executive Director.

  • Driving a boat trailer and having ample experience pulling boats in and out at a boat ramp or with a crane is required.

  • Supporting programs at both locations does involve daily onsite presence rotating between Boulder and Denver. Program Director must be equally willing to commute to both locations.

  • Beyond summer camp duties, the Program Director will assist in management of concurrent summertime events (Adaptive or Community Partnership-based) that take place onsite during summer camp hours. Instructors and volunteers will be assigned to these groups and Program Director will assist in any additional needs with regard to providing a smooth and professional introduction and transition into our programs.

  • With flexibility in start time/work hours (ex: starting midday) Program Director may be asked to cover/host occasional afternoon or evening Adaptive, Community Partnership or Adult group events.

  • In Spring and Fall Seasons Program Director will be responsible for fleet preparation and winterization/onsite storage.

  • In Spring and Fall Seasons Program Director may also be assigned (if skillset and interest align) as Race Team Coach providing once weekly afternoon practices at each location.

  • Assisting with marketing tasks by way of regular social media posts and mobile marketing strategies.

  • Additional assignments as needed could include but are not limited to: assisting with regatta management, fundraising events, adjusting staff training protocol, updating camp curriculum, communicating with volunteers, assisting with concessionaire relations (State and City Park Rangers, Marina Managers etc), pairing down/assisting in the sale of aging boats no longer needed in our programs, general fleet documentation maintenance, onsite area maintenance etc.

Off-Season Duties (Winter)

  • Actively building relationships with surrounding schools and youth-serving organizations to increase reach in our community by offering scholarships, sailing-related STEM opportunities, and potential shoulder season field trips. Assist in the administrative duties related to these tasks and execution of these events.

  • Actively building relationships with organizations who may be interested in our Adaptive Sailing Program. Assist in the administrative duties related to these tasks and execution of these events.

  • Assist with events and fundraising campaigns (Giving Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day, Denver Boat Show, Annual Gala etc.)

  • Assisting in the organization and preparation of registration for summer camps

  • Assisting in implementing marketing strategies, collecting and producing marketing materials, social media posts, doing basic website maintenance, etc.

  • Assisting in the process of vetting, hiring and training summer staff and volunteers.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements
The candidate should be self-motivated and enjoy working in a leadership role within the sport of sailing as well as promote a team environment that inspires staff and students. The candidate must also have a strong, independent work ethic where initiative and innovation are central values. Other qualifications must include:

- Experience organizing, managing and coordinating the daily activities of a Sailing Program.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy and the utmost safety protocol.
- Previous instructing and coaching experience.
- Previous directing or program management experience.
- Experience managing a staff ranging in age from 14 years old and up (predominantly high school and college-aged)
- Ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize responsibilities, be organized, and take initiative.
- Be comfortable working under pressure, exercising strong problem-solving skills, and willing to adapt to changing program needs.
- Confidence and competence in daily weather safety mitigation (Colorado summer weather can be very unpredictable).
- Familiarity with social media and online marketing
- Ability to create and implement policies and procedures as they relate to increasing safety within our programs
- Have a college education at an Associate level or higher (Bachelor’s Degree preferred)
- Current US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 required (Level 2 and 3 is a plus)
- Able to pass necessary background checks in addition to having a safe driving record and be trusted driving/caring for the organization’s vehicle.
- Either has previous experience with or be willing to learn fundraising and financial developmental strategies
- Either has previous experience with or be willing to learn marketing strategies, create basic marketing material, as well as perform basic social media and website maintenance
- Have a strong skillset in written and verbal communication that portrays professionalism and reflects the competence and respectability of our organization.

Melissa Gorchynsky
5565 51st St
Boulder CO 80250
United States
Community Sailing of Colorado Melissa Gorchynsky
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