Sailing Coach & FT Faculty/Staff

Westport, CT 06880
United States

Industry
Coaching
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
Yes
Housing Provided
No
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
Some Travel

Job Description

The School

At Greens Farms Academy (GFA), students are empowered to do the hard, thrilling, essential work of shaping their own world, of building their own future. More than 700 PreK -12 students come from 23 towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties and form a joyful community that aspires to live by the school's motto, "Each for All." Founded in 1925, GFA is situated on a former Vanderbilt estate in a scenic 44-acre campus located in Westport, CT. The school’s highly regarded academic program is built around small class sizes (average 15), mentoring partnership with faculty (8:1 student to teacher ratio), and innovative programs designed to support students’ pursuit of questions that matter to them. The faculty is characterized by its growth mindset, embracing innovation, exploring a range of student-centered approaches, and constantly seeking to better serve its students.

A stunning waterfront campus in Westport, CT, comprises three ecosystems - a salt marsh, Audubon woodlands, and the Long Island Sound - and architecture ranging from a modernized Vanderbilt estate to a state-of-the-art center for arts and global studies. GFA has graduated thousands of compassionate, enterprising, broad-minded women and men - people with the courage and vision to build a better world. The GFA mission plays an essential role in school life: GFA engages students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally-minded community to prepare them for lives of purpose. Faculty and staff have committed that language to memory, along with our core values -- passion, integrity, empathy, curiosity, excellence -- so as to better live out the spirit of those words.

GFA is a suburban school close to major transportation and a five-minute walk from the Greens Farms Metro-North train station. The campus sits on the Long Island Sound, a half-hour south of New Haven and an hour north of New York City by car or commuter train.

The Position

Greens Farms Academy, an independent day school in Westport, Connecticut, is seeking an experienced and energetic Fall & Spring Sailing Coach who is passionate about educating students and committed to building a program that embodies and reflects the core values of our school. This role will partner with the Director of Athletics & Physical Education and the Assistant Director of Athletics, Upper School to establish and maintain high standards of sailing and conduct for student-athletes, to provide a roadmap for development as sailors, and to imbue these students with pride, joy, and a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves.

The ideal candidate will have experience coaching at the high school and/or collegiate level, a desire to join and belong to a community of coaches and educators, outstanding communication skills, and the discipline to align their work with GFA’s mission and core values. This role is a member of the Athletics Department and reports directly to the Director of Athletics and Physical Education. 

            Qualified coaches are invited to also apply for one of the following full-time faculty & staff openings at GFA--please note that these are distinct searches with separate qualifications and requirements.  For more information on each opening, please click on this link: https://www.gfacademy.org/community/employment
 
  • Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Head
  • Upper School Adjunct French Teacher
  • Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
 

Essential Functions:

  • Provide direction to GFA's Sailing program, including but not exclusively the following:

    • Thoughtful development of a team culture that is empowering to student-athletes and promotes discipline, joy, and aspiration to accomplish individual and team goals

    • Develop and execute thoughtful, organized practices and skill-development sessions that educate students on strategies, techniques being employed at the sport’s highest levels

    • Develop and instruct student-athletes to execute strategies in competition

    • Promote sailors for local, state, and national recognition, and to colleges as applicable

  • Engage in the promotion of GFA to prospective students that are interested in sailing

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics and Physical Education

Please send a cover letter and resume to: elee@gfacademy.org. In it, please identify the full-time faculty/staff opening you are interested in being a candidate for.

Job Requirements
A Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree from an accredited college or university

Successful experience as a sailing coach

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