Sailing Director for Established Sailing Center in PacNW

Sail Sand Point
7861 62ND AVE NE
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Yes Background check
Housing Provided
From $45,000 To $65,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Mission Statement: Sail Sand Point’s (SSP) mission is to bring the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. 

Overview: SSP is a large, established, dynamic and accredited US Sailing community sailing center located on the shores of Lake Washington in Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle, Washington. SSP is a 501c3 non-profit and is the flagship community sailing center in the Pacific Northwest, and a recognized leader in our space. We boast a well-maintained, modern fleet of vessels; a professional board and staff; a supportive community and some of the best sailing in the country is available locally, year-round.  

From April - October, SSP offers a wide range of community programs geared towards youth, adults and families. Our primary offerings include (but are not limited to)- intro to advanced level sailing classes, youth summer camps, race team practices and regattas, private group and family programs, and community engagement events, in addition to our bustling Open Boating rental program and our public ‘hand launchable boat’ storage facility.

Position Description: The Sailing Director (SD) at SSP participates in developing and overseeing quality Junior and Adult programs intended to teach sailing in a fun, safe and nurturing environment which both follows US Sailing guidelines in a creative and thoughtful way and works within the unique Sail Sand Point environment.

The Sailing Director will work collaboratively as part of SSP’s leadership team to advance the organization’s mission and to maintain and grow our programs. They will assume a key leadership role in the areas of our “Learn to sail” Summer Camps and Adult Classes; and the Youth Racing Program (which includes the planning and execution of regattas hosted at SSP). The SD will be part of the senior leadership team joining the Executive Director, Director of Administration and Waterfront Director in leadership of the organization. The SD will directly supervise the year-round Youth Programs Director, Fleet Director, and Lead Adult Instructor who will manage the Seasonal staff along with the resources, facility and assets needed to implement these programs. The SD will often serve as the Senior Staff point of contact on site and as such must be experienced and confident enough to handle myriad situations which may arise, while maintaining a welcoming and positive culture. As many of these programs run in the evenings and on weekends, candidates must be willing to work some evenings and weekends throughout the sailing season. In addition to managing the existing programs, a primary goal of the position is to increase participation and engagement as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis and expand into shoulder season programming.

Professionally, this person must be reliable, punctual, and comfortable managing employees and volunteers while holding the highest standards for quality and safety. They must recognize and delegate tasks and responsibility to the staff in a way that keeps workflow manageable, exercises employees’ strengths, continues to enable and encourage the growth of younger staffers, and celebrates our accomplishments as we develop. This role will act as a critical component of the management team that must ensure proper execution of all programming, develop team rapport and see that Sail Sand Point’s commitment to safety, fun and learning is always held to the highest standard.

Reports to: Executive Director

Commitment: Permanent, fulltime, year-round position

Compensation: Competitive Salary, health/dental benefits, matching retirement plan, PTO, bonus eligible 

Offers of employment are contingent on passing a criminal background check. Job descriptions are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the position and are not intended to reflect all duties performed with the job. To apply send a resume, cover letter, and two professional, academic or personal references to: Sail Sand Point is an equal opportunity employer who believes every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Sail Sand Point does not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Job Requirements
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Management---
Recruit, train, mentor and oversee the Youth Program Director, Lead Adult Instructor and Fleet Director
Support and ensure the recruitment of seasonal Camp Instructors, Adult teaching staff and the Coaching Staff (25-30 people)
Schedule, and provide supervision and feedback for these staff
Engage directly, as needed, with coaching and mentoring of coaches
Resolve parent complaints & concerns as they arise
Recruit and supervise volunteers to assist with youth programs and regattas
Direct the strategic purchase and sale of sailing equipment
Ensure culture of safety, fun and learning

Partner with Director of Administration to ensure HR compliance with all staff hires
Regatta planning and management
Curriculum and policy development
Budget development
Engage with Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (NWISA), the Husky Sailing Foundation (Univ. of Washington Sailing team) and the Sailing Foundation as a SSP representative

• 5+ years of experience working in a sail training environment
• Strong small boat sailing skills, racing experience preferred
• Minimum associate’s degree (in a related field preferred)
• Excellent organization, communication, collaboration, and team management skills
• Exceptional inter-personal skills and customer service experience, especially in a fast-paced environment
• Experience with database management and strong computer skills
• Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and community partners
• Ability to collaborate and prioritize in a dynamic environment
• Be knowledgeable of all aspects of Sailing, Regattas, Etiquette, and Sportsmanship
• Have a complimentary lifestyle that would enable potential long tenure in the position.

Exceptional inter-personal skills
Knowledge of safe boating practices and considerable sailing experience, racing experience preferred
Current US Sailing Level 1 Smallboat Instructor certification, Level 2/3 and US Sailing Instructor Trainer preferred
Current US Sailing membership
Washington State (or other NASBLA certified) Boater’s Education Card
Current CPR/First-Aid certification
CDC “Head’s Up” online concussion training
Current SafeSport certification
7861 62ND AVE NE
United States
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