Sailing Director & Head Coach

Job Posted 7/8/2024
The City of Lake Forest
800 N Field Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Full Time
Experience Required
Housing Provided
Sailing Management
$56,885.00 to $78,560.00 Per Year
Job Description

Lake Forest Sailing is a US Sailing Certified Community Sailing Center with a strong focus on community learn to sail and youth racing programs with an opportunity and support to expand in all areas of our programming. Our mission at Lake Forest Sailing is to grow the sport within our community while provide everything needed for a sailor to reach their maximum potential.

Lake Forest Sailing operates coach boats, prams, Optis, ILCAs, 29ers and a fleet of brand new C420s. We also have several small keelboats and recreational watercraft in our inventory.

Play a leadership role in shaping the future of sailing in Lake Forest. Shape the program to continue to be a leading community asset and nationally recognized program.
Lead a team that encourages continued education and supports additional learning avenues for staff. Plan for the expansion of our program and assets to best meet the needs of the Lake Forest community.

Work in a beautiful setting with others passionate about sailing excellence.

Salary Range: $56,885 - $78,560

Full salary range for this position is $56,885-$78,560.

Starting salary dependent on qualifications. Annual progression based on merit.

Interested candidates should apply at once – the position is open until filled.

Job Requirements

LFS is looking for a full-time Sailing Director & Head Coach who will lead, coach, support, and grow our comprehensive sailing programs. In partnership with the Lakefront Program Manager, a successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • A leader that can be the face of Lake Forest Sailing within our community.
  • Lead & grow our community sailing program.
  • Serve as the head coach and coordinator for our youth racing teams.
  • Work with the Program Assistant to
    • Develop the Adult Sailing programs & opportunities.
    • Administer watercraft permits.
    • Manage operations of Launch Basin, Boating Center, and Boat Storage Areas
  • Recruit & manage summer learn to sail staff, dockhands, and race coaches.
  • Lead the planning of regattas, clinic hosting, marketing, & fundraising initiatives.


  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor or Higher 
  • Safe Sport Certification
  • Ability to travel frequently, tow trailers, and work weekends/after school hours during sailing season (March-November)

The City of Lake Forest is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, disability, age, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, LGBTQ identification, family status, or military status.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.



800 N Field Drive
Lake Forest IL 60045
United States
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