Sailing Director

Manchester Sailing Association
15 Tucks Pt. Road
Manchester by The Sea , MA 01944
United States

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Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description

Sailing Director Job Description


The Manchester Sailing Association, located in Manchester, MA; is looking for a Sailing Director who will be responsible for the Association’s sailing program including but not limited to: Jr. Sailing operations, Adult Sailing and association-owned fleet management. 


The Manchester Sailing Association (MSA), organized in 1971, is a not-for-profit community sailing program that teaches sailing and racing for all skill levels with a structured curriculum while promoting safety, fun and sportsmanship.


MSA offers sailing lessons for children and adults of all ability levels from Manchester and the surrounding communities. The program takes place at scenic Tuck's Point and on the docks of the Manchester Yacht Club, with easy access to the Manchester Harbor and surrounding waters. Both recreational and competitive sailing are offered in a fun, educational environment. We have classes from beginner sailors to competitive race teams. MSA owns a fleet of boats including Prams, Optimist Dinghies, 420s, and Rhodes 19s, all available for classes and open Saturday sailing.


The Sailing Director will manage a program of over 200 sailors and approximately 8 instructors (in the one-design fleets of Dyers, Optimists, 420s, Lasers, Rhodes 19’s, and Ideal 18s.)


The goal of our program is to develop a lifelong love of the sport and provide coaching and support for those who want to sail competitively, as well as those who just want to have fun. Our ideal candidate has both the vision and the range on how to balance the needs of our two-track program. The development of a more formal curriculum for our competitive and adventure sailing programs will be a central focus of the offseason work.  

In addition, the Sailing Director will manage and grow our Adult Sailing Program for both the competitive and pleasure sailors.


The Sailing Director will be leading the charge as MSA charges into its next 50 years with new floats, new boats, and a new value proposition to the area sailors. The director will be involved in creating and executing MSA vision for the future


This position reports to the MSA Board.




Job Summary


    Full time position for summer weeks with part time in off-season.

    Help MSA chart a course to ensure the success of community sailing for Manchester and surrounding communities

    Understands MSA’s sailing program and ensures a safe and fun learning environment for all sailors on and off the water

    Maintains and improves MSA’s reputation through dedication to the highest-level curriculum, instruction, and coaching

    Recruits, leads, and manages instructor and coaching staff

    Organizes and executes fleet maintenance plan in conjunction with fleet captain (board position)

    Participates in and contributes to monthly MSA board meetings and planning sessions

    Coordinates with other regional directors to ensure the best possible summer sailing experience for junior sailors

    Actively seeks ways to improve the program

    Manages within established P&L


Job Requirements
Experience required
· 5+ years of sailing instruction
· Preferred previous experience as sailing director
· Full US Sailing accreditation
· Broad sailing experience
· Preferred sailboat and outboard maintenance experience

Kevin Donovan
15 Tucks Pt. Road
Manchester by The Sea MA 01944
United States
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