Sailing Director—Sakonnet Yacht Club

Sakonnet Yacht Club
PO Box 514
Little Compton, RI 02837
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description
Sakonnet Yacht Club is seeking a Sailing Program Director who will be responsible for our Junior Sailing Program, Harbor Camp, and Adult Sailing Program, in 2023 (and beyond).

The Director will lead (through example, direction, and mentoring) the staff of 12 Instructors and 7 Harbor Camp Counsellors, in designing, planning, and teaching classes. He or she will coordinate and promote racing and adult sailing.

The Director will report to the Sailing Program Chairman. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

The goal of the SYC Junior Sailing Program is for children 9–16 to enjoy their time on the water, while learning sailing skills and forming friendships. We sail Optimists, O’Pen Skiffs, Lasers, 420s, Zests, Quests; and Alden and Yngling keelboats. Our location, where the Sakonnet River meets the Atlantic, provides regular sea-breezes and unforgettable waters. Classes run 5+ days/week: Monday–Friday 9:00–4:00, plus Saturday mornings.

Our Harbor Camp program is an introduction to life on the water and around our harbor, for children 6–8 years old. The harbor camp operates similarly to a traditional day camp and emphasizes safety and fun above all else! Sessions run 3 mornings/week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Our Adult Sailing Program presents an opportunity for the Director to build and promote a program to provide casual and/or competitive sailing to members.


Responsibilities Include:

- develop and oversee a safe and effective Sailing Program

- supervise Instructors and Counsellors

- coordinate racing activities

- communicate with parents

- coordinate maintenance and repair with Club Manager

Job Requirements
Qualifications: The Director will be a highly motivated individual who has a passion for working with kids and young (and old!) adults. Sailing knowledge and skill are key components, as the Director will raise the level of competence among both students and Instructors. Ability to teach that knowledge and skill is equally important! Additional valued skills would be knowledge, attitude, and experience with boat maintenance. The Director will need to be organized and disciplined, and able to represent SYC to our students’ parents. US Sailing Level 2 and First Aid/CPR are required.
Bruce Chafee
PO Box 514
Little Compton RI 02837
United States

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