The Hotchkiss School - Sailing Program Director

The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Rd
Lakeville, CT 06039-2130
United States

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

Job Description

Located in the scenic Berkshire-Taconic landscape in the quiet northwest corner of Connecticut, The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of 600 students who come from around the country and the world.

In the 2020-2021 school year, 38 percent of Hotchkiss students are U.S. students of color, 13 percent are international, and 95 percent of students are boarders from 27 countries and 36 states in the U.S. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.

Position Summary:

The Hotchkiss School is looking for an accomplished and enthusiastic program director to lead the school’s sailing team.


  • 4+ years coaching at the high school level or above

    • US Sailing Level One required; Level Two or higher preferred

    • RO experience in college or high school regattas

    • Extensive RRS knowledge, including Appendix D and the Team Racing Call Book

  • Positive, patient, and encouraging coaching mentality

  • Ability to foster enthusiasm with young people new to the sport *while maintaining interest and competitive edge among the more experienced sailors on the team

  • Experience creating and managing training programs and day-to-day program operations, including rigging and boat maintenance

  • Experience organizing race schedules and managing regattas

  • Working knowledge of daily practice and boat handling drills

  • Strong references from previous coaches and coworkers

  • Boating license - CT preferred

  • CPR certification

  • Eligible for Connecticut Public Service License for driving students

Duties & Responsibilities:

Boathouse management, preparing for and running practices, game day coaching, scheduling and coordinating travel for regattas, Spring break planning, monitoring of assistant coaches, mentoring Captains, working with families of prospective student-athletes, assisting in the college recruitment process, and other administrative tasks as assigned. The ideal candidate will fulfill the teacher-coach-mentor responsibilities and will promote character building, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Application Information:

Through the online application process, located at, interested candidates should submit a cover letter that addresses interest in coaching at Hotchkiss with particular focus on the ability and interest in working in an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community. Applicants should also submit their cover letter, résumé, a statement of coaching/educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. The School is committed to building and supporting a diverse community where all feel safe, seen, and supported. Successful applicants will address their ability to contribute to a warm, inclusive, and exciting learning environment.



Additional Information:

The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.

The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination).

In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Department: Athletics

FLSA: Exempt

Reports to: Co-directors of Athletics

Schedule: To be determined

Travel: Frequent for athletic contests


11 Interlaken Rd
Lakeville CT 06039-2130
United States

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