USMMA at Kings Point is seeking one Asst. Dinghy Sailing Coach

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point 300 Steamboat Road, Yocum Sailing Center
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
United States

Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Yes Fed. gov't background check
Housing Provided
From $40,000 To $48,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description


Assistant Dinghy Sailing Coach USMMA at Kings Point


This position is located at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Assistant Sailing Coach for the Intercollegiate Dinghy Sailing Team, a varsity sport. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to; assisting the Head Coach instructing the Sailing Team, recruiting, public relations, basic to advanced sailing and seamanship instruction, basic to intermediate boat repair and maintenance, social media team updates. 



The incumbent reports to and is supervised by the Head Intercollegiate Sailing Coach. The position and team is situated in the Waterfront Division, as opposed to the Athletic Department. The primary task of the position is to assist in developing, managing in a sustainable manner, and coaching the Varsity Intercollegiate Dinghy Sailing Team. 


Requirements of the position:

1.       U.S. citizenship.

2.       U.S. driver’s license

3.       Four-year college degree.

4.       Minimum of two years competing in intercollegiate sailing.

5.       Minimum of three years coaching youth, high school and/or collegiate sailors.

6.       Active dinghy sailing success appropriate for coaching national-caliber college sailors


Preferred experience for the position:

1.       ICSA sailing honors (All-America Team, All-Conference Team)

2.       Federal Service Academy / State Maritime School experience (as student or coach)

3.       US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 3 or higher (or equivalent)

4.       First Aid / CPR / AED training


Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:

1.       Provide instruction of the highest level in dinghy fleet and team racing to skilled members of the sailing team to prepare them for races, regattas and championships.

2.       Provide proper motivation to the team members to reach their highest potential.

3.       Travel with midshipmen teams in Inter-collegiate and open competition on weekends.

4.       Provide technical expertise ensuring that maintenance, repairs and modifications are conducted safely and that the integrity and seaworthiness of vessels is not compromised.

5.       Ensure the waterfront facility is prepared for home competitions to include inter-collegiate, inter-scholastic and junior regattas and that appropriate officials are assigned.

6.       Recruit athlete sailors by actively instructing, racing and participating in the sport in a manner and style that attracts candidates to seek admission.

7.       Meet with candidates, track, and travel to regattas to recruit highly qualified team members.

8.       Provide content for website and social media updates on team activities.


Typical Schedule Information:

01 JUL – 30 NOV: Fall season. Practices, regattas, boat maintenance, recruiting

            Weekly: Mon: Off; Tue – Thu: On-campus 10am – 7pm; Fri – Sun: Regatta travel & competition

01 DEC – 15 FEB: Winter season. Professional development time & recruiting.

Time away from campus with weekly check-in.

16 FEB – 15 JUN: Spring season. Practices, regattas, boat maintenance, recruiting

            Weekly: Mon: Off; Tue – Thu: On-campus 10am – 7pm; Fri – Sun: Regatta travel & competition


Job Requirements
Knowledge and Experience Required by the Position:
1. Successful competition experience in small sailboat racing at Regional, National, Continental or World Championship level.
2. Minimum of two years of experience racing on a team of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
3. Coaching experience in inter-collegiate competition at the National Championship level or equivalent.
4. Expert level knowledge of: sailboat racing rules, sailboat and sail handling techniques applicable to racing, and sailboat racing tactics and strategies.
5. Working knowledge of basic small boat maintenance and repair including rope splicing, hardware repair and replacement, and sail evaluation and maintenance.

Other Requirements:
Due to the nature of the position, working hours are atypical and general daily time requirements revolve around midshipman availability and the competition schedule. The typical weekday is Tuesday – Sunday and working hours are 1000 to 1900 and considerable weekend work in-season (July – October & March – May). During the off-season, coaches are encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities as approved by the Department Head.

$45,000+/- commensurate with experience, paid via government contractor, Port Sailing School, Port Washington, NY.
Applicants should send resume, cover letter and phone contact information of three professional references via email to:
Rick Dominique
Director of Varsity Programs
Rick Dominique
Yocum Sailing Center - USMMA 300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point 11024-1699
United States

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