Waterfront Director/Sailing Director

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
788 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Housing Provided
From $70,000 To $70,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Title: Waterfront Director

Reports to: Executive Fun Director and General Manager

Supervises: Sailing Instructors, Sailing Coaches, Trap Shooting Rangers, Boat Renal Staff

Position Summary:

The Waterfront Director is part of the Program Management Team which consists of the Racquet Sports Director, Fitness Director, Bowling Director, Pool Director, Head Swim Coach, Day Camp Director. The team works to continually upgrade the Club’s world class adult and children’s programs. These Program Managers report directly to the Executive Fun Director, who assists each manager to achieve the results desired. The Waterfront Director specifically oversees all sailing activities (junior and adult). Other responsibilities include managing the boat rental and aquatics equipment rentals. In the offseason winter months, the Waterfront Director manages repairs on all sailing assets and the Marine Activity Center Facility. The position oversees the Trap Shooting activities at the MAC in the winter months. The Waterfront Director is also part of the Sailing Committee.


· Serves as a positive role model by:
o Adhering to the same standards of service and behavior that peers are required to uphold.
o Always maintain a positive and friendly demeanor.
o Working with peers to meet Member’s needs.
o Representing the Club in its relationships with Members and guests.
· Ensures the staff under your direction is competent, efficient, effective, and service oriented by:
o Teaching and rewarding appropriate behaviors.
o Recognizing inappropriate behavior and counseling using proper coaching techniques.
o Setting high standards when interviewing and hiring potential employees.



· Maintain program capital and expense budget.
· Support Yachtsman’s weekend.
· End of season Performance Evaluations. Must go over with instructors and coaches before the     end of the summer season and forwarded to the Human Resource Director.
· Develop and print annual class brochure.
The following are Administrative duties that are shared with the Committee Chair and the Committee Members:
o Maintain Budget Spreadsheet throughout the year.
o Coordinate and advertise Kick-off Meeting.
o Collect Chit Payment for classes and update excel spreadsheet of child, Member number, class, email, parent’s name.
o Forward all payment data to the Accounting Dept.
o Coordinate Recreational Coaches instruction.
o Track recreational coach’s progress. Write Progress Report at four weeks, 8 weeks, and final evaluation.
o Procure Team T-Shirts prior to Kick-Off Meeting.
o Purchase and Embroider Coaches Polo Shirts.
o Purchase and Embroider Race Committee Polo Shirts.
o Register entrants to travel regattas.
o Coordinate weekly newsletter with Junior Sailing reporters.
o Purchase GPYC regatta and Awards Banquet flags prior to January 1.
o Update all Perpetual trophies for awards banquet.
o Participate in Black Pearl Party or other social functions.
o Participate in Carbo-parties prior to regattas.
o Update Junior Sailing Board with Regatta results and news.
o Provide weekly flyer on program events.
o Maintain and update information to the Mast and GPYC website.
o Attend monthly parents committee meeting.
o Coordinate activities for coaches during all Junior Sailing events.
o Coordinate and coach spring, fall and winter sailing.
o Attend all Regattas.



The following are Maintenance duties that are shared with the Committee Chair and the Committee Members:
o Maintain all power boats and sailboats.
o Pull all sailboats and de-rig in November.
o Store all power boats at Colony Marine, winterize engines, and coordinate any repairs by Colony marine.
o Pull J22s and provide annual maintenance.
o Forecast and purchase all spare parts for power and sail boats.
o Maintain sailing office/center in a well-organized clean atmosphere.
o Compile and update equipment inventory.
o Provide Registration, License Plate, Key Lock for each Whaler Trainer.
o Maintain all Sailboat Trailers.
o Maintain sailing center in a clean fashion –power wash goose droppings each day.

Primary Financial Responsibilities:

· Co-creating and achieving departmental budget for revenue, labor, and maintenance costs.
· Forecasting capital asset requirements


Additional Tasks:

· Designing curriculum.
· Determining hours and sessions for each level of instruction.
· Determining instructor’s assignments.
· Meeting with Committee Chairs as necessary.
· Attending local association meetings.
· Providing a year-end report to management.
· Supervising instructors.
· Providing instruction as necessary.
· Planning regatta activities.


Continually upgrades service by:

· Reviewing current curriculum and revising as necessary.
· Seeking input from members and other staff members.
· Revising Instructors duties as needed.
· Actively participating in job tasks including instruction and boat maintenance.


We understand that some responsibilities are shared with the Committee Chair and the Committee Members.

Coordinate all GPYC Regattas

· Select PRO.
· Assure that all Sailboats and Power Boats are prepared.
· Develop Race Committee and boat assignments.
· Chair Race Committee meeting.
· Provide and publish NOR.
· Procure Race Flags and Marks, all Awards, Lunches.
· Set up Awards Banquet.
· Secure Sponsors.



· Develop goals and responsibilities for the program.
· Attend all travel regattas, all Opti, 420 and Laser regattas.
· Develop program for winter sailing in Florida.
· Develop and execute spring and fall sailing.


Coordinate with local High Schools:

· Schedule practices with their coaching staff.
· Schedule Regattas.
· Report any equipment damages.


Results on which performance will be evaluated but are not limited to:

All criteria in this Job Description and all policies and procedures set out in the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Employee Handbook.


Job Requirements
• High school diploma. Prefer at least a two- or four-year degree. Four or more years of experience in a similar position.
• Must be certified in CPR and first aid. Minimum of a Level one Certification.
• Ability to direct subordinates and schedule staff
• Ability to create and stay within budget
• Must have excellent communication skills interacting with parents, staff, students, and community
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
Katie McClelland
788 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Shores MI 48236
United States
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Katie McClelland

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