Waterfront Program and Sailing Director

Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
7001 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23505
United States

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

Job Description
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club (NYCC) is seeking a full-time year-round Waterfront Program Director – an experienced sailor with extensive prior coaching and program management experience - to continue building its waterfront programs. The club has made major progress over the past few years in growing its youth programs (Optis/c420s/Lasers), high school sailing (FJs), adult keel boat sailing, one-design sailing, as well as powerboating education programs. The club is looking for an organized, energetic team player who wants to take ownership of our expanded programs and bring fresh ideas to build the culture of yachting and Corinthian racing among its members, while managing the day-to-day sailing operations and other waterfront programs. Strong mentoring, management, and member communication skills are required in building our waterfront team.

This is a unique opportunity for a director with a passion for boating and sailing to build a program.

NYCC is located on the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia, and has impressive facilities that span over 6 acres of waterfront property, including a large clubhouse, deep-water marina, and first class Jr. Sailing docks, classroom and office space. This historic private club was founded in 1896.

Our Jr. Sailors participate in numerous CBYRA regattas and a variety of USODA regattas year round. NYCC hosts several high level Opti clinics during the school year, open to top sailors from around the Chesapeake Bay, and would like to continue building its Green and RWB Fleet presence at USODA regattas. Additionally the club has developing Laser and c420 teams. Three high school teams are based out of the club and are enjoying sailing with a brand new fleet of FJs. Other existing waterfront programs include learn to sail keelboat courses, women’s only sailing classes, US Powerboating classes for kids and adults, as well as cruising, paddling, kayaking, paddleboard yoga, and social events.

This position is fulltime/year-round. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Requirements

• Reports directly to General Manager and works closely with other club department heads including the Harbormaster. This position requires a team-oriented approach and a collegial atmosphere with other members of the club management team.
• Coordinates with the Yachting and Jr. Sailing Committees, as well as ongoing communication with parents, sailors, and other adult club members in a service oriented professional manner.
• Market and promote all programs, building participation among members and attracting prospective members.
• Organize/coordinate all adult and junior activities including clinics, summer camps, race teams, team travel, and private lessons.
• Develop and implement a modern and effective curriculum to create skilled and confident junior sailors and boaters.
• Hire coaching staff for summer camp and race teams as needed.
• Lead in the preparation and management of junior and adult regattas held at NYCC.
• Establish an annual budget in collaboration with the Yachting committee and club management.
• Coordinate maintenance of all NYCC coach boats, club sailboats, and trailers. Ensure that the waterfront assets are appropriate to support current and future sail and powerboat training needs.
• Maintain regular office hours on a schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Reduced hours during the offseason is common.


• Candidates must display a professional manner and enthusiasm for the private club environment.
• Demonstrated success as a program leader with excellent communication skills.
• Experience in teaching all levels of boating skills.
• Creativity in facilitating continuous improvement in all programs.
• Ability to coach or find contract coaches for individual and team racing, power boating and keelboat sailing courses, clinics, and seminars each 2-3 times a year.
• Extensive race team (Optimist, Laser, c420), coaching experience preferred.
• US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification preferred.
• Familiarity with marketing tools, word-processing, spreadsheet and online registration software programs and all social media platforms.
• Must be First Aid/AED/CPR and US Sailing Level 2 or higher certified.
• Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.

Please submit your resume and cover letter highlighting your past experiences. Feel free to include your sailing CV along with your professional sailing involvements.

Please send them to Ben Schill, Commodore, at:

Ben Schill
7001 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk VA 23505
United States

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