Youth Sailing Program Coordinator

Norfolk, VA 23510
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Housing Provided
From $38,000 To $55,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
About Sail Nauticus 

Nauticus is a maritime-themed museum located on the scenic Elizabeth River waterfront in the heart of downtown Norfolk, VA. In addition to the museum, the Nauticus campus is home to Sail Nauticus, a non-profit community sailing center. Our mission at Sail Nauticus is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth. Sail Nauticus also runs a fee-based adult membership program.

About the position

This position is responsible for developing youth sailing in the community, developing the science and sailing curriculum for youth programs, and providing a safe and supportive environment for the students. This position requires to build relationships with partners (NPS, city youth organizations) to recruit students to the after-school program and summer camp. As the program coordinator, this position also requires to oversee part-time staff and to ensure safety on land and on water.

Sail Nauticus Academy is an after-school program for students from select Title-I middle schools in Norfolk Public Schools (NPS). We provide 6th through 8th grade students a unique opportunity to learn new skills as they navigate their way to becoming exceptional young adults. Our summer program includes camp for ages 8-15 with sailing and hands-on STEM activities. Through these youth programs, we cultivate soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication.

This a full-time position with benefits. It requires working on weekdays and weekends.

Pay range: $38K - $55K based on qualifications, experience and certification.

What you will do day in and day out

· Develop STEM curriculum and program protocols for use on the water in the classroom

· Conduct on-the-water activities for the Youth Programs.

· Recruit, train and manage instructional staff (part-time paid and volunteers).

· Nurture community partnerships to encourage recruitment of students.

· Assist with annual budget creation. Manage and adhere to the program budget.

· Interview & select students for the Sail Academy Program.

· Maintain records and dialogue with Sail Academy stakeholders.

· Serve as sailing instructor as required.

· Source materials for youth programs.

· Provide input for the Marketing of youth programs.

· Contribute to daily and long-term maintenance of boats and facilities.

· Participate in fundraising and public awareness events in collaboration with Adult Sailing.

About the ideal candidate

The successful candidate needs to have:

- Experience operating a sailboat with multiple passengers in an active harbor.
- Experience operating small powerboats.
- Experience teaching, leading and counseling youth
- Ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize responsibilities, take initiative
- Ability to create partnership with outside organizations
- Ability to work with diverse individuals (background, age, experience)
- Ability to master new skills and knowledge quickly and enthusiastically.
- First Aid/CPR certified
- Virginia Safe Boaters License

US Sailing certification (e.g. Basic Keelboat Certification or Level 1-2 Dinghy Instructor Certification) and a Bachelor’s degree are a plus but not required.

Please submit all applications to

The Nauticus Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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